Are you an aspiring university student?
Thinking about going to university? But not quite sure where to start in terms of the application process? The University of Manchester Aspiring Students' Society (UMASS) is the ideal starting point for information on applying to university. Registration for UMASS couldn’t be easier…simply visit the website and click on the registration link. This will allow you to receive a monthly e-newsletter which focuses on important aspects of the application process to university during the periods when we feel students need the most support. Take the December edition, for example; we understand that this can be quite a stressful time of year as many students will start to revise for their January exams, so we support you with suggested revision techniques and ways in which you can manage you time more efficiently.
Back to the UMASS website where students can view graduate profiles to gain a unique insight into varying degree subjects and what career fields they can lead to. There are also more interactive resources to guide you along the application pathway to university. The UMASS podcast series offers specialist advice from professionals who have years of experience in helping students to receive those all important offers from their chosen universities. The podcast series includes topics such as ‘making the most of open days’, ‘making an informed choice on choosing your A Levels’ and ‘a guide to student finance’. The purpose of UMASS is to also provide you with an insight into student life at university and how it differs from studying at school or college. So UMASS has teamed up with a group of student ambassadors (current students at the University of Manchester) with one aim: to provide you with up-to-date personal experiences of studying and living at university. Through the new weekly postings on the UMASS blog, students are now able to find out what student life has to offer.
Remember, all the resources outlined above can be found on the website…but that is not all that UMASS has to offer! We like to support students even further by holding a number of activities and workshops on the University of Manchester campus. These are designed to help you with writing personal statements, experiencing university lectures, revision techniques and generally just getting started with researching the different options available to you.
The on-campus programme has been structured to support students throughout their A Level studies. Starting in the November of your AS studies (Discover University) right up until you set off for university (summer lecture series). By being involved with UMASS you will become more confident and considerably more knowledgeable on the benefits that university has to offer, wherever you choose to apply. Even when you get to university UMASS will not forget you. We ask many of our UMASS alumni to pass on their experiences to the next generation of UMASS students by providing current information on their courses for our ‘subject of the month’ section on our website. For those of you who choose to study with us here at the University of Manchester, we will encourage you to train to become a student ambassador. This will enable you to become involved with the UMASS programme (and get paid for it!) whilst you’re studying.
On behalf of UMASS we look forward to seeing you on the UMASS programme in the near future!