Value for money

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Getting value for money from your tuition fees is about more than just making sure you have great academic staff to learn from. That is an important part of it, but University is a much more rounded experience. It involves having somewhere pleasant to study, having opportunities to build your employability skills and career prospects and getting help and support in your academic and personal life.

So your tuition fee is not just spent on providing your teaching. It is spent on everything that contributes to your studies at UWE Bristol, including services and facilities that support your student experience.

Financial report and key financial statistics for 2019/20

What we spent our money on during 2019/20

The following pie chart highlights the University’s financial expenditure per pound of income for the year. You can also view in text format.

Income by type 2019/20 (£m)

Total income for 2019/20 was £303.1m. The following pie chart indicates the University’s income by type during 2019/20. You can also view this in text format.

Expenditure by type 2019/20 (£m)

Total expenditure for 2019/20 was £300.5m. The following pie chart indicates the University’s expenditure by type during 2019/20. You can also view this in text format.

Value for money during the coronavirus pandemic

We understand and hear your frustrations with regards to the tuition fees and debt being accumulated for the 2020-2021 academic year. We appreciate that providing education through online learning is not what you anticipated. This way of learning and assessment may feel very different, but rest assured the University is working hard to maintain the quality of your teaching and learning experience and to ensure that you still have access to a full range of support services.

Programme teams are spending just as much time now to prepare and deliver teaching online as they have in the past. We are also investing in our digital infrastructure. Over the summer we reviewed changes to teaching and assessment for the 20/21 academic year. The Quality Assurance process have assured the University that changes this year provide an equivalent quality experience, and can enable you to progress with your learning, and can achieve your qualification.

Our campuses have been open for teaching, studying and living for the entire academic year and all have been made Covid-secure. The blended approach of some online and some face-to-face teaching has meant that we’re able to balance numbers on campus, to ensure we comply with the government’s requirements.

Equity and inclusion are at the heart of our learning, teaching and assessment plans for 20/21. These principles of fairness are at the forefront of our decision-making process. If you are struggling with online learning for whatever reason, let us know and we can direct you to appropriate support. We are working hard to put in place mitigations, checks and balances to ensure our students are not disadvantaged in any way, these have included setting up ‘Block Zero’, to introduce students to the new digital learning environment, and making changes to the University’s regulations to enable uncapped resits.

Remember, if your course is funded by Student Finance England (or similar bodies in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland), the amount of tuition fees you’ll repay will be based on how much you earn, not how much you borrow. UCAS has worked with Student Finance England to publish a useful guide to understand how repaying your student loan works.

How we’re supporting you in your studies in 2020/21

We understand that these are uncertain times, but please be assured that we have a number of measures which can help you either if there has been a specific disadvantage to you as an individual or as part of a group.

Capping has been removed from the regulations for resits and retakes

The University is no longer capping overall module marks for resits and retakes, unless a module mark is already capped.

You can still submit coursework late up to 24 hours after the deadline

But please note that the mark penalty for using the 24 hour window remains. Marks for late coursework submitted in the 24 hour window are reduced to the pass mark (40% in the case of levels 0-3 and 50% for level M).

Assessment support

If you’re struggling with any upcoming assessment deadlines check the assessment support options to find out what help is available to you.

Want some time out from your studies?

If you wish to temporarily suspend your studies, book an appointment with a Student Support Adviser via an Information Point. They can talk you through your options and explain what happens next.

Cohort adverse circumstances

We have a process called cohort adverse circumstances for when a group of students has been particularly affected during an assessment.

Summary of the changes to the academic regulations

If you would like to see how this year’s regulations are different to last year’s please take a look at the table towards the bottom of our alternative academic regulations webpage.

Financial support

If you need some financial support during your studies, we have different funds that you can access.

Support over the Christmas Vacation

Our Holiday Closure webpage has been updated to reflected all the support, opening hours and activities that will be taking place during the closure. Please signpost students to this information.

Money, money, money…

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by Student Money Service

70% of students say they want to be clued up on money before starting uni. So here we share some tips so you can manage your money instead of it managing you.

Create a budget

First of all, figure how much money you have coming in – from your student loan, part-time job etc. Then figure out how much is going out.

Once you’ve worked out the essentials like rent, bills, course materials, food and travel, you can turn your attention to non-essentials like eating out and entertainment. What’s important to you? Budget your non-essential spending around that. Create a budget around what really matters to you being realistic with the money you have!

Check out Blackbullion and Money Saving Expert for budgeting templates and money advice. There are loads of template budgets out there, you don’t need to create one from scratch.

Consider opening a second bank account

This may be the first time you’ve been in control of your finances, and if you’re eligible for a student loan, then you’ll get a lump sum once a term – and the temptation is to blow it! To help make your money last the term it’s for, consider opening a second bank account to pay your student loan into (and salary too). From there you can set up a standing order to your current account to pay yourself what you need each month. This could help you manage the big chunk of cash from SLC coming in each term.

Get a part-time job

Lots of students get part-time jobs to help make ends meet. As well as boosting your income it’s a great way to get some work experience for your CV. But whilst it might be tempting to take on all the hours you can get for extra money, try to find something that’s less than 16 hours a week so that your academic work doesn’t suffer. The Students’ Union at UWE have their very own JobShop where they advertise part-time jobs on campus and around Bristol.

Don’t eat away your money

Eating out and takeouts are pricy! See them as a treat rather than the norm.

Write a shopping list before going out rather than just buying what catches your eye – and don’t shop when you’re hungry, otherwise everything will look good! Try to cook and eat with your housemates when you can to save money (and washing up). Consider bulk cooking – perhaps doing a big batch of pasta so you have something for the next day.

Review your budget

The amount you pay for things can go up and down over the year. Make a note to review and tweak your budget each term.

Capitalise on all the savings

Now you’re a student you get to take advantage of loads of discounts. Get into the habit of asking wherever you go – sometimes student discounts aren’t advertised so it’s good to ask or just pop your TOTUM card down on the counter and see what they say!

Ask for help

If you can’t figure out a budget that works for you, don’t worry – we’re here to help. Ask for help before you find yourself in a pickle.

Useful websites to take things further:

Blackbullion – money modules and detailed advice

Save the Student – good advice and weekly cheat sheets

Money Saving Expert – loads of tips for uni and everyday life

Student Beans – student discount codes