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5Sep/12Off

Enrolment and Registration 2012/13: Returning Students

Well the time has come yet again, summer is officially over (if you could call it that!!) and students will be embarking on the next year of their academic studies. Here are some points to note for registering for this coming academic year:

-       All returning students MUST re-enrol using the online registration wizard via your QSIS account. Your school office will contact you via your Queen’s email account to inform you of when the online registration wizard will be online

-       All students (unless otherwise informed) can access the registration wizard from Wednesday 12th September

-       All Postgraduate Taught students due to submit a dissertation in September 2012 must also register in the same way to access eligibility for graduating in December, the same applies to PhD students due to submit their thesis

-       There are 10 steps for all students to complete in the online registration wizard. Please ensure you complete all 10 steps. If you have successfully completed the registration wizard, you will receive an email via your Queen’s email account to confirm successful completion

-       If you do not receive an email, this means you have not successfully completed the registration wizard. You will be sent a reminder email to complete the registration wizard

-       For returning International students, you will need to both complete the online registration wizard and present your updated visa check form (green form). To get the updated green form, international students must present their passports to the International Student Support Office (ground floor of the International and Postgraduate Student Centre)

-       If you do not successfully complete the online registration wizard  by the 12th October 2012, you will be penalised with a late registration fee of £50

-       For full details and guidance in enrolment and registration for the academic year 2012/13, please refer to the website

-       If any students have any issues or problems accessing their registration wizard, please contact the registration helpdesk on 02890 973223 or via email on reghelp@qub.ac.uk

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5Sep/12Off

August Resit Examination Results

For any students that undertook resit examinations in August, the results will be published by 5pm on Tuesday 4th September. The results will be published throughout the day so please keep checking on your QSIS account. To check your results, simply log into your QSIS account and go to ‘main menu- self-service-enrolment- view my grades’. If your results still haven’t been published by Wednesday 5th September, please contact the Examinations Office either by email at exams@qub.ac.uk or telephoning 028 9097 2727.

In a lot of cases, this time can be perhaps the most stressful for students as it determines whether you can proceed to the next academic year. If students did not receive the grades they needed or had hoped for, the first thing they must do is to contact their personal tutor or advisor of studies to discuss your options. To find out who your advisor of studies or personal tutor is, simply log into your QSIS account and go to ‘main menu- self-service-student centre’.

 

POINTS TO NOTE:

All outstanding resit fees must be paid in full prior to registering for the academic year 2012-13. If students fail to do so, a suspension will be placed on the student’s account which will prevent them from re-registering for the next academic year in September. To pay for resit fees, please contact Income and Student Finance on 02890 972727.

 

QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY COUNSELLING SERVICE

Exam time is always the most stressful time in a student’s life. Particularly for students that did not get the grades they needed, this can leave them feeling demotivated, confused with where they have went wrong and in doubt of what to do next. It is therefore vitally important for ALL students to know that Queen’s University aim to help each and every student get through whatever issues they may face. To help with this, Queen’s University continue to offer their Counselling Service which is available to all students free of charge. This is an excellent confidential service that can help students talk about their concerns and issues. Whether it be university related or just wanting to get something off your chest, why not call for an appointment on our free phone 0808 800 0016 or alternatively you can email at counsellingappointments@qub.ac.uk

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30Jul/12Off

August Resit Examinations

For those students re-sitting examinations in August, the timetable will be published via Queen’s Online on Tuesday 31 July 2012. Your personal timetable in Queen’s Online can be found under Services > Administration > Exam Timetable.

The resit examinations will take place between the 13th- 25th August and results will be published to students no later than the 4th September.

Please note, all outstanding resit fees must be paid in full before commencement of resit examinations. If students fail to do so, a suspension will be placed on their accounts which will prevent the student from re-registering for the next academic year in September.
 
If students have any queries regarding their resit examinations, they must be forwarded directly to the Examinations Office either by email at exams@qub.ac.uk or telephoning 028 9097 2807.

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9Jul/12Off

Queen’s Women Graduates Association Scholarship

Queen’s University have made available the following advertisement for the Queen’s Women Graduates Association Scholarship:

 To be eligible for this scholarship, are you:

  • Female?
  • A student who has had a gap of at least 5 years since attending school?
  • On a modest income?
  • Taking or about to take, for the first time, a full-time or part-time undergraduate course at Queen’s University Belfast in October 2012?
  • Interested in applying for financial assistance of up to £500?

If YES, you may be eligible to receive a Queen’s Women Graduates’ Scholarship.

For further information and application forms please contact:

QWGA Scholarship Committee
c/o Academic Affairs
Level 6, Administration Building
Queen’s University Belfast
University Road, Belfast BT7 1NN
Phone:  028 9097 3002
E Mail: aascholarships@qub.ac.uk

Closing date for applications is 4pm on Thursday, 11 October 2012.

