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          Applicants’ Guide

          Choosing the right university is a big decision and there are lots of

          things to think about. At this stage, you may know what you want to            Contents page
          study but you might not be so sure about where. Don’t worry, you’re
          not alone, which is why we’ve put this Applicants’ Guide together.             1   What happens next?       04
                                                                                         2   See for yourself         08
          As well as explaining what happens next in the application process, the        3   Making your mind up      14
          guide will take you through important considerations like accommodation,       4   Contacts and key dates   34
          finance, and academic support, to help you get a clearer picture of what
          you want from your university experience. There’s also a section about
          your social life, because we know that all work and no play is not much
          fun for anyone.

          Naturally we will be telling you about The University of Nottingham, because
          we think you’ll have a great time living and studying here, but most of the
          information in sections one and two also applies to other universities you
02                                                                                                                         03
          are considering.

          Welcome to The University of Nottingham and thanks for applying
          to us. If you have any questions after reading this guide, feel free to
          contact us and we’ll be happy to help. In the meantime, good luck
          with your decision-making and we hope to see you on campus soon.
                                  Section 01
                                                                                                                                          “When I visited Nottingham
                                  What happens                                                                                             I immediately fell in love with
                                                                                                                                           the campus and knew I’d be
                                  next?                                                                                                    happy here.”
                                                                                                                                           Samantha Meyer, American and English Studies
                                                                                                                                           graduated 2008

                                  Phew! After looking at loads of universities, you’ve finally narrowed
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                                  down your choice to the final five (or less) contenders. Now the
                                  exciting bit really starts. You’ve completed your UCAS application
                                  and you’re starting to hear back from each of the places you applied
                                  to. So what happens next? We look at the application process, the
                                  offers you might receive and what you should do when your results
                                  finally come in over the summer.

                                  The application procedure                           If you have declared a criminal conviction,
                                                                                      you may be asked for more information.
                                  Stage one: Now you have completed your
                                  UCAS application, it has been sent to all the       Stage two: Once a decision has been made
                                  relevant institutions for their consideration.      about your application to The University of
                                                                                      Nottingham, you will be notified through
                                  As all applications received by the 15 January      your portal account. Please visit:
                                  deadline must be given equal consideration,
04                                this stage of your application may take a few                                                                                                           05
                                  months, especially if you’ve applied to a really    You will also be told about any decision formally
                                  popular course. The average turnaround              through UCAS and this can be viewed on the
                                  time at The University of Nottingham, from          UCAS tracking system – visit
                                  receiving an application to making an offer,        and click on ‘after you apply’.
                                  is 60 days.
                                                                                      If you receive an offer from The University
                                  During this time, you may be invited to             of Nottingham and haven’t already been
                                  attend an interview, open day or UCAS visit         here for an interview or open day, you will be
                                  day at some or all of the universities to which     invited to a UCAS visit day so that you can
                                  you’ve applied.                                     see the University before you decide whether
                                                                                      you’re going to accept our offer.
                                  Open days are a brilliant way of seeing a place
                                  first-hand, chatting to current students and        Stage three: You don’t need to make any final
                                  generally getting a sense of whether you would      decisions until you have heard back from every
                                  be happy there (see page 8 for more about open      institution you applied to; you’ll then be asked
                                  days, UCAS visit days and interviews).              by UCAS to choose a firm (first) and insurance
                                                                                      (second) choice, and you’ll be given a deadline
                                  If you will be under 18 when you start              for this. The insurance choice is in case you
                                  university, your parents or guardians may           don’t meet the conditions for your firm choice.
                                  be sent a form to complete.
                                                                                      If all your offers are unconditional, you will
                                  At this stage, if your fee status is unclear, you   only be asked to make a firm choice.
                                  may also be sent a fee status questionnaire to
                                  complete and return.
                                  “Visiting your universities of
                                   interest is invaluable. At open
                                   days you can talk to staff and
                                   students and really get a feel
                                   for a place.”
                                   Rachel Hart, English Studies
                                   graduated 2008

                                   Stage four: If you’re holding a conditional offer   all these choices and you have declined any
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                                   from The University of Nottingham, once your        offers you may have received, you can use the
                                   results are released we will need to check that     Extra process to apply for other courses that
                                   they meet the conditions of the offer we made;      still have vacancies. You can only apply for one
                                   once we’ve done this, we will let UCAS know         course at a time through UCAS Extra.
                                   whether you have a place.
                                                                                       The Extra process operates from late February
                                   If you don’t get accepted by your firm choice,      to the end of June. For further details visit:
                                   you will then be considered by your insurance
                                   choice. If you don’t get a place through your
                                   insurance choice, you will be released into         Can I visit The University of Nottingham
                                   Clearing (see page 7 for more information           before accepting an offer?
                                   about Clearing).                                    Of course – after all, we want you to feel
                                                                                       totally happy with your choice to study here.
                                   Are there any deadlines I need to be                UCAS visit days are held by individual academic
                                   aware of?                                           schools and details of these will be sent to
                                   On page 35, you’ll find a calendar of all the key   you shortly after an offer has been made.
                                   dates you need to remember when applying to         For further information, see page 8.
                                   Nottingham. These include application
                                   deadlines, choosing accommodation deadlines         Where can I find out more information
06                                 and anything else we thought it might be            about my course?                                                                                                                                         07
                                   useful to know.                                     Before you make up your mind about your firm
                                                                                       and insurance choices, it’s a good idea to find    What happens when I get my                          If you haven’t achieved the grades to get
                                   What is an unconditional offer?                     out a bit more about each of the courses           exam results?                                       into either your firm or insurance choice,
                                   If you receive an unconditional offer from a        you’re considering. For example, how are they      Congratulations, you’re almost there! It’s a        then you will have the chance to look for a
                                   university, it literally means that the place on    structured (eg core and optional modules)?         nail-biting time but whatever happens, it’s         place through Clearing.
                                   the course is yours if you want it, regardless      How are they assessed (eg coursework, exams,       important to stay positive and keep things in
                                   of future results.                                  group projects etc)? Can you spend a year          perspective. If you’ve met the offer made by        What is Clearing?
                                                                                       working or studying abroad? How are they           your firm choice, you will receive confirmation     Clearing is a scheme which enables students
                                   What is a conditional offer?                        taught (eg lectures, labs, seminars, tutorials)?                                                       to find a suitable course and university when
                                                                                                                                          of your place as well as all the pre-registration
                                   Receiving a conditional offer means that            By asking these questions, you can decide                                                              they have not achieved the results necessary
                                                                                                                                          information you need. Even if you haven’t met
                                   the university is happy to offer you a place        which course suits you best. For information                                                           for their firm or insurance choice institution
                                                                                                                                          the offer from your firm choice, you should
                                   as long as you meet the requirements they set.      on courses at Nottingham, visit:                                                                       after receiving their results.
                                                                                                                                          contact the university in question as they
                                   You will be told what these conditions are, but                       may still be willing to offer you a place on        Details of Clearing vacancies are published
                                   usually you will be asked to achieve specific
                                                                                                                                          your chosen course or on an alternative,            in newspapers, on the UCAS website and
                                   grades (for example, ABC at A level with the        At The University of Nottingham, we also
                                                                                                                                          related course.                                     on individual universities’ websites. At The
                                   A in English). Of course, these conditions vary     publish more detailed school brochures and
                                   according to each university and course.            course leaflets. You can find these online by      Otherwise, you may receive a confirmed              University of Nottingham we have a Clearing
                                                                                       visiting              place with your insurance choice instead.           hotline which opens on the day that A level
                                   I’ve heard about something called UCAS              and clicking on ‘download a school brochure’.                                                          results are released. Around that time, you can
                                                                                                                                          If so, you will be sent pre-registration
                                   Extra – what is it and how does it work?            There are also profiles of Nottingham students                                                         also find more information at
                                                                                                                                          information from them.
                                   UCAS Extra is a way of applying to additional       – visit and                                                     
                                   universities or colleges. If you have already       click on ‘student profiles’ to find out more.
                                   made five choices, received decisions from
                                Section 02                                                                                               What to expect from a UCAS
                                                                                                                                         visit day at Nottingham:
                                See for yourself                                                                                         • a ‘Welcome Presentation’, usually give
                                                                                                                                           by the Head of School or Admissions Tuto
                                                                                                                                        • detailed course breakdown; for exam
                                                                                                                                           how the course is taught, typical modules
                                                                                                                                           that can be studied on each year of the
                                                                                                                                           course, an explanation of subsidiary
                                                                                                                                           modules, if there’s an opportunity to
                                                                                                                                          study abroad and career prospects
                                                                                                                                        • a guided tour of the campus you will
                                                                                                                                          studying on. This includes accommodatio
                                                                                                                                          computing, sports, library, social clubs,
                                                                                                                                          shops, banks, restaurants, and the
                                                                                                                                         Students’ Union
                                                                                                                                        • the opportunity to talk to current stud
                                                                                                                                          at the University and quiz them about
                                                                                                                                          what it’s like to be a student here
                                You probably have a feel for which university would be your first choice
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                                based on all the research you have done so far. But when choosing
                                where to study, there’s definitely no substitute for experiencing a place
                                first-hand, which is where UCAS visit days come in.

