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University of Bath Spring Partnership newsletter

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Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to the Spring edition of our agent partner newsletter. This newsletter is mainly focused on information for our Postgraduate Masters applicants, but also includes new digital developments for those interested in our undergraduate programmes too. We have lots to tell you about our extended scholarship provision, revised Computer Science Masters degrees, combined pre-sessional English and Masters provision offer, and deadlines for accommodation requests for 2011 entry.

Please, as always, read the information carefully and circulate to your colleagues. Do also come back to your country manager with any questions.

We do appreciate this year is particularly challenging in terms of student recruitment with all the changes taking place and on behalf of all our team here at Bath we really do appreciate all the hard work you have already put into this recruitment cycle (and the next!) and wish you every success.

With Very Best Wishes,

Andy,Graham, Jo, Virginia and Zoe 

Scholarships 2011 Update from Virginia

There are a lot of exciting developments for scholarships in 2011. In addition to our usual University of Bath International Scholarships Scheme 2011, there are scholarship programmes in all Graduate Schools plus some new funding from our alumni for key regions of the world. I have highlighted some of the main schemes below.

For all information:

http://www.bath.ac.uk/international/finance/scholarships/index.html

Please refer applicants to the email below. It is answered promptly by my colleague Millie Davis. She will also deal with queries about individual cases.

international-scholarships@bath.ac.uk

If any of you or your staff want to discuss broader issues such as the strategy, promotion and operation of the schemes, then do contact Andy, Jo or Zoe or myself. 

University Scholarships (MSc/MA programmes)

I manage the following scholarships centrally. Full details and criteria are at:  http://www.bath.ac.uk/international/finance/scholarships/index.html

The key things to remember for all these scholarships are:

• Separate online application.
• Applicants must have firmly accepted our offer before they apply for a scholarship. They can’t get access to the form until they are ‘FIRM’ and they need to use the same user name and password as they use for ‘applicant tracker’ to enter the form.
• Closing date is 30 June 2011. All applications received by the deadline are treated equally.

University of Bath International Scholarships Scheme 2011 (UoBISS) 

Key facts for UoBISS:

• 75 for MSc applicants

• Open to applicants from any country but priority given to certain markets: Latin America, Nigeria, Russia, Pakistan, Vietnam and Jordan.
• Priority also given to applicants who come via an official partner. On the scholarship form there is a question which asks them ‘Did you apply from an official University of Bath representative?’ Make sure that you tell your students to answer YES to this question.
• We also encourage applicants who have already got a partial scholarship from another source and try to help them to match funding.

Regional Schemes

There are also some additional MSc schemes for certain markets. You can find out more below. There are two new ones for 2011: Frank Wallace and Stuart Appleton

http://www.bath.ac.uk/international/finance/scholarships/index.html
Jack Cater Scholarship (Hong Kong)
Santander MSC Scholarships (Latin America)
Steve Huckvale Scholarships (Africa)
USA Alumni Scholarships (USA)
Frank Wallace (China)
Stuart Appleton (East and South Asia and Pacific)

Faculty Schemes (MSc/MA/MRES Programmes)

For 2011, the International Office will also manage the scholarships for students from the Faculty of Engineering and Design, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and School of Management and students can apply for these in the same way as for the University of Bath and regional scholarships.

Faculty of Engineering (Elite Masters Scholarships)

The Faculty of Engineering & Design has a number of £2000 (GBP) scholarships for overseas fees status entrants to MSc programmes starting in autumn 2011. These awards are made on the basis of outstanding academic background.

School of Management (MSc Scholarships for International Students)

Scholarships for MSc applicants from:

Africa:  One scholarship worth £2,500.
Central Asia:  Two scholarships worth £2,500 each.
Latin America:  One scholarship worth £2,500.
Greece:   Two scholarships worth £2000 each.
India: One scholarship worth £5000 and a further four scholarships worth £2,500 each.
Turkey:   Two scholarships worth £2,500 each.

 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (MSc)

There are 10 international scholarships at £2000 for students applying for programmes in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. This Faculty scheme covers MRes applicants as well as MSc.

PHD Funding

There are several schemes. Some are offered centrally by the University and some by the Faculties and Graduate Schools. The best source of information are the Departmental funding pages. There is also some information at:

http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/researchfunding/

Masters in Computer Science Update

Following feedback from agents and applicants, the Department of Computer Science has repackaged its Masters degrees to make them more attractive.

Simpler structure: there are now only three degrees, with distinctive themes aimed at different applicant groups.

Clearer descriptions: each degree has a concise description in our brochure and on the web.

Better explanation of content: each module in the degrees is also described.

Options within the degree: no need to decide before arriving at Bath.

New teaching labs: fully-equipped and in a brand-new modern building.

Fees and application procedure explained: supported by one-stop online application process.

Job market examples: a wide range of real employment opportunities described.

