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This is the thread for people who are thinking of applying to Keele University for 2021!

Meet and chat to other people applying here. Ice breaker questions:

What course are you applying for?
What subjects are you studying now?

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Hi!

I’m one of the 2008-11 gang, hoping to come back to Keele because I apparently just can’t get enough of the place 😅

But honestly, the university is incredible and I want to career shift as a mature student and go into Adult Nursing. I can sit here and big the place up so much, but I’m the first responder so I’ll shush now 😂
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Hey guys! Sorry to jump on the thread but I just wanted to let everyone know that if they have any questions regarding Keele as a university, their courses and admissions process etc, please don't hesitate to ask me and I would be more than happy to help!
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Hi!

I’m one of the 2008-11 gang, hoping to come back to Keele because I apparently just can’t get enough of the place 😅

But honestly, the university is incredible and I want to career shift as a mature student and go into Adult Nursing. I can sit here and big the place up so much, but I’m the first responder so I’ll shush now 😂
Hi there!

Just to let you know, I am currently about to enter my 3rd year of Adult Nursing here at Keele so if you have any questions at all then please don’t hesitate to ask!
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Can anyone tell me a little about the accommodation at Keele?
I am a postgraduate International student.
My preferences-
-anything that is less noisy but not entirely anti-social
-shared common spaces will do
-Non-shared bathroom

Any hall/acco suggestion?
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Can anyone tell me a little about the accommodation at Keele?
I am a postgraduate International student.
My preferences-
-anything that is less noisy but not entirely anti-social
-shared common spaces will do
-Non-shared bathroom

Any hall/acco suggestion?
Hello there! If you are looking for a non shared bathroom, you should look into the en-suites in Holly Cross, The Oaks, Lindsay court and the Barnes W,X,Y and Z blocks. Barnes, Holly Cross and The Oaks are further away from the centre of campus, so it'll be a bit quieter in these halls, albeit only a 3-5 minute walk to the centre of campus, so these two options might be perfect for you!
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Hello there! If you are looking for a non shared bathroom, you should look into the en-suites in Holly Cross, The Oaks, Lindsay court and the Barnes W,X,Y and Z blocks. Barnes, Holly Cross and The Oaks are further away from the centre of campus, so it'll be a bit quieter in these halls, albeit only a 3-5 minute walk to the centre of campus, so these two options might be perfect for you!
Thanks! I ll look them up.
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Hi there!

Just to let you know, I am currently about to enter my 3rd year of Adult Nursing here at Keele so if you have any questions at all then please don’t hesitate to ask!
I’ll take you up on that!

- do you get many mature students in nursing or will I stick out like a sore thumb?
- what’s the placement variety like? Are you based at UHNM/community/general practice?
- do you eventually specialise towards the end? Eg. ED, obs&gynae, urology, elderly etc? Or is that something you do specifically when job hunting?
- genuinely: will I have time to pick up the odd shift at my current workplace to supplement my loan? I work 24 hour shifts there so I assume it would be at the weekend unless on placement.

I’m sure more will come to me!
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I’ll take you up on that!

- do you get many mature students in nursing or will I stick out like a sore thumb?
- what’s the placement variety like? Are you based at UHNM/community/general practice?
- do you eventually specialise towards the end? Eg. ED, obs&gynae, urology, elderly etc? Or is that something you do specifically when job hunting?
- genuinely: will I have time to pick up the odd shift at my current workplace to supplement my loan? I work 24 hour shifts there so I assume it would be at the weekend unless on placement.

I’m sure more will come to me!
Hi there!

So I would say a good chunk of the cohorts are formed by mature students! I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised how many mature students there actually is! I am classed as a mature student myself. Many of my cohort have children, homes and are married ect to!

Placements will take place across a range of settings across a number of NHS Trusts and the independent health and social care sector to maximise your experience and achievement of your practice proficiencies! Obviously at Stoke we have a major trauma unit so there’s lots of opportunity if that’s what your interested in!

In terms of specializing, we no longer choose a ‘sign off’ placement in our 3rd year which is a placement that lasts around 3 months and was generally where students end up working so specializing is something you’ll have to do whilst job hunting ect. This is because the NMC have changed the standards for pre registration nurses to future nurse standards so the course and the structure has changed to accommodate the new NMC requirements.

I would say you’ll definitely still have time to pick up some shifts as long as you don’t mind potentially never having a day off! During theory weeks, you know you’ll definitely have saturday/sunday off to work. However, during placement blocks, you could be working which i’m sure you’re aware of!

I hope this has helped a little? If you have any more questions at all then please do ask!
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Hi there!

So I would say a good chunk of the cohorts are formed by mature students! I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised how many mature students there actually is! I am classed as a mature student myself. Many of my cohort have children, homes and are married ect to!

