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    Hi I'm hoping someone can offer advise. I am a parent of a year 12 student currently looking at what universities my son can study history at. We are a low income family and this is affecting the choice of universities, I feel we are having to restrict the choice to uni's that offer bursaries or scholarships to ensure my son can afford to live. We have narrowed it down to Leeds, Loughborough, Kent, Edge Hill, and Sheffield Hallam. ( these offer financial
    help and my son is interested in the more modern history modules they offer) What are peoples thoughts on these universities for history? My son is grammar school educated and really wanted him to carry on getting the best education from a university.
    Hope this makes sense and really hope someone can advise.
    Thanks.
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    (Original post by Weavers7)
    Hi I'm hoping someone can offer advise. I am a parent of a year 12 student currently looking at what universities my son can study history at. We are a low income family and this is affecting the choice of universities, I feel we are having to restrict the choice to uni's that offer bursaries or scholarships to ensure my son can afford to live. We have narrowed it down to Leeds, Loughborough, Kent, Edge Hill, and Sheffield Hallam. ( these offer financial
    help and my son is interested in the more modern history modules they offer) What are peoples thoughts on these universities for history? My son is grammar school educated and really wanted him to carry on getting the best education from a university.
    Hope this makes sense and really hope someone can advise.
    Thanks.
    The first three are all pretty good for History. Personally I prefer Leeds and Kent because of their modules, but you can ask 04MR17 about Loughborough - he loves it there.

    As to other unis offering bursaries, I assume you have looked at every university?

    Has your son considered getting a part-time job? Or taking a gap year to build up some funds before embarking on university?
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    The first three are all pretty good for History. Personally I prefer Leeds and Kent because of their modules, but you can ask 04MR17 about Loughborough - he loves it there.

    As to other unis offering bursaries, I assume you have looked at every university?

    Has your son considered getting a part-time job? Or taking a gap year to build up some funds before embarking on university?
    Thank you for your reply. Yes looked at most of them, my son likes the look of Kent modules but I am concerned about high living costs. He will have to get part time job too and with bursaries or/& scholarship help hopefully he will manage. Just concerned as feel we are restricted and wondering if the universities we have narrowed it down to will still provide a respected degree to future employers ??
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    (Original post by Weavers7)
    Thank you for your reply. Yes looked at most of them, my son likes the look of Kent modules but I am concerned about high living costs. He will have to get part time job too and with bursaries or/& scholarship help hopefully he will manage. Just concerned as feel we are restricted and wondering if the universities we have narrowed it down to will still provide a respected degree to future employers ??
    I think any of the first three would be fine.

    Living costs can be an odd one. For example, Cambridge is one of the cheapest universities to attend.
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    (Original post by ageshallnot)
    you can ask 04MR17 about Loughborough - he loves it there.
    :nope: Keele :hide:

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    We are a low income family and this is affecting the choice of universities, I feel we are having to restrict the choice to uni's that offer bursaries or scholarships to ensure my son can afford to live.
    Excuse my ignorance but shouldn't the maintenance loan provide enough to live?
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    It was for this reason my son is studying History at Aberystwyth here in Wales. He won a scholarship and also gets a bursary as a low income student on top. We have a more generous system here though as we are also under Student Finance Wales where in Sept 2018 all students will receive £1kpa Maintenance grant...non repayable and the poorest students where families income is under £18kpa are getting £8100pa Maintenance grant. It makes a huge difference. My son is able to study full time as he has enough to live on.

    To be honest look at the Uni halls of residence rents too. Some are more than the entire maintenance loan or a massive chunk of it. That also played a part in Uni choice too.
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    (Original post by ageshallnot)
    The first three are all pretty good for History. Personally I prefer Leeds and Kent because of their modules, but you can ask 04MR17 about Loughborough - he loves it there.

    As to other unis offering bursaries, I assume you have looked at every university?

    Has your son considered getting a part-time job? Or taking a gap year to build up some funds before embarking on university?
    Thank you for your reply. Yes looked at most of them, my son likes the look of Kent modules but I am concerned about high living costs. He will have to get part time job too and with bursaries or/& scholarship help hopefully he will manage. Just concerned as feel we are restricted and wondering if the universities we have narrowed it down to will still provide a respected degree to future employers ??

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    :nope: Keele :hide:

    Excuse my ignorance but shouldn't the maintenance loan provide enough to live?
    No some are not enough to even cover accommodation costs, so will need to rely on extra funding and my son getting a job whilst at uni. Are you recommending Keele or advising against it?
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    (Original post by Weavers7)
    Thank you for your reply. Yes looked at most of them, my son likes the look of Kent modules but I am concerned about high living costs. He will have to get part time job too and with bursaries or/& scholarship help hopefully he will manage. Just concerned as feel we are restricted and wondering if the universities we have narrowed it down to will still provide a respected degree to future employers ??
    Can I ask why you don't recommend edge Hill or Sheffield Hallam?
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    (Original post by Weavers7)
    No some are not enough to even cover accommodation costs, so will need to rely on extra funding and my son getting a job whilst at uni. Are you recommending Keele or advising against it?
    That's awful! How much is the accommodation?!?!

