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On our increasingly well-regarded journalism course we develop enquiring minds so that you will be the ones to report tomorrow’s stories and find the answers to today’s questions.
If you want to become a journalist and explore what journalism is and where it's heading, this is the perfect course for you.
Guided by staff with 100 years of combined journalistic expertise between them, you'll be given a practical grounding in print, radio, photo and online journalism.
You'll learn how to produce authoritative, incisive and imaginative work. As you search for the inside track on the vibrant, important living story that is east London, you'll find no better place to practice your journalistic skills.
You'll look at the problems, pitfalls and potential for today's journalism, studying its past and debating its future.
We're hosting a major annual conference that examines the future of journalism. Alongside papers from senior media figures, our students' work will feature at the conference's heart.
If you don't meet the entry requirements for a BA, you can study this course as an extended, four-year programme. You'll begin by taking a foundation year which prepares you for a successful transition to the BA degree. This means it will take you four years to complete the course full-time, and eight years to complete the course part-time.
What makes this course different
In the 2017 National Student Survey, 91% of our Journalism students were satisfied with the quality of the course.
You can follow in distinguished footsteps. Our students have gone on to work in senior media positions.
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
Our three-year course offers the complete journalistic education, covering a broad spectrum of subjects.
Sometimes you may find yourself as the working journalist, maybe on one of our own student publications or perhaps on a work placement assignment at a national media organisation.
At other times, you'll be the entrepreneur, devising original stories and formulating ideas with business potential before pitching them to commissioning editors.
Or you could be the academic, researching subjects such as the history of journalism, its new role in society, media law, ethics and regulation.
You can choose portfolio modules from which you gain credits towards your degree by getting your journalistic work published.
For your major project work, you can work on the development of a new publication, from the idea stage all the way through to its production - and, of course, the launch party! Or, instead, you could originate and complete a major academic research project of your choice.
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- Core Modules
This module will provide students with the opportunity to identify the skills, competencies and experience required for successful development to embarking on their university degree and successfully completing it and progressing on to a range of potential future career areas.
Central to the developmental process is for each student to cultivate the reflective skills, openness and self-awareness to enable themselves to assess what they are doing, identify areas for improvement, and confidently receive and give constructive feedback.
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Social Media Project
The module will develop basic individual research and production skills for social media content. Students will also develop their reflection and evaluation skills. Throughout the module students will create new content for a social media account relating to their chosen subject pathway, or topic of interest. Students will also be encouraged to consider current issues and debates surrounding social media.
The module will introduce students to key theoretical and practical concepts in relation to journalism, reporting, media and professional writing. Students will get a feel for what working as a journalist is really like through a variety of topics from research and interview skills, to proof-reading and self-editing. Students will be required to apply their understanding of theoretical and practical concepts in the form of a portfolio.
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Narrative and Creativity
This module will provide students with the opportunity to identify the skills and knowledge necessary to create oral, visual and written narratives for all kinds of media production. This module aims to give students the theoretical understanding of narrative and creativity. Throughout the module students will be encouraged to consider how these theories shape their chosen subject. Students will be assessed on their ability to present their understanding of narrative theories and give supporting examples of how these apply to various forms of media.
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Ways of Looking
This module will introduce students to how meaning is made and transmitted in visual texts. Students will be introduced to the various ‘ways of looking’ (frameworks) at media, and how this is applies to current media examples. Students will be expected to conduct their own research and encouraged to consider how the ‘ways of looking’ at media can be applied to their own subject specific pathway.
Students will also learn how to apply key composition and aesthetic (typography, colour, and layout) skills to their own work in the form an academic poster using industry standard software.
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Professional Development (Mental Wealth)
This module will provide you with the opportunity to identify the skills, competencies and experience required for employment and employability and how employability and industry connections are implemented in the curriculum.
You will begin to recognise the areas for your own personal professional development (including emotional, social, physical, cultural and cognitive intelligences) through taught and workshop activity.
