Scarborough Campus 2012
See Scarborough | 1 Scarborough â€“ a university town | 4 Money matters | 6 Knowing your tuition fee category | 7 Tuition Fees, living costs and Government financial support | 8 How to apply for Government funding | 9 Bursaries and scholarships | 10 Paying your tuition fees | 11 Student living | 12 University accommodation | 13 Studentsâ€™ union | 16 Your essential guide to Hull University Union | 17 Information for parents and guardians | 21 Achieving peace of mind | 22 Meeting the costs | 23
Harbour and Old Town www.hull.ac.uk
New horizons Britainâ€™s first seaside resort, Scarborough has attracted visitors for 350 years and remains as popular as ever. But in the shadow of its famous castle, something new and electrifying is happening. From a blossoming creative-industries sector to the installation of one of the continentâ€™s fastest broadband connections, the town is experiencing a renaissance. A 2009 European Commission award named Scarborough as the most enterprising place in Europe.
North Bay and Castle headland
Scarborough also received the Great Town Award for 2010 from the Academy of Urbanism, which celebrates the UKâ€™s best and most improved urban environments. The award recognised Scarboroughâ€™s distinctive character, variety of cultural attractions and locally driven resurgence.
Scarborough – a university town
A university town Providing its student community with a vibrant campus, satisfyingly reasonable living costs and high-quality, affordable accommodation – plus two beaches, harbourside cafes, a castle, museums and funfairs – Scarborough is a special place to live, learn and play.
Hit the shops, then hit the beach The South Bay and the busy Brunswick shopping centre are only minutes apart, linked by the popular cliff lifts. Scarborough’s largely pedestrianised centre incorporates all the major high-street names plus many specialist shops – some opened by our graduates – which contribute to the town’s unique character. Boutique shopping and cafe culture are part of Scarborough’s unique appeal.
The cultural mix The student nights in many of Scarborough’s pubs and clubs feature DJs, bands and open-mic evenings in an eclectic music scene – on which our own student bands wield an important inﬂuence. The Stephen Joseph Theatre, the Futurist Theatre and the Spa Complex (which hosts our student balls and graduation ceremonies) are established venues for concerts, shows and plays, and three cinemas offer the latest blockbusters and specialist ﬁlm seasons. You’ll be able to participate in the annual National Student Drama Festival, which our students help to run, while other recurring highlights include a literature festival; Seafest (a combination of music, seafood and maritime-themed activities); a nationally acclaimed jazz festival; and other music festivals.
Sports on surf and turf Scarborough is a magnet for fans of water sports and outdoor adventure. Alongside some of the country’s best surﬁng, you can try body boarding, surf canoeing or windsurﬁng, and learn to dive, jet-ski, row or sail. On land, there’s camping, hiking, climbing, off-road biking and golf virtually on the campus’s doorstep. If you prefer just to spectate, the town hosts a regatta, the Festival of Speed (motorcycle and sports car racing), a cricket festival, a hockey tournament and Scarborough Open Golf Week.
Knowing your tuition fee category
UK students UK students are those who hold EU (including UK) nationality or who are otherwise settled in the UK and have been resident in the UK for three years immediately prior to the start of the study programme. UK nationals living overseas in a temporary capacity may also qualify.
Students resident in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man Students from these areas will have access to packages of ﬁnancial support different from those detailed on the following pages – please contact your funding provider for further information.
EU students EU students are normally those who hold EU nationality but who have not been resident in the UK for the three years immediately prior to the start of the study programme.
NHS- and TDA-funded students UK students who are applying for programmes that attract speciﬁc funding from the NHS or the TDA may have to make alternative funding arrangements. PGCE www.direct.gov.uk/en/EducationAndLearning
English students: pages 8–11
Tuition Fee Loan
EU students: pages 8, 10 and 11
Tuition Fee Loan
Living Cost Loan
+ University of Hull Bursary
or University of Hull Scholarship
+ University of Hull Bursary
or University of Hull Scholarship
Tuition Fees, living costs and Government financial support
The University of Hull will be charging £9,000 per year for all home fee status full-time undergraduate students who begin studying in September 2012. If you haven’t already applied for funding, the following support packages are available through Government. If you already hold a degree, please check with your LEA for eligibility for funding.