    I was just correcting ageshallnot, I don't go to Loughborough. And Keele isn't the cheapest, but it's affordable with a maintenance loan.
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    That's awful! How much is the accommodation?!?!

    I was just correcting ageshallnot, I don't go to Loughborough. And Keele isn't the cheapest, but it's affordable with a maintenance loan.
    Well Kent for example varies between £4500 - £7000 per year. If the grant does cover the cost of accommodation it doesn't leave much to live on. So Keele is good for history? I will check it out thanks.
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    I was just correcting ageshallnot, I don't go to Loughborough. And Keele isn't the cheapest, but it's affordable with a maintenance loan.
    Doh!!!!!!!!!! :dunce:
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    Can I ask why you don't recommend edge Hill or Sheffield Hallam?
    They are not universities which I associate with having good reputations for History.
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    (Original post by Weavers7)
    Hi I'm hoping someone can offer advise. I am a parent of a year 12 student currently looking at what universities my son can study history at. We are a low income family and this is affecting the choice of universities, I feel we are having to restrict the choice to uni's that offer bursaries or scholarships to ensure my son can afford to live. We have narrowed it down to Leeds, Loughborough, Kent, Edge Hill, and Sheffield Hallam. ( these offer financial
    help and my son is interested in the more modern history modules they offer) What are peoples thoughts on these universities for history? My son is grammar school educated and really wanted him to carry on getting the best education from a university.
    Hope this makes sense and really hope someone can advise.
    Thanks.
    Will your son get the full maintenance loan? If so a lot of northern universities can have reasonable accommodation costs outside of halls. Newcastle can be very reasonable, Leeds and Loughborough also. Cardiff perhaps?
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    Can I ask why you don't recommend edge Hill or Sheffield Hallam?
    More specifically, having looked at the courses I would say that your son would have very little choice about what he would study at those universities.
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    (Original post by Weavers7)
    Hi I'm hoping someone can offer advise. I am a parent of a year 12 student currently looking at what universities my son can study history at. We are a low income family and this is affecting the choice of universities, I feel we are having to restrict the choice to uni's that offer bursaries or scholarships to ensure my son can afford to live. We have narrowed it down to Leeds, Loughborough, Kent, Edge Hill, and Sheffield Hallam. ( these offer financial
    help and my son is interested in the more modern history modules they offer) What are peoples thoughts on these universities for history? My son is grammar school educated and really wanted him to carry on getting the best education from a university.
    Hope this makes sense and really hope someone can advise.
    Thanks.
    Hi there!

    UEA hosts a number of university wide scholarships for undergraduate study - for instance, the Bright Spark scholarship provides the recipient with a £1,000 payment at the beginning of each academic year. Check out all of our funding options here.

    UEA's student support services can also provide short term, financial assistance in the event of cash flow problems - the Vice-Chancellor's loan allows students to borrow up to £200 on a 0% interest basis, with the option to raise that to £300 in exceptional circumstances. This is a service that helped me to keep up with rent payments just a couple of months ago.

    Additionally, have you encountered UEA's UEA's Modern History course? It allows students to specialise in the history of Britain, Europe and beyond from 1750 onwards. Our history school is currently ranked 21st by the Complete University Guide!

    Let me know if you would like to know more

    Fred - UEA PG Rep
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    (Original post by Weavers7)
    Hi I'm hoping someone can offer advise. I am a parent of a year 12 student currently looking at what universities my son can study history at. We are a low income family and this is affecting the choice of universities, I feel we are having to restrict the choice to uni's that offer bursaries or scholarships to ensure my son can afford to live. We have narrowed it down to Leeds, Loughborough, Kent, Edge Hill, and Sheffield Hallam. ( these offer financial
    help and my son is interested in the more modern history modules they offer) What are peoples thoughts on these universities for history? My son is grammar school educated and really wanted him to carry on getting the best education from a university.
    Hope this makes sense and really hope someone can advise.
    Thanks.
    Hi Weavers7
    It looks like you've done a lot of research already. Have you and your son been to any open days?
    That might help you narrow it down a bit.

    As far as accommodation goes at Loughborough, you can get a self catered room in halls from around £90 a week - advantage of halls is that you don't then have travel costs as halls are on campus and bills and wi-fi are included in the cost.
    There are also a lot of opportunities for part time work on campus - whether its working in the food outlets, shops or even as a student ambassador - the careers centre is really quite helpful.

    Probably the easiest way is to make a spreadsheet of course pros/cons, costs (including not so obvious costs eg food/travel/broadband as well as travelling home etc) , scholarships available, part-time work availability and so on. Then you might have a couple that clearly stand out.
    Nowhere is going to tick all the boxes - it's just deciding which boxes are the most important to your son to be ticked.
    Does that make sense?

    Hope it helps
    Vicky
 
 
 

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