Central to the developmental process is for each student to cultivate their reflective skills through collaboration with other undergraduate students and analysing effective approaches to industry briefs and creative problem solving.
- Core Modules
This module will introduce the range of essential journalistic skills that students will develop as they progress through the programme. We begin by offering students the skills and confidence to write grammatically and effectively. Students will then learn how to gather and analyse news and data from various sources including social media, prior to creating news-oriented content in a range of readily recognisable editorial formats, paying particularly close attention to industry standards in writing and copy-editing.
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Photo, Audio and Video
This module focuses on how to use audio, video and stills effectively online. We begin by looking at the rapidly changing nature of multimedia presentation and online interactivity before requiring students to complete a series of exercises in which they are required to shoot, record and edit their own material. The next stage is to enable students to develop original multimedia ideas that they will then publish and promote on their own Wix or WordPress site.
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Media Law, Ethics and Regulation
Journalism’s position at the centre of public life means that journalists must operate within a complex set of regulatory, legal and ethical constraints. The purpose of this module is for you to understand the rules and internalise them. Students will learn about legal and ethical traditions pertaining to journalism; you will become familiar with the latest developments in law ethics and regulation.
For journalists to work effectively and professionally, besides creating content they need to be able to edit copy and process assets for publication. This module builds on the self-editing skills students were introduced to in Essential Journalism, and equips them to prepare unfinished content for publication, taking it through a production process which often entails re-writing copy and re-sizing/cropping the picture. Students will learn about all stages of editorial production, utilising desktop publishing tools not only to correct copy, but also to write headlines and captions, and lay out the content ready for publication.
This module will equip students with the essential skills necessary to work as journalists in a television or radio newsroom. Following an introductory stage during which we will cover broadcast regulation, students will look at some of the best practice available in this area, before being familiarised with some of the techniques and technology of broadcast newsrooms. They will then be coached on how to research, write and produce reports for both radio and TV, before producing and delivering their own broadcast content.
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Mental Wealth: Professional Life 1 (Rising East)
Developing the key psychological and physical determinants of human performance are increasingly critical for successful graduate-level employment, entrepreneurship and career progression in the 4th industrial revolution.
This module will provide students with the opportunity to identify the skills, competencies and experience required for successful development to, and in, a range of potential future career areas.
Herein they will advance the areas identified at level 3 or begin to recognise the areas for their own personal professional development (including emotional, social, physical, cultural and cognitive intelligences) through taught and workshop activity.
Students will reflect on the success of the strategies that they employed to further develop their reflective skills, self-awareness, ‘life style’ and ‘self care’ approaches and where necessary improve their approaches. This will be achieved through the students engagement an internal/external live project, in the form of Rising East.
Students will have the opportunity to create content and develop their digital proficiencies in the role of multimedia reporters for Rising East. In this position they will focus on the importance of research in journalism, filing content and developing a professional production routine. Students will practice key methods, including digital research methods and qualitative methods used in industry today, including trends and news coverage. Students will learn the conventions of research and analysis, in order to develop a pitch or story proposal in response to a client brief. Their work will be documented in a digital portfolio mapped on to the requirements of NCTJ e-portfolio assessment.
- Core Modules
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Mental Wealth: Professional Life 2 (Rising East 2)
Developing the key psychological and physical determinants of human performance are increasingly critical for successful graduate-level employment, entrepreneurship and career progression in the 4th industrial revolution.
This module will provide students with the opportunity to pursue and acquire skills, competencies and experience required for successful development to, and in, a range of potential future career areas.
Herein they will advance their own personal professional development (including emotional, social, physical, cultural and cognitive intelligences) through taught and workshop activity.
Through the engagement with the Careers Passport, students will reflect on the success of the strategies that they employed to further develop their reflective skills, self-awareness, ‘life style’ and ‘self care’ approaches, and where necessary improve their approaches. This will be achieved through the students engagement in an internal/external live project, in the form of Rising East.
