Study Abroad Insights UK Series Episode 2 | Everything you want to know about studying in the UK

Study Abroad Insights UK Series Episode 2 | Everything you want to know about studying in the UK

October 25, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


Hello and welcome to study abroad UK insight
series, I am your host Amit Chaturvedi. Today we have got experts, who will talk about
UK as a destination and their experiences. So stay tuned for more information, thank
you Hello and welcome to another episode of study
abroad insight series UK and I’m your host Amit Chaturvedi. With me
today I have Andy Long from University of Bath. Thank you Andy for joining us. Thank you very much. Today’s discussion will evolve around students
who are interested to look at exploring UK as destination. We’ll try and answer their
questions, give them better understanding in terms of how best they can look at while
applying for a UK university and more in terms of their living and travel and their aspects.
So thank you very much for joining us. Before I get into those questions if I may
ask you in terms of if you can explain us your role and a little more about yourself,
it will help us to take it further. Yeah certainly so I’m one of the team’s undergraduate
student creamer manager. So that means I spend most of my time traveling around talking to
students about applying to university and helping them make the right choice. I’ve got quite a lot of experience in this
field. I’ve previously worked at Lancaster university where I worked both in recruitment
and also their admissions team as well. So I’ve got a strong background in admissions
and the application processing as well. That’s an exciting role but what does that
you find most exciting well in this role? For me the most exciting thing is been able
to talk to students and help them understand what their next steps could be whether it
be study in in the UK, studying overseas somewhere else whatever it is for me I really enjoy
being out to help people with those choices. How about this market India, do you think Indians
are way excited to come into UK and study or you have some of the reasons you found
out in this course of interactions? No, I think Indian students are still very
interested in studying in the UK. I think the UK is a very popular destination for them
partly because we have a lot of Indian students who’ve been studying the UK before
and have remained in the UK, so it’s a nice community of students and the UK is actually
very warm and welcoming to international students as well. So any three highlights as far as if I say
British education is concerned, would attract international or say Indian students to come
in to study in at UK universities. I think studying in UK for Indian students,
one of the main positives for them is the opportunity to a one year masters degree.
I think a one year masters degrees of real interest to students because probably its
cheaper for them but it gives them the opportunity to get that place, that masters done before
then progressing into career. I think the location as well, the UK is very easy to get to and
also get around and I might be stuck might be slightly biased but it’s got some of the
most beautiful scenery in the world as well and also the options of course is available
as well. So whichever university a student looks at there’s always lots of opportunities
whether that be a BSC program and BA an integrated masters, a placement year, there’s millions
of opportunities for students out there and the UK is a great location to do that in. There’s a perception Andy that studying in
the UK especially undergraduate is an expensive proposition so what’s your take on that? I tell you, the cost of living in the UK
does vary where a student studies but one of the real benefits is that we’ll start to
see an increase in ways that students can support themselves whilst at university so
whether that be a scholarship whether it be some form of part-time employment, there are
lots of different ways that students can help reduce that cost of living for them. But on an average the amount of money people
spend on maybe food or transport or accommodation, do you think is it really expensive compared
to some other countries where students are enrolling. I think it all depends on where the student
wants to study and where they want to live. Particularly if they perhaps want to live
and study in a big city, the cost of living will be significantly more if they perhaps
live in a smaller city or smaller town and it also depends on where the university is
located and so you know if the university within walking distance, if their accommodation
is catered self-catered ensuite or as well as it’s within walking distance of accommodation
to the University as well so I think is what means it’s comparable with lots of other countries
when it comes to the cost of living. So in your opinion which are the most sought-after
programs or courses Indian students are looking forward to enrol for in UK? I think it really does vary what we see is
that more Indians use particularly undergraduate level are interested in programs offered by things
like school of management. So management studies, international business management
and things like that as well as engineering programs and also psychology and we see very
similar at a postgraduate level as well. I think school of management and management
based programs will always be the most popular for Indian based students. For the benefit of this audience if you can
help us explain the process of screening the documents when they make an application so
what does that look at? Yeah so the universities always look
at the students academic potential whether thats under graduate or postgraduate they
were always be looking for the academic potential of a student. Particularly at an undergraduate
level, they’ll be looking at both their 10th and 12th grade results, their predicted grades
and also their statement of purpose about why their interest in studying that
program and we also do look at the letter of recommendation provided by the school. At
a postgraduate level as well as looking at the overall qualification that students achieved,
they always look at the modules that they’ve taken because as mentioned they’ve been one-year
masters program we need to make sure that students are suitably prepared for the masters
program and we also look at the universities that students have been studying at for their
bachelors degree before joining the university. Now talking about the programs and especially
the undergraduate and the postgraduate programs, what are the typical durations at the university
or especially largely at UK? It’s typically for postgraduate it is a one-year
program. Some programs and some universities may also offer the opportunity to do two-year
masters programs and that’ll typically come with a work based placement of some description.
