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2 Studying at a UK university
Mary Hughes Director, Enrolment Management Services Alastair Ross Head of Administration, Brussels

3 Introduction Why study in the United Kingdom?
Factors to consider when choosing a university UCAS and the application process Fees, funding and student loans

4 Prestigious institutions
Excellent reputation 32 UK universities in top 200 (THE) Internationally recognised qualifications World leading research Quality assured by peer review Internationally acclaimed academic staff Large number of Nobel Laureates (117) Many institutions have won Queen’s Anniversary Prizes; a recognition of world class excellence

5 Teaching quality High quality research-led teaching
Monitored by the QAA National Teaching Fellowships Small group teaching Variety of teaching and assessment methods Lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, self-study Extensive information services Library holdings and electronic catalogues Subject specialist librarians Learning support services Importance of student satisfaction Monitored via the NSS

6 Diversity and flexibility
Over 150 institutions Over 50,000 courses Various types of qualifications Certificates, diplomas and degrees Professional, vocational, academic Diversity within degree programmes allows for personalisation of learning Joint honours Year abroad ‘Sandwich’, or work placement, year Bachelor’s degree in 3 years Master’s degree in 4 years Full-time or part-time

7 Degree structure and terminology
Masters PhD Bachelors Degree Foundation Degree/Year HNC/HND Joint Honours & Sandwich Courses Full/Part Time Postgraduate Undergraduate

8 An international experience
UK universities have a long history of welcoming international students Typically institutions have: Large numbers of non-UK students Large number of non-UK staff Partnerships with universities around the world to support Research collaboration Study and work abroard Double degrees Support systems geared to international students from English language to pastoral care

9 Student life UK universities value and support extracurricular activities Student Union (NUS) Clubs and societies Sports (British Universities & Colleges Sport) Volunteering and fund raising Student media Language acquisition Governance roles Entrepreneurial skills Part-time employment On-campus student accommodation Range of support services

10 Student living Most UK universities provide student accommodation, often guaranteed for first year students Variety of options: Catered, part-catered or self-catered En-suite or shared facilities In town or central campus Common rooms, dining halls, bars and cafés Student committees for coordinating social activities and advocacy role

11 Support services Personal support Collegiate structure Student Advice and Information Service International Development team University Medical Centre and Pharmacy Counselling Service Chaplaincy Oaks Day Nursery Learning support Student Learning Advisory Service - Study guidance - Study skills workshops - Academic Peer Mentoring - Online skills resources - VALUE MaP workshops on effective study Disability and Dyslexia Support Service Careers support Kent Union Jobshop Careers and Employability Service - Extensive website - Online vacancy database - Careers Information Room - Personal advice and guidance - Workshops, talks and visits from graduate employers - Career education programmes - Alumni Careers Network - ‘Employability Points’ scheme One of only 8 universities in the country that boasts a collegiate system (the others are Oxford, Cambridge, Durham, York, Lancaster, Bristol and Roehampton (checked May 2011) Ready-made community which eases transition from home to university Each college contains accommodation, teaching rooms, catering and social facilities Each college has a staffed reception area College masters are responsible for student welfare and provide personal support College student committees: Represent the students’ interests Actively contribute to the way the colleges are run

12 Employability Transferable skills
Part-time work during study builds experience and develops transferable skills Sandwich years offer the chance to earn a salary and gain vital transferable skills Two-thirds of employers provided industrial placements (6-12 months) More than half have paid internships lasting three weeks or longer Good graduate starting salaries and employment rates Continued support from Careers service after graduation

13 The application process
Visit the UCAS website Do a course search Look at entry requirements, possibly league tables and location Order a prospectus and visit the university website Visit the university! Make your choices

14 Factors in choosing a UK university
Course portfolio City-based vs campus-based Location Transport links Costs Entry requirements Extracurricular activities League tables What elements are important to you?