Short-listed applicants will be interviewed on Thursday, 22 November 2012. 

 For further information and to obtain an application form, please refer to the Academic & Student Affairs link here.

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21Jun/12Off

EXAM RESULTS ARE OUT…. WHAT NEXT?

So the moment of truth has finally arrived. Most of you should have received your exam results by now but for those of you that haven’t, the official publication date is Thursday 21st June so there isn’t long to wait. To check your results, simply log into your QSIS account and go to ‘main menu- self service-enrolment- view my grades’.

This time of year can leave students feeling a bit down if you didn’t get the grades you needed or had hoped for. But it’s important to remember that, whatever the grades are, help and support is always available.

If you have failed any exams or have concerns about your exam marks, the first step is to contact your personal tutor or advisor of studies. They are there to help you not just at this difficult time but also throughout your whole education here at Queen’s. They offer advice on your progress and can recommend ideas on how to improve your studies. To find out who your advisor of studies or personal tutor is, simply log into your QSIS account and go to ‘main menu- self service-student centre’. If you get there and it says ‘none assigned’, you can contact your school office and they will be able to check it out for you.

RESIT EXAMINATIONS

For students that have to do re-sit examinations in August, you must speak with your school office. They will enrol you for the examination on QSIS and then you MUST register for your re-sits which is again available on your QSIS account. The registration wizard for re-sits will open on Friday 22nd June and will close 5pm on Wednesday 11th July.

WHERE TO GO FROM HERE

Students that have failed or didn’t get the results they expected can be left feeling disheartened, depressed and not sure what to do next. This realisation however can be seen as a positive thing as it can help you put into perspective where you have went wrong and that you need to focus more time and effort into your studies. Ask yourself what can you change for next year? Are you trying to juggle too much extracurricular activities with your studies? This may mean reducing your part time working hours or cutting back on your socialising down at the pub. Whatever the reason, it’s important to acknowledge this now so that you come back to next semester with a fresh mindset on how you will improve your studies. 

During the summer, Queen’s University continue to offer their Counselling Service which is available to all students free of charge. This is an excellent confidential service that can help students talk about their concerns and issues. Whether it be university related or just wanting to get something off your chest, why not call for an appointment on our free phone 0808 800 0016 or alternatively you can email at counsellingappointments@qub.ac.uk

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20Jun/12Off

Summer is here!

Given the weather, this may not be the best statement however for the majority of students, exams are officially over. For some, graduation is just round the corner so it is important to keep checking your Queen’s email for any updates. Please note, the registration wizard for graduation is now open and closes Friday 22nd June at 12.30pm. If students are having any trouble what so ever with registering or general queries about graduation, please contact the Graduation Helpline on 02890 973223.

Whilst the prospect of graduating is exciting, it can also mean something else…. full time employment is now on your horizon. During this time for those that have not yet secured employment, the Queen’s Career Service continues to offer an out of service drop in session from 10.30am-12.30pm and 2.30pm-4.30pm daily. Guidance interviews are also still available during out of teaching hours however these will be limited so if you would like to enquire about the drop in service or guidance interviews, please call into level one of the Student Guidance Centre or alternatively, call on 02890 972727.

We continue to advertise all vacancies for students graduating or considering taking a placement year on the Queen’s Employability, Careers and Skills website.

 

Things to think about:

Need new accommodation? It’s important to secure good quality accommodation now before it all gets snapped up so why not check out what Queen’s has to offer in accommodation by going to www.stayatqueens.com or by calling into the Student Guidance Centre for a booklet. Alternatively, you can contact SU lets (the Students’ Union Lettings Agency) on 02890 231000, check out their website http://www.sulets.net/ or simply call into in the Students’ Union to speak with an advisor.

 

Summer employment- For you students wanting to boost their CV’s and bank balance, have a look at the latest part time on campus jobs offered by Queen’s.

In the mean time, if you have any queries or need help finding support in any area of university life, you can call into level 1 of the Student Guidance Centre at the Information Desk for a chat. Alternatively contact us via email on sgc@qub.ac.uk or by telephone on 02890 972727.

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22May/12Off

IET FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES (EXTERNAL) FOR ALL UNDERGRADUATE ENGINEERING/ TECHNOLOGY STUDENTS STARTING 2ND, 3RD OR 4TH YEAR FROM OCTOBER 2012

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) are offering grants up to the value of £3000 for students entering 2nd, 3rd or 4th year of one of Queen’s University IET accredited programmes within the fields of Engineering and Technology from October 2012. These grants are an excellent opportunity for current students to help them financially for the continuation of their studies. To find out if your degree is an IET accredited program, please check out the directory of accredited courses here.

