Anglia Ruskin launches student finance Roadshow

Published: 7 September 2011 at 15:36

Special bus will visit towns and cities across the East of England

Anglia Ruskin University will take to the road this week to help prospective university students, teachers and parents understand the upcoming changes to student finances in England for those applying to start in 2012.

Throughout September and October Anglia Ruskin’s new purpose-designed double-decker bus will be visiting schools, colleges and town centres across the East of England to bring everyone up to speed about the new student finance, fees and funding situation.

The Roadshow bus features computers for students to access information, while the top-deck has been converted into a mini lecture theatre allowing staff to cover topics such as budgeting, the university application process and writing personal statements, as well as the new fees and loans structure.

Sandra Hollis, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin, said:

“There is a lot to think about when considering if university is going to be your next step, and we want to make sure that students and their parents have the most up-to-date information available to them.

“Through discussions with staff in local schools and with potential university students, we have found that the upcoming changes to university fees and the finance system have caused a lot of confusion.

“When people understand the various types of financial support that’s in place, they often realise that university is still very much an option for them. It’s important to remember that university students will pay nothing up front next year and the National Scholarship Programme will be in place to help students from lower income backgrounds.

“We wanted to do something to make sure local students are up to date with the facts, and the result is our fantastic Roadshow. The bus will be visiting hundreds of young people across the region, delivering a range of talks and activities about all aspects of applying to university.”

The Roadshow begins on Thursday 8 September at Chelmsford College and will take in over 20 towns and cities across the region during the next two months. If you spot the Anglia Ruskin Roadshow bus on its travels tweet #aruroadshow @AngliaRuskin, with the most imaginative tweet winning a £50 shopping voucher.