International Agent Newsletter

Monthly newsletter for University of Bath agents

Introducing the new International Foundation Year

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Introducing the new International Foundation Year

Welcome to our first newsletter of the new academic year.  A fresh cohort of international students has just commenced their degree studies at the University and already our attention turns to the 2011 intake!   As always, we will seek to update you about various developments here in Bath in the months ahead and there is plenty of information to communicate.  However, we wanted to focus this edition of the Agents’ Newsletter on one particular item – the new International Foundation Year.

Those of you who attended the Agents Conference last November will recall that Andy Howman mentioned that the University was looking at its undergraduate pre-degree provision with a view to recruiting more Foundation Year students.   Following a competitive tendering process, a Consortium of Further Education Colleges lead by the City of Bath College (provider of our existing Foundation Year for the past decade) successfully bid to offer an enlarged programme called the International Foundation Year (IFY), commencing with the 2011 intake.  The University was impressed by the combination of existing expertise and the prospect of involving additional partners in new locations.

You will imminently receive copies of the IFY brochure in the forthcoming agents mailing and you can also find an extensive website, complete with application form, via the link below:
http://www.bathfoundationyear.com/

Some of the aspects to our revamped Foundation provision which we hope you will find make the provision attractive to prospective students include:

• In addition to the pre-existing opportunities to study at City of  Bath and Wiltshire Colleges, applicants now also have the option to study at Chichester College or Greenwich Community College in London
• There is no longer any need for students to apply through UCAS
• Guaranteed progression onto all of our undergraduate degree programmes for successful students*
• More flexible English proficiency requirements
• An increased number of partial scholarships, both for new IFY students and those who perform exceptionally well on the IFY and progress onto a Bath undergraduate degree
• An enhanced social programme, which will bring the students from all the partner colleges together for certain events, including taster visits to the University campus

The International Office at the University of Bath will continue to support recruitment into the Foundation Year.  However, the Consortium is also maintaining their own outreach operation and will administer the application process.  Commission payments to agents upon successful recruitment of students to the IFY will become the responsibility of the Consortium.  The Consortium recognises that recruitment into pre-degree courses such as this is especially competitive and in order to seek to provide a good incentive to representatives they are prepared to offer an enhanced level of commission for all new Foundation Year students with the exception of those seeking onward progression into the School of Management.  The commission for non-business students recruited to the IFY will be 15% (for School of Management students it will remain at 10%).  My colleague Sarah Pigott,  Programme Director for the International Foundation Year, will shortly send through a draft contract, inviting you formalise this arrangement.  The International Office for its part will send you a letter confirming this change to our existing agreement and that IFY commission is now payable by the Consortium.  All other aspects of our contractual arrangements with you will remain unchanged and this includes the entitlement to claim a further 5% commission from the University of Bath for every IFY student you recruited  who subsequently progresses on to one of our degree programmes.

I hope you find this new provision a welcome addition to the Bath portfolio.  If you have any questions about the IFY please feel free to contact either Andy Howman in the International Office (A.Howman@bath.ac.uk) or Sarah Pigott at City of Bath College (PigottS@CityBathColl.ac.uk).

*As before, there is one exclusion.  The BSc in General Architectural Studies will not be available, although the programmes in Civil Engineering and Civil and Architectural Engineering are.

Commission

If you are due a commission payment for 2010 admissions, please send through your preliminary list of new registrations to Graham Waton (G.W.Waton@bath.ac.uk) in the International Office and he will confirm the status of your students, allowing you to send through an accurate invoice.

 

April showers

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Dear Colleagues,
Welcome to our April newsletter which focuses on new Masters programmes in the Department of Biology and Biochemistry, our Foundation Year entry for 2010, Pre-depature briefings, a new mailout of materials and a request for information from you on how the new CAS system is rolling out in country.

 With Very Best wishes from the Recruitment team, currently dodging the April showers here in Bath !

New Postgraduate programmes in Biology for 2010 entry onwards

Master of Science (MSc)   "A First Step in Graduate Specialisation"

The University of Bath is delighted to offer 7 different Masters programmes new for entry 2010 with specialisations in:

BioSciences, Developmental Biology, Evolutionary and Population Biology, Medical BioSciences, Molecular Microbiology, Molecular Plant Sciences and Protein Structure and Function.

Details at http://www.bath.ac.uk/bio-sci/postgrad/msc/

The other programme in this department is the MSc Industrial Biotechnology & Enterprise - a separate collaborative programme currently only available to students based in India.

Aim of MSc programmes

The aim of each MSc programme is to provide professional-level training that will develop highly skilled bioscientists with strong theoretical, research and transferable skills all of which are necessary to work at the forefront of modern biosciences. An MSc from the University of Bath will be recognised as a graduate award that will be valued by companies and higher education institutions worldwide. Graduates will have a competitive edge in relation to undergraduate students applying for similar positions; they will be able to find posts in industry and government where a working knowledge of the nature and demands of academic research is needed.

Which programme is best for me?

• The MSc in Biosciences is new from 2010 but since September 2002 we have been running a successful one-year, full time MRes degree in BioSciences. The new programme is based on the same design principles as those for the MRes programme but is suitable for those who have undertaken three year undergraduate degrees and/or who have had no laboratory experience. The programme is designed to allow students to customise the programme according to their needs under the guidance of the Director of Studies and to develop the skills needed to undertake a 15 week research project in semester three.

• The MSc in Developmental Biology focuses on the fundamentals of developmental biology with direct relevance to man. The department has outstanding facilities for experimental work using a range of model vertebrate organisms.

• The MSc in Medical BioSciences is designed to provide opportunities for the student to study the theoretical and practical aspects of recent topics in the sciences that underpin modern research related to medicine.

• The MSc in Molecular Microbiology addresses modern problems of microbiology from epidemiology and immunity to emerging diseases

• The MSc in Molecular Plant Sciences provides opportunities to study molecular problems from the expression of gens through to genetic modification of food crops in the developing world

• The MSc in Protein Structure and Function provides advanced training in the molecular basis of structure-function relationships in proteins and the molecules with which they interact.

Entry requirements
Academic requirements
Upper second class honours degree or equivalent

English requirements
IELTS 6.5 (with not less than 6.0 in each of the four components).
TOEFL 580 (paper-based test) or 237 (computer-based test) with a score of not less than 4 in the TWE or 92 (internet-based test) with not less than 21 in each of the components

How to Apply
We will work as quickly as possible to add the programme to our drop down menu on the online application form but this may take a little time. In the interim please apply through the MRes Biosciences until the programmes receives final ‘sign off’ from the senior team.

 Questions?
Email the PG Administrator at biosci-pgt@bath.ac.uk who will be happy to guide you

Master of Research (MRes)  "Strong Foundations for a Research Career"

We also offer six MRes degree programmes designed to provide an insight into a range of research activities, techniques and skills, with specialisations in Biosciences, Developmental Biology, Evolutionary Biology, Molecular Microbiology, Molecular Plant Sciences and Regenerative Medicine

      Details at http://www.bath.ac.uk/bio-sci/postgrad/mres/

 Each of our MRes programmes has four main objectives:

      --To broaden knowledge of the conduct, management, implications and exploitation of research

      --To enhance the specialist knowledge at Masters level

      --To provide experience of high-level research in state-of-the-art topics

      --To provide training in a wide range of research techniques

      Students who complete an MRes degree will be well qualified to proceed to a three-year MPhil/PhD programme. Graduates will have a competitive edge in relation to undergraduate students applying for doctoral studies. They will be able to find posts in industry and government where a working knowledge of the nature and demands of academic research is needed.

 

MSc International Money and Banking now officially open!

 

Direct online applications are now being accepted for the new MSc International Money and Banking.

For 2011 the IELTS requirement will be 6.5 across all our Economics Masters programmes
 

Foundation Year 2010 entry – places still available for good applicants

The Foundation Year is still looking for good quality international candidates for 2010 entry.

If you have international students who have completed (or will complete this year) their High School Diploma or Year 12 equivalent, then we would be delighted to receive their UCAS application.

The Foundation team are happy to look at informal applications and give advice before students proceed to make their formal application via UCAS.

