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April 14, 2016

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» Student Finance Application Deadline Dates

Re-apply for your student finance as soon as possible to make sure you have your money when you return to your course.

Some continuing students have been automatically assessed by Student Finance England for financial support for their studies next academic year and others should have been sent a reminder to re-apply.

If you have not already done so, you can go online and re-apply

You need to print out the declaration form, sign it and return it to your funding body. Once they’ve processed your application they’ll send you your Student Finance Entitlement letter. If you applied for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) last year along with your student finance, you won’t need to re-apply for DSAs every year. If you only applied for DSAs last year they’ll send you the form to re-apply. If you’re applying for DSAs for the first time, you’ll need to download the form, or let your funding body know and they’ll send you a copy.

The quickest and easiest way to apply/check your assessment is online. If you apply after the deadline date, you might not get all your money in time for the start of your course, but they’ll try to make an initial assessment so you’ll have some money as close to the start of your course as possible.

We would also encourage students funded by Student Finance Northern Ireland, Student Finance Wales and Student Awards Agency Scotland to re-apply as soon as possible.

The deadline dates for returning students are:
Student Finance Wales 10 June 2016
Student Finance England 24 June 2016
Student Finance Northern Ireland and Student Awards Agency Scotland 30 June 2016

If you would like assistance with this, please contact Student Money Advice Team

February 4, 2016

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» Time To Talk Day

Take five minutes today to have a conversation about mental health.

Talking about mental health doesn’t need to be difficult and it can make a big difference.

To get involved or find out more visit Time to Change

Staff from Student Services teams shall also be available at Refreshers event stands next week as part of NASMA’s National Student Money Week

October 30, 2015

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» Advancing insights - the nestpick Scholarship

Do you have a great idea that you want to develop further in your thesis? nestpick are offering €1,500 to a bachelor’s, master’s or Ph.D student plus accommodation and a residency in their Berlin offices.

A non-repayable, one-time grant of €1,500. This can be used as you see fit: to support the writing of your thesis, to fund field or research trips (such as visiting a particular museum, gallery or library outside of your country of residence). On top of this, nestpick will invite you to work on your thesis in their offices in Berlin for a month.

Are you eligible?
You are currently enrolled on a bachelor’s master’s or Ph.D program
You meet the formal regulations set by your university’s examination office
Your completed thesis must not have been submitted
You comply with the scholarship application process and requirements

How do I apply?

Shoot a short video introducing your research to us and the community and how our scholarship would help you out. Keep it short and inspiring, think big: there’s a fine line between insanity and genius!

Shoot your video on Instagram or upload it via YouTube or Vimeo to the nestpick website.


01/11/2015 – Scholarship launches and is open to applications
01/03/2016 – Application deadline
14/03/2016 – Winner is announced on nestpick website and social media channels.

For further details and how to apply, go to the nestpick website

» Reuben Singh Scholarship

Entrepreneur Reuben Singh is proud to present the Reuben Singh Scholarship Programme, a fantastic opportunity to fund your university fees.

The winners will be awarded with up to £9,000 towards one year of their tuition fees.

DEADLINE: 16th May 2016

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: Undergraduates resident in the UK who have a confirmed place at a UK university, commencing the academic year following the deadline.

APPLICATION PROCESS: By application form detailing examples and evidence of entrepreneurial activities or endeavours, and submission of a 2,500 word essay addressing: what does the future of business look like; what does entrepreneurship mean to you and identifying and discussing the next big business opportunity in the domestic or international market. Entries will be examined by a judging panel who will then select the shortlisted entries for interview.

For further details and how to apply, go to the Reuben Singh website

October 16, 2015

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» Sir Peter Holmes Memorial Award 2016

Are you considering travelling to Asia in 2016?

The Royal Society for Asian Affairs invites applications from individuals who will be aged 18-25 at the time of the proposed trip for an award established in memory of Sir Peter Holmes MC (1932-2002), a long-standing member of the Society who besides becoming Chairman of the Royal Dutch Shell Group was a distinguished traveller, mountaineer, fisherman and photographer.

The Award is to encourage individual purposeful travel in Asia by young people, organized by themselves and not part of a group organized by another organization. Applicants should submit a plan of a project involving travel in a country or countries of Asia and relating to the geography, history, politics, environmental conservation, culture or art of the area to be visited. Any part of Asia, including the Middle East, may be chosen. Plans should be costed as far as possible and should state the duration of the travel involved and how the costs will be met. The award will be made on the basis of originality, coherence, evidence of background knowledge, and the degree to which the project is likely to add to general understanding of the area chosen and/or to benefit local people or the applicant. Preference will be given to projects that are not requirements in an academic or other course and ideally should not be part of or related to the curriculum of the applicant’s current course.

For further details and how to apply, go to Royal Society for Asian Affairs website
Closing date: 12 November 2015.

October 13, 2015

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» Be an energy shopper

Want to save money on your energy bills?

If you are living in private rented accommodation and are paying the energy bills.

Go Energy Shopping have set up a website focused on students and how to save money on your energy bills.

For further information and ways to save money on your energy bills go to Go Energy Shopping’s website

May 6, 2015

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» Have you re-applied for your Student Funding for 2015-16?

Have you re-applied for your student funding 2015-16?

If you are a full time UK or EU continuing student eligible for UK student support, you need to reapply for funding each year.

EU continuing students should have received an EUPR1a form sent from the European Team. If you have not received an application form you can download an application form or contact the European Team.

Applications for UK continuing students are now open.
To apply for funding please go to your relevant funding body

To ensure your student support is ready and waiting for you when you enrol you need to make sure that you applications are fully complete by the deadlines given below:

Student Finance Wales – 12th June 2015
Student Finance England – 30th June 2015
Student Finance Northern Ireland – 30th June 2015
Student Awards Agency for Scotland – 30th June 2015

Please note you can still apply after the deadline date but your application may not be ready for when you start in September. If you do experience any problems please contact a Student Money Adviser

March 26, 2015

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» Easter Break Opening Hours

Opening hours

The Student Money Advice Team is open during the Easter break.
Drop in sessions will be available most days on the Treforest and Caerleon campus. Call 01443 482080 to check availability on the day.

NB: The University is closed from Friday 3rd April and will re-open Wednesday 8th April

March 17, 2015

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» £1000 Travel Scholarship

£1000 Scholarship from The Worshipful Livery Company

USW students are in with a chance of winning a £1000 prize to help promote the arts, science and technology in Wales. The Worshipful Livery Company of Wales is offering the travel scholarship to students across the University.

The scholarship is to enable the recipient to travel abroad and take on a project which will significantly help to further their career, and enhance and develop their talents.

More information regarding this opportunity can be found here

February 9, 2015

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» National Student Money Week 2015

National Student Money Week 2015

Today marks the start of the fifth National Student Money Week (NSMW); a national event created and supported by the National Association of Student Money Advisers (NASMA). During the week universities, colleges and student unions will run activities that raise student awareness of the free advice and support available from their institutions and provide them with information, advice and guidance about money management.

Between 9th-13th February 2015 activities will take place across the country to raise students’ awareness about money and how to manage it. Events will include drop-in sessions, workshops, competitions and information stalls. Prospective students will be reminded that they need to apply for funding as early as possible and current students that they have to apply for their funding each year of their course. The array of national activities can be followed on twitter using: #NSMW15.

To see how you can participate in National Student Money Week click here