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 16 to Friday 19 July 2019.
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.
What will you do on BSU 2019?What will you do on BSU 2019?
To get an idea of what you could get involved in at BSU 2019, view last year's BSU Provisional Programme 2018 (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 will open soon.
Complete the form below in order to receive an email notification once applications are open for BSU.
Places will now be allocated according to our residential event eligibility criteria.
Here you will find all of the information you need to know before attending BSU.
Have a look at the BSU Provisional Programme 2018 and see what you will be doing at BSU!
Please read the BSU Student Handbook before attending BSU. It is a good idea to print this document and bring it along with you for reference.
Keep up-to-date with the latest BSU info by following our @NCLsummerschool accounts on Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter and keep in touch using the #NCLbitesize.
We will host an Information Evening for accepted students on Tuesday 4 June 2019, 6.00pm - 7.30pm.
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 - current Newcastle University Students, who have attended BSU shared their experiences
- practicalities - what you need to bring and aspects of the code of conduct
If you can't make it to the Information Evening, don't worry - the presentation will be available to download after teh 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 (DBS) and are fully trained in Child Protection Issues.
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.
Cost & Travel
Bitesize Uni 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.
Arrival & Pick Up Location
Students should make their way to Castle Leazes Accommodation, Spital Tongues, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE2 4NY in order to register at BSU between 10.30am & 12.30pm. This location will also be where students will depart from at 4.20pm on Friday 20 July.
If students are arriving via train there will be Student Representatives in green, summer school branded t-shirts ready to meet them at the train station and accompany them onto our free shuttle bus service up to Castle Leazes. There will also be Student Representatives stationed at King's Cross Station, London, Haymarket Metro & Bus station in Newcastle and outside of the Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle. The free shuttle bus service will pick up from the bus stop outside of the Great North Museum: Hancock on Claremont Road on route to Castle Leazes.
We can buy your travel tickets for you once you have been allocated a place at the event and will select the most cost effective and time efficient mode of travel from your local area. 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).
We will also reimburse your travel expenses to and from the event if you would prefer to purchase your own ticket, as long as you have selected the most cost effective and time efficient method and provided you can produce a receipt for your travel.
If it costs you less than £20 to travel to BSU, we will reimburse your costs in cash once you have registered. If it costs you £20 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 fill out the BSU Travel Formand hand this in when you register at BSU.
Please note, we can only book flight tickets from Bristol, Exeter or Southampton airports. If you are planning to travel to BSU via plane you MUST contact us BEFORE you book your tickets to discuss your travel plans. If travel plans are made without prior discussions with the BSU team we can not guarantee a reimbursement.
If you have any questions about travel expenses please contact us.