The UCAS codes they will need are as follows:

Course code: Y008
Institution code: B16
Campus codes: G (for City of Bath College) or P (for Wiltshire College,
Salisbury)

They need to clearly specify in the UCAS Personal Statement section which Bath degree they would like to study after the Foundation.  A full list of degree pathways is available here (including the grades they will need to achieve during their Foundation in order to progress automatically in 2011):
http://www.bath.ac.uk/foundation/application/progressiongrades2009-10.pdf

Please note that our English language requirements have recently been
modified as follows:

Applicants wishing to target Management subjects (e.g. Business Administration, Accounting & Finance) must now have a minimum IELTS grade of 6.0 (or TOEFL/Cambridge ESOL equivalent).  They can begin the programme on 13 September 2010.

All other applicants can begin the programme with an IELTS grade of 5.5 on 9 August 2010 when they will need to attend a five week pre-Foundation Year English Language course first.  They will then start the Foundation Year on 13 September 2010. The only condition is attendance on the 5 week pre-Foundation Year English; no formal exams are taken.

We look forward to hearing from you or your students!

Best wishes,
Dr. Florin Bisset
Foundation Year Manager
F.Bisset@bath.ac.uk

Pre-departure briefings


Each year members of the International Office provide a series of information sessions around the world to University of Bath applicants, preparing them for their studies in the UK. The first round of pre-departure briefings will take place in late June and early July in Bangkok, Beijing,  Shanghai, Tokyo, and Taipei, and be hosted by Andy Howman, Head of the International Office, and Nicola Peacock, International Student Support Manager.

Jo Power from the International Office will also be conducting briefings for students in Hong Kong, Brunei and Malaysia in late August, dates to be confirmed.

Full details will be available shortly. Although we cannot conduct briefings in every country we still aim to provide our applicants with all the information they need ahead of their arrival in Bath.

   

 New mailout

We are getting ready to send you a mailout of new Bath materials for use in your offices. This is to complement the standard mailing we did in October 2009 as we have a number of new products that we hope will provide useful recruitment tools for you to gain a greater insight into our programmes and enable you to offer practical advice to your students.
Contents of the mailout:

5* x New Undergraduate prospectus 2011
2 x New MSc International Money and Banking leaflet
2 x Innovation and Technology Management information
5 x New Faculty of Engineering & Design Masters programme brochure

*(15 to agents in Hong Kong & Malaysia, 10 to Brunei)
You can search for any of our undergraduate courses online through http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/ug/
We will start mailing these out from next week so you should start to receive them from Monday 10 May.

Request for information from you

We recognise that this is a challenging year to advise students with the introduction of the new CAS system and would welcome your feedback on how the system is being rolled out in your countries and if you have any specific concerns.

We would also like to reassure you that we are looking at ways in which we can help make the transition as smooth as possible for both you and your students.

 

Spring is here at last!

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Welcome to the Spring edition of our agent newsletter.

Spring is all about looking forward and making changes and we are delighted to have lots of new developments to get you excited about!

1. A new programme for you to promote for entry 2010: MSc in International Money and Banking

2. Lots of new departmental scholarships to compliment our University of Bath International Scholarships Scheme 2010

3. Lovely newly refurbished accommodation for our incoming students and revised application dates

4. MSc Economics application fee - waivered for entry 2010

5.  BSc Accounting and Finance so popular we are no longer accepting applications for this year

NEW! NEW! MSc International Money and Banking for 2010

The Department of Economics has just confirmed that we will be offering the new MSc in International Money and Banking for September 2010 start with a target of 20 students for the first year.

Aims and Content of the MSc

The new MSc is aimed at students who are planning a career in either the government sector (e.g Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Development, Central Bank) or in the private sector as a strategic and analytic advisor. Their role would be to advise government or corporate decision-makers on the economic context (e.g. money flows, exchange rates and regulatory and monetary policy) and the possible options and consequences of different decisions. In other words they analyse markets, rather than the financial health of an individual company

Given the recent worldwide financial crisis, there is a now growing emphasis on bringing financial markets into a closer relationship with the ‘reality’ of the laws of the market and economic policy.

Some examples of key questions that a graduate of this programme might advise on could include:

• If the USA implements its healthcare reform and adds to its deficit,    how will this impact on the strength of the dollar?
• Should governments regulate insurance companies as well as banks?
• Is XX Bank exposed too much in Dubai?
• If the dollar falls, what are the consequences for X company?

The core focus will be on Banking and Monetary and Financial Economics. However, it is not an ‘Economics’ degree. There is no Accounting.

There are no formal placements or internships for the first year (2010/2011) but we are actively looking at ways of enhancing the programme for 2011 onwards via study tours, guest speaker programmes, internships and are considering a range of options.

Entry Requirements

Students will need good quantitative/mathematical skills (e.g subjects such as Calculus, Advanced Mathematics, Statistics or Linear Algebra) but they do not need to have studied Economics (Micro, Macro, Econometrics) before. Applicants who have studied modules such as Derivatives, International Investment, International Finance would be very suitable.

The IELTS requirement is 6.5. They can be graduates of Departments of Economics or Business Schools or from other quantitative subjects such as Science/Engineering.

Fee

Tuition fee is £14,180. There is no application fee but successful applicants will be required to pay a deposit of £250.

Application

We will work as quickly as possible to add the programme to our drop down menu on the online application form but this may take a little time. We will not be able to make decisions on applications for a few weeks until the programme receives final ‘sign off’ from the senior team but we can start promoting.

Promotion

The programme was only agreed last week so most material will be web-based. We will be sending you more information as we develop it and to assist you in active promotion, especially in the markets we will be visiting this cycle.

 

Scholarships 2010 Update from Virginia

There are a lot of exciting developments for scholarships in 2010. In addition to our usual University of Bath International Scholarships Scheme 2010, there are now extra new scholarship programmes in some Departments and the amount of funding available, especially for MSc programmes is growing. 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 Dunk. 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’.
• Closing date is 30 June 2010. All applications received by the deadline are treated equally.

University of Bath International Scholarships Scheme 2010 (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 at:

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)

Departmental Schemes (MSc/MA Programmes)

These are managed by academic Departments and each scheme is slightly different. We are adding in links from our own pages as we find out about them, but do look on Department pages as well.

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 2010. These awards are made on the basis of outstanding academic background. All eligible applicants will be automatically considered on the basis of the information supplied during the online programme application process, there is no need to fill in a separate application form for these particular scholarships
School of Management (MSc Scholarships for International Students)

Scholarships for MSc applicants from

• India (1x£5000 and 5x £2000)
• Africa (2x £2,500)
• Latin America (2 x £2500)
• Russia and CIS (2x £2,500)

Separate application process and closing date of 30 June 2010. Full details at:

http://www.bath.ac.uk/management/msc_management/scholarships/#international

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (MSc)

• Department of Economics (4 x £2000); Closing date 31 July 2010 Details at http://www.bath.ac.uk/economics/pg/funding-uob-taught.html

• Department of Education (limited number at £2000) see: http://www.bath.ac.uk/education/news/news0099.html
• Department of Social and Policy Sciences (4x £2000) Closing date 31 July. http://www.bath.ac.uk/soc-pol/postgraduate/funding/funding-uob-taught.html#dis

Scholarships (BSc programmes)

The number of scholarships at undergraduate level is also growing Most of these are managed by Departments. Two new schemes have just been announced. More details will be on the Department websites soon.

• Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (20@£2000)
• Department of Chemical Engineering (20@£2000)

There are 20 scholarships in each Department above at £2000 to be awarded to overseas applicants if they achieve an A in Maths and meet all other entry criteria.  The scholarship will continue throughout the programme of study but subject to 2.1 performance or better in each year. 

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/grad-office/finance/index.html

Accommodation - new look for Spring!

On behalf of Mrs Del Davies, Student Accommodation Manager

Dear All,

We are delighted to showcase our newly refurbished accommodation for both undergraduates and postgraduates, with more communal space in the kitchen and living area, bigger beds and even flat screen tvs in the enhanced rooms!   Our costs are inclusive of bills and ResNet and core possession insurance and there is Data connection in every room, and VOIP in the newly refurbished rooms.

Woodland Court -newest residence on campus for undergraduates

Woodland Court newest residence on campus

Woodland Court Study Bedroom

woodland court study bedroom

Westwood - newly refurbished accommodation for undergraduates on campus. Study Bedroom.

westwood

Eastwood - refurbished bedrooms and living space for undergraduates Eastwood kitchens

Cleveland - postgraduate off campus accommodation
Refurbished living space, kitchens and bedrooms

Clevelandscleveland refurbished living space clevelands refurbished kitchen

John Wood - refurbished bedrooms and living space

john wood main building
john wood main building refurbished kitchen

 

I would like to bring to your attention the following changes to our application process and guarantee deadlines and would request that you update your webpages or marketing information accordingly. The safest procedure would be to link your pages to our main Accommodation website at:
http://www.studentaccommodationatbath.co.uk/
or the external university website at:
http://www.bath.ac.uk/external.html

The main changes are:

1.For those who are eligible for guaranteed university accommodation we must have received their on-line accommodation application by 13 August 2010 (previously it was 3 September).

