Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I get to Bitesize Uni and what will happen when I arrive?

BSU begins on Tuesday 15 July 2014 at Newcastle University. When you arrive we'll store your luggage for you as you won't be going to Victoria Hall until the end of the day.

You will spend the first afternoon meeting BSU organisers and taking part in fun activities to get to know your group and your student reps.

Later in the afternoon you will be taken to Victoria Hall and shown to your room. We'll give you some time to unpack and settle in before the evening activities start.

We will write to you nearer the time with an exact start time and will also send you a map with travel instructions. If you are arriving by bus/train/metro we will organise for staff to meet you and show you to the main campus.

Will I have to do any real work?

During Bitesize Uni you will take part in sessions which you will have to contribute to, but you won't be assessed in any way or have any homework, nor will you be expected to have done any preparation.

During the week there will also be a group competition (with prizes up for grabs!) that will involve team work and thinking creatively.

Do I need to learn or read up on anything before Bitesize Uni?

Don’t panic - no you don’t. Everything you need to know will be explained during the sessions. There will be plenty of information and loads of trained helpers around if you need them or want to ask any questions.

Do I need to bring anything for the sessions?

No, we will provide everything you need for all the sessions. This includes all materials including lab coats for the science based sessions, access to computers – indeed, everything a student would need.

If you are taking part in the Agriculture session, please bring wellies and clothes you don’t mind getting scruffy.

Will it cost me anything?

BSU will not cost you anything! Everything is paid for by the University including all the social activities. We will also reimburse your travel expenses to and from the event, provided you can produce a receipt for your travel. Each day you will get a voucher for your lunch and other meals will be provided free of charge. All off-campus activities are paid for by the University.

However, you may want to bring some spending money with you in case you want extra food or drinks at the social events, but we recommend that you do not bring more than £20 with you.

Will I be with my friends?

For some of the activities during the event you will work with a group of people that you will not have met before. Don’t worry about this - you must remember that everyone else will be in the same boat, and some people may be the only person from their school/college at the event. You do not have to be in your group all of the time and so if there is someone else you know at Bitesize Uni you will still be able to spend time with them.

What do I need to bring with me?

You can wear casual clothes during the event - whatever you feel comfortable in. Remember though that July in Britain does not mean sunshine so make sure you bring a warm/ waterproof jacket!

Newcastle University campus is spread over a large area and you will be doing a lot of walking - so bring some comfy shoes like trainers. You may want to bring some clothes for the social activities each evening.

Other than clothes you should bring toiletries and an alarm clock and watch!

Please do NOT bring any valuables with you!

Bedding and towels will be provided.

For more ideas about what to bring, look at our packing list.

What if I need to go home during the event?

All parts of Bitesize Uni are compulsory - this is so that you get the most out of the experience and don't miss out on anything important.  We do appreciate that some people may need to go home for one reason or another, or may have an important appointment that they need to keep, but we would encourage you to re-arrange any appointments that you have during Bitesize Uni.  If this could be an issue for you, please contact us as soon as possible and we will try to make the necessary arrangements. We will need a note from your parent/carer authorising your absence from the event. 

What will the food be like?

You will have the chance to choose a lot of the food that you eat during BSU. We will provide you with a breakfast pack so that you can eat in your flat each morning. A packed lunch will be available each day containing a sandwich (several options will be available for you to choose from) fruit, biscuit, crisps and a soft drink.

Bottled water will be available for you to help yourself to throughout each day.

You will be able to choose what you want to eat each evening; on the first night we will go to an 'all you can eat' buffet, and on the second night you will choose somewhere to 'eat out on a budget' with your group. On the final night you will attend the BSU Ball at the Assembly Rooms, and you will be served a three course meal.

We can cater for allergies and all special dietary requirements as long as we are warned in advance, so please let us know!!!

How can I observe Ramadan?

We can support you so that you can still take part in BSU whilst observing Ramadan. Please contact us so that we can talk you through the timetable and discuss your individual requirements. You will have access to a kitchen where you can store and cook food so that you can eat early in the morning. BSU staff will ensure that you can get food at the end of each day. Last year a number of students took part in BSU whilst observing Ramadan so we can tell you what worked for them.

Will I have to share a room?

No. You will have your own room which will have a bed, desk, wardrobe and e-suite shower room. You will share a flat with other Bitesize Uni students and a student representative, which will have a kitchen and lounge with a tv.

If you want to be near one of your friends let us know and we will try our best to allocate you rooms in the same flat.

Will I enjoy it?

No-one can answer that for certain, but we hope you will, as we do our best to pack in lots of different things to do so you won't have time to get bored! It's not all about work - we do our best to make sure that you have a good time during the week while you are learning about university life and how to make a good university application. You’ll get plenty of chance to spend time with your new friends during the social activities.  If you have any worries when you’re at Bitesize Uni, just come and speak to a member of staff. 

The best way to find out whether or not you will enjoy the event is to look at the feedback from students who took part last year...they really enjoyed the event and wished that it could have been longer!

Where can I find out more?

We will be writing to you two weeks before the event begins to give you the final details and a comprehensive Bitesize Uni Handbook with all the information you need. Please feel free to contact us if you do have a question - no matter how daft or trivial it may seem!