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.

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

How and where can I get IT support?

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by IT Services

We want you to feel confident when using IT at UWE Bristol, whether you’re studying at home, in halls or on campus, our support team has a wealth of experience and we pride ourselves on our excellent customer service.  

Advice and information online

Our IT Services webpages include a range of information with handy step-by-step guides including:

  • myUWE and Blackboard support
  • Software for your personal computer, including Microsoft Office
  • Data storage
  • Eduroam (student campus WiFi)
  • Online safety and best practice (more to come on that later!)

A good place to start is our getting started with IT at home guide, as you’ll need to make sure you’re ready to go once term starts.

If you’re unsure what IT equipment and specifications you might need for studying at home, check out our choosing IT equipment for university webpage.

Staying safe online

We want you to stay safe online so have compiled a few handy tips to help you. Whilst the UWE IT systems are safe and secure, you need to do your bit too!

  • Don’t say it won’t happen to me! Everyone is a potential victim of cyber criminals.
  • Every password you use should be strong and unique. Never share your password with anyone and remember that the University will never email or call you to confirm your password.
  • Be cautious and always think before you click, open attachments or download files in emails you receive, regardless of who sent them. Fraudsters often impersonate well known companies such as Amazon and Spotify.
  • Always use cloud storage or network drives. As a student you have access to 5TB storage space via Onedrive so try to avoid using hard disks and USB drives as these can fail and are susceptible to ransomware attacks.
  • Always lock or log off a device when you leave it, even for a moment, to keep your information safe and secure.

More information can be found on our information security webpage.

How to contact us

We’re committed to providing your IT support in the safest possible manner and, whilst our phone and email service is operating as usual, we’ve made adjustments to our face-to-face services to ensure they are COVID-secure.

Email

If you’re experiencing issues with IT or have a query, you can email itonline@uwe.ac.uk.

Telephone

If you would rather call us, our telephone support is available 24/7, 365 days a year on 0117 32 83612.

Good luck and don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Your journey starts here

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We’re stoked that you’re here. You’ve made it this far and we bet you’re raring to go.

As you’ll be more than aware, University life will play out a little differently to how you imagined so we’ll make sure you’re prepared right from the get-go. Everyone here is on hand to get to know you and support you as you journey with us.

We’re sure you’ve got lots of things you’re excited about and also some things you might like some more clarity on. During Block 0 we’ll work with you to get you on the right path for the start of term. Before that, it’ll stand you in good stead if you can get yourself set up with all things IT. Noone likes a tech fail at a critical point, so we suggest getting all the digital admin done now!

The secret to success is actually pretty simple and it’s within you. By understanding your own motivations and taking the time to be self-reflective, you’ll be able to take ownership of both yourself and your studies. We’ve spent some time bringing together insight from lecturers and support staff which will help you develop the skills you need to be in control of your future. And from there you can choose a mindset to take you forward into this new stage of life. We reckon as a year group you guys are going to come out super resilient, adaptable and ready for anything!

We’ll be posting here weekly, so keep checking back. Follow us on social for the latest updates. Did we mention we have an app? You’ll want to download that too. Just search ‘UWE Bristol’. And if you have burning questions, our Information Point advisers are ready to answer them – no question is too big or small (and trust us, they’ve heard it all before!).

More next time!