Undergraduate level it does vary between a three, four and five year course typically.
A three year course is normally a bachelors program of BSC or BA program where students
spend all three years studying. The fourth year program could be a BSC or BA where the student
do a work based placement, a sandwich year or internship as part of it or they could
spend four years where they do an integrated masters. So that’s still four years of study
but they graduate with a masters level qualification and the five year is the combination of the
year work based placement and also the masters program as well. And what do you think is the ideal time for
a student to start making an application or start preparing, how soon they need to start? I think students can start ppeparing when they
go at least for undergraduate when they go into the eleventh grade and they start to
think about do they want to go to university and if so which country they thinking about
and what course should they be doing. Then as they progress through eleventh into twelfth
that is when they should have hopefully narrowed down which universities they want to go to
being ready to submit the application at some point from September onwards. Most UK universities
are happy to accept applications from international students after the January 15th deadline that
UCAS has, however at that point they can close some courses. So some courses are extremely
popular and they may close the university may decide to close them to new applications
post January 15th. So I do always recommend for undergraduate students to be ready to
have the application submitted if it’s for a popular course by the 15th of January. So that’s about how soon they can plan and
another thing which is very critical for students is to understand how much of finances they
would need so what are the average tuition fees for an undergraduate and a post graduate
program? They really do vary between institution and
program as well. Most undergraduate degrees will normally be between perhaps sixteen thousand
pounds up to about twenty thousand pounds per year of study. Some particularly perhaps
thinking about a program like medicine that could be in the excess of twenty five thousand
pounds. Postgraduate programs again you’re looking at around 20,000 pounds mark. And in addition to of course we understand
there’s a cost of living so what’s the average cost of living around? It depends where a student wants to study.
I’ve seen an example at London will most likely have a higher cost of living particularly
with things like accommodation than what another city might have. We would always possibly from
students if they want to put a number to it I expect them to have about ten thousand pounds
on top of the tuition fee. So it’s always about the tuition fee plus ten thousand pounds would
give a student and parents an idea of the financial cost of the university. Obviously
some students it may be slightly more, some it might be slightly less and some may offset
it by things like scholarships and part time jobs as well. Another aspect which most student want to
know before they make an application is about the acceptance of the degree or the accreditations
associated with the institution or the programs they are enrolling for. So which are the popular
accreditations in UK if you can just throw some more light on that? Yeah so the accreditations really do vary
between course. Every course will have a different form of accreditation and the same course
at two different universities may have two different accreditations. It’s really important
for the students to think about what they’re going to do after their degree. So for example
psychology, degrees are normally accredited by the British psychological society. Students
need to think that if they’re going to have their employment in the UK, they need an accredited
degree but if they want to continue their employment elsewhere in the world will that
accreditation still be suitable for them. So it really is important it comes to accreditations
for students to think about that. Most universities most courses are accredited by some form of
institution whether it be things like the institute of chemical engineering whether it
be as I mentioned the British psychological society, it’s all about or for the students
once they’ve narrowed down that course choice to look into the accreditations a little bit
more. Which are the accreditations for the popular
programs especially for Indian students who go for either business or engineering programs? There’s lots of different ones that available
off so you’ve got things like the Institute of chartered accountants, things like that
as an extremely popular program and the accreditation becomes of that is extremely popular for students.
