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1 A Parents’ Guide Professor Dominic Houlihan Vice-Principal (Research & Commercialisation)

2 Making the Right Choices Range of opportunities in Higher Education is enormous and exciting 40% of young people now progress from school to university 50,000 degree and diploma courses on offer in the UK

3 First Step to a Rewarding Career Provides skills, knowledge and understanding for progression to a variety of careers Helps develop transferable skills for a dynamic job market Increases earning potential Increases maturity and confidence

4 The University at a Glance Founded in 1495 World-class institution, boasting four Nobel Prize winners Around 14,000 students 120 nationalities Over 550 degree programmes Research Intensive Ranked 137 th in the World

5 The University at a Glance 3 Colleges divided into the following disciplines: Arts & Divinity Social Sciences & Law Medicine & Medical Sciences Science & Engineering Education

6 500 Years of Excellence

7 Investing in your Future Planned investment of £230 million over the next 10 years The Hub Sports Centre Matthew Hay Centre Library

8 Unique Facilities

9 Unique Facilities

10 Unique Facilities

11 Choice and Flexibility First and Second Year MA & BSc students study their chosen degree subject e.g. Psychology, and up to four other subjects in each of their first two years Try out new subjects and tailor their degree to suit their needs and interests Flexible system allows students to change degree intention up to the end of second year, in consultation with their Adviser of Studies Professional qualifications e.g. Law, Teaching, do not offer the same flexibility

12 Study Abroad

13 Employment Prospects

14 The city that has it all

15 Admissions Process Alison Clark Marketing Officer Student Recruitment and Admissions Service

16 Admissions Process 15 Jan By End March Application to UCAS UNIVERSITIES make offers Conditional & Unconditional UCAS sends statement of decisions letter and reply slip STUDENT replies to each offer Firm Acceptance (F) Insurance (I) Decline (D)

17 Admissions Process Ways to Accept Offers (UF) Firmly accepted Unconditional offer (no insurance) (CF) Firmly accepted Conditional offer (CF+CI) Firmly accepted Conditional offer + a Conditional offer as Insurance (CF+UI) Firmly accepted Conditional offer + an Unconditional Insurance offer

18 Admissions Process When to Reply Last decision from University 31 March May June 2008 Reply Date 6 May June July 2008

19 Admissions Process UCAS EXTRA Applications to all degrees except BEd (Hons) Primary Education and Medicine If all 5 choices used and no offers received From 26th February 2008, will receive a letter if eligible Application locked for 10 working days Possible to make sequential applications Can accept or decline, if decline can apply to next choice Live up to and including 30th June 2008, then join Clearing

20 Admissions Process Confirmation when results come out Offer confirmed or alternative offer made Clearing

21 Medicine Admissions Process (for 2008 applicants onwards) 15 Oct 2007 Some offers made from January, bulk by end March 2008 Application to UCAS UNIVERSITIES Make Offers Conditional & Unconditional Based on 4 stage scoring system (A) Academic Scoring, (B) UCAS Form, (C) UK CAT Score (D) Interview

22 Education Admissions Process Application to UCAS UNIVERSITIES Make Offers Conditional & Unconditional Based on 3 stage scoring system Criminal record check (A)Academic Scoring, (B) UCAS Form, (C) Interview 15 Jan 2008 Interviews Jan-March

23 Applicant Portal Unique online applicant portal that allows your son or daughter to check the status of their application and receive important information quickly Offer letters, applicant guides, accommodation guides will all be sent out electronically through the portal Secure – password protected Check regularly Developed directly in response to requests from applicants to receive information electronically

24 Applicant Days & Visits BSc – 27 th Feb MA – 5 th March Engineering – 27 th February 08 and 19 th March 08 Law – 29 th February and 7 th March 08 Open Door policy – tour campus and visit departments. Normally require 2 weeks notice

25 Finance Apply on line at Contact your Education Library Board for more information

26 Finance Fees – Rest of UK Variable tuition fees are charged at UK institutions outside of Scotland. Maximum £3145 per year, which nearly every institution charges. A fee loan can be taken out from the Student Loans Company to pay for this. Standard tuition fees for other UK students studying in Scotland is £1,775 per year for all degree courses, with the exception of Medicine where the fee is £2,825 per year.

27 Finance Student Support Maintenance Loans up to £4,625 per year A Maintenance Grant up to £2,835 per year Full grant available for household income of £25,000 or less.

28 Student Loans / Grants Household Income Maintenance Grant Student Loan for Maintenance Total for 2008 / 2009 £25,000£2,835£3,365£6,200 £30,000£2,002£3,365£5,367 £40,000£998£3,627£4,625 £50,000£524£4,101£4,625 £60,000£50£4,575£4,625 £70,000No grant£3,685

29 Finance Additional Support Hardship Funds Supplementary Grants: Special Support Grant – means tested Disabled Student Allowance Additional Support Grants (e.g. childcare)

30 Finance Student Funding Student Loan – Repayments taken from source (9% of income over £15,000) Parental Contribution Grants/Bursaries Part-time Work Savings

31 Finance University Accommodation From £ per week, catered Additional food - £15 per week Total £4, weeks From £60.50 per week, self-catering Additional food - £30 per week Total £3, weeks

32 Finance Private Accommodation From £250 per month Heating, lighting - say, £40 per month Food - say, £100 per month Total £4, months

33 Accommodation Guaranteed Accommodation Brand new facilities for 2008 entry Catered/ Self Catered Wardens Accommodation Office

34 Support from a Caring Community Adviser of Studies Centre for Learning & Teaching Medical Practice Chaplaincy Disability Support Counselling Service Careers Service

35 Social Life Student friendly city Charities’ Campaign Gaudie Student Radio

36 Further Information For further information contact Student Recruitment and Admissions Service T: / 91 E: W:


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