Staffordshire University is right at the centre of the UK, and we have big ambitions to become The Connected University.
Factsheet about: Staffordshire University
|Please provide us with a short blurb about the university.||
Staffordshire University is right at the centre of the UK, and we have big ambitions to become The Connected University. We’ve invested £75 million over the last few years in new buildings, learning spaces and the latest facilities, and we’ve worked hard to make sure our people are among the best in the business.
When you study with us, you’ll be consistently supported to realise your potential and achieve your career goals. Wherever you want to go, we’ll help you get there. Our industry links and work experience opportunities mean you’ll be well connected to the real world from day one. We're second in England for graduate employability, with 97.5% of our 2016 graduates now in employment or further study.*
We also know that coming to university isn’t just about where you study and where you stay. It’s about making friends and lifelong connections. Stoke-on-Trent is a great place to live, highlighted by the fact that it recently made the shortlist for UK City of Culture 2021.
*Excluding specialist colleges. Source: DLHE survey 2017.
(Any well known or successful alumni?)
|Fabrice Muamba (former professional footballer), Andrew Triggs Hodge (Olympic gold medallist and World Champion rower), Fatmir Besimi (Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Macedonia), Emma Jones (BBC arts and culture reporter).|
|Brief outline of the university’s facilities||
In the last few years, we’ve invested no less than £75 million in facilities across our Stoke-on-Trent, Stafford and Shrewsbury campuses, including:
· A £30 million Science Centre
· £11.5 million spent on television, music, games design and motion capture suites in the Cadman Studios
· £8.7 million worth of specialist computing facilities in the new Digital Kiln
· £5 million to create the Beacon specialist learning building
· £5.5 million at our Centres of Excellence in Healthcare Education in Stafford and Shrewsbury.
|Closest airport to the university?
Our Stoke-on-Trent campus is around the same distance from four airports.
· Manchester: 50 minutes by car, 75 minutes by train
· Birmingham: 60 minutes by car, 75 minutes by train
· East Midlands: 60 minutes by car
· Liverpool John Lennon: 65 minutes by car, 90 minutes by train
|Student Union activities & societies?||The Staffordshire University Students’ Union has hundreds of clubs and societies. There are things for active minds, like the Law Society and the Forensic and Crime Science Society, and things for active bodies, like the Football Club and the Snowsports Club. There’s even something for active thumbs in the Video Games Society. From Arts and Music to Politics, there’s something for everyone.|
Scholarships & Bursaries
|The University seeks to provide further financial support to those who need it most, such as students who come from areas with low participation in higher education, those whose household income is below a threshold, and Care Leavers. If you meet the eligibility criteria you will be automatically allocated the bursary. For more information and eligibility criteria please visit: www.staffs.ac.uk/undergraduate/funding|
|Internships/Placement/Study abroad opportunities?||
Many of our degrees have the option of a sandwich placement – a full year in a workplace, sometimes abroad – as a designated part of your course.
Other types of work experience include:
· Work-based placements – a specific, often project-based roles
· Short placements – a few weeks’ insight and hands-on experience
· Paid internship experience – initiated by an employer, usually through their HR department
· Serial placements – a planned series of short periods in the workplace
· Voluntary work – highly valued by employers, voluntary work demonstrates real commitment and teamwork
· Work shadowing – in contexts where only a qualified practitioner is allowed to do the job, shadowing them will give an invaluable insight into how they work.
|What accommodation is available & what is the average cost?||
In Stoke-on-Trent, Clarice Cliff Court provides study bedrooms with their own en-suite bathrooms and shared kitchen facilities. The Leek Road Halls have newly refurbished rooms with everything you need and you’ll have plenty of time to get to know everyone in the shared kitchen, living room and dining spaces. They also have great outdoor spaces equipped with outdoor ovens and power. For something more homely, the Leek Road Houses are perfect. As well as your own bedroom and shared bathroom facilities, you'll have a spacious open plan kitchen and living room area.
In Stafford, rooms are available at Tedder Court, within easy walking distance of the campus. These modern, freshly refurbished houses have kitchen, living, and bathroom facilities shared between four residents.
Prices range from £118 to £125 per week over a 39 week contract. Internet access, utility bills and contents insurance up to £5,000 are included at no extra cost. First years who have us as their firm choice are given preference.
If you prefer not to live in university accommodation, our Students’ Union runs a letting agency called GreenPad who can help you find a good home.
|3 Fun Facts about the university||
1. We were the first university in the UK to launch a dedicated esports degree, new for September 2018.
2. We guarantee to provide the opportunity of work experience for all our new undergraduate students.
3. We recently made headlines for being the first UK university to offer Clearing places via Snapchat.