Tuition Fee Loan Designed to help you with the cost of Tuition Fees that you will be charged by the University. Students who begin studying in 2012 will be able to borrow enough to cover their Tuition Fees, regardless of their household income. Students studying for a full-time Foundation degree may apply for the amount charged for their particular programme. The loan is paid directly to the University on your behalf.
Living Cost Loan Designed to help with your living costs throughout the year. The amount you are entitled to depends on your residual household income, where you live and where you are studying. Everyone is entitled to at least £2,750. All English students are entitled to 65% of the maximum Living Cost Loan, and the remaining 35% will depend on your residual household income. Student Finance England will pay the Living Cost Loan straight into your bank account – usually in three instalments, one at the start of each term.
Non-repayable Grant A non-repayable amount given to help with living costs. The amount you are entitled to is based on residual household income (RHI): • £3,250 if RHI is £25,000 or under • partial grant (on a sliding scale) if RHI is between £25,000 and £42,600 • no grant if your RHI is over £42,600 The amount you are entitled to may affect your Living Cost Loan. Student Finance England will pay this into your bank account in three instalments, one at the start of each term, along with any Living Cost Loan.
For application deadlines, please visit www.directgov.uk/studentﬁnance. Applications made after the deadline will still be processed, but payment cannot be guaranteed for the start of the academic year. Please note that you don’t have to wait until you are accepted onto your course before you apply. You can put your ﬁrst choice on your application and inform Student Finance England if this changes at a later date. If you decide to apply for student ﬁnance after your course starts, you must apply no later than nine months after the ﬁrst day of the academic year. For more information, visit www.studentﬁnanceengland.co.uk or call 0845 300 5090.
What happens once I have applied? You can track the progress of your application by logging onto your online student ﬁnance account. Once your application has been assessed, you will receive conﬁrmation of your entitlements. Please keep this safe as you may need it at registration.
How to apply for Government funding
If you haven’t already applied, we would advise that you do so as soon as possible.
How do I receive the money? 1. You need to register on your course with the University. 2. The University will then inform Student Finance England and conﬁrm that you have registered. 3. The ﬁrst instalment of your Living Cost Loan/Grant will be paid directly into your bank account. Please note that this normally takes 3–5 days to clear, so please make sure you have enough money to cover your ﬁrst week at university. 4. If you have applied for a Tuition Fee Loan, this will be paid directly to the University on your behalf. 5. If you have received a bursary or scholarship, this will be paid directly to you from the University.
Repayment It’s like a ‘Graduate Tax’, and the repayments are collected through the tax system once you are earning over £21,000. If your income drops, your repayments will stop and only start again when you are earning over £21,000. Student loans do not go on credit ﬁles, and after 30 years the debt is wiped.
Bursaries and scholarships
To help those least able to afford any remaining up-front costs, the University of Hull will provide almost £3 million in bursaries and scholarships. University of Hull Bursary This is a one-off, non-repayable award of £3,000 given in your ﬁrst year of study only. Half of it goes towards reducing your fees to £7,500. You can use the remainder for • University Residence Fees discount • learning resources (e.g. textbooks, ICT resources) • cash (£1,000 maximum per annum)* * To help pay for other study expenses. Bursaries are awarded to all eligible Year 1 students who have a residual household income of less than £25,000 per year. When you are completing your Student Finance England application, you will be asked whether ‘you would like to share this information with your chosen institution’. In order to be automatically considered for the bursary, you will need to tick this box. www.hull.ac.uk/bursaries
University of Hull Scholarship This is a non-repayable award of £3,000 given every year for a total of three years of study. Half of it goes towards reducing your fees to £7,500. You can use the remainder for • University Residence Fees discount • learning resources (e.g. textbooks, ICT resources) • cash (£1,000 maximum per annum)* * To help pay for other study expenses. Scholarships are awarded to all eligible Year 1 students who have a residual household income of less than £25,000 per year and who have achieved results of AAB or higher in three A levels (not including General Studies), or equivalent. If you complete your A levels successfully, you will automatically be considered for a scholarship and will be informed by letter whether one will be awarded. www.hull.ac.uk/scholarships Please note only one award will be payable. For further information about bursaries and scholarships, please email email@example.com.
