EU Transition Bursary and post-Brexit webinar video transcript

Mikaela: "OK so hi and welcome to today's session on the EU Transition Bursary and what to expect when arriving to the UK post-Brexit. And my name is Mikaela Green, I'm an International Officer for Europe here at University of Derby and I've got a very special person here with me - would you like to quickly introduce yourself?"

Barbora: "Yes I would love to - hello everyone so I'm Barbora, I am from the Czech Republic. I see we have a few attendees from the Czech Republic so Ahoj! And I was in exactly the same position as you three years ago that means I have just recently graduated from the Digital Marketing course so I'm really looking forward to tell you and yeah that's me."

Mikaela: "Excellent and I think last time we presented together Barbora, you were talking in Czech, so yes at least now iIll know exactly when you're finishing. Yes so thank you everyone for joining us, obviously we've got you know a variety of people listening to this webinar so we're going to start off by sharing some information about Derby.

The University of Derby itself - obviously Barbora is a recent graduate, and I joined the University from Sweden 15 years ago now so I'm an older graduate - but we can both truly empathise with with what you're going through with you now having been in the same boat and also we will tell you more about our fantastic EU Transition Bursary and how you become eligible for it, what's changed since 1st of January 2021 in terms of starting a university in England in particular and at the University of Derby applying to the university, applying for your visa, and some further resources. Before we continue on with a Q&A at least for those that are listening in today and also firstly we would also like to say that we hope that you're keeping safe and well wherever you are and we are very much looking forward to meeting the new students at the University of Derby this September.

We are aiming to begin our studies and teaching as normal on campus with obviously any bearing in mind any government restrictions including the sort of blended applied learning model that we've been doing up until now so there will be some online content but we will also be looking forward to welcoming you on site, using our facilities, and having meetings and making the most out of student life which we would truly like to share with you. If you've got any questions about this please don't hesitate to contact us either during the session or afterwards.

[Slide shows: Map of UK with Derby marked in the centre of England. Text reads: 'Approximate travel times to Derby. By car - From London - 3 hours. From Manchester - 2 hours. From Birmingham - 1 hour. By train - From London - 1 hour 30 minutes. From Manchester - 1 hour 45 minutes. From Birmingham - 40 minutes. The UK's most central city with great road and rail links across the country. Within easy reach of major UK airports: East Midlands - 30 minutes. Birmingham - 50 minutes. Manchester - 1 hour 25 minutes. London Heathrow - 2 hours 25 minutes.]

So we're going to start just by pinpointing where is Derby because me and Barbora have found our way to Derby and we hope that you will too and Derby is a very centrally located place in the UK in England it's right in the middle there you can see on the map - very close to cities like Birmingham and Nottingham and only 90 minutes by train from London it's so connected especially by train due to the industrial heritage of Derby so it's super super easy to get to even to Wales to Cardiff to Edinburgh in Scotland and if you wanted to get out and about in the Peak District we are just located on the edge of the Peak District national park which was recently voted the fourth best national park in Europe by tripadvisor - I think that's a massive massive thing isn't it so definitely if you're into your walking, hiking, mountain biking, and parasailing in any shape or form and horse riding there's quite a lot of opportunities out in the peaks. But yeah I think I would love for Barbora to chip in here a little bit especially with regards to your you know your journey coming arriving to the UK in the first place?"

Barbora: "Yeah so I absolutely agree with you Mikaela because I think Derby has the best possible location as it is really in the middle of everything and I think location was one of the things that I was really excited about, as I knew it will give me different types of options for traveling, airports etc, so I think it's super easy to get to Derby as you can choose from so many different airports as you just said East Midlands, Birmingham, Manchester or even London. So I remember me going home to the Czech Republic for only four days as taking the bus to East Midlands and flying for an hour and 30 minutes so the whole journey took me about four hours max which was very quick and I've also done recently a bit of traveling around the UK because I'm all done with my degree so I have visited places like Liverpool, Manchester, London or two weeks ago I was even down south Brighton and all of that was possible because Derby is located in the middle of everything so I think the location is really great."

