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Here you will be able to find all the other advice services St. George’s Students’ Union has to offer.

 

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Finding accommodation becoming a bit of a nightmare? If you want to avoid a house hunting disaster it’s best to get clued up as to the rules of the game. Here are some useful tips.

Accommodation Notice Board 

This is located in the lift lobby on the 2nd floor Hunter Wing. It is a good place to find adverts for spare rooms/houses to rent. If you want to advertise on this board you need to come and get your poster stamped first in the SU offices. (Please note that the SU does not check the validity of such accommodation advertisement from private landlords).

Keep your eyes out for accommodation evenings in the spring – we are hoping to hold evenings to provide advice when looking for housing from students who have been through it before. 

SGSU cannot advise on legal matters but all our students have access to the University of London housing service who can.

They are contactable on 0207 862 8880.

Student Loans

Home students can apply for a student loan from the Student Finance England. How much of this loan you qualify for depends on your status, taking into account whether you are an independent student, have dependents, and whether you are eligible for any other awards. The loan is also dependent on the number of weeks you spend at university per year.

You should have already applied for your student loan in advance of arriving here, but if you haven’t, you will need to contact your Local Authority who will send you the appropriate paperwork.

You will not need to start paying it back until you have left university and are earning money. For more specific information please refer to the Repayment section of Student Finance England.

NHS Bursaries

For Home students, all three years of Physiotherapy and Radiography, years 2, 3 and 4 of the 4-year MBBS course and the 5th year of study of the 5-year MBBS course, the fees are paid by the NHS Bursary unit. These students are also eligible for a bursary, but like your student loan, this is affected by your personal financial situation. The NHS bursary must be reapplied for on an annual basis.

Fees

For all of those Home students on undergraduate courses who are not eligible for a Bursary, the fees for the academic year are shown here. A complete breakdown of fees including those for international students and postgraduate students is available from the Student Centre.

Student Bank Accounts

It is likely that you will already have a bank account prior to coming to St. George’s, but before you automatically upgrade your account with your current bank, take a look at what others are offering. There are many different things you need to consider, not just the freebies! You need to consider things like overdrafts and the location of the bank.

 Access to Learning Fund

If all attempts at budgeting fail, you may need to apply for Access to Learning Funds (ALF). ALF is allocated to the medical school by the Government to assist Home students in severe and genuine financial difficulty. Only certain students are eligible. ALF is not to be used for the payment of tuition fees, or to make up for a shortfall in assessed parental contribution.

To be eligible, students should have applied for their full entitlement of Student loan. Help will be given in the form of a non-repayable grant from the Medical School. For more information, collect guidance notes and an application form from the registry. 

For more the forms and guidance information please visit the SGUL website

Postgraduate funding information can also be found at: PostgraduateFunding.com, a comprehensive database of grants available to postgraduate students from all over the world.

Please contact Jude O'Brien, Student Finance and Policy Officer (jobrien@sgul.ac.uk or on 0208 725 0962) or Helen Williams, Student Finance Advisor (Hwilliam@sgul.ac.uk or on 0208 266 6303) for further information or if you have any financial difficulties at all during your course.

Adam Feinstein has now joined SGUL as the Royal Literary Fellow for 2014/15.

He is a professional author, journalist, broadcaster, poet and translator. All students and staff are welcome to see him for free, confidential, one-to-one advice and guidance with writing essays, SSCs, journal articles, theses or job applications. He can help with:

  • Developing structure and argument
  • Drafting introductions and conclusions
  • Clarity
  • Style

To arrange a 45-minute consultation, email him using rlf@sgul.ac.uk

He is located in Student Support Services on the second floor of the Hunter Wing (next to Counselling Services), and will be there on Mondays and Tuesdays during term time throughout the academic year.

The Careers Service is here to support all SGUL current students and recent graduates to develop the skills and knowledge they need to pursue their career or further study.

This involves 1:1 advice and coaching, careers workshops and events as well as access to careers information, resources and vacancy listings.

What can the careers adviser help with?

  • Starting to think about options and signposting to useful resources
  • Weighing up decisions on career choices, medical specialties or further study
  • Advice and guidance on where to look for jobs
  • CV, application form and further study personal statement checks
  • Practice interviews

A careers adviser cannot tell you want to do, or provide all the answers; their role is to help you to clarify your thinking and sharpen your ability to manage your own career.

Making an appointment with the careers adviser

Appointments are available every Wednesday and Thursday from 9.30am-4pm and the careers adviser is located in the Student Centre, ground floor of the main St George’s building (Hunter Wing).

