College Notices: w/c 9th March 2015

by Kim Small.  

For ALL students:

General Election 2015 – influence your future ……

  • •Prior to every General Election, the College holds a Hustings for East Hampshire Prospective Parliamentary Candidates to inform and encourage students to take part in the democratic process.
  • •Students are invited to attend the General Election Hustings in the Martin Read Hall on Tuesday 21st April from 1.00 – 2.00. The Prospective Parliamentary Candidates from the following parties will be attending:
    • • Damian Hinds Conservative Party
    • • Peter Bisset Green Party
    • • Alex Wilks Labour Party
    • • Richard Robinson Liberal Democrats
    • • Peter Baillie UKIP
  • •Each PPC will address the audience for 5 minutes followed by a ‘ Question Time ’ format.
  • •Please submit your questions to the Prospective Parliamentary Candidates to •by Friday 20th March.
  • The Hustings will be chaired by the out-going president of the Alton College Students ’ Union and promises to be a lively debate.

17+? Claim your Vote!

  • Click here
  • You will need to have your NI number and your home postcode It only takes a few minutes to claim your right to vote - LRC staff on hand to help

Volunteer Events Co-ordinator needed in Alton!

  • •Are you 18+
  • •Good knowledge of social media required
  • •Well organised!
  • •Love of music an advantage as many of the events are gigs/musical evenings
  • •For more information contact or go to the Student Hub on a Tuesday between 1030-1400

Red Nose Day

  • Friday 13th March is Red Nose Day!
  • To support this the SU will be running a cake/cookie/doughnut sale in the Ref at Lunchtime, from 12.25-2.00pm!
  • We also encourage you to wear red and make a donation to one of the SU members who will be collecting donations around the College!

Charity Dodgeball Tournament for Comic Relief

  • •Friday 13th 12.40pm-2pm Sports Hall
  • £1 per student to enter – All students welcome!
  • Teams of 6. All solo entries will be put into a team on the day
  • Run by your Sports Council members
  • All teams and solo entries to Chris Revell in the Gym or by email
  • Spectators are encouraged to come along too! Any loose change for the collection boxes will be much appreciated!

Visit from former student

  • Ash Mohan (an ex-student from Alton) will be coming to college on Monday 16th March, 1pm, in room120 to give a presentation about doing a Maths degree, his Gap year, Investment Banking and how to get an internship.
  • There will then be an opportunity to ask questions at the end.
  • Please pop along if interested in any of the above.

IMPORTANT Dates/Events for students

Gap Opportunities Fair

  • • On Tuesday 17th March
  • • 6.30pm-8.00pm Harvey Hall
  • • Free entry for all
  • • At St Swithun's School, Alresford Road, Winchester

Health and Wellbeing Fair

  • •Tuesday 31st March
  • •From 12-2pm in the Refectory
  • •Various stands will be in the refectory offering advice and information
  • •Including: * Quit-4-Life * Blood Donors * Drink & Drug Driving Awareness * Samaritans * Sexual Health * Sport * EFT De-stress method and more …… ..

Name the Lion Easter Eggstravaganza

  • Choose a name for the Lions Club Lion for a chance to win a giant milk chocolate egg
  • £1 for each name chosen
  • All proceeds go to Bushy Leaze Children and Families Centre
  • Located in Reception

For 1st year students on a 2 year course

Reminder: Meeting re Edward Thomas Poetry Tour

  • •Thursday 12th March
  • •@ 1.15pm in room 705
  • •COMPULSORY meeting for EVERYONE that is going on the Edward Thomas Poetry Tour (26th-27th March)

Surrey UCAS Convention

  • •If you have booked a place on one of the UCAS Convention trips please:
    • •Make sure you have pre-registered
    • •Collect your copy of the Convention Guide from the Hub – - this contains information on: * how to prepare * seminar timetable * list and plan of exhibitors * and more …
  • •On the day, remember:
    • •Your coach number (you are not permitted to swap coaches)
    • •To bring: * your printed registration ticket * your convention guide * a strong bag
    • •And meet at the front of College at 9am for a 9.15am departure

Compulsory Personal Statement presentations

  • •We have arranged for representatives from universities to provide talks on Personal Statements
  • •Even if you are not considering going to university you will still need to have a Personal Statement
  • •The talks have been arranged as follows and will be held in the Martin Read Hall:-
    • – All ‘ A ’ PLD groups Thu 19th March @ 12.50pm
    • – All ‘ N ’ PLD groups Thu 26th March @ 12.50pm
    • – All ‘ F ’ PLD groups Thu 2nd April @ 12.50pm
  • •These are compulsory for all first year students to attend, along with their tutors

Progression Checklists

Applying for a GAP year

Applying for a JOB

Applying to UCAS

1. Research locations and areas of work – use the information, guidance and links available on moodle/Student Resources.

1. Research industries and careers – use and other resources on moodle. Book a Careers appointment if needed.

1. Research courses and universities – use the information, guidance and links in moodle/Student Resources (hard copies of every prospectus in the Hub).

2. Draw up a short list of companies and opportunities.

2. Draw up a shortlist of careers/work areas – check qualifications/skills required are realistic.

2. Draw up a short list of courses – ensure the grades required are realistic.

3. Consider the financial implications for you and that your short list options are achievable.

3. Research opportunities available – in the appropriate geographical area required.

3. If you are attending the UCAS Fair in Guildford prepare for your visit.

4. Complete/update your CV – see information and guidance to help you in moodle/student resources. Some GAP year companies will request this.

4. Complete/update your CV – see information and guidance to help you in moodle/student resources. Some GAP year companies will request this.

4. Find out when Open Days are for your choices and register to attend as many as you can.

5. Start thinking about your personal statement – use as the basis of your application letter / statement space on application forms. Use the information and guidance on moodle/student resources.

5. Start thinking about your personal statement to use as the basis of your application letter, whether speculative or specific.

Use the information and guidance on moodle/student resources.

5. Start thinking about your personal statement - link it to the courses you are applying.

Use the information and guidance on moodle/student resources.


  • • The University of Dundee are offering students the chance to experience student life before you even apply to Uni
  • • They are looking for five students to try out student life for 2 days, all expenses paid, plus they will also receive an Ipad Air 2.
  • • To find out more and to register go to

University of Manchester Discover Days

  • • Interested in the University of Manchester?
  • • If you are in Year 12 and looking to explore degree courses, then Discover Days are for you!
  • • Meet academic staff and students
  • • Gain hands-on experience of learning at university
  • • Make informed decisions before embarking on the UCAS process
  • • To find out more and to register go to:

For Second Years

Need help with your Student Finance Application?

  • On the 20th March a representative from the University of Portsmouth will be in the LRC to assist with Student Finance Applications for any course at any university from 11am to 2pm
  • If you have started an application and need help, or don't know how to start– sign up for a place at the Student Hub
  • Still waiting for offers? Complete your application using your first choice of uni –this can be changed at a later date– don't delay applying as this may delay your funds being in place when you start your course

Student Finance and NHS Bursaries