1. Tuition Fee Loan Please note – to pay by this method, you must have applied to Student Finance England for ﬁnancial assistance and requested a Tuition Fee Loan. Once your application has been approved and you have registered, Student Finance will pay the money directly to the University of Hull on your behalf. 2. Payment at registration If you are a full-time undergraduate student, you can pay your full Tuition Fees (£9,000) – or the amount that is not covered by your Tuition Fee Loan – at registration. If you pay by cash, cheque or debit card, you will receive a discount. This does not apply if you pay by credit card. The University advises against carrying large sums of cash. 3. Payments by instalments You can pay 50% of your fees – or the amount not covered by the Tuition Fee Loan – by cash, cheque, or debit or credit card agreement at registration. You can then sign up to pay the other 50% in two equal instalments in January and April.
Paying your Tuition Fees
There are three simple ways of paying your fees.
Contacts and information To apply for student ﬁnance, please call 0845 300 5090 or visit studentﬁnanceyourfuture.direct.gov.uk. Further information will be available during the coming weeks via www.hull.ac.uk or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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What do we provide? We provide accommodation for full-time registered students on a contract basis. We do not provide part-time, short-term or hotel-type accommodation for students.
The University of Hull accommodation guarantee All undergraduate students who apply for a place in University accommodation by 1 September are guaranteed an offer of a place in University-owned, -managed or -directed accommodation. For more information, visit www.hull.ac.uk/accomm. There are various types of accommodation to choose from:
Cayley Hall A complex of six modern three-storey blocks, housing more than 200 students.
Where you live and who you live with are just as important as any other part of University life – and will often be the most memorable.
All the rooms are en-suite and furnished. Meals are provided in the nearby dining room, and the cost is included in the residence fees. There is a kitchen on every ﬂoor, shared by 10 to 12 students, in which snacks and drinks can be made. On the ground ﬂoor, this residence has a number of purpose-built study-bedrooms for students with disabilities.
University-managed property University-managed property compromises privately owned houses that are leased to the University and then let to students. All properties are situated within a two-mile radius of the campus. They vary in size from three to 33 residents, with prices starting at £72 per week. The student houses are mixed-gender occupancy. You will need to provide your own bedding, as well as cooking and eating utensils. Residents are expected to clean up after themselves in the kitchen and common areas, as well as cleaning their own room and bathroom.
Other residence options – private sector For anyone not wishing to live on campus or in a University-managed property, the private sector has a good choice of shared houses, ﬂats and bedsits in which you have a room and share a kitchen, a bathroom and sometimes a living room with other students. Properties vary in size and are located mostly in popular student areas. Visit www.scarboroughstudentpad.co.uk for more information. Please note that all properties listed on the website have been inspected by the University Accommodation Oﬃce staff and the local Environmental Health Team and comply with current health, safety and fire regulations. If the property is not listed, it has not been inspected.
Choosing University accommodation When thinking about choosing your University accommodation, there are a number of factors that you should take into consideration. What kind of experience do you want? Living and social facilities associated with different types of accommodation can vary. Would you prefer catered or self-catered accommodation? Cayley Hall is catered and has set meal times, whereas the Universitymanaged properties are self-catered. What is your budget? Prices vary between different types of accommodation. University accommodation – annual costs 2012/13 (including bills) Type
34 or 37 weeks
£72–£89 per week
Do you want en-suite facilities? Some accommodation has them and some does not.
What happens next? Towards the end of May, all applicants who have ﬁrmly accepted their offer will be sent further details of the various types of accommodation available and details of how to apply using our online application process. Allocation of accommodation is made on a ﬁrst-come, ﬁrst-served basis – so we strongly recommend that you return your completed form as soon as possible to ensure that your needs are best met. Once your accommodation has been allocated, you will receive a contract. Please note that you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of £150 when applying for a residential place.
Contact us The Accommodation Oﬃce at the Scarborough Campus is open Monday to Friday, 10 am to 4 pm. Please bear in mind that we are extremely busy throughout late August and most of September, so check our website for information before making enquiries. The site has a section dedicated to frequently asked questions.
