College Notices: w/c 23rd February 2015

by Kim Small.  

For All Students:

Student Reflection Period

  • Complete your ‘Student Reflections’ on the tab on your Insight page
  • This is your self-assessment of how you are doing in each of your subjects and is to help you meet identify your own actions that will help you meet your target grades
  • Student Reflections need to be completed by Friday, 27th February

Alton College Students’ Union Election Day

  • We had some technical problems with the vote before half term so will continue with a second voting day on Friday 27th February
  • Your vote was counted if this is the first time you have voted for an SU at College and you won’t be able to vote again this week.
  • If you tried to vote and it changed or said you had already voted, please vote again on Friday. You can also vote if you didn’t before half term.
  • Vote online this Friday from 6am-3.30pm use Moodle SU page to find the candidate for each role.
  • It’s YOUR Student Union #yourvoiceyourvote

Students standing this year:

  • President: Eleanor Burton, Tom Chapman, Lydia Playle, Tallulah Small
  • Secretary: Karla Welch is uncontested and therefore no need to vote
  • Equalities and Diversity Officer: Shannon Jones & Liv Hall, Becky Horton,
  • Press/Marketing Officer: Ali Bayliss & Isabella Chalmers-Arnold
  • Treasurer: Alex Bristow, Claudia Kirby
  • NUS Officer: Prabhakshavel Venkatasubramaniam is uncontested and therefore no need to vote
  • Charities Officer: Frejya Barnard &Helen Blackbourn, Megan Keeping
  • Environment Officer: Max Ottway, Hatty Sanders, Hannah Hopwood, Sam Jones-Martin

Army Careers Service

  • Representatives from the Army Careers Service will be in College TODAY (Tuesday 24th Feb) from 12-2pm on the Refectory
  • No need to book an appointment, just turn up between the above times to discuss opportunities available for a career in the Army

Women’s Touch Rugby

  • Looking for a fun way to keep fit and active?
  • Touch Rugby is a great way to do this
  • It is rugby without the contact and an emphasis on running, speed, agility and skills
  • Do not worry if you have never played before – it is really easy to pick up!
  • If you are interested then why not come along – takes place every Thursday at 1.15pm on the Sports Field
  • Please wear suitable footwear / sports clothing

For students on the first year of a 2 year course:

Extended Projects (EPQs)

  • EPQ taught sessions will commence the week beginning 2nd March.
  • EPQ students will need to check their Insight timetable at the end of this week to see when, and where, their first EPQ taught session will take place.
  • The EPQ schedule (including deadlines) is available on EPQ Moodle to help EPQ students plan their time around their other studies. It is recommended that EPQ students look at this carefully.
  • Thanks, Libby Smith EPQ co-ordinator

Oxford & Cambridge 2016 Entry

  • Thursday 26th February
  • @ 1pm
  • Meeting for FIRST YEAR STUDENTS interested in applying to Oxford or Cambridge for entry in 2016. This talk will be presented by staff from the University of Oxford.
  • Due to limited seating, places must be booked through the online store – click here
  • Information about:
  • The application process
  • What Oxbridge are looking for in a student
  • What you can expect from life at Oxford or Cambridge
  • plus more

Surrey UCAS Convention

  • Monday 16th & Tuesday 17th March
  • 200 places available on each day - if you wish to travel with a friend please make sure you book on the same coach/day as you will not be able to change - places go quickly!
  • Over 100 uni's present to give info, advice and guidance on your future plans.
  • This is a really excellent opportunity to kick start your uni research.
  • Book your place via the online store - £5 – please pay by card online and not with cash/cheque at the Hub as a questionnaire needs to be completed by parents via the online booking.

Bournemouth University Insight Days

  • BU Insight Days are a series of events on-campus, with 10 subject pathways throughout the year:
    • Computing & Technology; Leisure & Tourism; Sports, Nutrition & Health; Creative Technology; Design & Engineering; Health & Social Sciences; Sciences; Humanities; Media & Communication; Business & Management
  • The Insight Days give a real experience of university life, including workshops in the subject area, student life, the applications process and a tour of the campus and facilities.
  • For further information email: and to register go to:
  • Considering undergraduate study in the US?

Fulbright Commission USA College Day!

For Second Years

Progression Forms

  • Reminder for Tutors:
  • Every student who hasn’t applied to university should have completed a Progression Form – please return all forms to the Student Hub
  • Many thanks

UCAS – Offers

  • Universities and Colleges can take different lengths of time to make a decision and it is likely that a lot of you will still be waiting to hear - they have up to the 7th May to make decisions if you applied by the 15th Jan deadline.
  • When you receive all of your offers you will need to choose your ‘Firm’ (first choice) and ‘Insurance’ (back up choice) - DON’T rush into deciding on your choices
  • You will need to respond by your ‘reply date’ which will be displayed in Track. This is based on when the last decision is received for your choices so may differ to other people:
  • Last Decision by: 31Mar15 /Your Reply Date: 06May15
  • Last Decision by: 07May15 /Your Reply Date: 04Jun15

UCAS – Extra

  • Used all of your 5 choices? – Yes
  • Received all of your decisions? – Yes
  • Holding any offers? – No
  • Add an extra choice in UCAS Track for FREE from the 25th Feb to 2nd July
  • Note:
    • Not all universities will have places in Extra – use the UCAS search tool ( and select the option ‘ Show courses in Extra’ from the filter
    • If you decide to apply for a different course to what you originally wrote about on your personal statement, it’s worth contacting the university first to check if they’d like an alternative personal statement emailed through to them

Student Finance for University

  • Don’t wait until you’ve accepted a place to apply for student finance – apply using your first choice of university – this can be changed later if need be
  • Apply as soon as possible to make sure that you have everything sorted before you start university.
  • Note: You need to apply for Student Finance in the year you are intending to start university, i.e. if you are starting in 2015 apply now. If you have applied for deferred entry to start in 2016 you will need to apply Feb’16


Wessex Arts Event:

Rosie Wilby’s show ‘Nineties Woman’ at Wessex Arts ( this coming Saturday (28th Feb) at 7:30pm. London-based comedian brings her journey on how it was to be a feminist, lesbian woman studying engineering in the 1990s. Described by the Evening Standard as a ‘talented performer with a winning self-depricating personality’ Wilby has performed at Glastonbury Festival, Latitude Festival and on BBC Radio 4.

Tickets £10 full price, £8 concs from 01420 592221