Those who are eligible are:
• All new to Bath, full-time students in their first year studying Bachelor’s and Master’s undergraduate programmes on the Claverton Campus.
• All new Foundation Year students based at the City of Bath College.
• All new full-time Foundation Degree in Sports Performance students
• All new overseas fee-paying postgraduates.
• A limited number of visiting/exchange students as determined by reciprocal agreement negotiated through the Study Abroad Department at the University of Bath
• Students with specific medical conditions.

2. This year's  Foundation Year students who successfully progress to their first year of undergraduate study in 2010-2011 will be guaranteed university accommodation if applied for by the deadline.  However, Foundation Year students 2010-11 who have UOB accommodation during their Foundation Year will not be guaranteed university accommodation as first years in 2011-12.

3. Previously on-line applications for first years, foundation year, exchange students and elc students have opened on a specific date in June.  From Tuesday 16th March 2010 first year undergraduates and Foundation Year students will be able to apply within 48 hours of confirming their firm acceptance of their course offer at UOB at http://www.bath.ac.uk/accommodation/application/form.shtml. This week the University will be emailing all eligible first years who have already accepted Bath as their firm choice to direct them to the on-line application form for accommodation and from now on, weekly emails will go out from University Registry's tracker system to the first years who are have made Bath their firm choice to remind them to apply for accommodation.

For those with an insurance offer for Bath, they will be able to apply once their first choice University has rejected them and their offer at Bath is confirmed and becomes unconditional. Accommodation cannot be guaranteed if this happens after the deadline date of 13 August but we will do our best to offer them any accommodation that may still be available or provide them with details of property advertised in the private sector.
- We allocate accommodation after results are received and offers become unconditional firm with the University.

Full details of how to apply can be found at:
http://www.studentaccommodationatbath.co.uk/info/terms.shtml

Applications for Exchange students and ELC students will open later in May/June and our web pages will be updated with the exact date in due course.

The system for Postgraduates has not changed and they have been able to apply on-line from 1st March.

Students with medical conditions should be encouraged to contact us directly for a confidential hard-copy application form.

Please don't hesitate to contact myself or Matt Waldron if you have any queries...D.A.Davies@bath.ac.uk and M.J.Waldron@bath.ac.uk

BSc Accounting and Finance applications closed for entry 2010

UCAS applications for BSc Accounting and Finance submitted to us after the deadline date, which was 22nd January, are no longer being considered.

Competition for this programme is very strong and we have received a very large number of high quality applicants for entry 2010. Unfortunately, therefore, not all apparently well qualified applicants will receive an offer, and we are no longer able to consider any new applications sent after the UCAS deadline date of 22nd January.

Kind Regards from Parissa Janaraghi, Course and Admissions Administrator, BSc Accounting and Finance, School of Management

MSc Economics Programme  - no application fee required for entry 2010

 Our Masters in Economics programmes no longer require an application fee and all those students who have already submitted one have been informed and refunded. The fee has been waivered to help streamline the application process for our students and we hope you will also appreciate it too.

 

Happy New Year!

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  A very Happy New Year to all our partners across the world!

 Welcome to the first issue of our agent newsletter for 2010. As promised we start the year with an update on the agents conference. We have been busy working our way through the feedback you gave us and the action and enthusiasm created throughout our academic community at Bath. The second section concentrates on an update on Admissions and Applications for 2010 Entry.

Finally we would like to wish you every success for the year ahead for whenever your own ‘New Year’ starts.

 With Very Best Wishes,

Andy, Graham, Jo, Virginia and Zoe 

Updates on the Agents’ Conference^

Thank you for all your kind words and constructive feedback on the Agents conference. We are keen to update you on our progress as we work our way through it all.

Thanks for your Feedback on the Conference Organisation

Thanks to all of you for your comments on the sessions. It seems as though the presentations from Departments (Engineering, Management, Science and Social Sciences) and from central services (English Language Centre, Student Support and Careers, Admissions) plus the introductions were generally very well received. Next time, we will definitely include a more detailed ‘overview’ of our recruitment strategy and targets in the introductory session by the International Office.

We do also appreciate that the Admissions Briefing was initially a little ‘stormy’ but that real progress, understanding, and change was achieved during the conference. We will definitely make sure that the next conference includes a much wider tour of all the facilities at the University and we will try to hold some of the sessions in different Departments if rooms are available. We will also hold a ‘meet our students’ session.

From our side, thank you for the Agents’ Fair. This was crucial in introducing the academic staff to international markets and your role in particular. For many of the staff involved it was the first time they had really engaged with these issues and it has really helped to raise the awareness of international recruitment.

We are glad you enjoyed the Bath Tour and Party: so did we! We will try and think of an alternative idea for the ‘dinner’ next time: maybe by breaking into smaller groups with your country manager or going for a reception/buffet style of event to make it shorter. One idea is to have a reception with some of our students in one of the historic buildings in Bath.

We agree that it would be good to offer more opportunities for delegates to meet with each other and share good practice and get ideas from each other. We very much wanted to be able to offer more opportunity to do so. However, as this was our first event we aslo wanted to offer our Faculties the chance to present and consequently ran out of time to include everything!

Our plan is to hold the next conference in November 2011 and regularly every two years from then on.

What is happening in the Faculties? How are we moving forward?

We (Andy, Virginia, Zoe and Jo) are working our way through all your feedback one Faculty at a time. We met last week with a focus on Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences to bring together all our ideas, including all your suggestions. This has been written up into an initial plan and sent to the Dean and we will be meeting with his senior team to take things further. In the next newsletter we should be able to update you on some key developments such as:

• Proposed name changes for Departments and programmes, including MSc International Relations
• Proposed new programme MSc International Money and Banking. This is going through the approval process at the moment.
• Proposed visits by International Development staff to Japan (March / April 2010) and Economics staff (tbc)

We are currently working through the same process for the Faculty of Sciences and will then move on to Faculty of Engineering and School of Management.

Update on Admissions and Applications for 2010 Entry^

Our applications from overseas students are up this year and in some cases the increases are very large. For example, the applications to MSc Accounting and Finance are up by 150% and for Management (MSc Management, MSc Marketing) by 50-60%. The advice to candidates and to you from the School of Management is to apply as quickly as possible. 

Both our Admissions and Departmental staff are working as quickly as they can but the increase in applications and lost working days over Christmas/New Year and due to 4 ‘snow days’  where the University had to close during bad weather, does mean that there is a backlog. We thank you for your patience and understanding as always under these circumstances. Everyone is working to try and clear this as quickly as possible.

Many of you have queries about ‘Applicant Tracker’ and other areas of the application process. Here are the latest tips and information from Admissions to help things go more smoothly.

User names/passwords

We have had a number of queries from you regarding logging in to Application Tracker. User names and passwords are issued by Bath University Computing Services (BUCS) not the International Office or Admissions Office.   If applicants are having problems, we want them to contact Admissions@bath.ac.uk directly as Admissions are keen to see what sort of issues are coming up: they will then forward the query to BUCS

Additional documents

1) Due to recent feedback we have now added additional upload facilities for all applications.

• Online Application - We have added "Upload a second document". This makes a total of six upload facilities: Degree Cert, Degree Transcript, English, Reference, Additional Document, Second Additional Doc.

• Application Tracker - We have added "Upload another document". This makes a total of five upload facilities: Degree Cert, Degree Transcript, English, Reference, Additional Document.

Please try to keep the number of documents uploaded to the minimum as above. Encourage applicants to include all additional information about their skills, internships, hobbies, scholarships and so on in their personal statement.

2) If an applicant has already applied and later has additional documents to upload, they must use Applicant Tracker. Please don’t make a new online application or send the additional documents to the International Office staff as this causes confusion.

3) Please do not send additional hard /soft copies of applications by post, fax or email after you have made an online application, as it causes delays for the admissions team.

Acceptances

Please encourage your candidates to think carefully before clicking to accept an offer online as they can only use this facility once.If they change their mind they will have to contact Admissions directly.

Please be aware that the deposit is now a condition of offer and not a condition of acceptance. 