                                There are several ways to visit The University     The structure and format of UCAS visit days
                                of Nottingham so that you can get a taste of       varies hugely across the University depending
                                student life and see for yourself whether it’s     on which school is hosting the event. Some
                                the right place for you. Like many universities,   academic schools conduct interviews, others
                                we offer open days, campus tour days and           invite potential students for an informal chat,
                                self-guided tour options throughout the year       while some just provide a general overview of
                                but, as an offer holder, you can also expect to    the course and department.
                                receive an invitation to a UCAS visit day from
                                the academic school that runs your course.         Once you have accepted your place at the visit
                                                                                   day, remember to familiarise yourself with the
                                In this section we’ve put together a handy         programme, and travel and parking information,
                                guide to help you get the most from a UCAS         which will help you to prepare for the day.
08                              visit day, interview or visit to the University.                                                                                                            09
                                UCAS visit days
                                                                                   I have been invited for an interview,
                                What can you expect?                               how can I prepare?
                                UCAS visit days usually take place between         On pages 10 and 11, we have put together
                                November and March in the year you have            a guide to preparing for university interviews.
                                applied. As well as visiting the University and    However, the most important thing is to do
                                finding out more about your course, these visit    your own research and preparation –
                                days give you the chance to find out about the     if you’ve done your homework, it will come
                                types of accommodation on offer, financial         across in your interview.
                                assistance that might be available, and to ask
                                any questions you may have.                        As well as re-reading all the relevant
                                                                                   information you have about the course and
                                Your parents or guardians are usually welcome      university, think about why they stood out
                                to accompany you, but it’s best to check with      to you when you were making your UCAS
                                the relevant academic school in advance.           application. Prepare a list of questions, practise
                                                                                   your interview techniques, and ask for
                                                                                   feedback whenever you can.
                                                                                   If you have any special/individual requirements
                                                                                   on the day, let the university know so they can
                                                                                   make suitable arrangements.
                                                                                                                                                                                             Interview checklist:
                                “Our UCAS visit days give you                                                                                                                                • confirm your attendance, if applicab
                                 first-hand experience of the                                                                                                                                • read through the information and be

