Welcome to Staffordshire University
Celebrating over 100 years of education, Staffordshire University is made up of a main campus in Stoke-on-Trent, a campus in Stafford and centre of excellence in Shrewsbury and Lichfield. As part of the £40million investment programme across all areas, the university is currently spending millions of pounds on their edge-of-city campus in Stoke-on-Trent, including a new £12m gaming and computing facility. Existing state of the art facilities include motion capture studios, biomechanics labs, an impressive Autosport Workshop, a fully simulated operating theatre, as well as an on-campus film theatre.
Staffordshire University offers a diverse range of courses, from midwifery, secondary teacher training and mechanical engineering to cartoon and comic arts (the only one of its kind in the UK) and computer games design. The courses have a practical ‘real world’ focus, taught by lecturers with links to industry, which has even seen Advertising and Brand Management students pitching briefs to real design agencies in New York as part of their course. Staffordshire is also one of only a few universities to offer 2 year fast track degrees for those looking to complete their courses a little quicker.
Transport links are excellent between all the campuses, with easy access to both Manchester and Birmingham. Alton Towers and the well-known V Festival are just down the road, but if you want to get out into the country air, the rolling hills of the Peak District are just a short drive away. What’s more, the cost of living has been rated the third most affordable in the country*!
*The Alternative Virgin Guide to British Universities
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Courses and fees
Staffordshire University is one of the few in the country which offers fast-track two year undergraduate degrees. The uni specialises in secondary teaching courses, which includes teacher training in Communications Technology, Mathematics and Design and Technology. It offers a number of specialist courses such as Computer Games Design and Programming and is the only university in the UK to offer a BA [Hons] Cartoon and Comic Arts.
Entry requirements vary from course to course but for those applying for their first degree you will normally be expected to have passed at least 2 A-levels or an equivalent.
2015/16 Undergraduate courses (BSc, BA, BEng, LLB etc) taught on campus at Staffordshire University for UK and EU students are £9000 per year and foundation degrees start at £4500 per year. For specific course fees, see the website.
Postgraduate fees vary depending on the course studied. You can find more details here.
Staffordshire University is investing millions in further developing its campuses and adding to its state of the art equipment and facilities. Stoke-on-Trent campus, which opened a £30m science centre in 2012, is currently developing a £12m gaming and computer facility, as part of a £40million investment programme. Which will also see improvements and significant investment at Blackheath Lane (Stafford) and Shrewsbury.
The university also teamed up with Epic Games, the developer of the Gears of War series, to open an on campus development space for Game Design students and industry professionals, called the ‘Epic Games Centre’. The centre offers students access to world-class hardware and equipment while providing some pretty impressive links to the industry.
“The facilities are brilliant, lecture rooms are all clean. I have macs in my studio that are all up to date. The printers have recently been replaced and the library is a brilliant place to study with a vast variety of resources.” Joseph Hall, Graphic Design
Library and study facilities
Libraries with IT and study facilities can be found on all Stoke-on-Trent, Stafford, Shrewsbury and Lichfield campuses. As well as the books you find on the shelves, you’ll get access to eResources, DVDs, CDs and specialist resources. The Stoke-on-Trent campus also has a comprehensive Law Library, which hosts an impressive archive of learning materials.
You’ll find a variety of workspaces, whether you’re looking for some quiet study time or want to gather a group together. You can also get access to video conferencing facilities too.
Feeling studious? Need extra study time? Some of the libraries are open 24/7 during term time. There’s also a 24 hour helpline if you urgently need to get information on a book. If you need any help with revision, learning to manage your time effectively or any other study questions, you’ll find Study Skills staff on-site at all of the libraries that are more than happy to help.
Staffordshire University’s student support team are based on the individual campuses offering advice on all manner of financial, legal and welfare issues, as well as religious support if you want it.
The Student Guidance Advisors run a drop-in service where you can get some initial advice if you are having any course-related issues. You can then make an in-depth appointment to discuss any issues further. The Students’ Union also offers support for students who are going through difficult time, either on their course or in their personal life. The Student Enabling Centre provides specialist support, including helping students with applications for disabled students’ allowances and mobility support.
In 2015/2016, the university will be offering 500 bursaries, helping students from disadvantaged backgrounds with the cost of attending university. There is also a joint government and university National Scholarship Programme which you can apply for if your household income is less than £25,000 a year.
If sport is your thing and you play at county level or above, you can apply for a Team Staffs Sports Scholarship and receive a support package worth around £6,000 a year.
Find out more about the bursaries available here.