Email Queries

All queries about applications should go to admissions@bath.ac.uk or to the Department. It is useful if you can group emails for a particular course together.

Application Fees

Just a reminder that MSc Economics, MSc Economics (Development), MSc Economics and Finance, MSc Management, MSc International Management, MSc Accounting and Finance, MSc Marketing all have a £25 application fee. Please send fee payments directly to the Department. You can use email with an attached credit card form if you wish.

 

Moving forward in Partnership

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We were delighted to welcome 26 of our international representatives from 16 different countries onto campus for our first three day agent conference event at the close of November and were very pleased that the cold weather did not put you off! 

We very much consider our agents as our in-country partners and believe that the key to success rests with the strength of this relationship between yourselves and the University of Bath.

We hope that the conference demonstrated our commitment to developing these long term mutually- beneficial partnerships, ensuring you have all the information you need to best advise your staff and students, and that you feel properly supported by the University. In your feedback many of you cited it as an excellent opportunity to learn both about the institution and from each other.

A full review of the conference outcomes and objectives for 2010 will be included in the January newsletter to share with all of you so please look out for our first edition of the New Year.

In the interrim we felt that an update on the Application Tracker and how to access it would be the most beneficial information to share with all of you at this stage. This is particularly valuable for those of you who were unable to attend the conference so please read the information below very carefully.

I hope you will agree that this is an exciting time to be representing The University of Bath.

Wishing you all a wonderful winter vacaction,

With Very Best Wishes from the University of Bath International Office, Andy,Graham,Jo,Virginia and Zoe

Application Tracker

As you are aware The University of Bath recently launched a new facility called the Application Tracker, for all students, which started working on 23 November. This enables applicants to track the progress of their application to Bath, edit their address, and access useful links about the university. A postgraduate applicant will also be able to accept or decline their offer (once only) through this system, however undergraduate applicants must use the UCAS Track website to accept or decline their offer.

All letters (including offer letters) will be sent electronically into the Application Tracker along with Email messages to communicate important information.

How the system works

Shortly after receipt of an online application (2 days) an automated email will be sent out to the home and contact email addresses with a unique username and password which allows access to the Bath Application Tracker.

Every time a change is made to the application (acknowledgement of documentation, offer etc) an email will  be sent to the email address placed in the home and/or contact address provided on the online form to invite the applicant to log in and check their Bath Application Tracker.

Agent Access

Following valuable feedback from colleagues at the agent conference concerning access to the new Application Tracker system for agents we recommend that you follow the steps below to ensure that you have full access to your student’s application to Bath and can continue provide the excellent high level of customer service to all Bath applicants.

Please advise your staff and students to do the following:

  • Enter the agent’s EMAIL address in both email address boxes (both home and contact) when the application is made
  • Ensure that you have selected your agency name in the relevant drop down menu towards the end of the online application form
  • You, as the agent, will then receive an email message from us providing you with the prospective Bath student’s unique username and password to access the information on behalf of the applicant. Use the username and password to log into the system  and view their application record
  • Please share these details with the applicant, which will enable both you and the applicant to access this information as required
  • Here is an example of the screen you will seeApplication Tracker screen

 

New Recruitment Year 2009/10

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Welcome to the first issue of agent newsletter for the new recruitment cycle 2009-10. A big thank you to everyone for working so hard to ensure that our students received the best advice and information to enable them to start their studies at Bath. This week we have been busy welcoming new students for our orientation and induction. We are aware that we are still waiting for a small number of students to arrive so please keep us informed of these. The last date they can commence their studies with us is stated on their visa letter as 19 October 2009. Thank you also to all those of you who applied to take part in our agent conference in November- we are very much looking forward to welcoming you.

This issue of the agent newsletter focuses on developments in both Postgraduate and Undergraduate so please read the guidance carefully. We are pleased to roll out new materials and ways of working to streamline our operations for the coming year.

With Best Wishes from the Recruitment Team,

Andy, Jo, Virginia and Zoe

What does Bath have to offer?

Bath offers high-quality programmes in the areas of Science; Engineering; Humanities; Social Sciences and Management. And has long been a popular choice for students from all over the world. Currently 27% of our 13,000 students are from outside the UK. Bath has just been ranked 10th by the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’, published in September 2009, which amalgamates UK newspaper rankings produced by The Independent, The Guardian, The Times and The Sunday Times to produce one easy to use reference for university rankings.

What makes students choose Bath?

Strong on employability
The Sunday Times ranks Bath second in the UK for the percentage of students in graduate level jobs; and eighth for highest graduate starting salaries. The employability of Bath students is due in no small part to the fact that nearly 60% of undergraduates spend one year on an industrial or business placement, and our links with industry are remarkably strong. We have an excellent Careers Advisory Service and students are encouraged to make use of this throughout their time at Bath. The service offers a programme of visits from employers to the university, and in 2007/8, we hosted visits from over 170 employers. We also offer specific services with international students in mind, which include workshops to enhance CV's and job interview techniques.
Popular with head teachers
The recent Sunday Times University Guide 2010 demonstrated again strong recognition of Bath’s qualities among school Head teachers and Principals, saying: “Bath is hugely popular with head teachers, who this year rank it seventh in the UK. This survey shows that Britain’s leading academic schools recognise Bath’s ability to give students an excellent education as well as providing a range of opportunities to broaden their experience of university life.” At Bath, Graduate employment levels are high and few students drop out - Bath’s non-completion rate of 5.5% is well below the anticipated level of 6.8%.
Focused on positive student experience
At Bath, we are proud of the support we provide to our international students. We prioritise orientation of new international students and work hard to ensure they settle in and integrate well with the wider student community, and are equipped to get the most out of their time at Bath. Our new Student Services Centre opened in September and provides a focal point for all students’ support needs, such as; disability advice, funding advice, health and well-being, immigration and visa advice, as well as referrals to other services. The Student Services Helpdesk in the building handles all initial enquiries, and offers students the chance to make appointments for further advice from specialist Student Services teams.

New Postgraduate brochure

We are delighted to tell you that our new Postgraduate brochure is ready! This has been produced as a replacement for the hard copy postgraduate prospectus which won’t be printed this year. It’s a 24-page brochure aimed at all prospective students (home, EU and International) and focuses on the following themes; - Research; Learning; Employability; Resources; Support; Community; Living; Money; How to Apply. The centre pages features a list of postgraduate courses offered at Bath. The aim is that students will find the brochure a useful introduction to Bath and its key strengths, and be encouraged to visit our website to find out more.

The brochures should be particularly useful to you as agents at events, exhibitions, and meetings with students.

New mailout

We are getting ready to send you a mailout of Bath materials for use in your offices. The major difference this year is that we no longer have a hard copy postgraduate prospectus, but we will send you our new 24 page brochure for postgraduate students, which focuses on the benefits of postgraduate study at Bath.

The standard mailout will consist of -:

  • 10 undergraduate prospectuses
  • 10 postgraduate brochures
  • 5 x School of Management MSc brochure
  • 5 x School of Management MBA brochure
  • 5 x School of Management BSc brochure
  • 2 x Foundation Year brochures
  • 2 x English language centre brochures
  • 2 x Accommodation leaflets
  • 2 x campus and city maps

The standard mailout will be dispatched out to your offices by the end of October. If, for any reason, you require slightly more or less of any of these pleased advise us by Friday 9th October to GRAHAM WATON, email: g.waton@bath.ac.uk and we will do our best to meet your needs.

You can also access both prospectuses online at the following link - http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/

Postgraduate applications open from 19 October

IMPORTANT: Applicants for 2010 should apply online starting 19th October 2009

We are upgrading our forms and introducing a new applicant tracker system so 2010 application will not be active until 19 October onwards.