                                 University and will help you                                                                                                                                   aware of the type of interview and
                                                                                                                                                                                                programme for the day
                                 decide whether Nottingham                                                                                                                                  • plan your journey and accommodati
                                 is the place for you.”                                                                                                                                        if applicable, in advance
                                                                                                                                                                                            • re-read the prospectus, course
                                 The Open Day Team                                                                                                                                             information and your UCAS application,
                                                                                                                                                                                              especially your personal statement
                                                                                                                                                                                            • prepare any presentations, activities
                                                                                                                                                                                              and personal profiles you may need for
                                                                                                                                                                                              the day
                                                                                                                                                                                           • make a list of questions you would
                                                                                                                                                                                              like to ask
                                                                                                                                                                                           • practise talking about yourself, your
                                 What can I do on the day?                           How should I approach the interview?                                                                    interests, work experience and any
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                                 Most importantly, try to relax and enjoy the        Although interviews can feel tricky, remember                                                           career plans
                                 experience (seriously!). As well as providing       that no one is trying to catch you out. In fact,                                                      • read around the subject area
                                 the perfect opportunity to showcase your            admissions tutors are looking for reasons to
                                 potential, an interview also gives you the          give you a place on your chosen course, and
                                 chance to check out the university close up.        interview questions are generally designed to
                                 So, as well as thinking, ‘am I right for the        give you the chance to prove your abilities and
                                 university?’ turn your nerves on their head by      the valuable contribution you would make to
                                 asking, ‘is the university right for me?’           the university.
                                 On a practical note, arrive in plenty of time       We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again –
                                 and dress comfortably – if you’re unsure of         preparation is the key. Think about what
                                 the dress code, ask in advance. Smile and make      you will be asked and how you will respond.
                                 a good first impression with lots of eye contact,   Look at ways that you can bring real life
                                 a firm handshake, and open body language.           examples of your skills and experiences into
                                                                                     the conversation. Think about your answers
                                 Be motivated and enthusiastic about your            before you speak and ask for clarification if
                                 proposed degree subject – all you need to do        you need it.
                                 is remember why you have chosen this subject                                                                                                                                              Jubilee Campus
                                 over the thousands of others available and let      What sort of questions should I expect?
10                               your reasons come across in the interview.          Typically, the interviewer will want to identify                                                                                                       09
                                                                                     why you have chosen the course and university
                                 While you should prepare answers to typical         above all others on offer. Therefore, you can      What should I do after the interview?            It is also important to check the format of any
                                 interview questions, make sure that you don’t       expect variations of the following questions:      Relax…it’s over.                                 offer that may follow, ie do you need to take
                                 over-rehearse. It’s important to respond to the                                                                                                         any action? Are there any conditions you need
                                 interviewer naturally and you may be thrown         • Why do you want to go to university              Keep a record of all the information you         to meet? Finally, try to enjoy the experience.
                                 if you’ve prepared for a question that doesn’t        or college?                                      gained on the day so that you have something     Whatever happens, it will be good practice for
                                 get asked.                                          • Why do you want to study the subject?            to refer back to should you need it. Take this   future interviews.
                                                                                                                                        opportunity to evaluate how the day went
                                 We would also recommend allowing yourself           • Where does your interest for the subject         and what you have learnt about the course
                                 enough time to explore the campus, facilities         stem from?                                       and the university.
                                 and the surrounding area independently. Can         • What are your views on topical issues
                                 you see yourself living and studying there?           around the subject area?                         Did it all meet up to your expectations?
                                                                                                                                        Can you see yourself on campus? Did the day
                                                                                     • Why do you want to study at this                 bring up any new questions? If so, where can
                                                                                       particular university?                           you find the answers?
                                                                                     • Do you have any relevant work experience?
                                                                                     • Are you involved in any extra-curricular
                                                                                       activities?/ Do you have any hobbies?
                                                                                     • What are your personal achievements?
                                Practicalities at Nottingham                       Travelling and staying
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                                Can I bring my family and friends along?
                                                                                   in Nottingham
                                You are usually welcome to bring guests on the
                                                                                                                                     Places to stay
                                                                                   Will it be practical for me to stay in
                                day and they will be invited to accompany you      Nottingham overnight?                             Nottingham has a range of hotels and guest houses for all tastes and budgets.
                                around the University. Just check with the         If you are considering an overnight stay, there   We’ve put together a small selection, but for a comprehensive list visit
                                relevant academic school in advance.               is a huge choice of affordable hotels, guest and click on ‘where to stay’.
                                                                                   houses and hostels, just a short distance
                                Am I responsible for my interview
                                                                                   from the University.
                                expenses?                                                                                            Budget hotels
                                Unfortunately, we are usually unable               Eating out during your visit won’t be a
                                to reimburse anyone for their interview            problem either. As well as some great cafes       Igloo Tourist Hostel                          St Andrews Hotel
                                expenses*. Remember, if you book your              and restaurants on campus, there are literally    110 Mansfield Road                            310 Queens Road
                                travel and accommodation (if applicable)           hundreds of pubs and restaurants in the city      t: 0115 947 5250                              t: 0115 925 4902
                                in advance, you will get much better deals         itself offering cuisine from across the globe.    w:                      w:
                                than leaving it to the last minute.                And, because it’s a student city, there are
                                                                                   some really affordable deals.                     £15 per person, per night.                    £27 - £38 per person, per night.
                                What should I wear on the day?
                                There isn’t a dress code for interviews as such,   How do I get to Nottingham?
                                but we would encourage you to dress smartly                                                          Mid-range hotels
                                                                                   Nottingham has fantastic road and rail links
12                              and make sure you’re comfortable – it could        and is within a couple of hours of many major     Comfort Hotel                                 Holiday Inn Express                    13
                                be a long day.                                     cities, including London. Nottingham can be       George Street                                 7 Chapel Quarter
                                                                                   reached via Junctions 24 to 26 of the M1,         t: 0115 947 5641                              Chapel Bar
                                Do I get to look round the facilities?
                                                                                   and there are frequent train and coach services   w: www.comforthotel                           t: 0115 941 9931
                                On the day you will normally be offered the
                                                                                   running in and out of the city. East Midlands                              w:
                                opportunity to go on a campus tour. These are
                                                                                   Airport is just a short journey from Nottingham
                                led by our student ambassadors who will try to                                                       Rooms £50 - £95, breakfast may be             Rooms £59 - £89, breakfast included.
                                                                                   and offers flights to and from a wide range of
                                give you all the information you need about                                                          included (enquire when booking).
                                                                                   European countries.
                                the facilities on offer at Nottingham.
                                                                                   Once you arrive in Nottingham, you will find      Top-range hotels
                                Will I get to speak to current students?
                                                                                   that the city has a great transport network.
                                The student ambassadors leading the tours
                                                                                   The tram system, bus routes and huge number       Park Plaza                                    Lace Market Hotel
                                on the day will all be current Nottingham
                                                                                   of licensed black cabs mean that getting about    41 Maid Marian Way                            29 - 31 High Pavement
                                students and you will be able to speak to
                                                                                   is easy.                                          t: 0115 947 7200                              t: 0115 852 3232
                                them informally and ask them any questions                                                                                                         w:
                                you may have.                                                                                        w:
                                                                                   * For students in receipt of the Education
                                                                                   Maintenance Allowance, some academic schools                                                    Rooms £95 - £239,
                                                                                   may reimburse interview expenses. Please check    Rooms £99 - £169,                             breakfast may be included
                                                                                   with the relevant school.                         breakfast not included.                       (enquire when booking).

                                                                                                                                     All prices were correct at the time of going to print.
                                   Section 03

                                   Making your
                                   mind up

                                   By now you’ll have seen the huge number of options open to you and,
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                                   as you filled out your UCAS application, it’s likely that you formed a
                                   picture about what you do and don’t want from a university.

                                   Choosing The University                               To help you get involved in university life, we
                                   of Nottingham                                         have one of the most active Students’ Unions
                                                                                         in the UK offering more than 75 sports clubs
                                   Going to university is an exciting time but we        and 170 societies, with everything from the Art
                                   realise that it is a big step, which is why, if you   Society to the Yoga Society. The Union also
                                   choose Nottingham, we will do all we can to           runs a student radio station, TV channel
                                   ensure your move into university life is as           and theatre, so there really is something
                                   simple and stress-free as it can be.                  for everyone.
                                   As well as our academic excellence, fantastic         And for your wellbeing, we offer confidential
                                   campuses, non-stop social life and one of the         counselling services, a financial advice team,
                                   country’s most popular student cities on the          childcare facilities, chaplains, a multi-faith
                                   doorstep, we also offer a generous financial          quiet room, a health centre, academic support,
                                   support scheme, guarantee you a room in               the International Office, and everything else
14                                 University-arranged accommodation for your            you’ll need to ensure your time at Nottingham     15
                                   first year, and have a brand new Student              is happy and healthy.
                                   Services Centre with a whole range of practical
                                   support services for your health and welfare.

                                                                                            But don’t take our word for it.
                                                                                            The following section is written
                                                                                            by some of our students who
                                                                                            have been where you are now.
                                                                                                                                                                                               Top Tips
                                                                                      My guide to
                                                                                      academic support                                                                                          • Don’t suffer in silence. If you are
                                                                                                                                                                                                   struggling with your studies, tell

                                                                                      by Andrew Miller                                                                                             your tutor.
                                                                                                                                                                                               • Don’t worry if you find your first lectu
                                                                                      Management                                                                                                  or tutorial difficult; It may take time to
                                                                                                                                                                                                  get used to the new way of learning.

                                                                                      Studies –                                                                                                • Don’t be afraid to make an
                                                                                                                                                                                                  appointment with your personal tutor
                                                                                      third year                                                                                                  you feel you need extra guidance on
                                                                                                                                                                                                 your course.