I say that sort of the main one this students will be normally going towards. Another element which is important for a student
is to start considering how best and how soon they can apply for scholarships. So what are
these scholarships available for students and what are the general quantum of scholarship
awarded to a student? Yeah so for from ourselves obviously it does
vary between institutions. For the university of Bath, a postgraduate level we have a number
of scholarship available across all faculties. These are normally in the region of 5,000
pounds and students can apply for those once they’ve received an offer from the University.
So they’ve got to have submitted their application and receive offer from the University and
they can then start the application process for that. For our undergraduate students, we
have a merit based scholarship. So there’s no application forms for it. The students just
need to submit the application and because it’s merit based if their results meet the
requirements then they’ll receive the scholarship. That one typically comes in the form of a
first year tuition fee waiver so if a student was to achieve above 90%, they’d receive a
1,000 pound tuition fee waiver the first year and if those achieve above 95%, they’d receive
a 2,000 pound tuition fee waiver. Apart from the scholarships, is there any other
financial assistance offered by the university to international students? There’s also, we support our students
if they want if they require additional support with helping find things like jobs. Typically
students can work up to 20 hours a week on their student visas and as a university we
have lots of opportunities for students to work whether that be in the supermarket on
campus or whether it be is one of our student ambassadors that show visitors around. There
is also a hardship fund available so students find themselves in a very difficult financial
situation, the university can sort of help but that’s much more sort of an emergency
fund for students. A lot of students want to understand what
is a typical teaching system or a methodology adopted by UK universities which I mean we
understand it’s different from in content to what we do here, so if you can throw some
light. What’s the teaching methodology at the university? Yeah so the university makes sure students
really understand everything within their degree. So there will be lectures where there
could be sort of up to a hundred students and that introduces a lot of the concepts
about what they’re studying. That can be followed up with much smaller sessions like seminars
where there could perhaps only be 10 or 12 people who in that one and that’s where you
go into a lot more detail about it and you get into the nitty-gritty of it. Alongside
that, you’ll also have particularly more things like the science based programs, you will also
have more practical sessions where students get sort of you know the hands-on experience,
the lab based work and things like that. Another thing which I know students would be
interested to know is, when they come into the university and you spoke about the cost
of living but what are the options for them? Is it a shared accommodation or it is like
ensuite they live on their own supported by university, how does it work? So again it’s one of those where it does vary
a little bit. At the university of Bath, we have a couple of different options for students
so that is an option for shared rooms. So that would be two students sharing a room if they
wanted to or the majority of the accommodation is a single room. So you have your own room
to yourself and then you have the option of an ensuite accommodation where you have your
own bathroom facilities or you do also have the possibility of shared bathroom facilities.
Alongside this as well, we do have the opportunity for students have catered accommodation so
that’s where they can receive two meals a day as part of their rent payment or they
can have self-catered where’s up to the students to provide all of their own meals. Whichever
type of accommodation students live in, they do have kitchens so means that even if they
are in catered accommodation and they have two meals a day provided, they still have kitchen
facilities to make meals if they want to. And is the accommodation guaranteed for international
students? Postgraduate level it is yes and then undergraduate
level it isn’t guaranteed for everybody. It will be guaranteed if a student makes the
university their firm choice through the UCAS application and meet all of the you UCAS deadlines.
If a student was to put as insurance choice and things like that, we couldn’t guarantee accommodation
but we’ll always do our best to support students with that. And you touched upon the UCAS process of application,
can you please tell our students how many applications they can make through UCAS? Yes certainly so UCAS allows you to make five
applications. Those five applications can be five choices at five different universities.