For MA in Interpreting and Translating:

Please apply on line through the main Bath application . Only one reference required now and all documents should be uploaded online. The ONLY document which should be sent to the Department directly is a passport photograph. Please tell candidates to check the application guidelines at

http://www.bath.ac.uk/esml/int-trans

For MBA:
This is now also online only. It is a separate form at: http://www.bath.ac.uk/management/courses/mba/apply_now.html

New country web pages and student profiles

Over the summer, we have redeveloped our country-specific web pages to feature information relevant to students, such as; entry requirements; in-country visits; scholarships and student profiles. We hope you and your students will find this useful, please feel free to submit feedback on the pages if you wish.

http://www.bath.ac.uk/international/country/

New schools counsellor newsletter

We have introduced a newsletter for our School Counsellor community across the world which launches today. The aim is to give more in-depth information on Bath and what it has to offer, as well as updates on new developments relating to our courses and our campus. There will be two editions of this newsletter each year, in October and February. We hope this will better inform both students and schools

MA in Education – pathway for practitioners in International Education

Our MA in Education has a specialist strand in international education, and is taught by recognised experts in the field. The programme is designed to meet the needs of those who wish to develop their knowledge and understanding of issues relating to education beyond the national context. Depending upon your interests, you can focus on issues relating to educational practices in different national systems, on international schools and/or on other issues cutting across national contexts. Examples of units offered include; Educational Enquiry (in International Education); Education, Globalisation and Change; Leading and Managing International Schools; Multilingual and Multicultural Education; Second Language Acquisition.

Whilst all programmes are offered on a full-time basis, we also offer an extremely flexible part-time mode; you can attend part-time, study by distance learning, undertake an intensive study week at a Study Centre (either UK based or overseas) or at the Department's Postgraduate Summer School held in July OR undertake a combination of all modes. For more information, please refer to our

website: http://www.bath.ac.uk/education/postgraduate/ma/

Spotlight on Chemical Engineering

What is Chemical Engineering?

There are numerous definitions of Chemical Engineering, but the one on Wikipedia serves very well: “Chemical engineering is the branch of engineering that deals with the application of physical science and life sciences with mathematics, to the process of converting raw materials or chemicals into more useful or valuable forms. In addition to producing useful materials, modern chemical engineering is also concerned with pioneering valuable new materials and techniques - such as nanotechnology, fuel cells and biomedical engineering.”

What types of job do Chemical Engineers have?

There can be involvement in: fundamental or applied research, product design, plant management, economic analysis, construction, commissioning & decommissioning, operation, safety analysis, process development, pollution control & prevention, consultancy, technical sales & marketing, management, business & finance, and education. Chemical Engineers work from design and construction to commissioning and production.

What products do Chemical Engineers make?

Chemical Engineers are involved in a broad range of industries. Some examples include: plastics, bulk chemicals, fine & speciality chemicals, pharmaceuticals, healthcare products, synthetic fibres, clean water, energy, oil products, advanced materials, fertilisers, food, confectionery & dairy products, beer & other beverages, and artificial organs.

Where do Chemical Engineers work?

The largest employer of Chemical Engineers is the Oil and Gas Sector (about 20%); Chemicals & Allied Products employ about 17%; Contracting Companies are at 12%, the same as Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare; Business & Finance are at 10%; Consultancies employ 8%; Energy (gas, coal and nuclear) employs 6%; Food & Drink is at 5%; the Water industry at 4%; Process Equipment Manufacturers employ 4%; and the remaining 3% work in the Education Sector.

What do Chemical Engineers earn?

Chemical engineering graduates in the UK or Ireland can expect to earn an average starting salary of £26,000 – ranking third only to Medicine and Dentistry. The 2008 IChemE Salary Survey (http://www.tcetoday.com/salarycalculator/) suggests graduates are most likely to begin their career in the oil sector, where average starting salaries are £31,000. It doesn’t take long for salaries to grow in UK chemical engineering. The average wage for chemical engineers aged 25–29 is £33,700, rising to £47,500 for those in their 30s.

Why study Chemical Engineering at Bath?
Bath’s Chemical Engineering graduates are in great demand, with employment rates around 10% above the national average. Since our first cohort of students graduated in 1971, we have always had a very close relationship with industry and commerce. The majority of our students undertake one-year industrial placements, and we are continually improving our courses, placing a strong emphasis on design, to meet the changing needs of industry, as well as the background sciences (physical chemistry, chemistry, biochemistry), to reflect the changing nature of Chemical Engineering as an inderdisciplinary topic. Our students also have the opportunity to take a 6-month research project placement in a university abroad. Our well-established and highly respected MEng and BEng programmes have recently been updated and have received the highest possible level of Professional Accreditation from the Institution of Chemical Engineers. This means that employers of our graduates have given us the strongest possible endorsement.

Each year we welcome about 70 new undergraduate students from more than 10 countries. About 25% of our students are international, joining us from China, Malaysia, Brunei, Hong Kong, Nigeria, Singapore, Thailand and the United States. We also have students from mainland Europe, including France, Germany and Sweden.

In terms of research, we have a broad range of interests, with teams working on issues as diverse as waste water treatment, nanomaterials, hydrogen production and storage, sustainable chemical technologies, regenerative medicine, drug delivery systems and "intelligent" materials.

We think of Chemical Engineering at Bath as a friendly, close-knit and hard-working community where everybody can participate and contribute to our success.

Quote from a recent external examiner

“The challenging Design Project, the Product Design course, and the Biomedical Engineering module are innovative features that produced some excellent work, amongst the best that I have seen at any University.”
Professor Nigel Slater, University of Cambridge (2003 – 2007)

 

Agent conference and Applicant tools for recruitment 2009/10

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Welcome to the 5th University of Bath Agent newsletter. We are getting ready for the new recruitment year 2009/10 and have a number of exciting initiatives to share with you, including an invitation to our very first agent conference in November, new marketing materials and also developments in the way we are able to track applicants.

1st Bath Agent Conference November 2009

Dear Partners,

University of Bath Agents’ Conference Wednesday 25 November-Friday 27 November 2009

We are delighted that the University of Bath will be holding its very first Agents’ Conference in November 2009 and look forward to welcoming you to the University.

We have 20 funded places available for our international partners and we would like to invite applications from our partners on the attached agents-conference-application-form. The deadline for applications is Wednesday 2 September 2009.

What are the aims of the conference?

One aim of our conference is to give our partners an opportunity to learn more about the University of Bath: our international strategy, programmes, entry requirements, facilities, and the city of Bath itself.

Another key aim is to inform and incentivise our academic and support staff here at the University. There is a wide range of knowledge and understanding across our staff about international recruitment, the role of educational agents and the characteristics of different overseas markets. Meeting with you and being able to ask questions is an important first step for many of them in developing their international agendas.

Finally, we value your input: not just on operational areas such as the points based system or admissions procedures but also on the future recruitment strategy of the University across our markets. �

Who are the participants? 

The Conference involves a high level of interaction and participation (e.g. agent-led presentations; group feedback sessions) by the representatives as well as an ability to deal confidently with all staff at Bath including senior staff such as Deans and Heads of Departments.

It is not really suitable for new or junior counsellors as participants will be expected to be already familiar with promoting Bath and its programmes and to be able to provide detailed and specific market intelligence for all programmes and advise on the strategic direction of their organisation. They also need to be able to feedback to their team on returning.

The conference is really aimed at experienced senior counsellors and/or office managers from across our network of agents who still have everyday experience of counselling but who are also able to lead training to their team on their return. Your University of Bath country manager will be happy to discuss suitable participants if you wish.

What is the programme?

We are still finalising the programme but a draft programme is below;

Wednesday 25 November 2009

• Welcome and Introduction: Presentations and Q&A (Pro-VC; Head of International Office and International Student Support Manager)

• Agent Fair: Chance for each agent to talk to key staff (Deans, Heads of Dept, admissions tutors, central administrative staff) on their market, agency and the opportunities for enhancing recruitment to our programmes

• Campus Tour

• Focus on Engineering: Interactive session with the Faculty of Engineering staff including presentations on the international agenda in the faculty and feedback from our partners

• Dinner with the International Office team in the city centre

Thursday 26 November 2009

• Focus on Management: a chance for an up to date briefing from the School of Management and Q&A session

• Agent Led Panel Discussion: a chance to put questions and feedback to a panel of key UoB staff on areas such as the points based system, admissions procedures, careers and employability and student support

• Focus on Science: Working lunch with key staff from the Faculty of Science

• Afternoon for guided walking tour of Bath, sightseeing, afternoon tea and the chance to sample the Christmas Market: http://www.bathchristmasmarket.co.uk/

• Party at the home of Ms Lee Hennessy (Deputy Head of Recruitment and Admissions)

Friday 27 November 2009

• Focus on Social Sciences: Briefing on new developments from the Faculty team

• Agent-Led Feedback Session: including discussion of common areas of interest; examples of good practice

• Lunch and Close

What is included?

Each fully-funded place includes:

• Transfer of 500GBP (Europe and Middle East) or 750GBP (Rest of World) to cover the cost of a return economy class flight to London. (UK based agents will receive UK travel expenses for standard class return train travel.)

