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, take a look at the BSU Provisional Programme 2019.
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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. You will have access to a shared bathroom, kitchen and lounge, with staff staying nearby if you need any help.
All participants will live in mixed-gender accommodation, unless they require single-gender accommodation. In this case, there will be single-gender flats or corridors available, but we are unable to offer single-gender accommodation blocks.
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 are now open!
Before you apply for a place at Bitesize Uni (BSU) there are a few things listed below that you need to consider.
1) BSU is primarily aimed at students who have achieved at least five A* to C grades or 9 – 4 equivalent at GCSE. However, if undersubscribed we still welcome applications from students who did 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 and returned to! You must complete the form in one go.
3) To complete the application form you will need to know the following information:
- Email address for your main parent/carer
- Your main parent/carer 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 or their countries equivalent
- Applicants must be aged 18 or under on the last day of Bitesize Uni (Friday 19 July 2019)
- 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 Monday 8 April 2019
- We will contact your named head of sixth/year at your school/college to confirm your eligibility to the best of their knowledge
- We will only contact your main parent/carer to ask their permission for you to attend Bitesize Uni if your application is successful, however they will receive an automated email
5) Places will 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 2019 and see what you could be doing at BSU!
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 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 (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.
Everything is paid for by the University, including your accommdoation, social activities, travel and all meals (we've even got snacks covered!). You may want to bring some spending money with you in case you want extra food or drinks at the social events, but it's not essential and we recommend that you do not bring more than £20 with you.
Transport costs to get to and from Newcastle University are paid for by the summer school, regardless of where you live.
If your application to the summer school is successful, your transport will be booked for you in advance and posted to your home address. We will book the most cost and time effective mode of transport for you.
However, if you are local to the university and travelling by car or local bus/metro, any costs associated with local travel will be reimbursed to you upon arrival at the summer school. Terms and conditions do apply and these will be sent to successful applicants in due course.
If you have any questions about travel expenses please contact us.