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Hull University Union (HUU) is one of the best students’ unions in the country. It recently achieved a Gold Award in the Students’ Union Evaluation Initiative (a Government-backed assessment that improves the service delivered to National Union of Students members), becoming the fourth-highest-scoring union in the country to date. HUU exists to provide representation, support and a sociable environment to the students of the University. Run by students for students, it has a team of elected Sabbatical Oﬃcers who control certain speciﬁc areas of union activity, including welfare, education, sport and community. If you have strong interests in health and welfare, media and marketing, voluntary work, ﬁnancial matters, campaigning or sports, the union is a great way to get involved and improve your skills. Volunteering with the union shows employers that you have commitment, management skills and organisational ability which you can take into the workplace.
Your essential guide to HUU
Hull University Union
New for September 2012 is the exciting redevelopment of the ﬁrst ﬂoor of the students’ union at the Hull Campus. In line with students’ views, an open oﬃce area has been created for staff so that they are more approachable and easier for students to ﬁnd.
The students’ union at the Scarborough Campus The students’ union at Scarborough gives you the opportunity to get fully involved in student life. Whether you want to come along to our weekly executive meetings, join in with sports clubs and societies or just come and have a chat about something that is bothering you, the union is here to help you make the most of your University experience. Welfare and equal opportunities We make sure that everyone has a fair chance regardless of their gender, race, religion, sexuality, disability or any other box which people tend to put others in. A dedicated team will offer you the support you need to have a healthy and happy time while you are with us. Advice Centre
If you are struggling with a problem, we have trained advisers available two days a week for a drop-in service or at any other time via email, providing you with free, impartial and conﬁdential advice and information. The Advice Centre will give you the knowledge and skills you need to tackle a problem yourself. Job Shop
There are a variety of jobs available in Scarborough – particularly seasonal work in bars, shops and catering. If you need advice about a potential future career, you can get help and guidance by visiting the University careers team. Among other things, they can help you write your CV and prepare for interviews.
Nightline is the union’s conﬁdential listening and information service. Run by highly trained student volunteers, it is available for any student to use. Education Zone The union recognises the need for students to be heard on every issue, including academic ones. We provide support and training in the following areas. Course representatives
Giving your fellow students a voice is what you do as a course rep. The course reps at Scarborough are an integral part of the academic structure. All are student volunteers who represent fellow students at a departmental level. All you need is enthusiasm and a desire to get the student viewpoint across. Staff–student committees
Staff–student committees meet on a regular basis to discuss academic issues with departmental staff members. Students have the opportunity to chair and act as secretary in these meetings. Campus Principal’s forum
You may also get the chance to attend meetings with the Principal of the Scarborough Campus, to discuss new initiatives and developments. Sports Zone Scarborough is proud of its wide variety of sports teams, most of which take part in British Universities & Colleges Sport competitions. We play weekly matches against teams from other universities such as Newcastle, York, Manchester and Leeds – so if you’re a competitive sportsperson or just want to increase your social circle and meet likeminded people, then this is the section for you. Clubs at Scarborough include Badminton, Men’s and Women’s Football, Rugby Union, Basketball and Cheerleading. If none of these takes your fancy, then all you need to do is ﬁnd enough people who share your interest and the union will help you set up your own club. Sports and fitness
If team sports don’t appeal, there is also a sports centre within ﬁve minutes’ walk of the campus which runs ﬁtness and martial-arts classes and offers facilities including squash, spinning, tennis and a fully equipped gym. Student membership provides hugely discounted access to these and to the Scarborough Pool Complex. Scarborough is renowned for its exhilarating water sports, so you will have the opportunity to get involved in scuba diving, rowing, sailing or surﬁng. But there are also spectacular cliff-top trails which can be
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completed on two feet, two wheels or even four legs (if you’re on horseback!). If you’re more interested in watching a good game than getting involved, Scarborough is also known for hosting sporting events from international cricket matches to an annual surﬁng competition, plus regattas and an open golf competition.
Surfing at South Bay
Community Zone The Community Zone is an activities-based area, allowing you to meet like-minded people by joining a student society or starting your own. The close-knit campus gives a great sense of community. We offer a range of volunteering opportunities, from coaching sport for young people to working with the elderly and even helping out with conservation efforts on Scarborough’s award-winning beaches. As well as being a great way to meet people, volunteering also provides you with skills which will look impressive on your CV. Anyone who sees themselves as a new Chris Moyles or Piers Morgan can get involved with Scarborough Tide, our union magazine, or BassMent Radio.