Mikaela: "That's great, absolutely and also to give you give everyone a bit of an idea of the size of Derby and we've got around 250,000 people, And the University is a really good size too around 18,000 on campus students so in that sort of respect you can really tell or imagine what a nice student vibe the city has got and you know in terms of accessing international food and things that tends to be quite quite you know good as well there's lots of supermarkets that sell international food there's a Chinese supermarket too so you can get lots of Asian type food there Polish supermarkets and me being Swedish, I do access the local Ikea so there's definitely a fair bit and obviously you've got online deliveries like Ocado and you know various types of others so not a problem at all. 

[Slide shows: Illustration of Derby Campus sites on map. Text reads: Top 20 in the world for Campus Buildings - International Student Barometer 2018 Global Benchmark Group. Our Derby Campus is made up of several different sites. Getting between them and the halls of residence couldn't be easier. Whether you're heading to lectures or into town, you can hop on to our free Unibuses or enjoy a walk to unwind and set you up for your day. Journey times from Kedleston Road to: Markeaton Street - 15 minute walk/10 minutes by bus. Britannia Mill - 18 minute walk/12 minutes by bus. One Friar Gate Square - 25 minute walk/7 minutes by bus. Journey time from Markeaton Street to city centre - 22 minute walk/15 minutes by bus. Journey time from One Friar Gate Square to city centre - 10 minute walk/7 minutes by bus.]

And in terms of again the city and the city life we are home to over 1,700 international students and so it's making making it a really welcome and friendly location too, there's you know a range of nationalities which I think is really good in terms of mixing and Derby has actually got 14 parks and it's quite a nice green place so in the top right corner you can see Markeaton Park. Marketing Park is located very close to our Kedleston Road campus which is the main campus and we also have one of six cycling velodromes in the UK and therefore Team GB cycling team does do a lot of training there. We have Derby County Football Club led by Wayne Rooney um you know it's going okay we'll see! We'll see if they can bump it up a little bit more hopefully. And then of course we have a varied you know modern, traditional, and also you know different types of things that you can get get out and about doing. We're home to Rolls-Royce, to Toyota which is just outside of Derby and also Bombardier, so a lot of that industrial trains, planes, cars heritage. Barbora, do you want to share a little bit about Derby too having lived there for a few years?"

Barbora: "Yeah I would love to. So I first love Derby, it's not too big but it's not too small and there are so many great things you can do so there is literally a little bit of everything so many amazing places and lovely parks as Mikaela mentioned, and the city centre is great so you can do a lot of shopping or there are so many places to eat, drink, party - whatever you like so I think that's great and maybe if I can mention here the cost of living because that is such an important thing for most of EU students and as an international student living abroad we all need to be ready and aware of the cost and prices so I have to say that Derby is very cheap comparing to other cities such as London so looking at it from my point of view the biggest amount is obviously for your rent which is around £300 to £400 pounds per month really depending on what type of accommodation you choose and the second biggest amount of your monthly budget is definitely food and grocery so that can be around £100 or £200 pounds again this really depends on what you buy and you need to also count things like going out spending, clothes shopping, or even your gym memberships.

I would also like to say that um the Unibuses which take you everywhere in Derby are free which is great so generally speaking I think you should squeeze between £700 to £800 pounds per month which is I think great so you can another important thing is that you can find a job very very easily now especially after the pandemic and not only in hospitality but the University offers so many different placements so you can get a job while you're studying so I had a job in marketing which was amazing and then yeah I think Derby is very cheap comparing to London because when I went there for a trip everything was like double price so yeah I think things are affordable here and finding a job is very easy at the moment so just this on this section Mikaela back to you."

Mikaela: "Oh that was a brilliant summary actually Barbora because I think like you say cost of living, employability - all of that will be of concern to to our students and I thought while you were talking about the Unibus that I should put this slide on because you can sort of get a bit of a feeling of Derby on this slide and so the University bus service is completely free and so saving a lot of transport that's something that you will do and also it's really easy to walk around the city isn't it Barbora?"

