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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 3

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 Queens Anniversary Prizes; a recognition of world class excellence 4

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 5

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 Bachelors degree in 3 years Masters degree in 4 years Full-time or part-time 6

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

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 8

9 Student life 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 9 UK universities value and support extracurricular activities

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 10

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 Page 11

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 12

13 The application process Page 13 Visit the UCAS websiteDo a course searchLook 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? 14

15 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 Job prospects Learning resources Research Staff/student ratio Student satisfaction Page 15 League tables

16 Rough Qualification Equivalencies A levelsIBEB A*AA38 overall, 19 Higher Level85% (90% in related) AAA36-37 overall, 18 Higher Level82-85% AAB35-36 overall, 17 Higher Level80% ABB33-35 overall, 16 Higher Level75-78% BBB32-33 overall, 15 Higher Level70-75% 16

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 17

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 18

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 19

20 Fees and Funding Academic 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 Page 20 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. 21

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 Page 22

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 23

24 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 Academic scholarships £2,000 (during year abroad) By essay Study Abroad scholarships Financial support of between £250-£5,000 per year For elite sports people competing to a recognised standard Sports scholarships £500-£5,000 per year For performance and music lessons Allocated by audition Music scholarships 24 Examples of the types of awards available:

25 Conclusion Page 25 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

26 Page 26 Mary Hughes Alastair Ross

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