• Accommodation in a University of Bath residence for three nights: Tuesday 24 November, Wednesday 25 November and Thursday 26 November

• All meals and social activities and transport within Bath.

The agent will need to cover visas, insurance and return transfer from the airport to the University.

Questions

If you have any queries or questions, please contact Graham Waton our administrator on gw253@bath.ac.uk

We look forward to receiving your application forms and to welcoming you to the University of Bath in November.

With Best Wishes, Andy, Virginia, Zoe, Jo and Graham
 

New application tracking facility is on the way!

The next phase of enhancing our postgraduate application procedures will see the unveiling of an applicant tracker facility in October 2009.  Through a web portal you and your applicants to the University will be able to track the progress of their applications in real time.  As well as being able to monitor admissions decisions there will be the capacity to upload documents, submit or edit personal information, view detailed offer information, and accept or decline an offer of admission (for postgraduate applications).  In order to have access to this facility applicants will have had to have applied on-line for their programme of study.  It is therefore ever-more important that the electronic application route is the one your students follow, as paper-based postgraduate applications become obsolete in the way that they are with the UCAS system.  More detailed information about the applicant tracking facility will follow in the weeks ahead and, as always, we will welcome feedback from you as the system goes live.

New Postgraduate Study brochure to replace printed prospectus

This year we have decided not to go ahead with printing a full prospectus for prospective postgraduate students. We have found in recent years that students are increasingly making use of our website to find detailed information on the course they want to apply for, and the printed prospectus is a heavy document which only contains a few pages of relevant information for each student that receives a copy.

Currently, you can find our postgraduate prospectus online at http://www.bath.ac.uk/prospectus/postgrad/ . The 2010 version is being developed at the moment, and should be ready by the end of August.

We are aware that not having a printed prospectus will be challenging in some situations, particularly at exhibitions and when counselling students, so we have produced a new 24 page brochure titled ‘Postgraduate Study at the University of Bath’, which focuses on what students should expect from their experience at Bath. The purpose of the brochure is to help students make an informed choice about their study destination, and the information is organised according to the following themes; Research; Learning; Employability; Resources; Programmes on offer (a list); Support; Community; Living; Money; and the application process. We envisage that students will find this useful as an introduction to Bath, as well as helping them to choose the right university for them. Throughout the brochure, we are encouraging students to visit our website for more information.

The brochure is about to go to print now, so will be ready by the end of August. Graham Waton will be in touch soon to organise mailings for you. Our Undergraduate prospectus for 2010 is till available in printed format.

 

Pre-arrival preparations for new students

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Welcome to the 4th edition of the agents newsletter which concentrates on  preparations for students joining our programmes at Bath for English Language courses over the summer and onto our full degree programmes in September. 

We hope this information will help you assist your students in the final stages of their preparations and answer any outstanding questions they may have.

Thank you once again for all your hard work and we look forward to welcoming your students to Bath very soon.
 

Update on English Language Programme Offers

Official Letters

Our English Language Centre has been sending out unconditional offer letters in the new Tier 4 format since April. These letters contain all the information required for a Tier 4 application and have been set up in conjunction with the University of Bath and as agreed by the UK Border Agency. Please be advised that there is no need to request additions or changes to this letter.

Applying for a visa and paying your tuition fees

We are aware that when an offer is issued from the English Language Centre, some students have then almost immediately sent their tuition fees to Bath, before applying for the visa.  Please be aware that this action can cause considerable delays because we then have to issue an original separate formal receipt letter, quoting the University's receipt number, and this can take a week to 10 days for the Cashier's Office to produce at this time of year, plus time to send them by post.

To avoid such delays:

*Please advise your students that they should EITHER (and preferably) apply for their visa when they receive their unconditional offer letter OR pay the tuition fees and be issued with an unconditional offer including formal receipt.

It would also be very useful if you could report back to us as and when visas have been obtained for our English language programmes to keep us up to date with what is happening in country.

Meet the team

At Bath we have a dedicated welfare team to help our new students plan for their arrival and support them throughout their journey here at Bath and they are busy putting everything in place to ensure our students have a smooth journey and time wih us at Bath. Meet the International Office team here.  

Pre-departure briefings

Each year members of the International Office provide a series of information sessions around the world to University of Bath applicants, preparing them for their studies in the UK. The first round of pre-departure briefings has just taken place in early July and were hosted by Andy Howman, Head of the International Office. In some locations Andy was joined by Bath alumni, who shared their experiences of life in Bath with the new students.

Jo Power from the International Office will also be conducting briefings for students in Hong Kong, Brunei and Malaysia in late August, dates to be confirmed.

Visit here for full details. Although we cannot conduct briefings in every country we still aim to provide our applicants with all the information they need ahead of their arrival in Bath.

E-communications

We send out a series of pre-arrival emails to all our incoming students throughout the summer addressing some of their key questions, and we have recently added a special section on our website entitled ' Before You Arrive' 

This has information on our airport collection service and plans for orientation and will be regularly updated throughout the summer.

Airport Collection Service

This year the University is once again operating an airport collection service for international students arriving into Heathrow airport. There is a coach service that will take them direct to their University accommodation.  This will cost £10.  International Office representatives will meet them at Terminal 3.  To use the service, they must book a flight that arrives at Heathrow Airport on 26 September before 16:30 or 27 September before 13:30 (there are no late night coaches). 

To book a place, students need to fill-in our online reservation form:

Orientation programme

We’re really looking forward to welcoming all our new international students to Bath in September. Orientation, held immediately prior to the beginning of term, is designed to help new students to settle into University life. There are special sessions for international students, as well as a full programme of events for all to enjoy called Fresher’s Week.

Visit our orientation pages for the International Office programme of events.

New e-prospectus for undergraduate students

We are very aware that as well as being involved in preparations for students coming to Bath over the coming months that fthe fopcus for many of you is already on the new recruitment year for 2010 entry.

The University is delighted to announce that it now has an e-prospectus for prospective undergraduate students. This is a comprehensive online guide to our programmes, featuring a searchable directory with easy navigation, access to our admissions and entry criteria, course details, and student profiles.
It has been designed as a simple, effective tool for prospective students, parents, agents and school counsellors to access all the information you need about applying to Bath in one place. Over the coming weeks departments will also be adding in more detailed advice regarding specific international qualifications criteria for students, and this should provide an excellent tool for you in advising students.
Visit here  to view

An e-prospectus for postgraduate students will also be coming online at the end of the summer.

 

Important dates and deadlines for entry 2009

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Welcome to the third edition of our agents newsletter which highlights our Department of Computer Science and information on application, accommodation and scholarship deadlines to watch out for. We are also asking for your feedback on the visa situation which we know is affecting students, agents and institutions alike. As always we would like to thank you for your continued efforts on our behalf to ensure students have a smooth journey towards studying at the University of Bath in these challenging times.

Welcome to our MSc portfolio in Advanced Computer Systems!

The MSc programmes in Advanced Computer Systems have been specially created to respond to developments in computer science and its allied professions. The programmes are intensive, full-time courses, focusing on fast moving sectors of computing technology. Taught by recognised experts in each field, they offer candidates a cutting-edge experience and a qualification which is both academic and industrially relevant. The duration of study is 12 months, beginning in Sept/Oct. The programmes are divided into two semesters of taught units and a dissertation period. Students follow one of the eight themes listed below and will be exposed to the latest science and technology in their chosen specialist area.

The programmes will produce advanced level graduates, with transferable skills suitable for careers associated with research and innovation in industry or in academic life.

Themes
MSc Advanced Computer Systems: Software Systems
MSc Advanced Computer Systems: Global Computing & Media Technology
MSc Advanced Computer Systems: Security
MSc Advanced Computer Systems: Human Computer Interaction
MSc Advanced Computer Systems: Internet Systems
MSc Advanced Computer Systems: Mobile and Pervasive Computing
MSc Advanced Computer Systems: Agent Technology
MSc Advanced Computer Systems: Creativity & Collaborative Systems

Read more about the-department-of-computer-science

We look forward to continuing and further enhancing our working relationship with you.
Laura Manning
Postgraduate Administrator
l.manning@bath.ac.uk

Application deadline of 30 June for all Masters programmes

Please be aware that there is now a deadline in place for applications to all our Masters programmes of 30 June 2009. This has been put in place to help us process applications most effectively in time for the start of the new academic year. Applications received after this deadline will not be accepted and referred for entry 2010.

