A fun-filled four day residential event which helps you make an informed decision about your future.
Grab a Bitesize taste of what university life is really like by living on our campus for four days and attending Bitesize Uni from Tuesday 17 to Friday 20 July 2018.
Bitesize Uni (also known as BSU) provides Year 12, (Year 13 Northern Irish students) and First Year College students with the information and opportunities to help them make an informed decision about whether or not they want to go to University. BSU will also help you to understand the range of courses available to study and develop your skills for success at University.
On top of that, it is also completely free to attend. Everything is paid for by the University, including your travel to Newcastle upon Tyne.
You must be eligible to attend BSU. You can check the eligibility criteria we use before you apply.
What will you do on BSU 2018?What will you do on BSU 2018?
To get an idea of what you could get involved in at BSU 2018, view the BSU 2018 Provisional Programme(PDF: 908KB).
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What is the BSU Accommodation like?What is the BSU Accommodation like?
BSU is a great way to find out first-hand what it's like to live in Halls of Residence. You will stay in Castle Leazes, only a short walk away from Newcastle University Campus, in the heart of the city.
You will have your own room on a corridor or in a flat with other students on BSU. If you want to be with one of your friends let us know and we will try our best to allocate you rooms on the same floor. You will have access to a shared bathroom, kitchen and lounge. Each corridor/flat will accommodate either all male or all female students, with staff staying nearby if you need any help.
What should you pack for BSU?What should you pack for BSU?
You can wear casual clothes at Bitesize Uni - whatever you feel comfortable in. Remember though that 'summer' does not mean sunshine so make sure you bring a warm/waterproof jacket!
Newcastle University's campus is spread over a large area. You should expect to do a lot of walking - so bring some comfy shoes. Other than clothes you should bring toiletries and a watch!
We will provide you with bedding and towels.
Our suggested packing list
You should bring enough things to last for three days and two nights, including:
- waterproof outdoor clothing including a coat/jacket
- comfortable shoes (you will be doing a lot of walking)
- selection of comfortable daytime clothes for warm/cool weather and for the ice-breaker activities
- nightwear, underwear, socks etc
- clothes for the evening social events
- wellies if you are taking part in the Agriculture session
- Other items
You will also need to bring:
- any medication needed
- toiletries, hairbrush, hairdryer, hair straighteners etc.
- glasses/contact lenses/solutions (if necessary)
- mobile phone and charger
- spending money (we strongly recommend you do not bring any more than £20)
- travel ticket (including return)
- rucksack/small bag to carry things during the day
- sun cream
Please don't bring
You should not bring:
- expensive jewellery or other items
- electrical/electronic equipment
- large amounts of money
- anything that is valuable or expensive
The University cannot be held responsible if any of your belongings are lost or stolen.
All places on BSU will be allocated according to our residential event eligibility criteria.
View full details of our eligibility criteria, which include:
- Home postcode
- Expereience of local authority care
- Whether an applicant is in receipt of, or entitled to, Free Schools Meals and/or discretionary school/college payments, which are directly related to financial hardship
- Ethnic minority group
- Registered disability
If you have any questions about eligibility, please contact us.
Applications for BSU 2018 are open now!
Before you apply for a place at Bitesize Uni (BSU) there are a few things that you need to consider.
1) BSU is primarily aimed at students who have achieved at least five A* to C grades at GCSE, including the equivalent 9 to 4 grade in Maths & English Lang/Lit. However we still welcome applications from students who did not meet these grades but meet our residential event eligibility.
2) The application form can not be saved and returned to! You must complete the form in one go.
3) To complete the form you will need to know the following information:
- Email address(es) for your parent(s)/carer(s)
- Your parent(s)/carer(s) highest educational qualification
- Whether your parent(s)/carer(s) have been to University
- The occupation of the highest-earning parent/carer of the household you live in
- Name and email address of the head of sixth form/year at your school/college
4) You should also consider:
- Bitesize Uni is only for students in year 12/first year college
- Applicants must be aged 18 or under on the last day of Bitesize Uni (Friday 20 July 2018)
- All sections of this application form must be completed
- If any of the requested information is missing/incomplete, this may delay your application
- An application will only be assessed for eligibility if all sections are completed and returned to us by noon on Friday 23 March 2018
- We will contact your named head of sixth/year at your school/college to confirm the details you have submitted in this application
- We will only contact your parent(s)/carer(s) to ask their permission for you to attend Bitesize Uni if your application is successful
Places will be allocated after the deadline of 12:00, Friday 23 March 2018, according to our residential event eligibility criteria.
We will host an on-campus Information Evening for attendees and their parents/carers.
The Information Evening will take place in June 2018.
The evening will cover the following:
- background information on BSU and its benefits
- an explanation of the programme including subject taster sessions, Personal Development session and evening activities
- the Student Rep perspective - hear from current Newcastle University Students, who have attended BSU and find out what it’s really like
- practicalities - we’ll tell you what you need to bring and recap some aspects of the code of conduct
If you can't make it to the Information Evening, don't worry - the presentation will be streamed live online. The presentation will also be available to download after the event.
Bitesize Uni is organised and delivered by a trained team of University staff, available 24 hours a day. Students are divided into groups of 10, and each group is led by two experienced Student Representatives.
Child protection and risk assessment
Before any student is accepted on to the Summer School, we ask for parental consent and ensure that every student has signed and agreed to a specific code of conduct.
All members of staff and Student Reps working on Bitesize Uni hold an enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure & Barring Service and are fully trained in Child Protection Issues.
We take our responsibilities towards health and safety very seriously. We will produce a detailed event risk assessment prior to the event, which will be available online. All staff adhere to a strict Child Protection Document 2017.
Info for TeachersInfo for Teachers
As part of the application process we will be collecting a named school contact from each applicant. Once the application deadline has passed we will contact each named school contact to verify individual applications.
In addition to a full event risk assessment, for those schools that utilise Evolve, we have also developed a step-by-step Evolve Submission Example.
If you would like an updated list of applicants from your school at any point during the application process, or you have any other questions, please contact us.
Info for Parents/CarersInfo for Parents/Carers
Two weeks before the event your child/young person in your care will be sent a comprehensive Bitesize Uni handbook that will include details of everything he/she needs to know. This will include any last minute changes to the programme.
Once your child has been offered a place on Bitesize Uni then you will be invited along to our Information Evening to meet the organisers, and have any questions that you may have answered.
If you have any questions, please contact us.
Bitesize Uni is completely free. Everything is paid for by the University, including the social activities.
Each day you will get a voucher for your lunch and other meals will be provided free of charge. 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.
We will also reimburse your travel expenses to and from the event, provided you can produce a receipt for your travel.
If it costs you less than £10 to travel to BSU, we will reimburse your costs in cash once you have registered at BSU.
If it costs you £10 or more to travel to BSU we can reimburse the cost by BACS to a bank account, either held by you or your parent(s)/carer(s). To do this we will need you to provide an account holder name, account number and sort code when you register at BSU.
We can also buy your travel tickets for you once you have been allocated a place at the event. If you would prefer to travel by car we can reimburse you at a rate of 45p per mile (for the first 200 miles, followed by 25p per mile for any mileage over 200 miles).
If you have any questions about travel expenses please contact us.