Students will have the opportunity to create content and develop their digital proficiencies in the role of multimedia reporters for Rising East. As ‘beat’ reporters, they themselves will be responsible for designated areas of Rising East’s coverage of East London. In this position they will focus on the importance of research in journalism, filing content regularly and sustaining a professional production routine. Students will practice key methods, including digital research methods and qualitative methods used in industry today. Students will learn the conventions of research and analysis, in order to develop a pitch or story proposal in response to a client brief. Their work will be documented in a digital portfolio.
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Employment and Enterprise (Journalism)
- For students to gain experience of the changing media landscape
- For students to equip themselves with promotional tools and the online presence necessary to compete effectively in the journalism-related job market
- For students to apply for a work placement (or College-based work experience with a client external to the Journalism sub-cluster)
- For students to undertake a work placement (or College-based work experience with a client external to the Journalism sub-cluster)
- For students to escalate their preparations for professional life
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Features (1): Interviews
The module begins with the double page spread as the classic format for interview-based, photo-led features in print. Students develop their capacity to integrate text and image on the page, before considering the interview format as it has subsequently developed on other platforms, i.e. in broadcasting and online. Students learn how to control the dynamics of the interview itself – the art of instrumental conversation, and how to implement the various forms in which editorial interviews are presented.
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Brands and the Magazines Business
Magazines are a business - or they go out of business. But their 'core business' is reader engagement; and readers relate to a magazine title because its content is exciting and its approach is enticing. How do they do that? How do publishers make readers feel that this is 'my magazine'. What is the role of brands and branding in defining content and establishing relations with readers? How do we analyse a magazine's strengths and weaknesses in addressing target readers and sustaining a relationship with them, in print, online and via social media? What is the shape of today's magazines sector and how does it differ from yesterday's and tomorrow's industry? In this module you will learn research methods and utilise them in the investigation of these questions.
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Documentary: Publications (1)
- For students to act as multimedia reporters for Rising East online
- For students to act as reporters for Rising East magazine, in print.
- For students to file copy/content regularly – on time and as briefed.
- For students to maintain professional production routines.
- For students to develop their reporting and content creation skills by working on real stories in a range of formats.
[These aims and concomitant learning are similar to the Journalism sub-cluster’s iteration of Mental Wealth 2: this is to enable a year-long publication cycle which sustains the Rising East news brand.]
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Reporting Politics and Society
- For students to acquire detailed knowledge of the institutions of public life and associated protocols for 'public interest' reporters
- For students to identify the democratic role of news reporting
- For students to adopt this role as their own
- Core Modules
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Mental Wealth: Professional Life 3 (Rising East)
Developing the key psychological and physical determinants of human performance are increasingly critical for successful graduate-level employment, entrepreneurship and career progression in the 4th industrial revolution.
This module will provide students with the opportunity to apply the full range of skills, competencies and experience required for successful development to, and in, a range of potential future career areas.
Herein they will advance the areas identified at level 5 for their own personal professional development (including emotional, social, physical, cultural and cognitive intelligences) through taught and workshop activity.
Through engagement with the Career Passport, students will reflect on the success of the strategies that they employed to further develop their reflective skills, self-awareness, ‘life style’ and ‘self care’ approaches and where necessary improve their approaches.
Students will have opportunity to work on the live internal/external project, Rising East, in the role of Editor. In this position they will learn and begin to apply the cognitive, cultural and social intelligences developed elsewhere in their studies (and from external activities) as required in the workplace, namely cognitive flexibility, emotional resilience, motivation, ethical decision-making, managing your audience, coordinating with others, negotiation, creativity, active listening, attention, problem solving, research, synthesis and analysis.
Students will enact these capabilities by undertaking the role of section editor for Rising East. In this capacity they will take full responsibility for the content of a designated section of this news brand. With academic staff to monitor, support and direct their activities in line with legal, professional and ethical considerations, the student cohort will take the reins of Rising East across various publication platforms.