They can be five choices at one university. They could also be two choices at one university
and three choices at three different institutions. the only difference to that would be if someone’s
interest in applying for something like medicine, dentistry or veterinary and that is where
a student can only apply to four medical schools. For example and the fifth choice would have
to be something that isn’t medicine. So this application process free of cost or
there’s a cost? There’s a cost to it you. UCAS do charge
you to submit the application. It’s very it’s a small fee and that’s all just for the admin
side of things with UCAS. I know there are a lot of students who have
a gap year in between. So what is your take and how does university look at those students
who have a gap year? Most universities are very happy for students
to take a gap year. Students can when they think about university in a gap year, can do in one of two ways. So they can just take the gap year and then apply for the year that
they want to start or a student could apply for deferred entry before they go on their
gap year. So it means that, let’s say apply for 2021 entry to university during the 2020
admission cycle. The real benefit for this particular student is perhaps thinking about
going traveling for their gap year. They don’t have to worry about being in Africa, visiting
sort of you know whatever they’re doing on their gap year. They don’t have to worry about
submitting their application then. They already know that their place at university is guaranteed
and secured, ready for when they come back. Another thing which I know students are interested
is a lot in terms of the health and safety aspect. So of course we would like you to tell
us more about the National Health Scheme and the overall safety of students especially
I know from the point of view a lot of parents who would like to hear from you, how safe it
is for them to be in UK? Yeah definitely students and parents are always
really concerned about safety and particularly if the student is moving across the country
let alone across it to a different continent, they want to make sure that they are safe.
The UK is an extremely safe location. University towns are normally very safe for students.
Most universities have got things like a security important team so that means if a student
ever has an issue, they’re able to speak to someone 24 hours a day. seven days a week. The
towns and cities themselves are also very well policed and very well safe and secure
for students. The National Health Service as well is something that all students including
international students will be eligible for through their visas and that is and that’s
access to health services across the whole of the UK free of charge once they’ve paid
for the contribution part as part of their visa. That means that if a student needs to
see a doctor or worst case scenario needs to go to hospital, they will always be treated
for it. Most universities like the University of Bath, we have got our own doctor surgery
on campus. So it means that if a student does feel unwell, they can get to a doctors quite
easily. The only time the students have to pay for things is if they need a prescription
for medication and also if they need to see a dentist as well and again the university
does have its own dentist on campus. Tell me Andy something about students who
come from various parts of the world and study in UK, how do they found the commute local
commute and is it also easy for them to get hold of groceries within the campus or around
campus? It is, yeah most of our first issues will
live on campus so everything is within walking distance. If they do need anything from the
city, it only takes about 10-15 minutes on the bus so it means that students are really
well connected in that sense and that’s also important for second and third year students
who would simply live off campus. The buses are obviously very frequent and
it means that students can get between the city and the university quite easily. When
it comes to groceries we’ve got two supermarkets on campus that sell a mix of food both UK
based foods and international foods as well and all the main supermarkets will also deliver
to the university as well. So it’s not uncommon to see a group of students put in a really
big order with one of the supermarkets and they’d be delivered to them on campus. So it
can be really easy for students to get everything that they need. Another aspect which is large number of students
would be interested to know in terms of internships, so they would like to hear from you what kind
of internships are available for students with which programs and what are the typical
duration of these internships. Yeah so at postgraduate level there’s only
a small number of courses which have these sorts of internships. These include things
like the data science base programs typically a year long program. There’s also some courses
within psychology a postgraduate that they can do those sort of placement years. It’s
much of a bigger thing at undergraduate level. So undergraduate level for the university
of Bath, all courses offer some form of placement and that could be a work-based placement or
it can also be a study abroad placement as well. These are typically just under a year
long so students may start in sort of September time and finish sort of June time and the
real benefits of these placements to students is that they get a years work experience.
They get to meet with companies, they get to experience what it’s like to have a job and
also network with people as well. So this really helps students when they start to think about
what they want to do after their degree because I’ve already set themselves up by having this
really good set of skills and experiences from placement year. Now these internships paid? They can be, you do find some students may
work in a more charity and voluntary sector and some will be paid. It all depends exactly
on which course a student does and which company they perhaps work and do that placement with. Does the duration of internship vary depending
on the course or it is like standard duration? Standard duration service placement year for
most things. There is a small exception to that so some courses for example architecture
program, the placements for that are broken down into two six-month placements but for
the majority of students if they opt for the placement option that’ll be a full year
of time. And we do hear about the sandwich programs.