Barbora: "Yeah as I will say I love the size, so I can walk anywhere I want so from my house it's like 15 minutes to the main campus walking and then 10 minutes to the city centre which is great."

Mikaela: "That's absolutely brilliant yeah so here you can see the main campus that Barbora mentioned, Kedleston Road and Markeaton Street near Markeaton Park just being right next to it and then the other buildings that you can see scattered around Markeaton Street for example being the art and design and journalism media STEM center, so the engineering site that's what you would be studying around there and then Britannia Mill for example is right next to it where we have our fine arts studios, interior design, illustration and some of our art therapy courses and counselling etc a little bit scattered around and then the Derby Law School which is a bit more centrally located in the city centre and that's actually very close to the Derby Law School is where we are will be building the new Business School so that will be hopefully finished in 2024 and so very exciting times ahead and very same,

And speaking of the Business School and obviously what we have at Derby's four different colleges and so one of them is the Business, Law and Social Sciences where we have the Derby Business School and we have our Art, Humanities and Education College we have the College of Science and Engineering and then the College of Health and Social Care and Psychology and I think yes that's it so there's so many different courses in these we have courses ranging from foundation level up to PhD and also short courses professional courses but i think Barbora you've been studying in the Business School haven't you?"

Barbora: "Yes so as mentioned I have I've just graduated the Digital Marketing course which was part of the Derby Business School and I think marketing and other business courses are very well ranked so that speaks for itself really I was really amazed by the different types of facilities and also learning and teaching approach yeah and I think the Derby Business School and the marketing course really got me ready for my career.

Mikaela: "That's amazing and you know that will tie very well into this slide which is a bit more about your journey..."

Barbora: "Yes so this is my journey and my University of Derby journey has been absolutely incredible so I have applied through the agency in the Czech Republic which was extremely helpful - they helped me with everything in terms of choosing the right university for me and then everything related to applying.

So it all started with me coming to Derby for an Open Day to get to know the University and see the city so this really helped me as when you come to see everything in person, you can really feel the energy and of course. Now with the pandemic it's hard to travel so I would definitely recommend watching different types of videos or even attending the Open Day Live which is happening on the 3rd of July so all of that would really help you to make sure this is the right decision and you would be way more excited to come to Derby and I would also like to say what is it like to being an international student at the University of Derby this really feels like my home now after three years and I think great thing about Derby is it made me feel so welcomed and I felt like part of the community after a few days it was really amazing and I have experienced here everything I wished for.

I have gained wonderful friends for life which they are from all over the world which is amazing and I have also got a huge amount of knowledge and skills both professional because I had so many different placements and internships but also academic skills which amazingly links to my career and very big benefit for every single international student you really get to improve your English so that's a really really amazing thing when coming to study abroad and I have also gained confidence and much more so I would personally recommend the University of Derby for so many different reasons but one of the main ones is that you can really grow here as there are so many different opportunities so I know it feels scary and everything but it's really worth it so don't be scared and really enjoy this UK university experience."

Mikaela: "I couldn't agree more. Perfect, that was a really good way of ending that part of the presentation and what we will do now is that we will carry on with telling you more about the EU Transition Bursary. Obviously that we have on the slide and what's changed since the 1st of January and sort of Post-Brexit involved issues then.

[Slide shows: Table titled 'Calling applicants from the European Union!' Text reads: Financial support of GBP £4,500 towards tuition fees. Annual contribution, up to 3 years of study. All undergraduate and postgraduate taught on-campus programmes. All levels, including top-up. Automatically assessed, will show on the CAS letter. Applicant must not qualify for home fee status and be a lawful resident in an EU member state (except Republic of Ireland). Valid for September 2021 and February 2022 intakes, and cannot be deferred. Check our website for terms and conditions.]

