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Weekly University News 18 December 2020

Time:2020-12-18 00:52:35


This week's university updates and news

The University of Buckingham 

Visiting the Campus 

The university has been working hard to get our campus tours up and running again in a COVID-safe way, and these tours will recommence in the new year. Students can book a tour here 

The university plans to release its 2021 open day dates shortly and will hopefully be running a mixture of online and on-site events, once it is safe to do so. Please check the Open Days page for updates.  


Scholarships and Bursaries 

The university offers a number of scholarship opportunities for students applying for the September 2021 intake:  

And a new scholarship for students with an interest in studying Economics:  

This is a generous endowment from Nobel Prize-winning economist Professor Ronald Coase, which has enabled the university to offer new scholarships to study a range of Economics courses at the University of Buckingham from September 2021. This scholarship will award £11,000 across our two-year Economics degrees.  

To learn more about the course at the University of Buckingham, visit the course page 


Interested in studying Economics at the University of Buckingham?  

Students may attend a virtual subject taster session on Thursday 14th January 2021 at 5:30 PM. Register here 

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University of Essex 

Winter Closure 

The university will be closed from 23 December 2020 and will re-open on 4 January 2021.  


Free Online Course 

The university will be running a one-week introductory course for prospective postgraduate students interested in Linguistics 

The free online course will have daily sessions, designed to introduce students to some of the most dynamic and cutting-edge topics within the field of linguistics. The course will run from 11 January 2021 to 15 January 2021.  

For course details and bookings, visit the university website.   


New Degree Course 

The Essex Business School is launching a new degree, MSc Organisational Change Management, starting in October 2021. 

It is a specialist course, which will prepare the students for a role in organisational management or consultancy. It will introduce students to advanced research in change management and will allow them to approach organisational change management from both commercial and social perspectives.  

These new blog posts  by the academics at the university will help you learn more about organisational change management.  


Outstanding Achievement from the School of Life Sciences 

The university has announced that Professor Tracy Lawson from its School of Life Sciences has been ranked among 2020's most influential scientists by Clarivate as a Highly Cited Researcher.  

Academics in the School of Life Sciences are also part of the international CAPITALISE crop research project that has been granted 8.6m Euros from the European Commission to exploit ground-breaking technology to radically increase crop yields in Europe and beyond. 

View all courses offered by the School of Life Sciences here 

University of East London 

Winter Closure 

The University will close on 18th December 2020 and Reopen on 4th January 2021.  


Free Online English Test 

The UEL will be running a free online English test for those currently having issues securing a test 

Note: This test is for January 2021 offer holders only.   

Date: 16 December 2020 

Time: 1pm – 5pm GMT 

To sign up, click here 


Late Application for International Applicants 

The deadline for international applications has passed while that for EU applications remains open. The university may consider late applications given that all the following supporting documents are ready and the student is ready to be made an unconditional offer: 

  • Completed Late Application Form 

  • Personal statement 

  • Transcripts meeting UEL’s minimum requirements 

  • SELT if required meeting UEL’s English requirements 

  • Have checked the applicant’s finances and are happy that they satisfy the UKVI requirements 


Cranfield University 

March 2021 Intake 

The following courses for the March 2021 intake are still open for applications:  

In January, the university will be running two webinars for the March intake courses in Aerospace and new for this year in Manufacturing.  

Below are the links for the webinars:  


University of Surrey 

Undergraduate Open Month 

The university will be extending our Undergraduate Open Month until 15th January, to help support students who are putting together their ukec.net.cn/university-info?uniname=University-of-the-Creative-Arts" target="_blank" style="color:#2894FF">ukec.net.cn/university-info?uniname=University-of-the-Creative-Arts" target="_blank" style="color:#2894FF">UCAS application. There is a range of on-demand and live content for students to watch, covering a wide variety of subjects. There are also sessions on student life at Surrey, as well as the placement year offering. 

More details can be found here 


Airport Meet and Greet 

Students who were approved for LAP 4, or are starting their course with the university in February can now book a free airport pick-up (once they know their flight details) from London Heathrow on two possible dates: 

  • Wednesday 20 January 

  • Wednesday 3 February 

Click here to book a pick-up.  


University of Exeter 

Travelling During the Holiday Season 

To support students that may be travelling during the winter break, the university has implemented a plan to ensure the safety of its students. Click here to learn more. Watch the video for the experience of a student returning to campus while the COVID-19 restrictions were in place.  


Scholarship Opportunities 2021 

In partnership with the British Council and the GREAT Britain Campaign, the University of Exeter is offering 30 scholarships to students in China, Egypt, Ghana, India, Kenya, Malaysia and Mexico applying for postgraduate courses in a range of subjects. 

These scholarships offer financial support of £10,000 to students pursuing one-year postgraduate study at Exeter in a range of subjects. 

For more information, visit the website 


Virtual Campus Tours 

Students will now be able to explore outdoor spaces, enter buildings and rooms, and get an amazing virtual reality experience of all of the three campuses. For more information, visit the university website 


New Masters Data Science Programmes for September 2021 

The university have launched four new Masters programmes linking Data Science with ‘green’ themes including Renewables, Sustainability and Ecology:  


The programmes above, for which will be taking applications shortly, are available for students looking to join Exeter in September 2021. 