Simplified and visually-improved web site: radically enhanced in the last year.

Current applicants are not affected: anyone who has already applied will take exactly the same degree they applied for. They may optionally accept one of the new titles instead but it is their choice, made after they arrive here.

The new degree titles are:

MSc Software Systems
MSc Internet Systems and Security
MSc Human Computer Interaction

Full details are on our web pages:
www.bath.ac.uk/comp-sci  click on Postgraduate Taught

 

Combined Pre-Sessional English and Masters Degree Offers of Admission

 Following a successful pilot project in 2010, the University will be extending the opportunity to students in need of a small improvement in their English proficiency to undertake a combined 13 month Pre-sessional English course and Masters degree across the full range of our Masters provision this year.The combined Masters offer means that eligible students will receive an unconditional offer of admission and a single CAS that will cover the entire duration of their studies.  It will not therefore be necessary for these students to renew their visa after the English course. 

Further details of this initiative are as follows:- As the name suggests, this combined offer provision is for Masters students ONLY.  Prospective undergraduate and PhD students who are looking to undertake a pre-sessional English course in order to improve their English will still receive a conditional offer of admission.  We may extend this combined offer to undergraduates and PhD students in the future but in view of the fact that the vast majority of our pre-sessional students are looking to progress to a Masters degree and there are significant setting-up issues in extending this provision further, we are focusing for the time being on Masters students.- The combined offer is for students eligible for the 5 week pre-sessional courses PS5 and PMBS5 only.  The English language Centre continues to offer a range of year-round programmes of longer duration but for these students conditionality will still apply.

- The link below gives full details of the combined offer of admission.  We have to adhere to strict English proficiency requirements and this essentially means that students must be within 0.5 in the IELTS test of what would be the standard requirement for direct entry to a degree programme.

This 0.5 requirement applies both to the overall score AND the results in each of the four categories of assessment.  Similar requirements apply to TOEFL and other recognised English language proficiency tests.
http://www.bath.ac.uk/elc/combined-offers

- The tuition fee for the combined offer will be detailed in the offer of admission and is simply the standard Pre-sessional English course fee plus the appropriate Masters fee.  However, as this is being treated as a 13 month degree programme, the payment arrangements are as they would be for any degree student and therefore a minimum of 50% of the TOTAL tuition fee must be paid prior to commencement of studies for students considered to be self-financing (students with a scholarship from a recognised sponsor will have their sponsor invoiced as normal).

- The Combined Masters will start teaching on 22 August 2011 and allowance must be made for the need to have all the necessary arrangements in place well before this date, so that the visa application may be made.  This includes the need for any academic conditions to have been fully satisfied.

Our capacity is limited and we envisage that all places will be filled well before August, so the earlier eligible students satisfy their admission requirements and accept a place on the combined Masters the better.  We are looking to expand our summer English provision in future years in order to meet the rising demand.  PS5 and PMBS5 will still also have some places available for suitably qualified undergraduate and PhD students this year, although as mentioned, these students who need to improve their English proficiency will NOT receive an unconditional offer of admission - the Pre-sessional English course will be treated as a separate element of their study and they will need to renew their visa afterwards.

Applying for Accommodation as a Masters student – new guidance and dates

1. New applicants should be directed to the external home page and for accommodation details they start at:
http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/accommodation/

These webpages will be updated in the next 4-6 weeks with our new prices and options for 2011-12 BUT  There is one significant change -

*The Accommodation guarantee deadline is being brought forward to 31 JULY from 13 August*

2. The course offer letter advises the student that once they confirm acceptance of the offer they will be able to apply for accommodation and give a link to our accommodation pages.

3. Once they have accepted their course offer and the University of Bath has acknowledged their acceptance they can apply on-line and this year we will go live with on-line applications from 4 April 2011

Just before this date the Accommodation Office email all the Masters students who have accepted offers already and invite them to now apply for their accommodation if eligible.

4. Subject to some new processes being in place in time, the Accommodation Office is hoping to send out the majority of room offers during June and July to the Masters students who have applied before the guarantee deadline –

It is VERY IMPORTANT to encourage your Masters applicants to respond by 31st July  as there is a lot of pressure on room space.

5. Once they receive their room offer, they have 10 days to reply, and in order to confirm their acceptance they are requested to send us £400 pre-payment (except those getting scholarships) This will be refunded if their visa gets refused.

Rooms are offered from 24 September this year.

6. This year we are also introducing on-line application for pre-sessional students and they will be able to apply for both the summer vacation period required (in a temporary room on campus) and their permanent room preference (which is simply a preference and never guaranteed).

New – Online  library of University of Bath publications in digital format

 

We are delighted to give you access to a new digital library of our materials to help you counsel students and provide advice and guidance in a quick, visually appealing and cost-effective way.

We hope you will find this really useful and welcome your feedback.

