Final year checklist

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Congratulations, you’ve almost finished your course! To make your final few months with us as easy as possible, we’ve put together a list of things you’ll need to do before you finish your studies, as well as some useful information to help you prepare for life after university.

Update your personal details

Please ensure the following personal details are correct in myUWE before you receive your results:

  • your home address – this is where we’ll send your award certificate and certificate of credit
  • your mobile number
  • your personal email address.

You can find out more about certificates and how your degree classification will be calculated.

Prepare to pay Council Tax

As a final year student, the last date of your council tax exemption is the last day of your last term. You should contact your council as soon as possible for an amended bill. Some courses (eg healthcare) have later date, so check your council tax certificate in the documents section in myUWE.

If you have re-sits, you’ll still be liable to pay Council Tax from the last day of term – you won’t be exempt. For further information check the Council Tax FAQ.

Download everything you need from our IT systems

Follow our IT guidance for graduating students to make sure you’ve got everything covered:

  • Your subscription to Office 365 will end 30 calendar days after your Award Board meeting date. Please ensure that you have downloaded what you need from your OneDrive account before it closes.
  • You’ll lose access to university IT systems 42 days after your course finishes – this includes myUWE, Blackboard and your H Drive. 
  • Your UWE Bristol email account will remain active for one year, but you’ll need to log in directly through Office 365.
  • Set a date to download your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) once you’ve received your final results.

Make use of our careers resources and support

If you’re not sure what you’d like to do once your course finishes, take a look at our online careers resources or book a virtual appointment with one of our careers coaches before you leave. We’re here to help you with your graduate career search or setting up your own business.

Even after you graduate you’ll still be able to access our careers services via InfoHub.

Consider Postgraduate Study

Our postgraduate courses can help you fast-track your career, no matter what you studied for your undergraduate degree.

Postgraduate study is more accessible than ever before with a variety of funding and scholarship options available – you might be eligible for a tuition fee discount of 50% on selected courses through our Vice-Chancellors Scholarship.

If you’re considering further study and would like to speak to someone about your options, join one of our Online Open Events.

Register with Alumni Connect

Alumni Connect is our online site linking UWE Bristol students and alumni around the world. You can find industry experts, professional contacts, and local connections.

Top reasons to use Alumni Connect in your final year:

  • find inspiration on what to do next
  • direct access to great contacts now and after University
  • get advice from alumni experts who want to help
  • make valuable connections in your chosen industry
  • it’s confidence boosting and it’s free.

Register for Alumni Connect now >

Graduate Outcomes survey

Fifteen months after you’ve graduated, we’ll get in touch as part of the Graduate Outcomes survey to find out how you are getting on in your career.

Any questions?

Our Information Points can help you with any questions you have, whether it’s before or after you complete your studies. Call +44 (0)117 32 85678 or email infopoint@uwe.ac.uk.

Tackling loneliness

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Loneliness is something that everyone feels at some point in their lives and each of our experiences are individual to us. To find out more about loneliness and what can cause and contribute to it, take a look at Mind’s website.

We’ve pulled together some information on how to build connections and meet others. We hope you find this useful and remember, you can always reach out for support if you need help.

To find out how to access any wellbeing support you need, visit our wellbeing support information.

Tips to help with loneliness

Watch this short video from Mind for tips to help you with loneliness. 

Connect with others at UWE Bristol

University events

Take part in UWE Bristol events. The University hosts a wide range of activities throughout the year, from Feel Good to workshops and socials. And, with the roadmap out of lockdown moving forward, hopefully we’ll get some in person events soon too.

MOVE

MOVE offers a wide range of exercise activities and classes to help you meet new people, feel good and be active. Activities are designed for all levels of ability and experience.

The Centre for Music

The Centre for Music is open for members. Join them for music software tutorials, music lessons or music masterclass events. It’s free to become a member and it’s a great way to learn new skills and meet new people.

Volunteering

Volunteering is a great way to meet others, all whilst doing something great that makes you feel good. You can take part as little or as often as you like, and you’ll meet people whilst helping your community.

Connect with others through The Students’ Union

Events

The Students’ Union at UWE are still hosting a range of virtual events to keep you connected to fellow students. And with restrictions easing, keep an eye out for in-person events too!

Societies

Get involved with The Students’ Union at UWE societies – it’s a great way to meet like-minded people who share your interests, learn new skills and most importantly, have fun!

The Discord networking platform

Join the Discord networking platform to meet and chat to other UWE Bristol Students online.

Hallslife

If you live on campus, HallsLife is here to help you feel at home at UWE Bristol. Throughout the year they organise events and competitions that you can get involved with. This is a great way to meet others living in halls accommodation.

Connect with others in the community

Meetup

Meetup is a great way to meet other people in your local area (events and group sessions are currently online). Browse groups by interest (like health and wellness, film, technology) or search for groups near you. Millions of people use Meetup and there should always be likeminded people nearby.

Time outdoors

Time outdoors provides a list of activity clubs in your local area, such as walking, running, climbing and cycling groups.

FriendMatch

FriendMatch works like a dating site, but matches people up with new friends rather than dates. Meet new friends near you, or connect with others around the world. There is a small fee of £4 per month to use the site.

Do It

Volunteering is another good way to meet other people. Search opportunities near you using Do It, the national database of volunteering.

Find support in the community

Befriending

Sign up for an informal weekly phone chat with Changes Bristol Befriending Service. Befrienders are trained volunteers who are happy to listen to you speak about how you’re feeling, what challenges you’re facing and how you’re coping.

Student Space

Student Space offer free, confidential, one-to-one support by text, webchat, phone and email. They’re there to help with whatever challenge your facing whether it’s loneliness, mental health, studies, money, relationships or isolation.

Mind’s online community

It’s a powerful thing to connect with someone else over shared experiences. Side by Side is an online community where you can listen, share and be heard.

Summer events: on campus and online

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by the Events team

To recognise your amazing achievements over the past year, and to say thank you for your hard work, patience and resilience, we’ll be bringing you a range of online and in-person events during May and June. Plus a way to reflect on the past year on social media.

Did someone say Ferris wheel?!

See Frenchay Campus from new heights on a Ferris wheel; enjoy some free ice cream; go play some crazy golf; sit with friends in a field of socially distant hearts; get involved in the front row at our Virtual Live Comedy Event.

Plus we’re organising a social down at the Arnolfini where you can expect discounted drinks and an exclusive private seating area for UWE Bristol staff and students!

Whether you’re joining us on campus or online, we hope there’s something for you to enjoy. Some events require registration in advance so take a look and get booking!

How has the pandemic changed you in a positive way?

We’d also love to know how you feel the pandemic has changed you in a positive way – so print our template, write your response, take a picture or use our Instagram story template and pop it on social with the hashtag #TeamUWE.

It might be ‘I am stronger’ or ‘I am more connected to my community’ – we can’t wait to see your pictures!

We look forward to seeing you on campus and online!