There is a Careers Service team based in both Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford campuses. They can offer you one-to-one help with your CV, filling out application forms, and will even carry out practice interviews with you. There are careers information rooms, which have loads of information about graduate occupations, how to plan your career and guides to help you put together a top CV.
If you are struggling for time, you can always use the e-guidance service to ask career-related questions. It has a large online jobs database and career-related videos.
You can register with the university’s online jobs service to receive email alerts about upcoming events and vacancies. The university’s Unitemps facility can also help you find work experience or part time jobs in the local area working around your studies.
You should register with a doctor as soon as you arrive at uni. The university has health centres on both the Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford campuses, providing GP services on weekdays.
The university also runs a number of health and wellbeing activities during the year, including Yoga, Pilates and Latin dance classes to inject a little fun! You can get help and practical advice on all manner of health-related issues, including access to a dietician and a ‘body MOT’ (Blood Pressure, BMI and Cholesterol Check). If you are finding things a little bit stressful and looking for a way to relax, you can even get an Indian head massage or try out reflexology.
There are around 1,500 international students studying at the University. Staffordshire’s International Student Support (ISS) can provide support and help you find out everything you need to know about your course and life in the UK. From immigration and visa issues to helping you out with employment rules or language barriers, ISS can help.
ISS also runs social activities and events, including day trips to surrounding areas so that you can make the most out of your experience while in the UK.
The university’s Meet & Greet service and Welcome Talks should ease any nerves you may have and give you a warm welcome to your new home. ISS can provide you with cultural and social tips to make sure you feel that you fit in straight away.
Staffordshire’s ISS facilities were rated at over 93% in terms of student satisfaction, according to the International Student Barometer (2012).
Whether you want to live in a Hall of Residence or privately rented shared accommodation, there are lots of choices on offer. Staffordshire is an affordable place to live and this is reflected in the rent prices. Staffordshire University currently has Halls in both Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford which are close to lectures, sporting and union venues.
University Halls of Residence are costed on the basis of a 38 week rental agreement. Rent covers all utility bills and free internet access is available in all on-campus accommodation. Students also get Personal Possessions Insurance up to £3,500.
“It was a great way to settle into university. I believe it's a place where you have to step outside your comfort zone and learn new things about yourself and halls does just that. Nobody is in their comfort zone, but everybody is in the same boat and wants to make friends and have a good time, it's a great way to meet people and form solid bonds for the 3 / 4 years while at Staffordshire” Matt Brighton, Graphic Design
"The most memorable part of student life so far? For me, it has to be moving into halls in my first year! Here, I met some of the most lovely people you are ever going to meet and I am pretty sure that I will always stay in contact with them! ”Rebecca Crampton - BA (Hons) Sociology with Crime and Deviance in Society
Halls of Residence
The Leek Road campus caters for both first year and postgraduate students. You’ll find en-suite accommodation and two types of standard accommodation, traditional corridor based Halls and student houses. All rooms have access to the university’s residential internet network, StudentCom.
Clarice Cliff Court is where students will find the en-suite accommodation. Flats are made up of between four to seven bedrooms and share kitchen facilities. There are also 15 specifically adapted rooms for disabled students.
Leek Road Halls offers 556 single study bedrooms. Kitchen and bathroom facilities are shared between flats that are made up of 12-14 students.
Leek Road House has 187 single study bedrooms. Kitchen and bathroom facilities are shared between 6 students. There are also 6 specifically adapted rooms for disabled students.
Accommodations Costs 2015/2016
Halls of Residence Type of facilities Weekly licence fee Annual licence fee Clarice Cliff Court En-suite £108.00 £4,104 Leek Road Halls Shared £80.00 £3,040 Leek Road Houses Shared £85.00 £3,230
Located next to the sports centre and opposite Beaconside campus, Stafford Court is made up of 264 en-suite single study bedrooms and 290 single study bedrooms with shared facilities. Kitchen facilities are shared by between three and seven bedrooms. The accommodation also includes 19 specifically adapted rooms for disabled students. The complex is divided into houses which are named after local villages; Brocton, Derrington, Eccleshall, Gnosall, Haughton, Knightley, Levedale, Milwich, Norbury, Ranton, Shugborough, Weston.
Yartlet is a more traditional Hall of Residence offering 51 single study rooms over three floors. Each floor has 17 student rooms which share a kitchen, dining room and four shower rooms.
All Stafford campus accommodation has internet access through the university’s network.
Halls of Residence Type of facilities Weekly licence fee Annual licence fee Stafford Court En-suite £108.00 £4,104 Stafford Court Shared £80.00 £3,040 Yarlet Shared £80.00 £3,040
Currently there is no university managed accommodation in Shrewsbury but private rental is available.