                                                                                                                                                                                              • Familiarise yourself with the learning
                                                                                                                                                                                                 resources on offer so you’ll be able to
                                                                                                                                                                                                 find things more easily when you need
                                                                                                                                                                                                to write an essay.
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Read lecture handouts when you get
                                   During my second year I really struggled           During your course it is important to keep                                                                them rather than letting them pile up.
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                                   with my work and I fell behind in my               on top of your reading and gain a broad
                                   studies. I had previously been diagnosed           knowledge of your subject, otherwise things
                                   with dyslexia but was reluctant to do              might start to get on top of you. All courses
                                   anything about it because I was worried            are modular which means they are broken up
                                   it would affect future jobs and go on my           into self-contained units of study called
                                   record. I was encouraged by a friend to go         modules, which usually last one semester.
                                   to Academic Support and when I did the             Modules can be made up of lectures, labs and
                                   staff were fantastic.                              seminars, and assessment methods range from
                                                                                      exams to group projects to coursework.
                                   We talked about where I was struggling most
                                   and how my dyslexia was affecting me. They         For science courses, the majority of the
                                   then assigned me a specialist personal tutor       content needs to be taught so you will
                                   who I see twice a month. We go through             probably have more timetabled hours. Arts,
                                   anything I might need help with, from how          humanities and social sciences rely more
                                   I can improve my studies, to proofreading          heavily on individual reading and study.
                                   my essays.
                                                                                      What exactly is Academic Support and what
                                   How will my course be taught?                      learning resources are available to support
                                                                                      my course?
16                                 University is very different from school in that                                                                                                                                                              17
                                   you really take learning into your own hands.      Academic Support includes the Disability
                                   Lectures are designed to give you sufficient       Support and Dyslexia Support teams who offer    If you have a disability, bereavement or            What is a personal tutor?
                                   background knowledge of your chosen                individual advice and support to students as    any other extenuating circumstances, then
                                   modules in order to support the more in-depth      well as making recommendations for              Academic Support will assist in getting you         When you arrive at the University you are
                                   learning that you will do on your own.             reasonable adjustments to departments.          the help you need. They can also provide            assigned a personal tutor. You will see them at
                                   Seminars are more similar to lessons, but the                                                      students with the means to get tested for           the beginning and end of every semester, and
                                   emphasis is on discussion and learning from                                                        any disabilities. Alternatively, if you just find   in between if necessary, to discuss how well
                                   each other rather than on teaching.                                                                yourself struggling with your course, then          you are doing, your personal goals and if you
                                                                                      If only someone had                             they can arrange additional tuition and
                                                                                                                                      group sessions to aid your studies.
                                                                                                                                                                                          need any extra guidance. They will also
                                                                                                                                                                                          represent you if you have extenuating
                                                                                      told me... to make                              Along with the various libraries and online
                                                                                                                                                                                          circumstances for an exam or assessment.

                                                                                      friends with a librarian                        journals on offer, the University also has its      Find out more at
                                                                                      in the first week.
                                                                                                                                      own WebCT system. This online resource
                                                                                                                                      provides you with your own page which               or contact the Academic Support Team:

                                                                                       They are so helpful!                           automatically receives uploads from all your
                                                                                                                                      modules, including lecture notes and useful
                                                                                                                                                                                          t: +44 (0)115 951 3710
                                                                                                                                                                                          f: +44 (0)115 951 4376
                                                                                                                                      web-links. This is very useful if you happen        minicom: +44 (0)115 951 4378
                                                                                                                                      to miss anything.                                   e:
                                                                                      My guide to                                       Top Tip
                                                                                      accommodation                                     Visit the Week One website before you
                                                                                                                                        start university. You can chat to other
                                                                                      by Thomas Wood                                    students who will be in your halls and
                                                                                                                                        to know them ‘virtually’ before your first
                                                                                      Biochemistry –                                    day so it’s a lot less daunting.

