University Survival Guide
Can you survive three days of university life?
Find out if you can survive three days and two nights as a student at university by University Survival Guide from Monday 25 to Wednesday 27 June 2018.
This residential event is completely free of charge and will give Year 10 pupils a taste of what student life is really like. You'll spend time on campus and stay in University accommodation. The programme will include a host of fun activities, subject tasters and social events enabling you to meet current undergraduate students and learn more about studying at university.
USG will help you to make an informed decision about whether or not you want to go to university and find out more about the range of subjects available - it's nothing like school!
You must be eligible to attend USG. You can check the eligibility criteria we use before you apply.
What will you do at USG?What will you do at USG?
What is the USG Accommodation like?What is the USG Accommodation like?
USG 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 in a flat with other students on USG. If you want to be with one of your friends let us know and we will try our best to allocate you rooms in the same flat. You will have access to a shared bathroom, kitchen and lounge. Each flat will accommodate either all male or all female students, with staff staying nearby if you need any help.
What should you pack for USG?What should you pack for USG?
You can wear casual clothes at University Survival Guide - 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 an alarm clock and 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:
- 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 USG will be allocated according to our residential event eligibility criteria.
USG is primarily aimed at students who are on track to receive five GCSEs at grade A*/9 to C/4. However, if undersubscribed we still welcome applications from students who may not achieve these grades but meet our residential event eligibility.
View full details of our eligibility criteria, which include:
- Home postcode
- Experience 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
The teacher that you provide on the application form will confirm your eligibility.
If you have any questions about eligibility, please contact us.
Applications for USG 2018 are open now!
Before you apply for a place at University Survival Guide (USG) there are a few things listed below that you need to consider.
1) USG is primarily aimed at students who are on track to receive five GCSEs at grade A*/9 to C/4. However, if undersubscribed we still welcome applications from students who may not achieve these grades but meet our residential event eligibility. The teacher that you provide on this form will confirm this.
2) The application form can not be saved & returned to! You must complete the form in one go.
3) To complete it 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 for the Head of Year 10 at your school
4) You should also consider:
- USG is only for students in Year 10
- 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 it is submitted by noon on 23 March 2018
- We will contact your named Head of Year 10 at your school 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 University Survival Guide 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.
Prior to the event, we will host an on-campus Information Evening for attendees and their parents/carers .
The USG Information Evening will take place on Wednesday 23 May 2018.
This evening will provide information about USG, including specific details of arrangements. The event will cover:
- background information on USG and its benefits
- explanation of the programme including subject taster sessions, Personal Development sessions and evening activities
- the Student Rep perspective: current Newcastle University Students who will be working on this event
- practicalities: what you need to bring and aspects of the code of conduct
USG 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. We also ensure that every student has signed and agreed to a specific code of conduct. All members of staff and Student Reps working on USG hold an enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service and are fully trained in child protection issues.
We take our responsibilities towards health and safety very seriously. A updated event risk assessment and Child Protection Policy will be available to download from May 2018.
Info for TeachersInfo for Teachers
This event does not require attendance from school staff as parental consent will be sought for each attendee.
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, please contact us.
Info for Parents/CarersInfo for Parents/Carers
Two weeks before the event, attendees will be sent a comprehensive USG handbook. This will include details of everything he/she needs to know, including any last minute changes to the programme.
Once attendees have been offered a place on USG, parents/carers 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.
University Survival Guide (USG) is completely free. Everything is paid for by the University, including the social activities.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner 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 USG, we will reimburse your costs in cash once you have registered.
If it costs you £10 or more to travel to USG 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 USG.
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.