So how different they are from then these interns built-in internships to the program? Assertively the internships and the sandwich
programs are very similar but it’s that spending a year doing some form of extra work, things
like that it could also be a study abroad option as well. But that sort of you know simply
what we have is that the students have the opportunity to get this experience alongside
their degree which will really help them when they start to think about their next steps. Is it common for international students who
come in to study, for example in a UK University, would take advantage of your associations
or tie ups with other international universities and go for further maybe another different
destination to study? It is if they want to, it all depends on what
the ones who in which course they choose to do. So if student was to join us on a languages
based program, they would have a year abroad as part of that and same as if they did one
of our international management programs, they’d have the year abroad as part of that. But some
students will join us on other programs and opt to do a year abroad instead of a year
placement as well and this clearly up to the student what they want to do. Let me switch from this to another important
aspect is the part-time jobs for the students. I know students can possibly work part-time
and you can possibly share the duration and but how easy it is for students to secure
a part-time job as they study? It can be quiet easy. There’s lots of different
companies that will be looking for students like say with Bath having such a large
population of students within the city, it means that a lot of companies rely on the
students for employment and that could be in lots of different ways. Students may work
in sort of more of a retail aspect so let’s say we’ve got two supermarkets on campus,
they’ll be looking for some students. There’s a number of bars, restaurants, coffee shops,
things like that, they’ll all be looking for students as well. So it’s quite easy and we
at the university have got job link and that is where companies can advertise jobs for
students. So it means that students can see in one location what jobs are about and you
also find that a lot of students and perhaps international students as well will work for
things like admissions teams, recruitment teams things like tour guide, student
ambassador role and also things like social media bloggers and content providers. Because
universities really want to show potential students what it’s like and the best way to
do that is ask our current students. So we use a number of bloggers and things like that
to showcase what their life at university is like. And how much time student can work as part-time? So typically they can work 20 hours per week
as part of their visa during term time. Out of term time, they can work up to full time
hours. If a student undertakes a placement year because the placement year is part of
the degree and built into that, a student can work full time on their placement throughout
the full year as part of that as well. And you touched upon the full time work, is
it as easy to get full time work or like part-time you said or it’s little difficult? It can be lots of things like things like
supermarkets, the retail shops, it’s quite easy when a student is perhaps going into a holiday
period at the university to get extra hours if they want to. It’s not uncommon that if
a student is perhaps decides to stay in Bath over the Christmas break. They saw the perhaps
don’t want to travel home that they could ask their employer if they do extra hours
and a lot of students will take advantage of that. Another thing which students are interested to know is of course we spoke about part-time work and the full-time job opportunities, what
percentage of students end up working in their interest or their subject areas? It really does vary because students will
go and work in lots of different sectors. So we like to make sure that our students are
as skilled as possible when they leave the university and through things like the placements,
the career support that happens and you do find that students who perhaps study a business
degree may decide that actually they don’t want to go into business. They perhaps found
that they’ve enjoyed working in perhaps as a student ambassador and want to work in an
admissions based well. So a lot of students do they complete their degree and then go
and work in a slightly different field and because of that you know we will always support
students with that because students will want to do whatever work they feel is best for
them and so that means very difficult to give an exact percentage for that. But I say lots
of our students and to be over eighty percent of our students will be in some form of employment
or further study within six months. You spoke about the job link, what does the
or what are the other supports which a student can expect from a university to find a suitable
job? Yes so alongside the job link which sort of
shows things like the part-time jobs that’s available, there’s also career services at
the university which will help students if they are perhaps thinking about applying for
a graduate job and are unsure how to complete an application form or they’re unsure how
to submit a resume. So they can get additional advice and guidance and there’s number of
different departments at the university who can help students with that. And of course
with having a large amount of placements as well, it means that students can get interactions
with companies when they come to meet with students about placements they can ask them
for advice and guidance on perhaps how to apply for a job or a placement in that particular
field as well. Let me ask you what advice would you give
to students to possibly make a better career when they land into UK and of course that’s
the objective, so what should they be concentrating upon? I think the important thing for students is