Here is the link to our full library of publications:
http://www.yudu.com/library/82826/The-University-of-Bath-s-Library?refid=82826

 You can either send people links to the whole library, or to individual publications; just copy and paste the link that appears when you download a publication.

You and your students can also now -

Download our undergraduate prospectus for your iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch FREE - using the Universities UK app

Anyone with an iPhone/iPad or iPod touch can download our Undergraduate Prospectus in a format that's easy to read on these devices. The links on the prospectus can be clicked on to take users through to various pages of the University of Bath website.

And here's a digital version people can read on their computers or any other device that can access the internet: View the digital version of our undergraduate prospectus  This also has links readers can click on to go through to our site.

A pdf version will be available to download on www.bath.ac.uk/study soon too.

And of course the most up-to-date entry requirements etc will always be at www.bath.ac.uk/study  

 Happy viewing!

 

Compliments of the Season

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A very warm welcome to our final agent newsletter of 2010 from a very wintery Bath! We have had unseasonally cold weather here which has meant many of our international students have been enjoying snow for the first time.

We are pleased to end the year with the news that our new Masters programmes in Finance are now open for application and full information is detailed below, including new dedicated email addresses for each of our Masters programmes within the School of Management.

There is also a reminder for you to return your new agent contracts to us, and new country webpages to discover showcasing you as our official representatives.

Finally, please be advised that the entire University will be closed for the winter break from 24th December 2010 to 3rd January 2011 inclusive, with all staff throughout the institution on leave.

We look forward to communicating with you again in the New Year 2011

With Very Best Wishes and compliments of the season,
Andy, Graham, Jo, Virginia and Zoe
International Office Recruitment Team

REMINDER TO RETURN NEW CONTRACTS TO US
As you are aware, with effect from the 2011 intake, commission payable to our agents for successful recruitment to the International Foundation Year will become the responsibility of the Consortium led by City of Bath College.  This was mentioned in the October Agents' Newsletter. This single change necessitates that we reissue our agents with new contracts.  Essentially there is a new paragraph to reflect this new arrangement and the rest of the document remains unchanged.�
Country managers have been sending out these new contracts to you for signature and we look forward to receiving two signed copies from you returned to Graham Waton in the International Office.at the earliest opportunity.

New MSc in Finance programmes for 2011
The School of Management is pleased to announce three new Masters programmes in the field of Finance, to complement the highly successful MSc in Accounting and Finance. The new programmes are:
• MSc in Finance
• MSc in Finance and Banking
• MSc in Finance and Risk
The new programmes combine the research and teaching expertise of the School of Management, the Department of Mathematical Sciences and the Department of Economics and International Development.
All the programmes are full-time and last 12 months. They have a modular structure and are divided into course units and electives, followed by a dissertation.
For entry to the programmes, applicants will require the equivalent of our minimum 2:1 grade. Another essential requirement is evidence of excellent quantitative skills. The Director of Studies has stipulated that applicants’ first degree should be in a subject with high mathematical/quantitative content. Subjects meeting these requirements are Engineering, Mathematics, Economics or Physics. Other subjects may be considered if quantitative subjects have been studied in enough depth. Applicants will require an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no less than 6 in each part, or 92 overall in the internet-based TOEFL exam, with no less than 21 in each part.  An application fee of £50 is required for all of the MSc Finance programmes.
Applicants whose first language is not English may be interested in taking advantage of one of the English Language Centre’s pre-sessional English courses prior to starting their MSc. There are several programmes available and more details can be found at www.bath.ac.uk/elc
You will be pleased to know the new Finance programmes have been approved and are now available on the online application system. There will be a £50 application fee to apply for these programmes.
On the online application form, please can we ask that you make sure you complete the field that says:

‘If you are submitting your application through an official Education Agent, please tell us which one.’ There should be a drop down menu for you to select your agent’s name from. This information is really important for our future planning, so we’d be very grateful if you could fill this part in.

Finally, if students are paying their application fees by credit card, could you please ask students to upload the credit card payment form to the application tracker.
IMPORTANT - Enquiries relating to the suite of Management programmes
We have a special email id attached to each programme for general enquiries. Please use these when contacted the School of Management as it helps us answer your questions in the most effective way possible.
• MSc Management                      mscadmin@management.bath.ac.uk
• MSc AMP                                 mscamp@management.bath.ac.uk
• MSc Marketing                          mscmkg@management.bath.ac.uk
• MSc International Mgmt              mscinternational@management.bath.ac.uk
• MSc ITM                                   mscitm@management.bath.ac.uk
• MSc Accounting and Finance     mscaf@management.bath.ac.uk
• MSc Finance                             mscfinance@management.bath.ac.uk
• MSc Finance and Banking          mscfinandbanking@management.bath.ac.uk
• MSc Finance and Risk               mscfinandrisk@management.bath.ac.uk

New School of Management promotional video
The School of Management recently launched a new promotional film, highlighting the city of Bath and the facilities at the University, as well as our programmes and our research. The video is available on our YouTube site. Go to:  http://www.youtube.com/bathsofm#p/a/f/0/wavgseRgaV4
We hope you like it!