                                                                                      graduated 2008

                                   Leaving home is really nerve-wracking but          If you have any worries or problems about
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                                   you soon realise that everyone is in the           accommodation or university in general, there
                                   same boat. Nottingham guarantees all full-         is a dedicated person in your halls to talk to,
                                   time first years a room in University-             so you’re never alone.
                                   arranged accommodation for their first year,
                                   which really takes the pressure off. There are     Of course you could always look for private
                                   loads of people to make friends with and           sector accommodation, and the University
                                   your                                               advertises accredited housing to students
                                   first term is so busy you won’t have time          through a company called UNIPOL. Their
                                   to worry.                                          website contains lots of advice and
                                                                                      information on what to look for and
                                   What accommodation is available?                   there’s an online property search too.
                                   It’s really up to you what accommodation you       What sort of food is available on campus?
                                   choose. At Nottingham there is a selection
                                   of catered and self-catered accommodation.         I’ve always really enjoyed the food here and
                                   For students on the Sutton Bonington               didn’t miss my mum’s cooking at all (sorry
                                   Campus, there is also the option of part-          Mum!). In catered halls you get three options
                                   catered accommodation.                             in the evening including meat and vegetarian
                                                                                      choices. There are also lots of places to eat
18                                 I lived in a catered hall for my first year and,   on campus including continental cafes and                                                       19
                                   if you like your home comforts, I’d definitely     food courts.
                                   recommend it. You’ll get your own room in a
                                   shared hall with meals provided and cleaning       The meal package includes breakfast and
                                   done for you, but you will be responsible for      dinner in your hall Monday to Friday, with a
                                   your own laundry. Catered halls have great         brunch and dinner at weekends. At lunchtime
                                   facilities like bars, laundry rooms, TV/games      there is the option to eat in the hall or
                                   rooms, and mini libraries.                         visit one of the food courts or cafes
                                                                                      around campus.
                                   If you want a bit more independence,     
                                   self-catered living might be for you. The
                                   accommodation is well-equipped and modern
                                   and you’ll have your own room in a shared
                                   flat with a communal kitchen/diner.                If only someone had
                                   Students studying at Sutton Bonington              told me... that living in
                                                                                      halls would be the best
                                   Campus can combine the best of both worlds
                                   and mix self-catered accommodation with an
                                   evening meal provided Monday to Friday
                                   during term-time.                                  time of my life, I wouldn’t
                                   Whatever you choose, each site has its own          have worried so much
                                   dedicated management team as well as hall
                                   wardens, resident tutors, site reps and a Junior    about leaving home.
                                   Common Room (JCR)/Residents’ Association
                                   run by students.
                                   I want to live at home – will I be                   Can I bring my partner or family?
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                                   missing out?
                                                                                        If you are intending to move to Nottingham
                                   Just because you stay at home doesn’t mean           with your partner or family, there are a
                                   you’ll miss out, but it may take a bit more          limited number of University houses, or
                                   work at first. Make sure you get involved with       UNIPOL can help you find somewhere
                                   Freshers’ Week as much as you can (a fantastic       in the private sector.
                                   week packed full of parties and special
                                   activities before your first term starts) and        How do I apply for accommodation?
                                   check out all the clubs and societies on offer.      Once you have made The University of
                                   You will also get support from the Regional          Nottingham your firm choice, you can
                                   Students’ Association which hosts social events      apply for accommodation online at
                                   ( and will help you meet    
                                   other students living at home.
                                                                                        Nottingham starts taking applications for
                                   Can local students live on campus?                   accommodation from 28 January 2009 and
                                   I know lots of local students that lived on          you have until 1 August 2009 to submit your
                                   campus for their first year and it does help         application and be automatically guaranteed
                                   when you’re trying to make friends and get           a room in University-arranged accommodation.
                                   involved. Nottingham doesn’t treat local             You’ll need to apply in the year that you’re
20                                                                                      planning to join the University, so if you’re                                                                                                          21
                                   students any differently to those from further
                                   afield, which means you are still guaranteed         thinking about taking a gap year, that means      For 2008-09 prices ranged from £3,139 to
                                                                                        applying next year.
                                   a room in University-arranged accommodation
                                   if you want it.                                      When you apply you can list your
                                                                                                                                          £5,472 per year. Accommodation fees include
                                                                                                                                          things like heating, lighting and water
                                                                                                                                                                                           The best things
                                   Other important                                      accommodation preferences and the University
                                                                                        will allocate you a room based on your choices
                                                                                                                                          charges, personal contents insurance, JCR
                                                                                                                                          committee/Residents’ Association membership      about living in
                                   accommodation questions
                                   Is there accessible accommodation?
                                                                                        and what’s available at the time you submit
                                                                                        your application. Remember to apply early to
                                                                                                                                          and internet or broadband access. You can
                                                                                                                                          find a full list of the types of accommodation   University-arranged
                                                                                                                                          and costs at
                                   If you have a disability or any specific personal
                                                                                        maximise your chances of getting the
                                                                                        particular accommodation you want.                     accommodation:
                                   requirements, the University will do all it can to                                                     Find out more at
                                                                                        How much does accommodation cost?                                                                   • social life – there’s always something
                                   provide you with a suitable room. Just make                                                                                                           to do
                                   sure you let the University know about your                                                                                                                and someone to talk to
                                                                                        Accommodation costs vary depending on where       or contact the accommodation team:
                                   individual requirements when you apply               you live and the type of room you choose. For                                                      • formals – the opportunity to dress up
                                   for accommodation.                                                                                     t: +44 (0)115 951 3697                                                                      and
                                                                                        example, you could live in a shared bedroom in                                                        enjoy your meal in style
                                                                                        a catered hall, or an en suite room in a self-    f: +44 (0)115 951 3670
                                                                                        catered student village. Current prices are for   e:              • the campuses – Nottingham’s campuse
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       s are
                                                                                        31- or 44-week contracts depending on                                                                all so attractive and a massive plus poin
                                                                                        whether you choose catered or self-                                                                • convenience – University-arranged
                                                                                        catered/part-catered accommodation.                                                                  accommodation is close to main facilities
                                                                                                                                                                                             and designed for convenience
                                                                                                                                        Top Tips
                                                                                     My guide to                                        • Nottingham is a fantastic university
                                                                                     disability support                                                                         for
                                                                                                                                          disability support so make sure you acce
                                                                                                                                          it. Find out what help is available and
                                                                                     by Rebecca Reynolds                                  the support services.

                                                                                     Archaeology and                                   • Join a support group at the Universit
                                                                                                                                          it makes you realise you’re not alone.

                                                                                     Art History –                                     • Make sure you inform the University
                                                                                                                                          your disability as soon as possible to mak t
                                                                                     graduated 2008,                                     the most of the support on offer.           e

                                                                                     now on MA in                                      • Let the Student Services Centre kno
                                                                                                                                         you have any individual requirements
                                                                                                                                                                                w if
                                                                                     Bioarchaeology                                      soon as possible, so they can put the
                                                                                                                                         support in place.

                                   Whether your disability is visible or not,        What is the Disabled Students’ Allowance?
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                                   living with it is never easy and leaving
                                   home to start a new life at university can        The Disabled Students’ Allowance is a
                                   be quite daunting.                                government grant to help meet the extra costs
                                                                                     of studying that you might face as a direct
                                   I have a mobility disability that requires me     result of a disability or specific learning
                                   to use a wheelchair to get around. I am also      difficulty. The amount you are entitled to does
                                   a Swiss national, and when I moved to             not depend on your household income and
                                   Nottingham it was my first experience of          does not have to be repaid. However, being
                                   living independently and in another country.      a Swiss national, I am not eligible for the
                                   I notified UCAS of my disability and as soon      Disabled Students’ Allowance. Thankfully,
                                   as I accepted my offer at Nottingham, the         The University of Nottingham has its own
                                   University’s Disability Support team contacted    Disability Allowance that is used to help
                                   me explaining the support they could offer.       international students pay for the support
                                   Disability Support organises a welcome            they receive internally from the University;
                                   programme for new students with disabilities      in my case, my note-takers and exam scribes.
                                   which takes place just before Freshers’ Week.
                                   During that time I got to move into my room       Find out more at
                                   in halls, register with the University and
                                   explore the campus, all before the arrival of     or contact the Student Services Centre:
22                                 everyone else!                                    t: +44 (0)115 951 3710                                                                              23
                                                                                     f: +44 (0)115 951 4376
                                   What support is available?
                                   Through Disability Support you are allocated
                                   a tutor who will offer you help and guidance
                                   throughout your course. They are always
                                   willing to help and listen. The support team
                                   organised my note-taker and alternative exam
                                   arrangements quickly and efficiently.
                                   Do the individual schools provide
                                   disability support?
                                                                                     If only someone had
                                   Each department has a Disability Liaison
                                                                                     told me... that I
                                   Officer (DLO) that works with Disability          would enjoy being at
                                                                                     Nottingham so much I’d
                                   Support to make sure you are fully catered for.
                                   The DLOs in both my departments were always
                                   very attentive and made sure that all my
                                   alternative exam arrangements were in place,       stay on to do my masters,
                                   as well as installing a chair lift in the
                                   department and making the lab wheelchair-
                                                                                      I wouldn’t have been
                                   accessible as soon as possible.                    so nervous.
                                                                                                                                        Top Tips
                                                                                     My guide to                                         • Try not to come to university with deb
                                                                                     finance                                               If you take a gap year to go travelling,
                                                                                                                                           try and save up before you go.