Full details on our application process including submitting supplementary documents and who to contact for an update on an applicant is available in our last newsletter.

Applying for Accommodation online

How to apply and what to expect

Before applying - Register to use the Online Student Accommodation Portal

Before a student can submit their accommodation application they will need to register to use the Online Student Accommodation Portal. To register they will need their Student Number/UCAS Number/PID, date of birth and a valid email address.

Once registered they will receive an email within 15 minutes confirming that their registration has been successful and providing their login details for the Online Student Accommodation Portal.

New Overseas Postgraduates:

These students can apply online now for their accommodation online at:

http://www.bath.ac.uk/accommodation/application/form.shtml

New Overseas Undergraduates, Foundation Year, Exchange and English Language Students:

In order to apply for their accommodation preferences students will need to register to use the Online Student Accommodation Portal as above. They will be able to pre-register during the period 5-9 June when this facility will be available. They will then be able to go on and apply for their accommodation preferences from Wednesday 10 June, exact time to be confirmed.

For details of all our accommodation options please view:

Living on campus 08-09, Living at Woodland 08-09, Living off campus 08-09

Pre-Sessional Programmes Update

My name is Magdalen Ward Goodbody and I have just taken over as the acting Director of the English Language Centre. I look forward to working with our key partners in the next few months. We are planning some exciting changes for the programmes from October 09 and will tell you about these in the autumn. In the meantime, you may notice some slight changes of name on our website but the programmes for May - September 09 will be the same as in previous years.

As we all know, this is the busy period for applications for pre-sessional programmes and of course we are still learning the new visa requirements. We have put together some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below which should help you in advising students on pre-sessionals. In addition to our Enrolments Officer, Angharad Ross, whom many of you already know, we have also added some new staff to assist us with responding to your queries. If you have any queries or feedback do contact us at English@bath.ac.uk or see our website at: http://www.bath.ac.uk/elc/

Can an applicant take a pre-sessional programme to satisfy our language requirements?

Definitely YES! We have changed our offer letter to make it clearer to applicants that the pre-sessional option is definitely available at the University of Bath so you should start to see these new letters soon.

An applicant has two ways to satisfy the language part of their offer:

Either

Take the IELTS or TOEFL test and achieve exactly the scores in their letter

Or

Take a pre-sessional programme. These are full time programmes and the applicant will need to attend regularly and achieve an equivalent level to the IELTS or TOEFL level set out in their offer letter.

Does an applicant need to retake IELTS or TOEFL at the end of the pre-sessional?

No. S/he does not need to re-take these formal external examinations again but s/he does need to achieve the right level in the tests and coursework during and at the end of the pre-sessional programme.

Is the applicant guaranteed a place on their MSC programme after the pre-sessional?

No. If the English Language Centre is not satisfied with the applicant’s English level at the end of the pre-sessional, they may decide not recommend that the student continues onto the MSc programme. In practice, this is very rare as the students are very carefully advised on the best pathway for them before they start the pre-sessional.  Also, the students have regular tutorials during the programme and receive regular feedback on their progress.

How does the student know which programme to take?

The entry requirements, dates, fees and application form are all available at:

http://www.bath.ac.uk/elc/

As a general guideline, an applicant who is just below (e.g. about IELTS 0.5) the scores s/he needs, either overall or in one module, will usually be advised to take a short 4-5 week programme and candidates who are more than 0.5 below the level of their offer or who have a low score in a key area such as writing will be expected to take a longer (10weeks+) programme.

However, we advise each applicant based on his/her individual case to make sure that s/he has the best chance of success. Applicants should get in touch with the English Language Centre for advice if they are not sure of the best programme to choose. (English@bath.ac.uk)

What is the difference between Pre-MBA/MSc in Management and Pre-sessional?

The Pre-MBA/MSc in Management is a pre-sessional programme only for applicants who are planning to enter the School of Management (see below) and it includes specific management related topics such as projects, guest lectures from the academic staff and visits to local companies.

• MBA
• MSc Management
• MSc Marketing
• MSc Advanced Management Practice
• MSc Innovation and Technology Management
• MSc International Management

The Pre-sessional English (PS) courses are for students of all other subjects except for management and cover the same academic English and study skills.

What about visas?

A pre-sessional student will enter the UK with their unconditional offer letter for the pre-sessional programme. We have re-written all our offer and visa letters in line with the advice we have received from UKBA.

At the end of the pre-sessional programme, if the student has satisfied the English language requirements in their offer letter for their main programme, the University will then issue an unconditional offer and the Student Support Service in the International Office will assist them with extending their visa in the UK. During the pre-sessional programme, we hold visa advice sessions so that the students can get all their paperwork ready and renew smoothly.

Scholarships Reminder

The closing date for application for our centrally awarded scholarships, including the University of Bath International Scholarships Scheme (UBISS), is 30 June 2009.

There are 75 scholarships of £3000 for international taught post-graduate students from the UBISS fund and students from Latin America, Nigeria, Russia, Pakistan, Kazakhstan and Central Asia and Vietnam are particularly encouraged to apply.  There is also a space on the form for the applicant to state if they have come from a University of Bath recognised agent and we do pay particular attention to these candidates. Please encourage your excellent students to apply, particularly if you know that particularly if you know that the chance of a scholarship will make a big difference to their university studies.

There are also some specific scholarships for students from certain countries such as the Jack Cater Award (HK), the Steve Huckvale Awards (Africa) the Abbey Santander Awards (Latin America) and the USA Alumni Awards.

Applicants need to have firmly accepted an offer from Bath at the time they apply and need to complete an online application form.

You can find out more at:

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

For any queries, please contact international-scholarships@bath.ac.uk

 

New online information for offer holders

We are delighted to have developed a special section on our international office web pages dedicated to our offer holders. We have put together some information specifically for offer holders featuring what it’s like to live and study at Bath and why other students choose us as their first choice. It is an excellent resource to signpost students to. On 15 June we will also lauch a section dedicated to all our pre-arrival information including details of our orientation programme and this will be updated throughout the summer.

You can find out more at:

http://www.bath.ac.uk/international/offerholders/index.html

Request for Feedback on Visas

As our students are starting to apply for their visas, Nicola Peacock our International Student Support Manager (n.peacock@bath.ac.uk) would be very interested to have any feedback or information from you on the visa application process in your city or region. We have changed all our letters according to the advice received by UKBA but Nicola would be interested to know of any delays, reasons for refusal, visa statistics or any other intelligence that you have on University of Bath applicants. You may also find our visa advice pages useful at:

http://www.bath.ac.uk/international/advice/extendvisa.html

 

Important Admissions update

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Welcome to the second edition of our agents newsletter which aims to bring you up to date with our postgraduate admissions system to help you work most effectively with us over the coming months. It also contains important information regarding undergraduate applicants at the end.

From Virginia Irwin, Deputy Head: International Office

I would like to take this opportunity to update you on important changes in our admission procedures for 2009 entry. As you will all be aware, the new Points Based System for student visas means all universities have had to make a lot of changes to their application and admissions procedures. At the same time Bath has had a 22% increase in applications for 2009 and also a reorganisation in our admissions teams. Our Undergraduate and Graduate Offices (now called Post-Graduate Admissions) have been made into one office under the management of Ms Lee Hennessy (Deputy Head of Recruitment and Admissions).

We are working as fast as we can to ensure as smooth a system as possible but I think we are all aware that 2009 will be a challenging one, not just for University of Bath but for UK universities in general and we do ask for your patience and understanding as we all try to learn the new system. I am confident that both the changes we have made at Bath and the new visa system will definitely lead to long-term improvements for overseas students but in the short-term things will be ‘interesting’ for us all.

Here is a summary of the changes we have made so far. Of course you are our eyes and ears in the markets and will be experiencing the changes first-hand, so please let me know personally if you have any news, updates, queries or concerns and I will raise these with Lee. You can feedback to me and the rest of the international team (Jo, Andy and Zoe) via the comments reply box at the bottom of this page.

Closing Dates for Postgraduate Applications

We would strongly advise all our partners to send applications for post-graduate taught courses from international applicants who require a visa before 30 June 2009 as we cannot guarantee that we can process applications after this date. We would like as far as possible to use our resources to offer our current applicants a good service in a challenging year rather than seek large numbers of new late-cycle applications.

We will also require that all existing overseas post-graduate taught applicants meet all the conditions of their offer by 1 August 2009 except for applicants who are studying on a pre-sessional programme in our English Language Centre.

