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University of Sussex University of Sussex Undergraduate Office (Admissions) Sussex House, Falmer Brighton BN1 9RH A guide for students on A guide for students on T +44 (0)1273 678416 franchised programmes F +44 (0)1273 678335 E firstname.lastname@example.org franchised programmes www.sussex.ac.uk 2007/2008 2008/2009 By air Two of Britain’s major international airports, London Heathrow and Gatwick, are both within easy reach. By sea The major south coast ports offer regular ferry services to continental Europe. By train You can be in central London in as little as 50 minutes. By road Brighton is conveniently located close to the main UK road network. Contents Welcome from the Vice-Chancellor 1 About the University 2 What is a franchised programme? 4 Student administration 6 • Registration • Programme choice form • Induction • Assessment and examinations • Regulations • Complaints • Appeals Financial arrangements 9 Academic support and student services 10 • Access to facilities • Library • Disability Support • Computing • Other support The University of Sussex Students’ Union 13 The University of Sussex Students’ Union 14 Advice Centre Useful contacts 15 1 Welcome from the Vice-Chancellor ‘It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the University of Sussex. ‘Although you will study at a local partner college during your first year, we very much regard you as a Sussex student. ‘You are welcome to use all the student services available on the Sussex campus, including the Library, computing facilities and the sport centres. ‘Your registration at the University also automatically entitles you to membership of the University of Sussex Students’ Union. ‘We are proud of our reputation as a cosmopolitan community: our diverse student population makes the Sussex campus an exciting and lively place. The atmosphere is also informal and friendly, making it a great place to make new friends. ‘This guide introduces you to the University and provides useful information on our franchised programmes. I am sure that you will find it to be helpful. ‘With all good wishes for your success.’ Professor Michael Farthing Vice-Chancellor 2 About the University Setting the scene The University of Sussex was the first of the new universities founded in the 1960s and received its Royal Charter on 16 August 1961. The University boasts one of the most beautiful and picturesque campuses in Britain. Located in parkland near the village of Falmer, about four miles (six kilometres) east of Brighton and on the edge of the Sussex Downs, the campus combines award-winning modern architecture and lush open spaces. The campus is like a large, self-contained village, with lecture halls, seminar rooms, laboratories, bars, restaurants, shops, libraries, accommodation and sports facilities all within easy walking distance. In 2007/08, 11,459 students were registered on degree programmes at the University, while the total number of University employees was approximately 2,175. 3 About the University How the University works The main academic units of the University are the following five schools of study: • School of Humanities • School of Life Sciences • School of Science and Technology • School of Social Sciences and Cultural Studies • The Sussex Institute Each programme of study is assigned to a school and you will be registered as a student in one of these schools depending on your programme (see page 5). Each school is headed by a dean, assisted by a number of academic officers, administrators and other support staff, and the whole school community is housed in a particular group of adjacent buildings on the campus. The schools play a key role in providing academic and personal support to help you achieve your full potential. All the schools of the University regard the cultural diversity and age mix of their students as one of their most valued assets. The schools work hard to foster the diversity of the student experience. 4 What is a franchised programme? Background Standards The University’s partnership arrangements Your programme is owned and managed by a derive from its regional role, defined in the University school of studies. That same school mission statement of the University Plan. also owns the whole degree programme of A close involvement with the local community which your programme forms a part. It is the has characterised the University since school’s responsibility to ensure that your its foundation. programme is monitored on an annual basis in accordance with the University’s quality A franchised programme is a programme assurance procedures. Examination question designed and owned by the University but papers for your programme are checked by delivered by a partner college. The University school representatives at the University. remains responsible for the design, content, mode of delivery and assessment of Programme completion the programme. Each programme has different rules for successful completion. You will find these How many students are there on details in the programme literature sent to you franchised programmes? by your college. There are, at present, about 35 students at two colleges. 