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Newman University College Birmingham started life in 1968 as a teacher training college, but now offers a wider variety of degrees alongside its respected teacher training courses. Within its portfolio of courses, there are chances to study everything from art & design and ancient history to management studies and sports studies.
Newman University College is underpinned by Catholic values, having been named after Cardinal Newman, but it welcomes students regardless of their religious beliefs.
Uniquely, all the degrees at Newman University College incorporate a work placement, and it’s committed to providing foundation degrees, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate courses. It’s a relatively small institution, with a student body of around 3,000. It has respectable rates of student satisfaction and 93% of its graduates go on to further study or employment.
Home to more than one million people, Birmingham is a vibrant, multicultural city. It has the UK’s largest student population outside of London, with around 50,000 students. The capital of the midlands, it has undergone extensive regeneration, sweeping away its grimy industrial past and installing glamorous shops, pubs, bars and clubs. It’s still a bit of a concrete jungle and fringed with unattractive ring roads, but cultural and architectural highlights more than make up for it.
Located eight miles from Birmingham city centre, Newman University College is based on a purpose built campus. It’s a pretty, leafy campus with views over the Bartley Reservoir and the Worcestershire countryside.
The campus has witnessed some renovations over the past couple of years. Most recently, Newman University College has pumped £20m into building a new library, entrance building, performance space and family research centre. Its library has over 100,000 books, an extensive collection of journals and plenty of resources to aid your study.
First years are given priority to the 206 single study bedrooms in Newman’s halls of residence. Accommodation fees are £3,517 a year for first year students occupying a standard room with shared bathrooms and £3,832 for PGCE students. There are also a few en-suite rooms at £4,630 for first years, £4,990 for PGCE students.
Newman University College Birmingham also has on-campus houses with a small number of rooms available for undergraduate and PGCE students.
Studying a full-time undergraduate or foundation degree at Newman University College Birmingham will set you back £8,400 a year. Don’t worry; you don’t have to cough up the tuition fees straight away. The government will provide you with a loan to cover the cost of your tuitions fees and you’ll only start to repay the loan once you are earning over £21,000. If you don’t pay it back after 30 years, the debt is cancelled. For more information, read this.
Birmingham has relatively low living costs, coupled with a large student population, meaning that your money stretches just that little bit further. Businesses are keen to get a slice of the student market so you’ll find plenty of student deals. Furthermore, there are bountiful student club nights meaning that partying hard won’t have a devastating impact on your student bank account.
Newman University College has pretty reasonably priced student accommodation and private accommodation won’t set you back a packet either. Pair all this with some nifty budgeting and you should be able to get by at university.
Newman University College Birmingham has three scholarship schemes for fulltime students. There are academic scholarships of £5,000 for those achieving AAB at A Level or DDD at BTEC National Diploma. There are also 15 academic achievement scholarships for students on undergraduate Initial Teacher Education courses.
It also has 28 National Scholarship Programme awards for honours students which consist of a one-off £1,000 cash award and a £5,000 discount on tuition fees or accommodation. These awards are for students with household incomes of £25,000 or less. Care leavers, carers for a disabled relative, those who attended a low achieving school or have the most UCAS points will be given priority.
John Henry Newman Scholarships of £2,000 a year follow the same criteria as the academic achievement scholarships with the additional requirement that the recipients have attended schools which are members of the Newman University College Catholic Higher Education Network. They also require recipients to commit at least three hours a week to liturgical and/or charity work.
More information about the scholarships available can be found here.
Birmingham is famous for its nightlife. Broad Street, Brindley Place and the Mailbox are popular areas to have a night out and there are lots of places to eat and drink next to the city’s famous canals, including Zinc Bar, Living Room, and Bar Epernay.
Club nights such as Gatecrasher and Godskitchen are a must. You should also check out Air, HMV Institute and the Factory Club at the Custard Factory. Alongside that, there are plenty of other bars and pubs to keep everyone happy, alongside restaurants, theatres, cinemas, and other non-alcohol fuelled entertainment.
Newman University College has an on-site bar, Senses, which forms the centre of Newman Students’ Union social calendar. Throughout the week, there are various events in the evenings, topped off with a live acts and a late bar on Friday.
Newman University College has its own sports centre, which has a fitness suite, squash courts, a sports hall, a gymnasium and an all-weather pitch. Newman has teams in football, basketball, badminton, netball, rugby, hockey and cricket. In addition, Newman Students’ Union has nine societies, covering a diverse range of areas, from drama and volunteering to religion and dance.
Freshers’ Week at Newman University College involves your standard mixture of welcome talks, inductions and orientations. Newman Students’ Union puts on a number of club nights and bar crawls both on campus and in town.
Student can book appointments with a careers adviser at Newman’s Career Service, browse job and internship opportunities on the Job Shop, get involved with volunteering or attend workshop and events. They can also provide you with help with your CV, job applications and job interviews