                                                                                     by Wenjie Lee                                      • Don’t waste money. Get together with
                                                                                     Economics –                                           some friends and go and buy in bulk
                                                                                                                                          from one of the many cash and carrys.
                                                                                     third year                                         • Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Man
                                                                                                                                          students feel strapped for cash so ther
                                                                                                                                          no need to be ashamed if you’re
                                                                                                                                        • Keep an eye on your outgoings but
                                                                                                                                          become obsessed. You can’t be frivolous
                                                                                                                                          with your cash but you are at universit
                                                                                                                                                                                  y to
                                                                                                                                          have a good time.
                                                                                                                                       • Find cheap ways to enjoy yourself.
                                   For many students, finance can be a               What is a bursary?                                  At Nottingham there are over 170
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                                   minefield. Filling out the dreaded loan                                                               societies to get involved in.
                                   forms and learning how to budget can              A bursary is a sum of money that can be used
                                   be difficult, but taking charge of your           to help financially support your time at          • Get a job. As long as it’s only a few
                                                                                                                                                                               hours a
                                   own money can give you a real sense               university. At Nottingham they have two             week it shouldn’t impede your studies
                                   of satisfaction.                                  types of University-wide bursaries, core and        will look good on your CV.
                                                                                     additional. I found it extremely easy to apply
                                   Understandably, working out how you’re            for a core bursary on the Portal website. It is
                                   going to pay for your studies is probably one     well worthwhile too as they award up to
                                   of your top priorities right now. One thing to    £1,080 depending on your household income.
                                   remember is that Nottingham offers a              Additional bursaries apply to students with
                                   generous financial support scheme and has a       a variety of individual circumstances.
                                   fantastic support team on hand who really can
                                   help. Although I was worried about finishing      You could be eligible for a bursary for all
                                   university with debt, I also knew that            sorts of reasons and it’s well worth visiting
                                   Nottingham has a great reputation and its
                                   graduates are sought after by employers. The      to find out what’s available.
                                   fact I was confident about getting a good job
                                   helped calm my fears about future debt.
24                                 How much will I have to pay in tuition fees?                                                                                                          25
                                   Generally, as a full-time, first-year UK          If only someone had
                                   undergraduate student joining Nottingham
                                   in 2009, you will be charged an annual tuition
                                                                                     told me... to keep every
                                   fee of £3,225* (or £1,610 if you spend a year     piece of correspondence
                                                                                     from the Student Loans
                                   abroad as part of your course). The only
                                   current exception to this is courses funded by
                                   the Department of Health.
                                                                                      Company it would have
                                                                                      made the whole process
                                   Don’t worry, you won’t have to pay your
                                   tuition fees up front or while you are studying
                                   (unless, of course, you want to). Instead, you
                                   can take out a Tuition Fee Loan, which you will    so much easier. Get
                                   have to pay back along with any student loans
                                   after you have left higher education and you
                                                                                      a folder and keep
                                   are earning more than £15,000. You will also       everything together
                                                                                      so you’ve got it to hand
                                   have the option to take a repayment holiday
                                   of up to five years.
                                   *This figure is expected to rise annually by
                                   a small inflationary figure determined by
                                                                                      when you need it.
                                   the DIUS.
                                   “I went to Financial Support and
                                    they advised me to apply for
                                    the Access to Learning Fund.
                                    I filled out a form with details of
                                    my weekly outgoings and they
                                    gave me a cheque to help me
                                    through the rest of the year.”

                                    Are other bursaries available?                     Simply supply some basic information and the
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                                                                                       estimator will not only give you an idea of
                                    There are pots of money available that you         how much your costs will be while you are
                                    may never hear of unless you do a bit of           studying, it will also supply information on
                                    investigating. I know of someone who wrote         statutory financial support and any bursaries
                                    a letter to his local parish council explaining    or scholarships for which you might be
                                    he was off to university and they gave him         eligible. To access the estimator, visit
                                    £350 for books.                          
                                    There are also schemes specifically for students   When should I apply for financial support?
                                    from the East Midlands and some subject-
                                    specific scholarships and bursaries. These         In September 2008, a new student finance
                                    schemes vary and details can be found on           system called Finance England was launched.
                                    Nottingham’s online estimator at                   This new online service covers all aspects of
                                      applications and allows you to apply for
                                    or by contacting the relevant school.              student finance at the same time as applying
                                                                                       for your university course.
                                    Once you start university, don’t be afraid to
                                    ask what other help is available.                  See for
                                                                                       comprehensive information on the application
                                    My student loan covered my accommodation           process. We would always recommend
26                                  costs but even with a job I found I still needed                                                                                                                                                 27
                                                                                       applying for support as early as possible.
                                    more money. I went to Financial Support and                                                        Am I entitled to financial support?                Alternatively, you can contact Financial
                                    they advised me to apply for the Access to         Alternative services are in place for                                                              Support using the following details:
                                    Learning Fund. I filled out a form with details    non-English students:                           Student Finance England (or country-specific
                                    of my weekly outgoings and they gave me                                                            sites listed on the left) will also provide you    The Financial Support Team
                                    a cheque to help me through the rest of            Students from Northern Ireland:                 with detailed information on statutory funding     Student Services Centre
                                    the year.                                                      available to you, and the University’s financial   B Floor, Portland Building
                                                                                       Students from Scotland:                         estimator will provide you with detailed           University Park
                                    Other important                                           information about possible help from the           Nottingham
                                    financial information                                                                              University.                                        NG7 2RD
                                                                                       Students from Wales:
                                    The financial estimator                                     Find out more at:                                  t: +44 (0)115 823 2071
                                    The University has designed a great online                                               
                                    financial estimator to help you get your head                                            
                                    round your finances.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Top Tips
                                                                                       My guide to                                                                                               • As soon as you arrive at university, prop
                                                                                       social life                                                                                                 your door open – people will pop thei
                                                                                                                                                                                                   head in to say hello and it’s the easiest
                                                                                       by Libby Gray                                                                                               way to meet people.

                                                                                       English Studies                                                                                           • Get down to the Freshers’ Fayre – you’
                                                                                                                                                                                                   be amazed at what’s on offer and the

                                                                                       – third year                                                                                                clubs and societies are so cheap to join.
                                                                                                                                                                                                • Plan a couple of weekends to go hom
                                                                                                                                                                                                   – it’s good to have a rest and weekend
                                                                                                                                                                                                  on campus are normally quiet anyway.
                                                                                                                                                                                                • Only get involved if you want to –
                                                                                                                                                                                                  don’t feel pressured and make sure you
                                                                                                                                                                                                  find something that suits you.