To be considered eligible for a grant, students need to have obtained 60% or more in their end of year exams (equivalent to a 2:1 classification) and will need to provide evidence of this. The deadline to apply for a grant is the 28th June 2012 at 5pm. Details on how to apply can be found via this link and for further information about the grant and other opportunities IET offers, please check out their website on www.theiet.org/ambition.

 

Forgotten your student card from your exam?

If you have accidently left behind your student card in one of your exams, don’t panic. At the end of every day, exam invigilators will drop all left student cards to the Information Desk,  level one of the Student Guidance Centre. If we have received your card, we will send you an email to your Queen’s email account the following morning. If you think you have left your card behind in an exam, you can either call us on 02890 972727, email us at sgc@qub.ac.uk or alternatively just call in to the Information Desk – we will be happy to help. 

Finding it hard to find a place to study?

As you are all aware, the Mc Clay library is absolutely hectic at the minute with students studying round the clock for their exams. If you are finding it difficult to find a place to study in the library, there are other places available such as:

  • Level one of the Student Guidance Centre has both workspace and computers available for students to study from 9:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday
  • The Space in the Students’ Union is open daily from 9am until approximately 11pm
  • The MBC Library is open Monday to Friday 8:00 to 22:00 and Saturday/ Sunday from 8:00 to 18:00
  • The Peter Froggart Centre (PFC) also opens Monday to Friday from 8:30 to 21:00
  • The Elmwood Learning and Teaching Centre (ELTC) also has areas for study that are open Monday to Thursday 9:00 to 21:30 and Friday from 9:00 to 16:30
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16May/12Off

UPDATES TO THE CAREERS ROTA FOR DROP IN SERVICE:

From Monday 14th May- Friday 29th June the out of semester careers drop in service will be available from 10.30am-12.30pm and 2.30pm-4.30pm daily

Guidance interviews are also still available during out of teaching hours however these will be limited so if you would like to enquire about the drop in service or guidance interviews, please call into level one of the Student Guidance Centre or alternatively, call on 02890 972727.

To find out what career events are happening this week, check out the careers service weekly diary here.

You can also keep track of what various career events are happening over the next few weeks by logging onto the careers management system.

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10May/12Off

EXAMS ARE BACK- TIME FOR SURVIVAL TIPS

Now that semester two is on its last week can only mean one thing….. EXAMS. The pressure of exams can be extremely overwhelming for all students so here are some useful tips to help you maintain at least a little bit of sanity:

  • The Mc Clay Library continues its Twenty-Four-Hour Opening until 5.30pm on Saturday 2nd June 2012.

During these dates The Mc Clay Library will remain open overnight every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening. Students will have access to study facilities but service points will not be staffed during the extended hours.

On Sundays the doors open at 12 noon and the building remains open all week until 1.00am on Saturday mornings. It then re-opens at 6.00am on Saturdays and closes on Sunday mornings at 1.00am before reopening at midday.

  • Ensure you have your exam timetable at the ready. You need your exam timetable for each exam not only so you know where you are going and when, but it also has your anonymous code which the examiners need. To get a copy of your exam timetable, go to the ‘administration link’ (bottom left-hand corner) of your Queen’s online account.
  • Make sure you have your student card. While this may seem an obvious fact, it is not uncommon for students to be so engulfed in revision that they lose track of where they left their student card. So if you find yourself in this position just before an exam…. DONT PANIC. Just come to level one of the student guidance centre were we will issue you with a new card there and then. Please note, we are open Monday to Friday 9-5 and the cost for a new student card is £10 cash.
  • It may seem impossible at the time but there are ways to help manage your stress during exam time. It is vitally important to take regular breaks to give your mind a rest from revision and you can do this any way; from going out with friends, to going to the gym or for a walk, or just by catching up on some much needed TV, taking a break from your revision can help refresh your brain, ready for the next session.
  • Know that you are not alone. A lot of students isolate themselves away from people in a bid to stay as focused as possible. At times, this may be good for concentration however by remembering that you are not alone, you can reach out for help either with classmates, family, or friends to get some of that stress and frustration off your chest.

For any students undertaking re-sit exams in August, the Re-sit Registration Wizard will be open on 22 June 2012, the day after the deadline for second semester examination results. You will be able to access the wizard via your QSIS account and select the modules you wish to retake.

Students will be sent email correspondence to your QUB email account so you should check it over the summer period. You will also be able to find information via the Exams website: http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/sgc/srecords/Examinations/ResitExaminations/

And finally, the Student Guidance Centre would like to wish all students the best of luck in their upcoming exams.

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1May/12Off

TUITON FEES 2012-13 EXPLAINED

We have had a growing number of queries regarding the changes in structure of tuition fees for the forthcoming 2012-13 academic year. If you are applying for a new course or have concerns that you will be affected by the coming changes, guidance is available on the website, or you can call into level one of the Student Guidance Centre to speak to a member of staff. Alternatively you can call us on 02890 972727 or email directly at sgc@qub.ac.uk

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