 

So first of all if you're hoping to join us soon this September if you already are an applicant or if you've if you're yet to apply we have this amazing EU Transition Bursary that is actually an automatically assessed one, so as long as you are a resident in Europe then you will be automatically assessed for this bursary so you must not qualify for home fee status and you have to be a lawful resident in one of the EU member states so except the Republic of Ireland so Irish citizens have a different agreement with the UK.

The bursary is actually financial support of £4,500 pounds towards the tuition fees so that means that this will bring your annual tuition fees down so if you're a bachelor degree student that would bring it down to £9,545 pounds and if you are a master's level students then you might bring it down to around £10,200 depending on which course you're going on to. But this is an annual contribution so for any bachelor students it will be up to three years of your study and it will also be if you're coming on to do a top-up degree with us or if you're coming directly into second year you will be automatically assessed like I said it will show on your CAS letter and I will talk more about CAS letters in just a second and this is a bursary that is valid either for someone starting in September 2021 or February 2022 so you can't defer it to September 2022 but it's available for these two intakes you can find out more information on our website if you'd like to check out more on the terms and conditions.

So lots of exciting things have happened since the 1st of January 2021 and we're here to tell you more about that so firstly the thing that we would like to cover is the tuition fees so now students can be sort of into put into different categories so you might be qualified either as a UK Home fee status payer or an International fee status payer so those are the two main categories. Irish citizens as I said have a different agreement and then there's also where you know for those students that are UK nationals or dual nationals you would also have another category there then we have students that might have pre-settled or settled status and they would fall under the EU settlement scheme which in turn allows them to gain access to the UK home fees in order to prove that you have this settlement scheme the University will ask you to provide the share code that you can access and then we can make any adjustments if that is the case if you have already applied then you might you might be very familiar with the next part of this slide however if you are yet to apply I would recommend that you start off by finding a course that you like on derby.ac.uk/study so this will then allow you to search for our whole range of courses - over 300 - so there's quite a bit of choice. I think what Barbora will probably also agree on is that the UK offers an amazing amount of choice in terms of study and subject areas."

Barbora: "Absolutely. So I was looking for a digital marketing course because digital was something I really wanted to focus on and this course was not available in the Czech Republic whatsoever so I was very very pleased to see that something like digital marketing is offered by the University of Derby and the range of different types of courses are incredible you can study whatever you love yeah."

Mikaela: "Absolutely yeah I couldn't you know exactly the same position here and I applied for events management which was something that Sweden didn't offer at the time so absolutely I completely agree and one of our niche subjects is football journalism and i know that's also something that you might not find everywhere just an example but what you will find on each of these course pages is the specific entry requirements we also have a dedicated page for our European students so if you go to derby.ac.uk/europe you will be able to find the entry requirements for a lot of our countries there. If you can't find the entry requirements for your country then do get in contact with us and we will help you out.

So when you apply for a course you will be asked to submit a variety of documents one of them is the personal statement which is really quite nice and special not something that you know all countries will ask for but what it gives you is the opportunity to talk about you and to give us more of an insight into what you're about; your ambitions and how you are preparing yourself for studies at higher education and it's almost you know in addition to your grades and everything else and it will it will give you that extra edge because when you're when you taken now your final exams and all that you might end up with the same grade as so many of your classmates so what actually sets you apart from them that's what the University will ask and that's what the personal statement can give, so that's one of them and then an academic reference letter so that's often someone that knows you quite well - an English teacher for example - your diploma, your qualification, your national curriculum qualification, or your bachelor degree if you were applying for a master's degree with transcripts; evidence of English language - so again this could very much depend on where you're studying and what you're doing so for a lot of our for a lot of countries in Europe we actually do accept the English grade on the national curriculum but again that will be on our website you will be able to see that on our website we will ask for a copy of your passport photo page and then some courses will have something extra which could be a portfolio - usually it's a digital portfolio, it could be a short essay which you would have to do for a course like journalism or also the Certificate of Good Conduct which is normally obtained by a police station and it will show criminal convictions and things like that and that would be something that courses where you would come into contact with under 18s or vulnerable people will be will be something that we would look for.