Renting in the private sector
If you prefer to live in private sector accommodation or are studying at a campus without university managed accommodation, Staffordshire Students' Union has contacts with a network of local landlords, who can provide you with a house, or a room in a shared house: Staffordshire University Students' Union Studentpad
At Staffordshire University they call it an ‘Open your mind Day’ and it’s a great opportunity for you to go and see whether the university would be the right fit for you. There are lots of things to think about when choosing where you want to study and live and attending an open day can help you make up your mind. You’ll get an opportunity to have a look round the state of the art facilities, meet fellow students and lecturers and hear more about the student experience.
For more information on open days as well as postgrad and part time, visit the website.
Despite the Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford campuses being located only 25 minutes apart, each has its own character and a vibrant, multicultural student community. You'll find access to a good nightlife, leisure and entertainment facilities at both. You're also only a short distance from both Manchester and Birmingham, along with London being only 90 minutes on the train.
Shrewsbury is located in the neighbouring county of Shropshire, offering students a picturesque and historic town with a thriving centre. Lichfield campus is located centrally, close to the train station.
Staffs uni has probably the best campus I have seen compared to other uni! The bar (ember lounge is amazing! I live in there nearly!) but even for how cheap it is for a night out, the food too and the activities!- qu9ntin, April 2014
Stafford campus is just 1.5 miles from Stafford town centre and is surrounded by countryside. Stoke-on-Trent campus is an edge of City campus with the City Centre less than a 30 minute walk and the railway station right on the. You'll find an array of coffee bars, cafes, restaurants and Students' Union venues across the campuses. The Stoke-on-Trent campus even has a nature reserve and a film theatre.
Ember Lounge, the main Students' Union venue on the College Road campus, provides food and drinks throughout the day, whether you are looking for a coffee break or the first drinks of the evening. You'll also find sporting fixtures being shown here on the two large projection screens.
Lichfield campus is just a 10 minute walk away from the train station and has an on-site cafe. The Shrewsbury campus is based at The Royal Shrewsbury hospital which is based just on the outskirts of the town is just a short bus ride away from the main town and public gardens in the Quarry.
Sports & recreation
Both Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford campuses have fully equipped sports centres with all-weather outdoor pitches, indoor sports halls and fitness studios. Gym memberships are available at a student rate.
The university has many sports teams that are part of the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) league, as well as holding frequent Varsity matches against neighbouring Keele University.
The Students' Union provides over 100 sports, clubs and societies that you can join from skydiving, snow sports, cheerleading to the Beard Society ... yes, there is actually a society dedicated to beards! While some of the popular clubs, like netball and football, have separate clubs at both Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford, others straddle both.
You'll also have a chance to Give It A Go if you want to try out a range of different activities and meet lots of new people along the way.
Stoke-on-Trent and the surrounding towns offer cafes, restaurants, shops and all the usual amenities. You can also find game and entertainment centres close by, offering everything from paintballing to climbing. Thrill seekers should know that Alton Towers is just 20 minutes away from the Stoke-on-Trent campus, in addition to Waterworld Aqua Park and Drayton Manor.
If live music is your thing, then as well as frequent open mic nights and musicians at The Sugar Mill in Stoke-on-Trent, V Festival is held just down the road at Weston Park and welcomes 90,000 people annually to see the most popular music acts.
If you want to get some fresh air and exercise, the neighbouring Peak District offers countless beautiful rolling hills. Staffordshire is famous for its history with pottery. Taking some time to visit the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery or Hanley and Gladstone Pottery Museum in Stoke-on-Trent is a great way to travel back in time.
Stoke-on-Trent has a range of on campus nightlife, including Leek Road Venue (LRV) which offers up a capacity of 1,500 and runs an incredibly popular night on Wednesdays called Gobble. It's just been awarded Gold status from Best Bar None for the second year running! So has Verve, which is just next door and serves pizza during the day and is open until late! Nearby Hanley offers a range of choices for your perfect night out.
Stafford has a thriving nightlife with a full selection of bars, clubs and music venues, including Kenny's Sports Bar and Couture offering a little bit of everything. The Stafford campus has its own club called Legends (also awarded Gold status!) where Friday nights are hosted by an 8ft Mukky Duck! The Lounge and Other Room also offer up a chance to have fun with your friends.
Shrewsbury has a fair amount to offer when it comes to nightlife. Whether you want to sit on the decking by the River Thames on a balmy summer evening at The Boathouse Inn or perhaps make your way to student night like Boombox at The Buttermarket, there is actually a really vibrant nightlife scene to be found! Similarly, there are lots of venues on offer for those based in Lichfield.
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