Cooking up a storm at University

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by the Feel Good Team

What is Feel Good?

The Feel Good programme is based on healthy behaviours for your wellbeing. We believe in empowering you to make healthy choices and run events throughout the year to help you relax, eat well, get active and try new things.

Eat well

We all love eating out and getting food delivered (especially after months of lockdown) and it can be fun whilst you are settling in and meeting new people.

But it can get expensive and unhealthy pretty quickly, so try and balance it with some healthy, home-cooked meals too. Making sure you’re eating some wholesome, balanced meals is so important to keep your energy levels up, keep you feeling good and well.

Once you’re settled in, cooking in your accommodation can also be a great way to get to know your new housemates. Whether you’re cooking group meals together, or doing your own thing – it’s a chance to socialise and get to know your new housemates.

Our top tips for cooking at university

  1. Bulk cooking is cheaper than cooking one meal at a time. Make a big dish of something like pasta or chilli, store it in the fridge and you’ve got a quick, easy and delicious lunch or dinner whenever you need it.
  2. Pick the no-fuss stuff. Buying the supermarket’s ‘own brand’ items wherever possible will save you so much money. You pay so much extra for branded items and it doesn’t taste that different – so shop smart.
  3. Buy it dry. Stock up on dry rice, pasta and own brand cereal. They aren’t very expensive, they’ll last ages and can be used as the basis of loads of different meals.
  4. Multipacks means more. Whilst multi-packs might cost more upfront, you’ll save lots in the long run. For example, a bag of crisps or a Diet Coke can set you back around £1 for just one from a small convenience store or a vending machine. But in supermarkets, you can normally get a multi-pack of 6+ for just double that price.
  5. Don’t forget the seasoning! When you start cooking away from home you might find your food tastes so bland… That would be seasoning! Salt and pepper, basic seasoning and spice mixes are cheap and make a world of difference to your dishes.
  6. Ice ice baby…If you want to buy meat or fish it can be a lot cheaper from the freezer section (just make sure you have a freezer in your accommodation before you buy it). Meat-free alternatives like Quorn can sometimes also be cheaper, and they are high in protein and low in fat too.

And did you know it’s Feel Good Fortnight? Events started on Monday and run until Sunday 4 October. See all our Feel Good Fortnight events and get involved!

How coaching groups can support your student journey

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by the Student Journey Team

In sport, the role of a coach is to support the people participating, reach their full potential. And when it comes to academic coaching it’s just the same!

During Block Zero, you’ll be put into coaching groups hosted in a Microsoft Teams site. Your group will be made up of around ten students within your programme areas and you’ll be able to meet up and work with your group virtually.

Once Teaching Block One and Two start, you’ll then be timetabled to meet up with six other groups of ten students, every two weeks for an hour and a half. During these sessions, the team coach that’s been assigned to you will present a pre-recorded lecture to you based around one of the 5 secrets to success. You’ll then break off into your coaching group to complete activities which will build on that theme and help you reflect on your experiences.

By working in a group and with your coach, you’ll be able to support each other to seek solutions to any issues you might be experiencing. You’ll also have the chance to build on your learnings from Block Zero, gain confidence and feel empowered to make the most of your opportunities at UWE.

We hope you enjoy working with your coaching groups and enjoy all that university life has to offer!

Study skills support

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by Library Services

We’re here to help you to gain the study skills you need at university and beyond. A great place to start is our preparing for study webpage which is is full of advice and online tutorials designed to get you ready for academic study.

Here’s just a few of the ways you can get support from the library.

Online workbooks

You can use our online workbooks on reading and making notes, referencing and academic and critical writing.

Workshops

Library staff run study skills workshops, covering key skills such as referencing, using your reading and critical writing skills.

Talk to us

Just visit any of our Libraries and talk to us – or ask a question through our 24/7 online chat service (which you can access from the Library website).

When you get feedback from your first assignment, we can help you to understand and benefit from this and target the improvements you want to make before your next submission.

English language support

Sign up to our workshops on our Communication Skills for International Students programme. Each Faculty has specialist study support staff who provide help ranging from writing to mathematics and programming.

Discover more of our workshops, support and online tutorials on our study skills webpage.

Attendance and engagement with your studies

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by Student Communications

We’re introducing a new system called MyAttendance, which will allow you to record your attendance at face-to-face teaching sessions.

Record your attendance

You won’t need to use it for online teaching, including Block Zero, but for face-to-face sessions your lecturer will provide a 6 digit code which you can use to record your attendance. If you’ve already started face-to-face teaching, you’ll be asked to start using the app this week.

You can access myAttendance via the UWE Bristol app, available on both Android and iPhone.

View your attendance data

Your attendance data will be available to view on the MyEngagement system. MyEngagement allows you to see your engagement with various learning and teaching tools such as Blackboard and the library. We’ll also be able to see this data and will use it to offer you support if your engagement is low.

One of the first signs that a student may need support is a drop of engagement with their course – for example, missing a coursework deadline or not logging on to Blackboard as much as they used to. There might be many reasons for this drop in engagement – from struggling with a study skill or time management to friendship problems or homesickness.

Support during low engagement

If you’re struggling with your studies or a personal matter, it can be hard to ask for help. By noticing low engagement early, we can reach out to you and check things are OK.

We can let you know about support you might find useful, such as study skills workshops, wellbeing support or money advice – whatever you need to help you get back on track. You’ll never be penalised for low engagement, we know that different students engage in different ways – it’s simply about offering you support.

The data MyEngagement uses is information that the university already collects, such as whether you’re logging on to Blackboard, submitting coursework or using the library. The more you use UWE Bristol systems and resources, the higher your engagement score will be.