To book an appointment, contact the Student Centre:

Tel: 020 8266 6344

email: studentcentre@sgul.ac.uk.

The Equality Act 2010 definition of disability not only refers to people who may be visibly disabled - for example those who are blind or have mobility difficulties, such as wheelchair users - but also includes those with a broad range of conditions such as asthma, depression, diabetes, dyslexia, Asperger's Syndrome, cancer, multiple sclerosis, HIV and schizophrenia.

St. George’s makes reasonable adjustments for disabled students and staff where they would otherwise face a 'substantial disadvantage' in their work, their study or in using a service. The Disability Advisor gives students guidance on reasonable adjustments, disabled student allowances or confidential support.

For more information or to contact the disability advisor please email disability@sgul.ac.uk.

From our experience of student parents (and yes, there are a fair few at SGUL), it IS perfectly possible to be both a student and a parent, although it may sometimes feel like you could do with an extra day in the week!

Financial Information  

Students studying full time Higher Education courses may be entitled to additional financial help from their funding body.  If you are receiving Student Loans and Grants, or financial support from NHS Student Bursaries, you are advised to make enquiries about the following supplementary grants…

  • Parents’ Learning Allowance – an additional non-repayable grant paid directly to students to help with course costs such as books, materials and travel.

  • Childcare Grant – if you use an Ofsted registered childcare provider, you may be able to apply for non-repayable assistance towards your childcare costs.

Further details about Parents’ Learning Allowance and the Childcare Grant can be found on the Directgov website.

Please note that both grants are income assessed, so if you live with a partner/spouse their income details will be used to calculate your entitlement

SGUL’s Access to Learning Fund

The Access to Learning Fund (ALF) provides discretionary financial assistance to students to help them access and remain in Higher Education.  Students who need financial help to meet extra costs that cannot be met from other sources of support, and those who may be considering leaving Higher Education because of financial problems are particularly encouraged to apply.  The ALF can also help to alleviate unexpected financial hardship.

Students with child dependants are one of the priority groups targeted and students are encouraged to make an application as soon as possible as funds are limited.  The application form and guidance notes can be found on the Portal

Please note that students studying Nursing, Midwifery and those on the foundation year of the 6 year Medicine programme need to apply to Kingston University’s Access to Learning Fund.  You can contact their Student Funding Service at studentfunding@kingston.ac.uk or on 020 8417 355

Student Parents Association (SPA)

The SPA are a group dedicated to supporting all student parents throughout their studies at St George’s. The group is run by studying parents so they understand the fabulous and not-so-fabulous aspects of raising a family whilst being at university. They are here to help each other make the most of their time at St George’s.

They aim to offer a support network of students juggling similar responsibilities. They’re here to listen, share advice and provide advocacy for student parents. They’re also here to provide socialising opportunities!

Email space@su.sgul.ac.uk for more details.

If you are certain of your religious orientation you may be interested in getting involved in appropriate groups and activities. These are a good way of getting to know people with similar ideas to you and can be a source of inspiration, encouragement and support as well as being great fun. If you are a Muslim, Sikh, Christian, Hindu or Jewish you may wish to join the appropriate faith society we have here, but if you follow any other faith you will have to seek out local activities outside George’s.

The Multifaith and Quiet Contemplation Room

The university and the students union welcomes and encourages integration between all faith groups through the multifaith and quiet contemplation room. This is an onsite space which can be booked and used by any student(s) of faith or not, to observe prayers or have some quiet time away from the demands of everyday student life. The guidelines for this space can be found here.

For more FAQs on the Room please click here.

In general George’s prides itself on its friendly and relaxed atmosphere. However there may be occasions when you witness or experience discrimination or harassment. Sometimes it may be subtle, but from time to time it may be overt. It is difficult to know to what extent these sorts of incidents occur, as more often than not they probably go unreported.

The medical school and the students’ union are committed to a working and learning environment that is free from intimidation, and we will not tolerate any form of bullying. Sexual and racial harassment are both forms of bullying, but it can also exist within gender and racial groups. It involves behaviour or communication which threatens or oppresses another.

If you do become aware of discrimination/ harassment, whether victim or observer, there are a number of people you can speak to who are better able to deal with them and who can offer some advice:

  • Tanisha Amin: SGSU Vice President (Education & Welfare) 0208 725 0451
  • Corey Briffa: SGSU President 0208 725 2709
  • The Counsellors
  • Your personal tutor
  • Dr Rochelle Rowe (Equality and Diversity Advisor) 020 8725 0605 rrowe@sgul.ac.uk