5 What is a franchised programme? College UCAS code Franchised programme School Chichester College C701 BSc Biological Sciences Life Sciences (with a foundation year) Central Sussex College G402 BSc Computing Sciences Science and (with a foundation year) Technology 6 Student administration Registration Registration should be done online and details of how to access the online registration system will be sent to you in late August/early September. Please ensure you keep a record of your username and password as this will give you access to your IT Services account, including email. Your college tutor will provide you with your ID card. Programme choice form In April of your foundation year, you will be required to complete a programme choice form to indicate the programme you intend to progress to. If you wish to change the programme you were admitted to, please speak to your college tutor, who will advise you on how to apply for a change of programme. Induction Your college will have several induction activities at the beginning of the autumn term – these will be well publicised in your college welcome pack and on college notice boards. Please remember that you are always welcome to visit the University and take advantage of the academic and social facilities on offer. 7 Student administration Assessment and examinations Who can help with any special What if the examinations clash with arrangements for examinations I have? my holidays? If you have any additional requirements, The examinations timetable will be issued eg wheelchair user access to examination early enough for you to fit any domestic rooms, it is very important to let your college arrangements around them; your college tutor know (or make an early appointment at cannot arrange examinations to fit your University of Sussex Student Support) as far personal needs. This also applies to resit in advance of the examinations as possible examinations, which are usually held in early so that arrangements can be made to September. Please do not make commitments accommodate them. for that time if you think you may have to take resits. Do I have to pay for examinations? No. The cost of examinations is included in Does the same apply to religious the tuition fee that you pay at the beginning festivals? of the programme. If there are particular days that you must avoid for religious reasons, it is imperative that you inform your college tutor by January so that your college can try to timetable your examinations around them. If this proves not to be possible, your college will make arrangements with your tutor for a special sitting. 8 Student administration “ Regulations Christian’s As a student on a franchised programme, perspective you will be bound by both the regulations ‘I moved to England to do a degree in of the University and those of the College. Molecular Genetics at Sussex and the foundation year Any regulations relating to your link with prepared me very well. Students on franchised programmes the University (eg programme regulations, were often better prepared for their Sussex degrees than assessment, appeals) will be dealt with by other students. Later, I took my notes from Chichester Sussex. However, if you do anything that College as a reference for research. affects only your college (eg conduct), you ‘The programme includes a range of subjects, giving you are bound by your college’s regulations for the chance to choose from several degree programmes at Sussex. The teaching standard is excellent and faculty those purposes. are very helpful with any issues that arise, whether course related or private. You are treated as an adult in a study The University sets out its obligations to its environment that reflects the one at Sussex. You can use students, and vice versa, in the Handbook the Library and computing facilities at Sussex during your for Undergraduate Students, which can studies at your college, which makes you feel part of the be accessed at www.sussex.ac.uk/ University. studenthandbook ‘Chichester College was a great place to study, with everything within walking distance. There is a modern leisure Complaints centre nearby, with a gym and a swimming pool. The college also has some leisure facilities and there are many clubs If you have a complaint about any aspect of you can join, whether you are interested in languages, arts your degree programme or life at your college, or sports. There is a large supermarket next to the college including the way in which your programme and shops and pubs in Chichester centre are all within is taught or assessed, or the learning support walking distance. There are frequent trains in all directions, available, you should take the matter up with in case you fancy a day out in London or Brighton. your college tutor. Informal discussions can ‘After graduating from Sussex, I completed a PhD at usually resolve problems. Cancer Research UK. I am working on the Cell Cycle, which is a particularly strong field of Sussex Molecular If it is not possible to solve a problem Genetics research.’ informally, you may invoke the University’s Christian Heichinger complaints procedures. The Handbook for Former foundation-year student Undergraduate Students contains details on the procedures for different complaints. Appeals at Chichester College “ There is no right of appeal against the academic judgement of the examiners, but you have the right to appeal on the grounds of any alleged impropriety in the conduct of the assessment. You can also appeal if you are found guilty of misconduct in assessment exercises (full details are available in the Handbook for Undergraduate Students). 