The University of Liverpool 

New Master’s Programmes 

The School of the Arts has announceed five new Master’s programmes set to launch in September 2021, in Architecture, Communication and Media, and Music. 


The MA Sustainable Heritage Management 

This programme provides the interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary skills and knowledge needed to master aspects of sustainable heritage management theory and practice. 


This course explores how today the Beatles, their music and their story are inextricably bound up within an increasing number of creative and cultural industries including (but not limited to): music, media and social media, tourism and heritage. 


This MA is designed for students who have an interest in the risks and the opportunities that emerge from the increasing use of digital data in our society. 


This course is designed for students who have an interest in the way data and data processing are shaping our communication practices as society becomes increasingly digitized, and offers state-of-the-art empirical, technical and theoretical training. 


This course is designed for students who have an interest in both the industrial and economic aspects of contemporary screen based media (especially film and television) and in the complex ways in which they interact with societies and cultures on a global level. 


International Summer School  

The University of Liverpool International Summer School is offering both on-campus and online study in July 2021. 

Designed for international undergraduate students the ISS offers a taster of UK study to students. Students who graduate from the ISS are eligible for discounted fees on their postgraduate fees so as well as having a brilliant experience of the UK and credit towards their home degree.  

For more details, visit the university ISS website 


Cardiff University 

Christmas Closure 

All University offices, including Admissions and the International Office, will be closed from 17:00 on Friday 18 December 2020 until 08:30 on Monday 4 January 2021. 


Extending Remote Study 

Considering some students still facing issues travelling to the UK, the university has extended its remote study policy which was previously available until 31 January 2021 (earlier for some programmes).  

Students who wish to extend their remote study period should check if they meet the criteria to do so and can apply online via SIMS. 

Students who intend to apply for the new post-study work visa (Graduate route) in order to work in the UK after graduating this year should be aware that as well as meeting the standard visa requirements, they must arrive in the UK by 6 April 2021 and be engaged in face- to-face study for one semester in the UK. 


Scholarships for September 2021 Entry 

The 2021 Vice-Chancellor's International Scholarships have been confirmed for both undergraduate and postgraduate international students. Awards range from £2,000 - £5,000 and are offered as a tuition fee discount.  

Details of all the scholarship opportunities can be found on the university website 


New Personal Statement Requirements for School of Journalism, Media and Culture   

Entry requirements for the International Journalism (MA) and the Digital Media and Society (MA) now include bespoke personal statements. 

Both programmes remain conversion courses, meaning that they do not require work experience. 

For more details, visit the course pages above.  


English for University Study: Apply for January and April 2021 

The English for University Study Programme focuses on providing students with the academic study skills they need to study effectively in a UK environment, covering language, study and professional skills and British academic culture. This course will be offered online in 2021 with discounted fees. There are still a small number of places available for the January intake and we encourage students to apply early for the April intake, as this will be last entry point for students wishing to commence their degree in September 2021. 

Nottingham Trent University 


The university has published frequently asked questions and answers as well as important information that international students may find useful during the winter closure. For all details, visit the university website 


De Montfort University 

Important Changes to the UKVI 

As of the announcement of the new Student Route which forms as part of the new Points-Based Immigration System by the UK Government earlier this year, there have been some important changes to the new regulations that have come into force since 1 December 2020. The key change to consider is the increase in maintenance levels from £1015 to £1023 for each month of the course, up to a maximum of nine months. 

More details can be found on the GOV.UK website 


Arrival and Welcome Information for January Starters 

The university is running a free airport pick-up service on key dates in January. More information and online booking are available on the university website 

Further guidance on arrival on campus can also be found on the university website.   

The university has also released a welcome page to provide new students with guidance on various aspects of life on campus and in the UK. An online welcome programme, including streamed sessions, will be available from week commencing 25 January. 

Further information for international students can be found on the university websiteIn case of any assistance needed, international students can also find contact details here 


January Key Dates 

January 2021 Key Dates 

Key Event 


Undergraduate & DMUIC 

Registration opens online 

Monday 18 January 2021 

Monday 4 January 2021 

Latest Date Admissions will accept UO ready requests 

Friday 8 January 2021 

Friday 11 December 2020 

Teaching starts (blended approach) 

Monday 1 February 2021 

Monday 11 January 2021 

Latest Date Admissions will accept CAS requests (*must be fully complete) 

Friday 29 January 2021 09:00am GMT 

Friday 8 January 2021 
09:00am GMT 

Latest date for full online registration to be finalised. 

Friday 12 February 2021 

Friday 22 January 2021 


Kenya Entry Requirement Updates 
The university is now accepting KCSE for direct entry into year 1. See below the full details and entry requirements below. 

  • Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) at grade B+ average from a minimum of 8 subjects on all courses requiring 112 UCAS points or below (or equivalent) and which do not have specific A-level subject requirements. 

  • Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) at grade A average from a minimum of 8 subjects on all courses requiring 120 UCAS points or above (or equivalent) and which do not have specific A-level subject requirements. 

  • Year 1/Direct entry for courses with subject specific requirements need completion of A-levels or IB. The specific A-level and IB scores can be found on the course webpages. 





De Montfort University 

KCSE grade B+ average from a minimum of 8 subjects on all courses which do not have specific A-level subject requirements 

Bachelor's degree with minimum 2.2/55% or a GPA or 2.5/5.0 

KCSE English Language at C or above