New country web pages
You may have noticed that our country information pages are changing, and we have already launched new pages for; China, India, Malaysia, Thailand, Canada, Norway, Nigeria, Taiwan, USA, with more to launch very soon. We would be very keen to get your feedback on what you think of the look and layout of these pages and how you think they work for your students.
Go to http://www.bath.ac.uk/international/country/ to find your country page. Please send your comments to Jo – j.power@bath.ac.uk

 

Record Year for recruitment and a New Agents Portal!

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A Record Year for Recruitment!
A huge thank you to all of our representative around the world for their fantastic efforts in helping make 2010 the best year yet for international student enrolments at the University of Bath.  The admissions data shows that we enrolled 150 more overseas students than last year, with most of the growth being at the Masters level.  In total over 1150 new full-time, non-EU students joined the University of Bath this September. 

If you have yet to submit details of the students you referred to us please do so immediately.  In the first instance it is best to send a list to Graham Waton (G.W.Waton@bath.ac.uk), so that he may check the registration details on our database.  Once Graham has verified that the students are in attendance an invoice can be submitted.

We have very fond memories of the agent conference this time last year and hope you feel, that like us, this has made our partnerships stronger and encouraged us all to move forward as a team during 2010, with great results for everyone.  Congratulations!  The development of the agent portal is another step forward in offering our support to you.

With Very Best Wishes for the recruitment cycle 2010/11,

Andy, Graham, Jo, Virginia,and Zoe

2011 Masters Applications now Open
On 1st November our on-line application portal for Masters applications opened.  This includes a new suite of Finance programmes within the School of Managment that we will showcase in the December newsletter. Details are available at http://www.bath.ac.uk/management/msc-finance/

We will continue to offer an entirely electronic application route onto our postgraduate programmes via our Study web pages.  Please be sure to remind applicants to include the details of your organisation when they are completing the application, so we know that the application has come through your office.  Supporting documents, such as transcripts, references and English test scores can be uploaded with the application or at a later date using the Applicant Tracker facility.  There is a 2MB file size limit for an attached document, so just be aware that super high resolution attachments may not make it through and any such docs should be saved to a smaller file size.

Internal changes to the Admissions Process – Postgraduate and Undergraduate

The 2011 application cycle also sees some internal changes to our admissions processing.  The new Graduate Schools will process Masters and research applications themselves, rather than our central Admissions Office.  This is intended to streamline the application procedure, since postgraduate admissions decisions have always been made in academic departments and now the Faculties themselves will both review applications and make the decision as to whether to offer a place on one of their programmes.  As far as the students are concerned there is no discernable change to be aware of - the process of application remains the same. 

Whilst postgraduate applications are being dealt with by Graduate Schools, we are moving towards greater centralisation of undergraduate admissions and the Admissions Office will be responsible for making more admissions decisions for UCAS candidates in the year ahead.  The Admissions Office will retain responsibility for issuing CASs to all unconditional firm degree programme applicants, both undergraduates and postgraduates.

Agents’ Portal
Following (unanimous!) feedback from the Agents’ Conference last November we have completed the next phase of the Application Tracker project that will enable our representatives to see summary data of the application status of all of their students that have applied to the University of Bath.  This should replace the need to email individual country managers regarding the status of an application.

The Agents’ Portal links directly to SAMIS, our admissions database. As well as giving you real-time information on the status of all of your applicants it will allow you to see a copy of any offer letter and the clearance checklist for individual candidates, so you can see which conditions have been met or remain outstanding, and whether the visa CAS has been issued in the case of students holding an unconditional offer.

You will shortly receive the unique username and password for your organisation from your dedicated country manager within the International Office that will allow you to access the Agents’ Portal. In the case of representatives with more than one office in a particular country the username and password will allow you to access data for ALL of your applicants. 

Please ensure that postgraduate applicants use the drop-down menu in the on-line application to verify that they have used your services, as the portal relies upon this to link the student to you.

 In the case of undergraduate students applying through UCAS or postgraduate students who omitted to tell us at the time of application that they have used your services we can add this information retrospectively upon receiving an email (international-office@bath.ac.uk) from the student concerned verifying that they wish to have you as their representative and have used your services. This email should follow the format you have agreed with the country manager and have put into practice in previous application cycles.  As always, please ensure that the student’s application number is stated clearly in any correspondence!

The Agents’ Portal is a ‘view only’ facility, so the onus will remain upon the students to access their personal details through Application Tracker to do things such as upload further documents or accept an offer of admission.