Key members of staff will be able to see your data so that they are able to step in and provide advice and support if needed and you can view the exact same data via your personal dashboard. Don’t worry, each student can only view their own data.

If your engagement falls in one of the lower categories, you might receive an email, text or phone call from us to check if you’re OK. We can let you know about support that you might find useful and you’ll have the opportunity to ask us any questions that you have.

You can log into MyEngagement using your usual UWE Bristol username and password. (Please note that the system won’t work on Internet Explorer so you will need to use Chrome, Firefox, Safari or Edge.) By logging on regularly you’ll be able to see whether your engagement has changed. You may even be able to pinpoint a reason for this and learn to recognise the types of things that impact on your studies.

We want to make sure your time with us is happy, healthy and successful. Research indicates that the more students are involved in their educational experience, the better they do. See you in class!

Welcoming you to Glenside campus

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We’ve been working hard to make Glenside as safe as possible for you as you start your health care studies with us.

Zones

We’ve created zones around the campus to manage the number of people in buildings, corridors and toilets at any one time. Buildings have designated entrance and exit points and if you need to move zone, you’ll need to exit one zone and enter another. Corridors are one-way and you’ll spot signage encouraging you to keep left and keep moving!

Shared spaces

We’re working on the basis of 2 metres social distancing in teaching rooms and catering spaces in line with government guidance.

Face masks, hand sanitiser and PPE

We would strongly recommend you wear a face mask when moving around inside campus buildings. You’ll spot hand sanitiser at key points. PPE will be provided for taught sessions where appropriate.

Breaks

You’re able to eat and drink in classrooms you’re taught in. Catering outlets will be open across campus, both internally and externally, with socially distanced queuing.

Please use the catering facility in the zone you will be in.

Meeting staff

Some academic staff will be hot-desking in offices but appointments with them will continue to be offered online. From w/c 14 September, the Information Point and Students’ Union will be available in The Students’ Union building. Head here for any queries you may have.

We’ve made these changes in the interest of keeping you as safe as possible, and hope you’ll respect the measures in place. In the meantime, why not spend a couple of minutes familiarising yourself with the campus map so you know where you’ll be heading on day one?

Your University Health Centre

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by Lucy, Patient Services Manager at the University Health Centre

Did you know we have our very own doctors’ surgery right in the heart of Frenchay Campus?

It’s open to all UWE Bristol students, no matter which campus you’re studying at. You can stay registered with us for your whole time at university, which means you won’t have to worry about finding another doctor as you move in your second and third year. Plus, as we work in partnership with The Old School Surgery in Fishponds, registering with us means you’ll be automatically registered with them too. Effectively you’re getting two doctors’ surgeries for one!

It’s easy to register online and registering now means that we’ll be able to get your records from your previous GP so that we’re ready to treat you if you need us. It also means you won’t have to worry about going through the registration process or finding a walk-in centre when you actually need to see a doctor – you can just book an appointment with us without all the extra hassle.

And don’t worry – you can still see your previous GP if you go home for the holidays. You’ll just need to see them as a temporary patient. It won’t affect your registration with us in Bristol and you can easily re-register with them if you move back home once you’ve finished your course.

So why register with us?

We make it really easy for you to book appointments that fit around your lectures – you can even do it online. We only book appointments up to five days in advance, which means you’ll be seen quickly – no more waiting weeks to see a doctor. And if you need to be seen urgently we’ll make sure we see you on the day, either at the University Health Centre or just up the road at The Old School Surgery.

We’ve got a great team based at the Health Centre, made up of GPs, nurses and same day Urgent Care Practitioners. We also have three Mental Health Nurses, Ciaran, Naomi and Hillary who are available to assist you with any concerns or support you might need whilst you are studying at UWE. We’re a friendly bunch and you can talk to us about anything – trust us, we really have heard it all before!

We offer all of your standard GP services, including appointments, blood tests, travel vaccines, sexual health advice and free chlamydia screening kits. We can arrange your MenACWY vaccination, which protects you against four different causes of meningitis and septicaemia, if you didn’t have it before you arrived – and we really recommend that you have it. We also work in partnership with the University’s Wellbeing Service, offering you support for your mental health and wellbeing. We’ll refer you to other services in and around Bristol where required, to make sure you get all the medical help you need.

Remember that some common minor health concerns like coughs, colds, hayfever or an upset stomach don’t need to be seen by a doctor, unless they last for more than a week. Pop in to talk to your local pharmacist for advice – they’re experts who can recommend certain medications that you can take without a prescription. If the doctors’ surgery or pharmacy is closed, you can call NHS 111 for urgent medical advice.

If you’re an international student our healthcare system may be different to what you’re used to – don’t worry, we’re here to explain everything you need to know. Most services such as GP consultations and emergency treatment are free for everyone. You may need to pay for prescriptions, dental treatment and sight tests – although most students can get these at a reduced cost or free (just collect a HC1 application form from us or from the UWE Information Point). Doctors’ surgeries don’t provide eye tests or dental check ups – you can find an optician or a dentist through the NHS website.

Remember, we’re here to help you so that you can get on with your studies and fully enjoy your university experience – so register with us now!

Get registered!

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by Chloe, BA(Hons) Creative and Professional Writing

Registering online will enable you to hit the ground running when term starts and give you access to Block Zero, your ID card and your funding.

Watch my video below or follow these simple steps to get registered!

  1. Check your personal email to find your new student email address log-in details.
  2. Log into your new student email account to access your log in details for myUWE.
  3. Log in to myUWE.
  4. Add or update your personal details.
  5. Confirm how your fees are being paid.
  6. Upload a photo for your ID card.
  7. And you’re done!

For more information about what you need to do before term starts, take a look at our pre-arrival checklist.