9 Financial arrangements How much do I have to pay towards my How do I pay my fees? tuition? Fees can be paid online via Sussex Direct UK students: tuition fees for the academic at www.sussex.ac.uk/direct – details of year 2008/09 are £3,145. Fees are payable how and when to access Sussex Direct will for each year of the programme and increase be sent to you later in the year. Your Sussex on an annual basis. You can apply for a tuition Direct account will give you all of the payment fee loan to cover the tuition fee cost. options available and will allow you to pay in UK students can apply for a loan or fee full by debit or credit card. It will also allow support online. For more information, visit you to set up termly instalments by debit or www.studentfinancedirect.co.uk credit card or by direct debit on a UK bank account, or set up a monthly installment plan If you do not have access to a computer, by direct debit on a UK bank account. There please contact your Local Authority (LA) who are eight installments on the monthly payment will send you a paper copy of the application plan. If the direct debit is to be paid by the form to complete and return to them. bank account of someone other than the student, a direct debit mandate form will need EU students: tuition fees for the academic to be completed by the account holder and year 2008/09 are £3,145. Fees are payable sent to Student Accounts. for each year of the programme and increase on an annual basis. You can apply for a tuition Alternatively, the fees can be paid in full by fee loan to cover the tuition fee cost. bank transfer. Should you need assistance, EU students can download an application Student Accounts can be contacted on form for a tuition fee loan online. For more +44 (0)1273 673276. information, visit www.direct.gov.uk All students are required, as a condition of Please note that if you are applying through registration, to pay all fees due from them UCAS you will automatically be sent an to the University. application form to apply for fee support, which you should complete and return to the If I leave the programme during the year, Department for Innovation, Universities and am I entitled to a refund of my tuition Skills (DIUS). If you do not apply through fee? UCAS, you will be able to If you leave the programme during the obtain an application form online at year, fees are rebated or refunded for each www.direct.gov.uk, by emailing term of non attendance. For a part term of EUTeam@slc.co.uk or by telephoning the EU attendance, a full term’s fee is charged. Any team on +44 (0)1412 433570. requests for refunds must be submitted in writing to the Head of Financial Services at Overseas students assessed as liable for the the University of Sussex, accompanied by ‘overseas’ level of fee (generally non-UK and supporting paperwork. non-EU students) are required to pay full tuition fees, and you must provide evidence See Academic support and student services of your ability to pay the fees and support (page 11) for information on student loans. yourself financially before registering as a student. The annual fees include registration, tuition and examination fees. 10 Academic support and student services Access to facilities Other services available You are welcome to use all student services at • group workrooms – eight workrooms are the University. However, you should find that available for group study you have everything you need at your college. • audiovisual listening and viewing facilities, both for individuals and groups Library • computers and printers You can make full use of the Library’s • photocopying and binding facilities. You will be issued with a joint library/ • microform collection with readers and student ID card when you register with the microform scanners University. You will need this card to enter • archives, manuscripts and the Rare Books the Library building and to borrow materials, collections (for more information, see so remember to bring it with you every time www.sussex.ac.uk/library/speccoll). you visit. Disability support The Library has a collection of over 815,000 A range of Library services are available volumes, 2,000 prints and over 20,000 for users with mobility/sensory impairment online journals from all over the world. or specific learning requirements, including Its collection of electronic resources, the dyslexia. Electronic Library (www.sussex.ac.uk/ library/electronic), includes many electronic The Library contact is the Lending Services full-text journals and newspapers, as well as Manager (see page 16 for contact details). references to thousands of journal articles Full information about opening hours, stock and links to useful websites. and services can be found on the Library website www.sussex.ac.uk/library InfoSuss is a set of online tutorials you can work through at your own pace (www.sussex.ac.uk/library/infosuss). You can learn how to search the catalogue efficiently, interpret your reading list, identify relevant information, use the Electronic Library, reference your sources correctly and avoid plagiarism. 