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Final Project: Development
- For students to acquire detailed knowledge of the threats which journalism currently faces
- For students to become closely familiar with journalism’s current opportunities
- For students to engage with threat and opportunity as rehearsing journalists
- For students to come to see themselves as the future of journalism
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Final Project Completion
Subject to validation.
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Aesthetics and Technologies: Publications (2)
- For students to act as multimedia commissioners and editors for Rising East online.
- For students to act as commissioners and editors for Rising East magazine, in print.
- For students to support and direct reporters to produce content as briefed.
- For students to devise production schedules & implement them to a professional standard.
- For students to develop strategies for the promotion of their publications.
[These aims and concomitant learning are similar to the Journalism sub-cluster’s iteration of Mental Wealth 3: this is to enable a year-long publication cycle which sustains the Rising East news brand.]
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Features (2): Data and Visualisation
This module provides the knowledge and skills to enable students to analyse, understand, extract, apply and present data in a range of journalistic styles. As data increasingly form a significant part of a journalist’s professional life, we work through a range of data sources, apply these in the writing of news stories, and present them in a range of visual formats.
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The Long Read
- To gain further expertise in long form storytelling techniques
- To engage with topical debates about journalism and 'story'
- To examine a variety of forms of creative nonfiction, including New Journalism
- To incorporate emerging models of creative nonfiction and put them into practice
- To improve composition
HOW YOU'LL LEARN
You'll be taught by a range of staff, many of whom are practitioners in the area they teach. Some of the assessments focus on practical skills and are presented as 'live or simulated briefs.'
This ensures that the practice-led teaching is relevant to industry and practice. Our staff are well placed to take advantage of a range of professional networks and industry contact.
Each module is designed with practical components and a reflective component, with the intention that students develop an ability to comment on and justify their creative process.
Guided independent study
When not attending timetabled lectures or workshops, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This will typically involve skills development through online study, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects and preparing coursework assignments and presentations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, specialist facilities, such as edit suites, the library, the full Microsoft Office software, including MS Teams, and Moodle: our Virtual Learning Environment.
Our academic support team provides help in a range of areas - including learning and disability support.
Dedicated personal tutor
When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal tutor. This is the member of the academic course team who will provide academic guidance, be a support throughout your time at UEL and who will show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer.
Each year you will spend around 300 hours of timetabled learning and teaching activities. These may be lectures, workshops, seminars and individual and group tutorials. Contact hours may vary depending on each module.
The approximate workload hours per year for this course are:
- Scheduled teaching - 318 hours
- Guided independent study - 882 hours
Your individualised timetable is normally available within 48 hours of enrolment. Whilst we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9.00am and 6.00pm. For undergraduate students, Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities, but there may be occasions when this is not possible. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.
To give you an indication of class sizes, this course normally attracts 20-30 new students a year. Lecture sizes are normally 20 plus students.
In the classroom you will be taught in groups of 18-20 students. However, this can vary by academic year.
HOW YOU'LL BE ASSESSED
Coursework will include practical outcomes, e.g written assignments, podcasts or research-based assignments,individual or group-based films, presentations.
The approximate percentages for this course are:
- 100% coursework
You'll always receive, in-person, written or audio feedback, outlining your strengths and how you can improve. We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 15 working days.
CAMPUS and FACILITIES
Docklands Campus, Docklands Campus, London, E16 2RD
Our campus and the surrounding area
Our waterfront campus in the historic Royal Docks provides a modern, well-equipped learning environment.
Join us and you'll be able to make the most of our facilities including contemporary lecture theatres and seminar rooms, art studios and exhibition spaces, audio and visual labs and a multimedia production centre.
Features include our 24/7 Docklands library, our £21m SportsDock centre, a campus shop and bookstore, the Children's Garden Nursery, cafés, eateries, a late bar, plus Student Union facilities, including a student lounge.
