Author: Kamran Ali

UCAS Fairs – what to do next?

So you’re interested in uni, you’ve been to a UCAS Exhibition and found a bit of info about some degree programmes, but what’s next? 💭 1) Decide which path you want to take 🏃 Unlike applying to college/sixth form, you cannot apply to an unlimited amount of universities, you only get a choice of 5 courses you can apply for via UCAS. You can apply for multiple course at the same uni or pick 5 different unis, but your choice is still limited to 5 options. Since you only get to pick 5️⃣ courses, you need to decide which path you’re taking!...

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Do you know everything about the new attendance system? Don’t worry… We’ve got you covered!

Over the summer each room was fitted with a black box. You may have seen them 👀, they have a screen with the current time and make a sound when you put your ID card near them. What are they? 😮 Those black boxes that you see in your lecture rooms aren’t there as a clock, they are part of the “MAP Check-in” Attendance Recording System. The university is now marking the attendance for every lecture on your timetable. Not just your lecture though, anything that is on your timetable, such as labs and tutorials, should also be scanned....

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#AstonFreshers is over… make sure you know how to survive the rest of uni!

You’ve survived Freshers, congrats. From teambuilding exercises to going out every night for the sesh, it was a good week and now it is time to get serious! You have completed your first week of uni and now have realised this isn’t the same as Freshers. You are now in your first term of university up until January. Your 15 years of education has led to this point and if you were to survive secondary school, you’ll be able to hack this degree jargon in no time. 1. Attend lectures (as much as possible!) 🏃 Your sleep pattern is...

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What’s going on at Aston Freshers?

The first week of uni is the most exciting. For most, it will be the first occasion you experience adulthood and with that comes freedom of choice. Aston Freshers’ has a lot of events happening to get you settled in to your first week of university. This post will tell you about some of the best events happening… What to expect? Freshers’ week isn’t just all about waking up with a hangover the next morning, it features a range of events. The key to Aston Freshers’ is to chat to people, everyone will be approachable. They will be in...

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Spending Summer doing an Internship at Aston

Spending my summer break at university taught me more about Computer Science than I could have ever expected. When I was speaking to second year students on my course, a lot of the time they were talking about placements. Some students were struggling to find a placement, whether it was due to location or job role, they were not hearing any offers… It isn’t like I can just skip my placement year… “Getting experience before your graduate will give you a better chance of getting a job”. We are always told how important placement year is, however you can’t just...

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