A guide to university accommodation, studying in Scotland and how the Extended Project Qualification can support your university application. With Edge Hill University, the University of Aberdeen and the University of East Anglia.

28 July 2020 at 12:00


Event summary

Uni Taster Tuesday #UTDIAG

A guide to university accommodation, studying in Scotland and how the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) can support your university application.

With Edge Hill University, the University of Aberdeen and the University of East Anglia.

Featuring:

Elenid Steffan, Education Liaison Officer at Edge Hill University
Amy Shimmin, UK Recruitment Graduate Trainee at the University of Aberdeen
Lucy Nottingham, Higher Education Adviser at the University of East Anglia

Hosted by
Jon Cheek, Founder and Director, UniTasterDays.com

Event Summary

This webinar is hosted by Jon Cheek, the Founder and Director of UniTasterDays who touches upon the guidance and help provided to students to help them make good choices when considering university. This is followed by three guest speakers who each talk about different aspects of university.

Session 1: A guide to university accommodation
The first guest speaker is Elenid Steffan, the Education Liaison Officer at Edge Hill University. One of the main things to think about when your university place is confirmed is where you will live, explains Elenid. If you live away from home there are a few options you will have to consider ranging from university halls to private accommodation. Elenid explains what they are and what facilities are included in each. Some students will choose to live at home and commute to university. There are advantages and disadvantages to both options and Elenid goes into detail about these to help you make the right decision. Before choosing which option is the best for you, there are important factors to consider such as location, security, transport links and student support which are explored in this session. She also shares useful resources which you can look into to learn more about different university accommodation and to work out your budget in advance. Finally, she explains the process after you have applied for accommodation and how you will be contacted by your chosen university.

Session 2: Studying in Scotland
The second guest speaker is Amy Shimmin, the UK Recruitment Graduate Trainee at the University of Aberdeen. She speaks about studying at a university in Scotland and touches on a range of universities based in different parts of Scotland. The undergraduate degree in Scotland is structured in a slightly different way and there are flexible entry routes into university, explains Amy. To clarify this, Amy breaks down the arrangement of an undergraduate and what is included in each year. She goes on to speak about fees, funding and scholarships at universities in Scotland, highlighting resources where you can find out further information. Universities in Scotland are not the same and there are various factors to consider when deciding which is the right one for you, and this is touched upon in this session. Amy ends by discussing average graduate employability rates at Scottish universities.

Session 3: How the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) can support your university application
The third guest speaker is Lucy Nottingham, the Higher Education Adviser at the University of East Anglia. Lucy speaks about the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the benefits of completing this independent research task. She explains what the project entails and how many hours are required on the programme. Not only does the qualification make your UCAS application stand out to universities, but you also gain valuable transferable skills. One of these is referencing which is essential for university style of writing and Lucy goes into detail about what this is and how it works. Having this qualification gives your application a slight advantage and you may get an additional offer from universities, explains Lucy. She goes on to explain how to choose a topic for your EPQ and some tips on where to look for resources. Finally, Lucy touches upon the process involved in the project and what happens upon completion.

Session summary from Rubaya Zaman, a final year English Literature student at the University of Birmingham.

Important note:

The live event is for post 16-students. Those aged 15 or under will have access to the event recordings which will be provided on this page as well, after the event.

Of course teachers, careers colleagues and support staff are very welcome to attend as well - for their own CPD purposes.


 
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