that they focus on getting skills alongside the degree. Lots of students are graduating
each year with a degree however if a student does something extra such as a placement year
or if they are perhaps involved in a sports team or a sports society, they get extra skills
which can make themselves stand out and it’s really important for students to understand
that the more time and effort they put into the extracurricular skills that they can get,
the more employable that they will look. Particularly like say when you’ve got so many students
graduating at the same time but if you see one student has graduated with a degree and
another student graduates with the same degree but spent a year working for KPMG for example
or another large company, they then will start to look a lot more employable as a result
of it. I understand students’ union are very popular
amongst students, so what support students union lend to international students’ who
arrive into the university? So our students’ union like to make sure
that our students feel welcome so we have an extended welcome week for international students so that helps them find their way around the university find their way around the city and start to understand what it’s like to live and study in the UK. They put on lots of different social activities throughout that sort of first week or so to help students meet each other from lots of different countries and lots of different backgrounds as well. They also support them throughout the year
so if students have got questions or they are unsure on something, they’re able to then
go and chat to the Students’ Union about that and as well as the Students’ Union
the university has lots of support in other ways we’ve got a student support service who
are there to help students with questions like finance, accommodation, visa questions
things that we’ve got dedicated teams started throughout the university who are there to
make sure that students get all the advice and guidance that they need. Does this Students’ union involved in any
kind of cultural initiatives or the social initiatives? They can be yeah so the Students’ Union
within the Students’ Union there’s a number of different clubs and societies and these
were put on lots of different events, so we have lots of events around religious festivals.
So things like Diwali we have a big festival. Asian society offer on big events for that
and it’s advertised across the whole university and open to all students. So even if perhaps
a student isn’t religious or doesn’t follow that religion, they can come along to it to
find out more and interact with students as well. Any tip or two-three key suggestions to our
students who are listening to this and are inclined to study in UK? I think my sort of top tips for studying in
the UK doesn’t be to do the research into the courses and also the difference in courses.
You’ve mentioned a little about a little bit about things like the placement years and
the study abroad programs, make sure that if student is thinking about doing one of those
that they do apply for the right one because they are slightly different course codes when
it comes to the application and you’d hate for students to be really interested in a
placement year and actually not apply for it. I think also students need to be prepared
for the sort of step up from their twelfth grade to university particularly in schools
that may have teachers who may sort of be on their back a little bit saying you need
to submit your coursework, you’ve got exams coming up need to make sure you’ve preparing
for it. The university is very much you as an individual and you as an independent person
doing it. So it’s important that students understand sort of that step up for it and I think my
final sort of top tip it’s a student as well will be to make sure that you’ve prepared
for the British weather, the British weather does change, so important to make sure they
bring lots of different clothes for different seasons. You’ll always need a big coat in the
winter as well. And I also have some questions which are typical
questions asked by students like when should a student start planning to apply to a UK
University? Yep so the application process sort of starts
in September at least for most students starts in the September of the year before their
starting. So students that are interested in starting in September 2020, the applications
will open in September 2019. So students need to be prepared and be thinking about their
choices ready for when it opens and getting the application submitted sort of around then. Can you also please highlight us some key
documents which a student need to when they make an application? So students will always need their predicted
grades so far. So they may already have those from the school depending on which exams they’ve
taken. Though normally also need to submit an academic history as well. So for Indian
students that simply their 11th grade and their 10th grade results as well. They’d also
need to submit any english language assessments that they’ve taken. So for a students who get
their visa study in the UK, students have to pass a certain level of English typically
IELTS is what they will study. Students can submit that when they submit their application
at the start or they can submit that at a later date but students do need to where they
have to sit that and will have to put, send and provide information for that. And I think you understand rankings are very
critical for student, so what is the best source for students to look at the rankings of various
institutions? There’s lots of different ones to look at
depending on what a student wants to see. Three main league tables in the UK is The Times
of Sunday Times, The Guardian and The Complete University Guide. They’re a really good idea
for students have a look at to see how a university in general is ranked in the UK. Obviously as
well as that you’ve then got the QS World Rankings which shows how a university is ranked.