11 Academic support and student services Other support If you have any personal difficulties and need support or counselling, the first person to talk to is your college tutor. It is always helpful for a member of academic staff to know of any difficulties you have that may affect your ability to study. Any information you divulge will be treated confidentially. If the problem is more private, you should see your college’s welfare advisor. You may also contact a Student Advisor in your School at the University. For students with disabilities or learning support needs, the University has a Student Support Unit where the Disability Co-ordinators and Learning Support Co-ordinator are based. The Unit offers advice and assistance to prospective and current students with Computing disabilities and learning support needs. To register for the use of University computer services, you should use your personal email What do I do if I want to leave the account to email Online Support Service programme? (email@example.com), sending as an As soon as you think you have a problem, you attachment a scanned or photographed copy must speak to your college tutor. You may find of your Student Card, as well as another piece that a solution to the problem can be found of photographic ID such as your passport, without you having to leave the programme. driving licence etc. Your password will then If you do have to withdraw temporarily or be emailed to you as an attached GIF or JPG leave the programme, you must notify your image. If you cannot email the details, please programme co-ordinator and write to the write, enclosing photocopies of the required Director of Student Support of your University items and, if possible, a contact UK phone School (see page 16 for contact details). number, to: Where do I go to get my student loan? IT Services Enquiries If you are starting a full-time higher education Engineering 1 course in or after September 2008, you University of Sussex should start thinking about applying for Brighton BN1 9QT student finance as soon as possible after you have submitted your course application (see page 12 for a step-by-step guide on how to do this). 12 Academic support and student services Step one: to save time, why not apply online Who do I speak to regarding housing? at www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance Or you If you need housing while at college, you can contact your Local Authority* to obtain a should contact the welfare officer there. paper application form. The University will send you a housing Step two: complete your application and application form in April in preparation for your submit the necessary evidence. If you are entry here in October. A place in University- applying for a Student Loan for Tuition managed housing is not guaranteed, but those Fees or a Student Loan for Maintenance, entering year 1 are given priority, subject to it is important that you give your National the Housing Office receiving your housing Insurance Number. Failure to provide this application by 1 August. Please make sure may result in you not receiving payments. you get your form in on time! Step three: your application and evidence will If you have any queries regarding housing, be checked, your eligibility for student finance please contact Catherine Bancroft-Rimmer, assessed and the amount of support you are the University housing services manager (see entitled to calculated. page 16 for contact details). Step four: your application will be sent to Where can I get advice about careers? Student Finance Direct, who will send you Your tutors will be able to give you initial notification of the amount of financial help advice relating to your particular programme. you are entitled to. If you require more detailed advice, the Career Development and Employment Centre Step five: if you have taken out a Student (CDEC) at the University can provide you with Loan for Tuition Fees, this will be paid directly information about job opportunities and to your university by Student Finance Direct. career planning. Visit www.sussex.ac.uk/ cdec for details. If you have taken out a Student Loan for Maintenance, this will usually be paid into your bank account in three instalments – one at the start of each term. If I get into financial difficulties, or have particular financial needs, where can I get help? If you are a UK student, you may apply to the University for money from the Access * Students who live in one of the following Local Authorities to Learning Fund allocated to the University will need to contact the Student Loans Company to make their by the Government. Application forms are application: available from the Student Advisor of your University School or the Student Advice Centre London Borough of Brent; Darlington Borough Council; London in Falmer House on the University campus Borough of Hackney; Hartlepool Borough Council; North Yorkshire (see page 16 for details). Please note that the County Council; Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council; South Access to Learning Fund has limited resources Tyneside Council; Southend-on-Sea Borough Council; London and there is no guarantee that an application Borough of Southwark; or Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council will be successful. York City Council. 13 The University of Sussex Students’ Union What can the University of Sussex Students’ Union offer me? Your registration at the University automatically entitles you to membership of the University of Sussex Students’ Union (USSU) and the National Union of Students (NUS). The Students’ Union is the focus of many student activities at Sussex. The Union stages a varied programme of entertainment for students, with events taking place both on and off campus. The Students’ Union Activities Centre supports and helps fund a wide range of student societies. These range from sports and social clubs through to performing arts and special interest organisations. The Centre also helps many Union members become active in local voluntary work, particularly through its Project V volunteer bureau. The Students’ Union Advice Centre provides confidential, independent and impartial advice on a whole range of academic and non- academic issues including money, benefits, housing, academic appeals and employment. The Students’ Union also produces a weekly newspaper, The Badger, a glossy magazine, The Pulse, and a radio station, URF, as well as running a website. Does the Union have any representational role? The Union has an important role to play both within the University and in providing a voice for your opinions locally and nationally. The Union is a democratic body; this allows every student the chance to have a say in important decisions that are made within the Union. See page 16 for contact details. Further information is available on the Students’ Union website www.ussu.info 14 The University of Sussex Students’ Union Advice Centre What can the Students’ Union Advice In addition, Unisex, a confidential sexual Centre offer me? health and drugs/alcohol information and Free, independent and confidential support service, is located in the Advice information, advice and support on a Centre. Unisex offers low-cost pregnancy comprehensive range of academic and testing, Chlamydia screening, condoms and non-academic issues, including: lubricants and there are also opportunities for • finance and funding voluntary work within the service. For drop-in • disability issues times and further information, please visit • employment rights www.unisex.org.uk • appeals and disciplinary hearings • immigration The Student Advice Centre has a team of • temporary withdrawal, transferring professional advisors as well as two elected programme and repeating elements of Union officers specialising in education and your programme welfare. The service is completely confidential, • housing non-judgemental and independent from the • welfare benefits University (all Student Advice Centre policies, • childcare including our confidentiality policy, are • consumer problems, and available on our website). • legal matters. No issue is too big or small for the Advice An information area with: Centre staff to deal with. If you feel like there • information fact sheets and leaflets may be a problem brewing, don’t ignore • a free phone for welfare-related enquiries it – seek advice! (ie LA and student loans company enquiries) T +44 (0)1273 877038 • a computer with useful websites F +44 (0)1273 873501 bookmarked and the Funderfinder database E firstname.lastname@example.org of educational trusts and charities (to which www.ussu.info/advice you may be eligible to apply for additional funding). Online advice is available on money, housing, immigration and many other issues at www.ussu.info/advice We regularly review the information on the site, most Student Advice Centre publications are available to download and there are extensive links to useful external sites. 15 Useful contacts If you have any problems, your first point of contact should always be at your college. However, the people listed in this section will be happy to deal with any queries you may have. Unless your query requires immediate action, it is always better to email or send a letter than to telephone – many of the contacts are very busy, and contacting them by phone may often be difficult. General enquiries about the University The University of Sussex +44 (0)1273 606755 email@example.com Falmer, Brighton BN1 9RH College contacts Chichester College Sue Danks +44 (0)1273 786321 firstname.lastname@example.org ext 2326/2039 Central Sussex College John Mullet +44 (0)1293 442328 email@example.com School administrators (curriculum) – University of Sussex LifeSci Annabel +44 (0)1273 678134 firstname.lastname@example.org Blake SciTech Samantha +44 (0)1273 678894 email@example.com Bromfield Directors of student support – University of Sussex LifeSci Karen Long +44 (0)1273 877073 firstname.lastname@example.org SciTech David Young +44 (0)1273 678433 email@example.com Key LifeSci – School of Life Sciences SciTech – School of Science and Technology 16 Useful contacts For queries about progression to the +44 (0)1273 678851 Pip Carter University firstname.lastname@example.org For help with accommodation +44 (0)1273 678851 Catherine Bancroft-Rimmer email@example.com For queries about student loans and +44 (0)1273 678204 Emily Fell tuition fees firstname.lastname@example.org Counselling Service +44 (0)1273 678156 email@example.com For information on the Access to +44 (0)1273 873759 Marie Hopkins Learning Fund firstname.lastname@example.org Student Support Unit +44 (0)1273 877465 email@example.com For Library enquiries/help desk +44 (0)1273 678440 firstname.lastname@example.org For Library users with additional +44 (0)1273 873512 Grainne Macdermott requirements email@example.com For IT Services enquiries desk +44 (0)1273 678090 firstname.lastname@example.org Partnership Office (for comments on +44 (0)1273 872775 Sara Parker this guide) Head of the Partnership Office email@example.com Students’ Union President +44 (0)1273 873350 Laura Tazzioli firstname.lastname@example.org Finance and commercial services +44 (0)1273 873350 Lee Vernon officer email@example.com Communications officer +44 (0)1273 873347 Dan Higgins firstname.lastname@example.org Sports and activities officer +44 (0)1273 878155 Dave Owen email@example.com Education officer +44 (0)1273 873324 Adam Farrell firstname.lastname@example.org Welfare officer +44 (0)1273 873354 Richa Kauda-Padte email@example.com Student Advice Centre +44 (0)1273 877038 firstname.lastname@example.org You can read regular updates from your union at SabbShout, the new sabbatical blog, on www.ussu.info And finally … We hope you enjoy your studies, and we look forward to seeing you at the University next academic year.
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