Sports on the campus playing field
Student societies During your time at the University, you should get involved as much as possible. Here at Scarborough we run a number of different societies, such as Gaming • Drama • Film • Poker • Christian Union • Musical • Rock Musical • Baltic Society • Pool Society • International Students’ Society Again, if there isn’t already something you like, why not start your own? You just need to get 10 friends together, and the union will guide you through forming your own society.
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Information for parents and guardians
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Achieving peace of mind
Going to university can be an exciting but daunting prospect – not only for the student but also for parents or guardians. Here at the University of Hull we fully understand this, and the following section aims to provide you with all the information you need and answers to the many different questions you may have.
Accommodation We recognise that your child’s time at university is about more than just lectures and tutorials – where they live, and who they live with, is just as important. This is why we advise that ﬁrst-year students live in University accommodation. The University is a long-established leader in the provision of student accommodation, and our dedicated Accommodation Oﬃce helps to guide prospective students through the process of ﬁnding somewhere to live. Pages 13–14 of this guide provide information on the different types of University accommodation available to ﬁrst-years. The University accommodation guarantee All unaccompanied new students who apply for accommodation by 1 September are guaranteed an offer of a place in University-owned, -managed or -directed accommodation. Accommodation details are sent out at the end of May.
How do we apply for accommodation? Once your son or daughter has accepted an offer of a place at the University, they will be sent further information in May about the accommodation available along with guidance on how to apply. Accommodation is allocated on a ﬁrst-come, ﬁrst-served basis, so we would advise them to complete the application form and return it as soon as possbile.
What if they don’t want to live in University accommodation? Private-sector accommodation in Scarborough is comparatively cheap and there is lots available. For more information, visit www.scarboroughstudentpad.co.uk.
What happens in the second year? Continuing students can apply to remain in University accommodation, but the majority of students obtain accommodation in the private sector. For more detailed information about the accommodation available, please refer to pages 13–14.
The cost of being a student can be split into two different categories: Tuition Fees The University will charge a fee of £9,000 for all ‘home’ students who begin studying in 2012. This can be paid upfront, but most students apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from Student Finance England to cover the cost. Tuition Fees for students studying for full-time Foundation degree programmes may vary. Visit www.hull.ac.uk/money.
Meeting the costs
Often the biggest question about university is ‘How much is all this going to cost?’
Living costs The other main cost for students living away from home is accommodation. Other outgoings include bills, food, travel, sports, clothes and entertainment. Course costs (such as books and materials) will vary depending on the degree but also have to be taken into consideration. Please refer to pages 8 and 10 for detailed information about available sources of income such as loans, grants, bursaries and scholarships. Applying for finance We would advise that your son or daughter applies to the relevant student ﬁnance body (England, Ireland, Wales or Scotland) as soon as possible to ensure that they receive the money in time for the start of their course. Grants, scholarships and bursaries that are awarded do not have to be repaid. Further information is included on pages 7–11. The information at www.direct.gov.uk/studentﬁnance is also extremely useful.
What if they haven’t applied when they start their course? You can apply up to nine months after the start of the University’s academic year.
What if they haven’t received their loan/grant by the start of their course? They can still register for their course even if they haven’t received the money – although they will need to produce oﬃcial documentation from the Student Finance England, conﬁrming that they have applied and are awaiting payment.
Who can my son or daughter speak to if they are struggling financially? If they have any general enquiries or worries relating to money, the Advice Centre in the students’ union provides guidance and information on a range of issues.
In cases of extreme hardship, ﬁnancial support is available through the Access to Learning Fund – details can be obtained from the Student Loans and Hardship Oﬃce, which provides support and advice on ﬁnancial issues.
Can the University help students to find part-time jobs?
In front of the campus
Many students also work part-time to supplement their income. The Job Shop (located in the students’ union) caters speciﬁcally for students who are looking for part-time work. They deal with studentfriendly employers and have a variety of positions available – from jobs on campus to part-time and holiday work in the town centre.
Useful links University of Hull Advice Centre – www.hullstudent.com/advice Direct Gov – www.directgov.co.uk Student Finance England – www.studentﬁnanceengland.co.uk Student Loans Company – www.slc.co.uk
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