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Year 12 Bitesize Uni

Bitesize Uni

Event Details

Our next Bitesize Uni (BSU) will run from Tuesday 19 to Friday 22 July 2016.

BSU will provide Year 12 students with the information and opportunities to help them make an informed decision about whether or not they want to go to university. It is completely free to attend as everything is paid for by the University.

The event includes:

  • workshops and lectures in subjects of their choice to help students choose the subject(s) they would like to study
  • higher education information sessions to develop students' personal skills that will help them in their university career
  • social activities to encourage students to make lots of new friends and have loads of fun too!

To have a look at what students did last year, download the Bitesize Uni timetable (PDF: 287KB).

Find out what students thought about the event by looking at our BSU Storify

How to apply

Applications for Bitesize Uni will open in February 2016. Places are allocated in accordance with our eligibility criteria for residential events.

Information 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 . If you would like an updated list of applicants from your school at any point during the application process, or you have any questions, please contact us.

Contact us

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5895


Info Evening

Once you have been offered a place on Bitesize Uni (BSU) you will be invited to our Information Evening.

This evening will provide you and your parents with information about BSU. This will include specific details of arrangements, and give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

The evening is an opportunity to meet some of the BSU organisers, and will cover:

  • background information on BSU and its benefits
  • an explanation of the programme including subject taster sessions, HE skills sessions 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


Bitesize Uni (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 Newcastle.

You will have your own room on a corridor 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 will accommodate either all male or all female students, with staff staying nearby if you need any help.

See what Castle Leazes is like


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.

Travel expenses

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 15p per mile

If you have any questions about travel expenses please contact us.

What to Pack

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.

Parents/Carers Info

Bitesize Uni (BSU) 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 Criminal Records Bureau and are fully trained in Child Protection Issues.

We take our responsibilities towards health and safety very seriously and produce a detailed Risk Assessment that will be available to download in May 2016.

We also have a strict child protection policy (PDF: 258KB).

Further information on Bitesize Uni

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 or would like more information about the event, please contact us.