Globally more important than both of those I feel that students also be looking at the
rankings for subject as well. All of the majorly tables will give an insight into how good
their subject is and I would always recommend for students to look at that alongside the
institutional ranking because if an institution is ranked in the top ten but the course that
students interested in is ranked 50th in the UK, is that the right mix for the students
or would it be better to go to a university that perhaps ranked in the top 20 or 30 but
their course is in the Top 5 in the UK. So I think subject rankings is very important
for students. I think that’s a very valuable advice. Students
would like to understand what should a student do next after they have made an application? The best thing that students can do is just
prepare for their exams. Once an application is submitted, there’s nothing else that the
student will need to submit unless requested by a university. So students don’t need to
worry about not hearing anything, things like that universities have timelines and timeframes
that they need to work to. So the best thing is once a student click submit on their application
is to then to an extent forget about it until they hear back and focus much more on getting
the grades they need for entry. Any key challenges you think student should
be prepared for? I think student should always be prepared
for sort of beat having an unsuccessful application. Obviously we would love to offer every student
a place at the University however unfortunately we just can’t do that and we do have to say
no to some students. So I think students need to sort of face the challenge of if they are
unsuccessful with their application, to think about what their next steps will be. Do they
want to look at different institutions and apply through UCAS extra, do the ones then
perhaps wait and apply through UCAS clearing because there’s always lots of different options
for students whatever the outcome of their application and I think it sort of just be
prepared that as much as we’d love to make an offer to everybody, unfortunately we can’t
and we do have to say no to some people. We spoke about the part-time work we spoke
about them working during the off time, what’s the possibility for a student of securing
a good job once they complete the program they’ve enrolled for? So it is quite, it can be quite challenging
because obviously mentioned there’ll be a lot of students who are graduating at the
same time looking for similar work. The best thing for students is to is be prepared to
start early for it. For postgraduate students, if a student starts in September they need
to be thinking near enough straightaway about what jobs they’ll be doing because the application
window for some sort of you know graduate schemes and some of the higher jobs can open
in October-November time. For undergraduate students they need to be thinking throughout
their time at university about how they can get all the skills that we mentioned and think
about from sort of the start of their final year to start that application process and
things like that. It’s all about making sure that students are proactive. We’ve tried to
find the employment. The employment is out there, students just need to be proactive in
going out and finding it. As we close, last comment or last suggestion
you want to share with students? I think for my experience of talking to students
and sort of helping them find the right choice for them, is that they need to do the research.
They can’t just expect to walk into an agents office and be able to find out all the information.
They have to be prepared to put in a little bit of time and effort themselves to do the
research, to look at what courses will available to look at which locations geographically
they’re interested in and to look at sort of you know the rankings and reputations.
Yes our colleagues ourselves we can help students sort of you know with the application process
but it’s up to the students to make that first bit and that first step into it and do the research. Great so before we move ahead I know you come
from university of Bath, Bath itself is a beautiful city so we would like to know from
you a little more in terms of your institution the one you represent. Yes certainly so the university of Bath is
a campus based university so that means that everything student needs is located on one
site it is just on the edge of the city of Bath. It’s a beautiful historic city it’s not
a large city it’s quite a small city over 20% of the population of Bath is typically
made up of students as well. So it means that it’s a very student orientated city and for
me the real benefit in the real luxury of Bath is our location. We’re surrounded by green
fields from where the campus is to get to the city you pass green fields and from most
of the accommodation you can see lots of greenery. So it really is just a beautiful location
for students. Fantastic, I think it was really interesting
to listen from you and I’m sure our audience will benefit. So thank you very much Andy for
coming to us, thank you very much, and sharing your experiences, thank you. Pleasure and
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