                                   As soon as I came to Nottingham I fell              The Broadway Cinema has just been
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                                   in love with the place. University Park             refurbished and is a favourite student hang-
                                   Campus is so beautiful and I felt at home           out. It shows the latest independent and
                                   immediately. It’s fantastic to have a vibrant,      foreign films and does a great ‘food and film’
                                   metropolitan city on your doorstep but one          deal. There are also lots of beautiful historic
                                   that’s not so big that it swamps you.               buildings around Nottinghamshire including
                                                                                       Newstead Abbey, the former home of poet
                                   My first week at university was probably the        Lord Byron, which is a great place to take your
                                   best week of my life. I was so nervous about        parents if they come to visit.
                                   leaving home but by the first evening I was
                                   having dinner with four girls who are now some      Anything else?
                                   of my best friends. Freshers’ Week was amazing
                                   and so hectic I didn’t have time to think.          The shopping! Nottingham is jam-packed with
                                   We went to a party every night and did fun          every kind of shop from big designer stores to
                                   activities in the day like visiting Alton Towers    vintage boutiques, and all the high street
                                   and ice skating.                                    favourites. You can easily spend a weekend
                                                                                       exploring the shops of the city.
                                   What’s so special about Nottingham?
                                                                                       How will I stretch my budget to
                                   Nottingham has everything. Its nightlife is         include a social life?
28                                 second to none, it has more sporting facilities                                                                                                                                                               29
                                   than you can count and a fantastic cultural         You don’t have to spend a fortune to be
                                   scene with lots of places to visit.                 sociable. You’ll have a fantastic campus at your   Is it easy to get involved in activities            What societies does the University offer?
                                                                                       fingertips where you can run, play sport, have     on campus?
                                   There are more than 60,000 students                 picnics or just go for a walk. The University is                                                       I know it’s a cliché, but the Students’ Union
                                   attending the colleges and universities in          also right next to Wollaton Park, a beautiful      It’s difficult not to! You can get involved with    really does have something for everyone. There
                                   Nottingham and the atmosphere in the city is        deer park with a huge Tudor hall that you can      as much or as little as you like but in the first   are more than 170 societies and 75 sports
                                   great. You really feel part of a safe and buzzing   visit for free. There are cheap bars and a         week there are hall reps who are always willing     clubs on offer. I’m in the netball and athletics
                                   community. It also means that there are lots of     cinema on campus and organised parties in          to introduce you to university life. They show      clubs but I have friends who have gone for
                                   student nights laid on with cheap drinks and        halls throughout the year.                         you the city, take you to parties and make sure     something a bit more unusual like life drawing.
                                   entry to clubs.                                                                                        you’re aware of all the social opportunities
                                                                                                                                          open to you. You can also visit the Freshers’       My biggest piece of advice would be to get
                                   I’m in my element at Nottingham because I                                                              Fayre where you can sign up to                      involved with Karnival. It is the Students’
                                   love sport. The city has two football teams,                                                           all the clubs and societies.                        Union charity organisation and gives you
                                   Trent Bridge cricket ground, the National                                                                                                                  the chance to raise money for charity while
                                   Tennis Centre, the National Watersports
                                   Centre, an ice arena and its very own ice
                                                                                       If only someone had                                What if I live at home?                             meeting lots of people. They run some
                                                                                                                                                                                              great events.
                                   hockey team.                                        told me... that Freshers’                          I know people on my course who live at home
                                                                                                                                          and have found it quite easy to get involved        Find out more at www.students-
                                   If you love culture, there’s plenty for theatre
                                   lovers, film buffs, artists, photographers and
                                                                                       Week would be one of                               socially. Because they’re close to town they
                                                                                                                                          can get in and out of the city easily and can
                                                                                                                                                                                     or contact
                                                                                                                                                                                              the Students’ Union:
                                   musicians here. The Nottingham Arena attracts       the best weeks of my                               always stay with friends in halls. It also helps    t: + 44 (0)115 846 8800
                                   the biggest names in music and the more
                                   intimate Rock City is a great place to see rock      life, I’d have taken                              to get involved in clubs and societies.             f: + 44 (0)115 846 8801
                                   and indie acts at close quarters.
                                                                                        more photographs!
                                                                                                                                                          Top Tips
                                                                                     My guide to                                                         • Whatever course you’re on, investiga
                                                                                     studying abroad                                                        opportunities to study abroad.
                                                                                                                                                                                               te the

                                                                                     by Naomi Ryland                                                     • When you’re abroad, meet and talk to
                                                                                                                                                           as many people as you can. You never
                                                                                     German –                                                              know who might be able to help you in
                                                                                                                                                           the future.
                                                                                     graduated 2007                                                      • Try and keep some money aside for
                                                                                                                                                            exploring your new area. Being in anot
                                                                                                                                                            country for a year gives you lots of
                                                                                                                                                           opportunities to travel.
                                                                                                                                                        • Speak to Financial Support, your loca
                                                                                                                                                           authority and the International Office to
                                                                                                                                                           find out if there is any funding available
                                                                                                                                                          help you with your trip.
                                                                                                                                                        • Look into various places you can go.
                                   No matter what course you choose, I would         Financial Support in the Student Services                            just pick somewhere because you’ve hear
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                                   urge anyone to consider spending some             Centre also administers a small number of                            of it.
                                   time abroad. I worked as a language               funds each year to help students cover costs
                                   assistant in a school in Berlin and met some      such as visa charges or medical insurance cover.                   • Research your destination before you
                                   fantastic people. Living in another country       You can request more details by emailing                             A year goes by so quickly and it’s good
                                   really opened my eyes and broadened my                                      have a plan of things you want to do.
                                   horizons, raising my awareness of the
                                   different careers and opportunities that          Who do I pay my tuition fees to during
                                   are out there.                                    my study abroad period?

                                   The University of Nottingham has fantastic        If you take part in one of the University’s
                                   links with academic and research institutions     exchange programmes, you will still pay your
                                   throughout the world, as well as numerous         tuition fees to The University of Nottingham
                                   employers, which means you have the               (no tuition fees are usually paid to the host
                                   opportunity to apply to spend time abroad         university). Depending on the type of
                                   during your time at Nottingham (see page 32).     programme you’re on, your tuition fees for
                                                                                     that year may be reduced by up to half.
                                   On my course I could choose whether to study
                                   or work overseas which really appealed to me.     What other costs are involved?

                                   Is it expensive to study abroad?                  You have to pay your own accommodation
30                                                                                   fees, travel costs, health and travel insurance,                                                                      31
                                   Obviously costs differ depending on where         visa application fee (if applicable) and all other
                                   you go and what you do, but my year in            living expenses while at the host university.
                                   Germany was actually cheaper than studying

                                                                                     If only someone had told
                                   in Nottingham. There are a few extra costs like
                                   flights and insurance (and a visa if you need
                                   one) but because I was in Europe everything
                                   was quite cheap.                                  me... that studying
                                   I spent most of my money on exploring             abroad enhances your
                                   the area and travelling during holidays and
                                   weekends but I was working and had an             job opportunities, makes
                                   income so that helped.
                                                                                      your CV stand out from
                                   There are some scholarships available for
                                   studying abroad. If you take part in the           the rest, helps you learn
                                   Universitas 21 programme or Erasmus
                                   exchange scheme, you could receive a
                                                                                      new language skills and
                                   scholarship or bursary to contribute towards       introduces you to an
                                                                                      international network of
                                   the costs of studying abroad. It’s best to
                                   contact the International Office for
                                   current information.
                                                                                      friends, I wouldn’t have
                                                                                      thought twice!
                                                                                                                                          Lund University, Sweden
                                   “If you choose to study
                                    abroad, you are entitled
                                    to continue to receive your
                                    student loan from your
                                    local authority (LA) and
                                    some LAs also give travel
                                    bursaries to students who
                                    study abroad.”