15 League tables Survey of final year students Teaching on the course
Assessment and feedback Academic support Organisation and management Learning resources Personal development Overall satisfaction Students’ Union League table (newspaper) Entry requirements Feedback Job prospects Overall quality Spend per student Staff/student ratio Teaching quality Quality of research produced by universities Rank of 4* means the research is of a world leading or international standard Students benefit from learning from experts in their subject League table Completion rates Entry requirements Investment in facilities Research Student satisfaction The Table of Tables is published by the THE and combines the results of all the UK’s university league tables

16 Rough Qualification Equivalencies
A levels IB EB A*AA 38 overall, 19 Higher Level 85% (90% in related) AAA 36-37 overall, 18 Higher Level 82-85% AAB 35-36 overall, 17 Higher Level 80% ABB 33-35 overall, 16 Higher Level 75-78% BBB 32-33 overall, 15 Higher Level 70-75%

17 Entry requirements Entry requirements differ depending on the programme of study and the university Look on the university website to find out what the general entry requirements are for your qualification/country If in doubt, contact the university If you are not a native English speaker, you will be required to prove your English language ability: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Check university websites or prospectuses for others

18 The Application Process
Choose Course Applying Mid Oct – Oxford, Cambridge, Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary, Mid Jan – All less above. End Mar – Art and Design less above. 5 Choices Details, Education, Personal Statement (47 lines, 4,000 characters) Reference. Offers Interviews, Entrance Tests Firm, Insurance Results Extra

19 10 Tips on Personal Statements
Express interest in the subject and show real passion Go for a strong opening line to grab the reader's attention Relate outside interests to the course Think beyond university Get the basics right Don't try to sound too clever Take time and make it your best work Don't leave it until the last minute Get a second opinion Honesty is the best policy

20 Fees and Funding Academic costs Living costs Tuition fees
Books and materials Living costs Travel Accommodation Food Clothing and laundry Personal items Social life Mobile phone TV licence* Unexpected costs/healthcare Your living costs could vary between £185 and £374 per week London is more expensive than elsewhere in the country The north of England has a lower cost of living than the south of England * If you use a TV in the UK, you must have a TV licence

21 Tuition fees and government loans
Cost The cost of undergraduate study in the UK is between £6,000 and £9,000 per year (for UK and EU full-time students) Each university sets its own fees The cost of years in industry, years abroad and postgraduate study can vary Tuition Fee Loan Every full-time UK and EU student is entitled to a full loan to cover the cost of tuition This is paid directly to the university by the UK government; you do not have to pay anything upfront Because they are loans, they do earn interest and have to be repaid.

22 Loan repayment Repayments begin the April after graduation and only when income exceeds £21,000 per year or equivalent Repayments are calculated at 9% of anything earned over £21,000 For example: If you earn £25,000, you repay 9% of £4,000 £25,000 - £21,000 = £4,000 9% of £4,000 = £360 per year Or £30 per month If income falls to £21,000 or less, repayments stop Any amount remaining after 30 years will be written off

23 Other financial support
Scholarships are awarded on merit Often for academic achievement Also for the arts, music and sport Bursaries are awarded on the basis of financial need Check the university website for details and apply for any funding for which you may qualify Scholarships are not always awarded automatically Unlike loans, these awards do not need to be repaid

24 Scholarships Examples of the types of awards available:
Academic scholarships £2,000 per year For AAA at A-level; IB for 35 points with 15 points at higher Other universities may have scholarships for specific subjects Study Abroad scholarships £2,000 (during year abroad) By essay Sports scholarships Financial support of between £250-£5,000 per year For elite sports people competing to a recognised standard Music scholarships £500-£5,000 per year For performance and music lessons Allocated by audition

25 Conclusion UK universities provide:
Reputable and internationally recognise qualifications Excellent teaching by research active staff Choice, diversity and flexibility in learning of subjects Superb student support services Involved and developmental student activities Financial support and scholarships The ‘feel’ of the university came in as the 4th most important factor in choosing a university; therefore it is essential that you go and visit.

26 Mary Hughes
Alastair Ross

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