Placements will take place across a range of settings across a number of NHS Trusts and the independent health and social care sector to maximise your experience and achievement of your practice proficiencies! Obviously at Stoke we have a major trauma unit so there’s lots of opportunity if that’s what your interested in!

In terms of specializing, we no longer choose a ‘sign off’ placement in our 3rd year which is a placement that lasts around 3 months and was generally where students end up working so specializing is something you’ll have to do whilst job hunting ect. This is because the NMC have changed the standards for pre registration nurses to future nurse standards so the course and the structure has changed to accommodate the new NMC requirements.

I would say you’ll definitely still have time to pick up some shifts as long as you don’t mind potentially never having a day off! During theory weeks, you know you’ll definitely have saturday/sunday off to work. However, during placement blocks, you could be working which i’m sure you’re aware of!

I hope this has helped a little? If you have any more questions at all then please do ask!
That is surprising but I’m all for it! My mum has been a nurse for 30+ years up in West Yorkshire and she says she loves mature students when she has them on the wards, so it made me a bit more hopeful 😅

I’m potentially interested in trauma, but to be fair I have eyes on gynaecology as I already run an endometriosis support group for Staffordshire and it’s sort of been my gateway into nursing - that and working in care! Although it’s children’s residential care rather than the typical care home environment - I was considering the accelerated masters as I cover a lot of the NMC standards already! I just don’t have the clinical skills so I figured that the undergrad would be the better route and an opportunity to iron out any bad habits that are obviously likely crop up.

It’s good if I could pick up even just a day a month to be fair! But also; what’s the timetabling like? I assume you’re on campus every day during the theory blocks? Is placement every day as well or is it more like the typical rota situation and completing essays etc on days off?

Aaaaall the questions, I’m sorry!
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That is surprising but I’m all for it! My mum has been a nurse for 30+ years up in West Yorkshire and she says she loves mature students when she has them on the wards, so it made me a bit more hopeful 😅

I’m potentially interested in trauma, but to be fair I have eyes on gynaecology as I already run an endometriosis support group for Staffordshire and it’s sort of been my gateway into nursing - that and working in care! Although it’s children’s residential care rather than the typical care home environment - I was considering the accelerated masters as I cover a lot of the NMC standards already! I just don’t have the clinical skills so I figured that the undergrad would be the better route and an opportunity to iron out any bad habits that are obviously likely crop up.

It’s good if I could pick up even just a day a month to be fair! But also; what’s the timetabling like? I assume you’re on campus every day during the theory blocks? Is placement every day as well or is it more like the typical rota situation and completing essays etc on days off?

Aaaaall the questions, I’m sorry!
Please don’t apologize! You need to ask, I was exactly the same as you are now with questions!

My Aunty has actually said the same thing about having mature students although she works back where I come from!

That sounds so interesting! Well done to you for doing all that! I definitely would recommend the undergraduate course because you really go from the basics upwards and like you said, any bad habits which crop up will be ironed out. This was fabulous for me as I didn’t have much experience in care before commencing the degree so it helped me to ease into it!

During theory blocks you tend to get 2 days of directed study each week. So on these days we are not required to come to campus but there is still work set for us. However, there’s a little more lee way on when this work can be completed as it’s work to do in your own time but I tend to just stick to doing it the day it’s set. Sometimes you don’t get those days off if there’s assessments and practicals that need completing ect but generally you do. In terms of placement, it really depends where you get allocated. Community placements are generally monday-friday 8/9-4/5 so you’ll only get weekends. If you’re on a ward then you’ll likely do 3 long shifts a week which will give you 4 days off in which you could potentially pick up shifts!

Hope this helps Keep the questions rolling if you have any!
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Hey guys! Sorry to jump on the thread but I just wanted to let everyone know that if they have any questions regarding Keele as a university, their courses and admissions process etc, please don't hesitate to ask me and I would be more than happy to help!
Hi.. can you tell me where can we find the class schedules? I am looking for the masters in physiotherapy programme. The website does not have any links as well.
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Hi.. can you tell me where can we find the class schedules? I am looking for the masters in physiotherapy programme. The website does not have any links as well.
Hi there!

I don't believe there will be access to any time tables online as they can change from year to year. However, if you have a look at the course structure for the years, you can gauge a little bit about how much time will be spent doing which module. You can find this page here - https://www.keele.ac.uk/study/underg...herapy/#year-1

Also, I thought it might be useful to point you in the direction of our 'Ask a Student' page. Here, you will be able to take a student who is currently undertaking the course that you're interested in! It might be worth giving this a go to find out more about what time tabling has been like and what the course itself is like from a student who is experiencing it first hand! You can find the link to this here - https://www.keele.ac.uk/study/chat/

Hope this helps
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Anyone going to be living in Barnes K this september?
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