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University of Winchester: Autumn Newsletter

University of Winchester: Autumn Newsletter

 

Updates and News

 

As you are all now well into the Autumn term, we wanted to update you on the latest developments and news from the University of Winchester.

 

We have been busy coming up with new ways to support our colleagues in Schools and Colleges and safe ways for your students to visit us on campus. We will soon be launching new semi-virtual self-guided campus tours where visitors will be guided by app around our beautiful campus. We will also be running subject specific online Open Evenings in early November that will give your students an opportunity to find out more about our wide range of courses, faculty by faculty. These will run 6-8pm on a weekday evening. Details will be available on our website before half-term.

 

Dates for your diary: Virtual Open Days: 17th October & 31st October. Self-guided tours: 18th October & 1st November (Subject to Government guidance).

 

If you have any questions or comments about any of our initiatives, please get in touch.

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

We need your help!

 

Over the past couple of years when visiting you, we have invited your students to help us with research that helps improve support to our Schools and Colleges. We have also presented the findings from our research to Conferences in UK and overseas, all with the aim of helping prepare students for University.

 

As we cannot visit you this year, we wondered if you would be happy to send the attached survey link to your students and ask them if they would be happy to help. The results are anonymous and will really help inform us know what your Yr 13s are thinking about during their preparations for University and what they need during these unusual times.

 

https://winchester.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/university-questionnaire

 

 

 

Support in one place

 

There is so much now online for students that will help support their University applications that it’s easy for information to get lost.  To help with this we have now pulled everything together into one place. So, whether it be Personal Statement help, Application Support or What happens once students apply it’s all in the one place. Please do therefore invite with your current students to follow this link: Applying to University for 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Application Masterclasses

 

Our team is pleased to offer online Masterclasses designed to support students’ decision making as they consider university. These Masterclasses will take place every Tuesday & Thursday evening between 13th October and 19th November. All are offered at either 5pm or 7pm on the date a student chooses to attend, and they can join at whichever time is most convenient for them.

The topics included within the 1-hour live session are:

 

•           Applying to start your degree in 2021         

•           Personal statement support

•           Employability and thinking about where your degree might take you.

 

Student will also have access to a selection of pre-recorded advice, depending on their application journey, including support for those from a Compact school or college, applying from the Channel Islands or Northern Ireland. Those who are a mature student, commuting to university or moving away from home and applying to a university further away.  Sessions can be booked by individual students and their supporters at home via: wincheter.ac.uk/masterclasses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UniTasterDays Teachers' Guide to University

 

The Teachers’ Guide is produced by UniTasterDays.com in collaboration with HELOA - to support the university guidance that is provided in secondary schools and colleges.

 

You will find our contribution about Degree Apprenticeships (page 35) and articles from over 30 universities on topics including booking online university events, the Gatsby benchmarks, and arranging subject specific events.

 

To download for free visit: www.unitasterdays.com/teachers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIVE Q&A: Application Advice

 

If you would like application advice and guidance for your students, please contact us to arrange a time for them to drop-in and ask questions via live chat. This is an online platform where students can ask question via text chat (no video) if they want to find out how the process works, entry grades, key dates & deadlines, and how to improve their application.

 

Once we arrange a time, we will send you a link to share with your students and our staff will be there live to answer a range of questions. What we have found students like is that it is not as public as a live meeting and they can ask anonymous questions and decide if they want the answer shared. Contact Ruth at schoolsandcolleges@winchester.ac.uk to set this up for your students.

 

 

UCAS Reference Writing

 

With things being a little different for those supporting students who are applying for 2021 entry UCAS have produced some guidance regarding reference writing and predicted grades.

 

With regards the reference writing we have also produced a quick two A4 sides guide what can be shared with the highlights of what to include this year. To access please download here.

 

Virtual Support

 

If you think your students would benefit from any virtual sessions then let us know, we have a range of talks about general progression or from our academics. If require something about HE options or personal statement support before your UCAS internal deadline then we can offer for students to access either individually or can be joined from their class or by their tutor and presented to the group. We have had several requests to offer in the evening so that virtual talks can be promoted and access by people at home too. We do not record these sessions, (see our safeguarding statement) however if you wanted to invite us in to your learning platform then we could a range a time to virtually support your students.