                                    More information on                                 3. Inter-campus exchanges take place between
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                                    studying abroad                                     the University’s UK campuses and its overseas
                                                                                        campuses in Malaysia and China. Students
                                    What opportunities are there to study               taking subjects that are taught at the overseas
                                    abroad?                                             campuses are eligible to participate – these
                                                                                        include business, computer science, history,
                                    In 2007-8, more than 800 Nottingham                 electrical engineering, mechanical engineering,
                                    undergraduates spent a period of their studies      civil engineering, chemical engineering,
                                    overseas. Opportunities at Nottingham fall          geography, economics, politics, pharmacy
                                    into one of five categories:                        and modern languages.
                                    1. Erasmus is a European-wide initiative where      4. School or departmental exchanges are for
                                    exchange agreements are made between                students from specific schools and departments
                                    specific schools and departments at                 to study at partner universities outside of
                                    Nottingham and their counterparts at partner        Europe. You can choose to study or work
                                    institutions. The University of Nottingham has      abroad and although the University gives you
                                    more than 215 agreements in 23 countries,           guidance on applying, the decision on where
                                    including France, Germany, Bulgaria, Latvia,        to go is down to you.
                                    the Czech Republic and Slovenia. All UK                                                                                                                                              Auckland Beach
                                    students who participate in the Erasmus             5. Summer schools and short-term projects
32                                  scheme for a full academic year pay no tuition      are usually open to all students, many at both                                                                                                    33
                                    fees during that year and receive an EU grant       undergraduate and postgraduate level. These
                                                                                        tend to be offered as an addition to the usual    Will I still receive my bursary or loan during    Find out more at
                                    to help pay for their living costs.                                                                   my study abroad period?                           international/exchanges or contact the
                                                                                        degree programme during the summer holiday.
                                    2. The Universitas 21 Student Exchange              Often tuition or programme fees are waived,                                                         Study Abroad Team:
                                                                                                                                          Don’t worry. If you receive a core bursary you    t: +44 (0)115 951 5246
                                    Programme is an international network of            so that students can participate in the           will continue to get the full amount throughout
                                    research intensive universities. Other members      programmes without any extra fees having                                                            f: +44 (0)115 951 5155
                                                                                                                                          the three or four years of your course. If you    e:
                                    include universities in Australia, Canada, China,   to be paid to the host university.                choose to study abroad, you are entitled to
                                    Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore,                                                              continue to receive your student loan from
                                    South Korea, Sweden and the United States                                                             your local authority (LA) and some LAs also
                                    of America.                                                                                           give travel bursaries to students who study
                                    Through this programme, many students go                                                              abroad so make sure you contact them for
                                    away on an exchange for a semester of their                                                           further details.
                                    second year of study. The University begins the                                                       If you participate in Universitas 21 or the
                                    application process each year in November so                                                          Erasmus scheme, you may also receive a
                                    don’t forget to apply!                                                                                scholarship or bursary to contribute towards
                                    Visit                                                             the costs of studying abroad. It’s best to
                                    exchanges for further information.                                                                    contact the International Office for
                                                                                                                                          current information.
                                      Section 04

                                      Contacts and                                                                               Key dates
                                                                                                                                                     15 January 2009
                                      key dates                                                                                  January                                                    for Home/EU students,
                                                                                                                                                     • Recommended application deadline tistry courses (the deadline for
                                                                                                                                                        excluding medical, veterinary and den
                                                                                                                                                        these courses is 15 October 2008)
                                                                                                                                                     28 January 2009
                                                                                                                                                                                           accommodation begins
                                                                                                                                                     • Application process for 2009/10

                                                                                                                                 February             26 February 2009
                                                                                                                                                      • UCAS Extra commences

                                                                                                                                 May                  5 May 2009
                                                                                                                                                                                             e choices for students who have
                                                                                                                                                      • Reply deadline for first and insuranc
                                                                                                                                                         received all offers by 31 March

                                      Contacts and information
Section 04 / Contacts and key dates

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Section 04 / Contacts and key dates
                                                                                                                                  June                 5 June 2009
                                                                                                                                                                                              e choices for students who have
                                      Accommodation Services                     Student Services Centre                                               • Reply deadline for first and insuranc
                                                                                                                                                          received all offers by 8 May
                                      The University of Nottingham               (Incorporating Academic, Disability and
                                      Cherry Tree Hill, University Park          Financial Support, Student Registry Services,                         26 June 2009
                                                                                                                                                                                             n Day
                                      Nottingham, NG7 2RD                        and Tuition Fees)                                                     • The University of Nottingham Ope
                                      t: +44 (0)115 951 3697                     Portland Building, University Park,                                   27 June 2009
                                                                                                                                                                                             n Day
                                      f: +44 (0)115 951 3670                     Nottingham, NG7 2RD                                                    • The University of Nottingham Ope
                                      minicom: +44 (0)115 846 7938               t: +44 (0)115 951 3710
                                      e:        f: +44 (0)115 846 4376                                                 30 June 2009
                                                                                                                                                                                           through Clearing
                                      w:                   minicom: +44 (0)115 951 4378                                           • Last date to apply before going
                                      accommodation                              e:
                                                                                                                                   July                 6 July 2009
                                      Admissions Office                          University Chaplains                                                                                           e choices for all Home/EU students
                                      The University of Nottingham               The University of Nottingham                                           • Reply deadline for first and insuranc e
                                      University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD       University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD                                      who have received all offers by 12
                                      t: +44 (0)115 951 4749                     t/f: +44 (0)115 951 3931                                               14 July 2009
                                                                                                                                                                                                 e choices for all non-EU students
                                      f: +44 (0)115 951 4668                     e:                                          • Reply deadline for first and insuranc e
                                      e:           w:                                         who have received all offers by 12
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                                                                                                                                                         31 July 2009
                                      International Office                       University Counselling Service                                                                                  e choices for all Home/EU students
                                      The University of Nottingham               Trent Building, The University of Nottingham,                           • Reply deadline for first and insurancJuly
                                      Jubilee Campus, Wollaton Road,             University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD                                       who have received all offers by 20
                                      Nottingham, NG8 1BB                        t: +44 (0)115 951 3695
                                      t: +44 (0)115 951 5247                     e:            August                1 August 2009
                                                                                                                                                                                               odation and securing automatic
                                      f: +44 (0)115 951 5155                     w:                                      • Deadline for applying for accomm
                                                                                 University Health Centre                                                    guarantee of accommodation
                                                                                                                                                          6 August 2009
                                                                                 Cripps Health Centre                                                                                            e choices for all non-EU students
                                      Student Advice Centre                      The University of Nottingham                                             • Reply deadline for first and insuranc
                                                                                                                                                             who have received all offers by 20 July
                                      B Floor, Portland Building                 University Park, Nottingham, NG7 1QW
                                      The University of Nottingham               t: +44 (0)115 846 8888                                                    20 August 2009
                                      University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD                                                                                 • A level results day
                                      t: +44 (0)115 846 8730
                                                                                                                                                           • Clearing commences

                                                                                                                                     September             20-21 September 2009
                                                                                                                                                           • Move in to University-arranged
                                                                                                                                                           22 September 2009
                                                                                                                                                           • Registration for incoming students

                                                                                                                                                                               specific to you.
                                                                                                                                    Visit UCAS Track regularly for deadlines
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