University of East London is one of the few London universities to provide on campus accommodation. Our Docklands Campus Student Village houses close to 1,200 students from around the world. We are well connected to central London and London City Airport is just across the water. We also run a free bus service that connects Docklands with Stratford campuses.
WHO TEACHES THIS COURSE
The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.
Former BBC Broadcast Journalist, with over 14 years' experience. Currently a Freelance Multimedia Producer and Broadcast Media lecturer.Read more
Adam is an experienced lecturer, journalist and author. He has worked for a number of national publications and broadcasters and written over 20 booksRead more
Simon Patrick Miles
Simon Miles is a senior lecturer, teaching at undergraduate level on Journalism and Creative & Professional Writing programmes.Read more
What we're researching
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During my foundation year, I learned study skills, step by step, in an engaging way, so when I started the full course, I was better able to focus on the theoretical content, rather than worrying about how to write essays. It was also a great chance to learn with students from different courses and backgrounds."
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YOUR FUTURE CAREER
We're determined to prepare you in the best way possible for a career in journalism after your studies.
That's why we think it's important that the University of East London should be the only UK university currently enabling you to complement your degree with a professional qualification.
So, in your final year, you can take a course of assessments which will lead to the Professional Certificate in Journalism, awarded by the trade body for Britain's magazine industry - the Professional Publishers Association.
Journalism is, of course, a competitive world to enter. You have a head start at UEL, though, thanks to teachers with exceptional contacts who know exactly what newspapers, radio stations and other media outlets are looking for.
Indeed, the track record of our graduates demonstrates that anything is possible.
Sam Wostear, one of our first journalism graduates, was Woman Editor of The Sun, Britain's biggest-selling daily newspaper for eleven years. Siobhan Breatnach, who earned an MA in Journalism at UEL in 2009, became the editor of the Irish Post within three years of leaving us.
Some of our graduates have gone into local or online journalism, contract publishing or public relations. Others have chosen to continue their studies, taking an MA in Creative Writing or a PhD in Journalism.
Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.
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- Contact details for next of kin to be used in an emergency;
- Details of those with looked after status or those who have left the care system for the provision of support;
- Information related to the prevention and detection of crime and the safety and security of staff and students, including, but not limited to, CCTV recording and data relating to breaches of University regulations;
This is not an exhaustive list, for further information please refer to our fair processing notice pages on uel.ac.uk. In all of its data processing activities, UEL is committed to ensuring that the personal data it collects stores and uses will be processing in line with the data protection principles which can be summarised as:
- Being processed lawfully, fairly and in a transparent manner;
- Collected for specified, explicit and legitimate purposes;
- Adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary;
- Accurate and, where necessary, kept up to date;
- Kept in a form which permits identification of data subjects for no longer than is necessary;
- Processed in a manner that ensures appropriate security of the personal information;
- Be accountable for, and be able to demonstrate compliance with, the six principles above.
You must ensure that:
- All personal data provided to UEL is accurate and up-to-date. You must ensure that changes of address etc. are notified to the Student Hub.
- Students who use UEL's computing facilities may process personal data as part of their studies. If the processing of personal data takes place, students must take responsibility for that processing activity to ensure that it in line with the data protection principles above.
- Students who are undertaking research projects using personal data must ensure that:
- The research subject is informed of the nature of the research and is given a copy of UEL's Fair Processing Notice and this Data Protection Policy.
12) Legal basis for use of data
By agreeing to these Terms of Admittance and enrolling at UEL, you are agreeing to the terms and conditions of a contract for the use of your personal data relating to your enrolment, and if appropriate, registration and ongoing participation on a programme of study. Your personal or special category data will be collected, processed, published and used by UEL, its online learning and teaching services and/or its partners and agents in ways which support the effective management of UEL and your programme of study, to allow for the delivery of bursary schemes and to support improvements to student experience and progression, and are consistent with:
The terms of the Data Protection Act 2018;
Any notification submitted to the Information Commissioner in accordance with this legislation; and compliance with any other relevant legislation.