The following programmes are already closed to new international applicants who require a visa:

• MA Interpreting and Translating
• MBA
• Euromasters with Transatlantic Track (The non- US Euromasters deadline is 31 May 2009)
• Please note that the School of Management website gives a deadline of 31 July 2009. However, as above, we would strongly advise you to meet the 30 June 2009  for all your applications as in practice it is unlikely that an international student requiring a visa will be able to get the necessary paperwork in time if they apply after 30 June.

Postgraduate Application Form

From 1 May 2009 we will require all our agents to use the online application form. http://www.bath.ac.uk/grad-office/apply/ We will no longer accept initial application forms sent as email attachments either via the International Office or Post-Graduate Admissions Office and applicants who use this method will be asked to re-apply online. Hard copy posted applications are the only acceptable alternative in exceptional cases.

Please ensure that your applicants use the agency address as the correspondence address.  We know that some partners are concerned that an online application may make it more difficult for us to identify the originating agency for commission purposes. Please be assured that we have also set up a new ‘agent’ field in our system so that we will be able to clearly identify all applications you send us online as belonging to your office(s).

All applicants will need to submit the following in support of their application. These can be uploaded as part of the online application form.
• Copy or scan of degree certificate and/or copy or scan of transcript
• Copy or scan of English language result
• Copy or scan of ONE academic reference (and complete the contact details boxes for referees on the form)* References should be ‘professional looking’ such as: scans of typed letters on headed paper with original signatures from the appropriate University and full referee contact details provided on the form.

We are changing all our web information and the online form as fast as we can but if you do see references to ‘original or authenticated’ documents on the online form or website please IGNORE THIS.

Applications sent before 1 May 2009 by ‘old’ methods will be processed as usual. You do not need to send again via online.

Supporting Documents with Initial Postgraduate Application

From 1 May 2009 we will no longer be checking the authenticity of documents (transcripts, degree certificates, references, English certificates) at application or offer stage. We shall obviously expect our agents to act as the first check for forged documents at the application stage.  The second check will be at the point the student applies for a visa when the Entry Clearance Officer will check for forgeries against the list of documents specified by the University in the visa letter. The third check will be once the student arrives at the University. Every student will be required to present a valid passport with visa and all original qualification certificates (as specified in our visa letter) as part of the registration process.

Of course the changes only apply to the stage at which we will require proof of original qualifications. Our academic or language entry requirements have not changed!

If the candidate’s results meet our entry requirements, then the appropriate offer letter (conditional or unconditional) will be issued. In other words, the only types of conditions will be academic or language conditions. We will no longer issue offer letters which have ‘documentary’ conditions such as ‘resend references on headed paper’.

Individual Departments are allowed to request further information from the applicant to assist with their decision. For example, they may ask for a second reference. If so, they will be expected to contact the applicant/agent directly (not via the admissions team) and you/the applicant can supply the information back to them directly without going via the Post-Graduate Admissions Office. 

Postgraduate Supplementary Documents (e.g. to meet an outstanding condition)

From 1 May 2009, we will also no longer require an applicant to send original or authenticated documents in order to meet their conditions and receive their conditional offer. Offers can be made unconditional based on:

• Copy or scan of degree certificate and/or copy or scan of transcript
• Copy or scan of English language result
• Copy or scan of ONE academic reference

These documents should ONLY be sent attached to an email quoting the applicant number to grad-office@bath.ac.uk . Please do not send these to the International Office or individual country managers. Documents can be sent as hard copy to the Post-Graduate Admissions Office if necessary.

Correspondence from Postgraduate Admissions

1. As soon as an online application is submitted, the system will send an automatic response to the contact email as given on the form.
2. Once the ‘online’ applications have been downloaded into our record system (daily Monday-Friday), an acknowledgement email will also be sent which thanks the applicant and gives the application number and explains that the application has been logged on our system and sent to the relevant Department.  The time between receiving the automatic response from the online form and the acknowledgement from the admissions office can be up to 3 days.

3. Please quote application numbers in all correspondence with us.  You should also put the full name of the student, date of birth and exact title of the programme applied for.

4. Please allow a minimum of six weeks from receiving the acknowledgement email before contacting the admissions office for an update.

5. Offers are made by email and then sent by post. We also now send the reply form by email and the applicant can accept the offer electronically. IGNORE any references in our literature to yellow reply forms.

6. To accept (decline) an offer:

i. Students who have received the reply form sent with the email offer must use this.
ii. Students who have received the ‘old’ hard copy yellow form can still use it. However, we would prefer that they simply email grad-office@bath.ac.uk and tell us that they accept (or decline) the offer. They should include application number, name, date of birth and programme title.
7. Deposit forms are also on the web and applicants are directed to the appropriate form in their offer and reply email. http://www.bath.ac.uk/grad-office/docs/

8. Currently, we are only sending urgent unconditional and visa letters by DHL. We are sending hard copy conditional offers by ordinary mail as all the information required (offer, reply form and deposit form) has already been sent electronically.

9. When an applicant has met a condition they will get an email to confirm this. They will also get an email when they have met all their conditions, to tell them that they are ‘now unconditional’.

10. The visa letter will be sent electronically and also by DHL. Please note that an applicant MUST ACCEPT our offer first in order to receive a visa letter.

Grad-office@bath.ac.uk

This email address is the only address to use for all correspondence with the University of Bath concerning post-graduate applications. Please do not contact the International Office emails for post-graduate application queries. The admissions team will do their utmost to respond to your query as quickly as possible.  They use a generic email called ‘Request Tracker’ which will initially give you a ‘ticket number’. This confirms that your email has been received at the University and will be responded to as quickly as possible.

To assist them by reducing the number of emails please could you:

• Only send initial applications through the online application form from 1 May 2009. Please do not send initial applications as email attachments.
• Please allow six weeks from submitting an online application before contacting the pg admissions team to ask for an update.
• Please send supplementary documentation (as email plus attachment) to the grad-office@bath.ac.uk only. Quote the student’s application number in all correspondence Please do not send/copy to the International Office.
• Please try to group enquiries for the Graduate Office. It is better to send ONE email requesting an update for 5 students, than 5 separate emails.

Postgraduate Deposits and Visa Letters

The guidelines from UKBA clearly state that there is no advantage in visa application to a student in paying any deposit /fees to the University before they go for their visa. In other words, provided that they can show sufficient finance for their studies (as set down in the guidelines) via their bank account this is acceptable.

Therefore we would strongly advise that students do not hold up visa applications by waiting until they get receipts for small sums of money (such as deposits for programmes).

Return of Original Postgraduate Documents

The Departments should start to return any original certificates and transcripts we have received directly to the correspondence address we have logged on our system. This is because the student will need these to get their visa. Please contact Departments directly if you have a question about the return of an original document.

Existing Postgraduate Applicants

Of course we realise that many of your students have applied already. We are contacting existing applicants as quickly as possible to let them know of the changes and aim to finish this process by 31 May. This will include:

• New visa letters for those who have already accepted an unconditional offer
• New offer letters without any conditions based on supplying original documentation.

Postgraduate Departmental Contacts

We know that many of you do already use the Departmental contacts but we would encourage you to go directly to Departments from 1 May 2009 using our admissions contacts list 2009/10. Much of the processing is done in Departments and you may be able to get a faster update on progress of an application or ‘iron out’ a query more quickly by going directly to the Department than via the International Office or Post-Graduate Admissions Office.

Please ONLY use the generic email address for a Department-not a personal email. We have provided you with the name of the Departmental admissions administrator so that you know what to call them. We have let our Departments know ‘who you are’ and also that you may be in touch directly with them.

Undergraduate Applicants

As our undergraduate applicants are still coming via UCAS, there are relatively few changes in our systems for them. However, students will now need a separate visa letter. In other words, they will no longer be able to get a visa just with a conditional offer letter and proof of their A levels results. 

(August) A level Candidates

A level results will come out to students on Thursday 20 August 2009.

As we now have to list the A levels on the visa letter, we need to import and then ‘tidy up’ qualifications information we receive from our system before issuing the visa letter. We will do this daily but it will mean that we will start to post visa letters 2-3 days later than previously.

Our aim is to start sending UG visa letters by DHL on Thursday 27 August 2009.

Non-A Level Candidates

Candidates who have already met their offer (e.g. IB candidates) because their results are issued earlier will get visa letters sent by DHL as the results come in. We will also aim to give a definite acceptance or rejection to any borderline candidates as quickly as possible.