You will then submit your application online via the course page or via UCAS so that is if you're looking to start in September 2022. The Admissions processing times can vary depending on what time of year it is and if they're dealing with a lot of applications at the same time it's generally between one to four weeks that you hear back but that's why I'm here and that's why my colleagues in similar positions are there so that you can contact us if you've got any questions or if you're worried about your application, so we're very happy to help at all times.

Once an application is successful then it's very important that you accept your offer so you might have something like a conditional offer which is then based on maybe finishing your diploma or obtaining an English language evidence and that is then you know your first step what you would then do is say, 'yes I would like to accept my offer' what then that provides you with is the opportunity to book accommodation or to receive sort of more detailed information from the University in order to know what to do next.

After that and only once your application has got to the unconditional offer stage is that when you pay your deposit so there are some exemptions to students that don't have to pay the deposit and again that will show on your offer letter or on the link that takes you from your offer letter then you would complete the CAS request form which is on our website so a CAS is the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies, and that's something that we need in order to provide you then with evidence that goes on to your visa application. So the CAS will contain details about your course and your personal details, it will contain information about the fees and any scholarships that you have, the Transition Bursary for example, anything else but check this very carefully when you receive it as well, let us know you know make sure that everything is correct.

We will help you through that once you have got through that stage and you have your CAS, you've paid your deposit, you will be starting with the visa application process, and if you're applying for an agent they might also help you through some of these stages so please note that this information is applicable as long as you do not hold the pre-settled status as part of the EU settlement scheme.

So the documents you will be required to have when you apply is your CAS number, have your passport next to you because it will verify your identity when you do your visa application you will need your original certificates as listed on your CAS so that will also verify that the things are the same proof of your english language ability if applicable again that will be stated on your CAS and possible consent if you're under the age of 18 at the point of applying.

So once your CAS has been obtained you will then use the Android/iPhone app in order to to carry out and to include all these documents so it's called UK Immigration ID Check and that's available on both Android and iPhone from the app stores so that's when it's good to have all of these documents next to you so that you can quickly go through that visa application. You will receive the decision as a written notification by email and then you can use the view and prove service to check status and share as evidence

Okay, so the application fees that are involved are there's a visa application fee at £348 pounds there is an immigration health surcharge so this is £470 pounds per year depending on how many years you're coming to study so if you're coming for a three-year course then that will be per year at the application stage if it's only for the top-up year then that's the only fee you will pay. Or if it's the master degree with regards to working I don't know how many of you have heard about the graduate route but for any European students that are joining universities in the UK from this September onwards, they will be eligible to apply for the graduate route so that is something that you will be able to access at the time at the point of finishing your studies so once you have got to the end you will then be able to talk to our visa officer and the graduate route will allow you to look for work and work on for up to two years after you have finished your degree.

However during your studies on a student visa you would be able to study up to 20 hours per week so this is if you're a full-time student visa holder not on a short-term study visa, for example when you would come to do an exchange program - so this is the 20 hours of work are the same for undergraduate and postgraduate studies however there are some anomalies which is largely due to the summer holidays and the easter holidays etc so undergraduate students would have very specific holiday periods when they can work full time so they're not restricted to 20 hours, however the postgraduate taught there is technically no holidays in the summer because that's when you're meant to be doing your dissertation so the holidays that are dedicated are the ones over the Christmas and Easter periods so in December/January time as well as in around March/April time we have got some further resources available for you so please do make a note of these take a screenshot so that you'll be able to check them out later.

So one of them is for UKCISA the UK Council for International Student Affairs which is a very very good website in general in order to have a look at maybe preparations before you're arriving to the UK, or it can be a variety of immigration and visa questions they have a really good FAQ section on there.

Gov.uk which is the official government website so there is a specific guide for European students that they have been putting together.

Student Finance England FAQs as well for those that might be looking at what sort of other opportunities there are in terms of financing especially if you're an Irish citizen watching this or someone with precedent status we also have our very own dedicated visa pages so you can have a look on there if you're looking for some more information."

[Slide also shows: Link to Derby.ac.uk Visas and immigration]

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