You have fundamental rights associated with how organisations use your personal data. Further information on data protection and use of your personal data can be found in our Data Protection Policy and on uel.ac.uk.
13) Intellectual property
You are entitled to the intellectual property rights created during your time studying at UEL that would belong to you under the applicable law. There are some programmes where the assignment of certain types of intellectual property to UEL is appropriate. UEL will require the assignment to it of intellectual property rights relating to postgraduate research that is part of an ongoing research programme.
Where the nature of the research programme means that some assignment of intellectual property rights to UEL is appropriate, we will take what steps that we can to ensure that your interests are protected. UEL will take reasonable endeavours to ensure:-
- the scope of the assignment is narrow, and is restricted to what is necessary, for example to protect UEL’s legitimate interests in the intellectual property created as party to a research programme;
- the application of the assignment is clearly defined, so that it is clear to you in which circumstances the assignment will apply;
- where the assignment of the intellectual property is appropriate in the circumstances, we will take all reasonable steps to ensure that the rights of the parties are evenly balanced (for example, your work being acknowledged in a publication and, where appropriate, subject to an appropriate revenue sharing scheme)
- where UEL claims ownership of intellectual property rights in relation to a taught programme of study, such treatment of those rights will be made clear in the published information relating to that programme.
14) How we communicate with you
UEL will communicate with you via a variety of channels, including postal letter, e-mail, SMS text message and online notices. To enable this, we request that you provide us with your e-mail address, postal address, and contact telephone number when you first enrol.
Throughout your studies, it is important that you keep your contact details up to date. You can view and edit this information by logging into our student portal, UEL Direct at www.uel.ac.uk/Direct.
We will create a UEL e-mail account for you after you enrol. Your e-mail address will be your student number, prefixed with a ‘u’ and followed by ‘@uel.ac.uk’ – e.g.: firstname.lastname@example.org. UEL will use this e-mail address to communicate with you and it is important that you regularly check and manage this mailbox for important updates and information.
You can access your email account, plus information about our services, news and events by logging into our Intranet, intranet.uel.ac.uk. At the login screen, enter your email address (as above) and password.Your default UEL password will be your date of birth, formulated as DD-MMM-YY, e.g. 31-jan-84.
Your UEL email account and associated UEL IT accounts will be deleted not more than 6 months after you graduate or withdraw from your programme of study (if earlier).
15)University of East London Students' Union
The University of East London Students' Union (UELSU) represents students at UEL. By enrolling at UEL you are automatically granted membership of both UELSU and the National Union of Students (NUS). If you wish to opt out from this membership, please inform UELSU in writing at either email@example.com by writing to: Chief Executive, UELSU, University of East London, Docklands Campus, 4-6 University Way, London E16 2RD.
UELSU provides a range of services and support to students and can provide advice and representation on any matter affecting the contract between you and UEL. For further information on this support, please visit www.uelunion.org
16) Students studying at partner institutions
If you are undertaking a programme of study at a partner institution you will need to generally abide by the above terms and also those of the partner institution. Further information and support in understanding these terms is available from the Academic Partnership Office -firstname.lastname@example.org.
17) International students - additional responsibilities
All international students must also comply with UK Visa and Immigration requirements. All international students are required to hold a valid visa which permits study in the UK or hold a Tier 4 visa/have applied for a Tier 4 visa with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies issued by UEL. Students who are being sponsored under a Tier 4 student visa must also understand and comply with the responsibilities of their student visa and co-operate with UEL in fulfilling our Tier 4 duties.
18) Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
UEL is committed to working together to build a learning community founded on equality of opportunity – a learning community which celebrates the rich diversity of our student and staff populations and one in which discriminatory behaviour is challenged and not tolerated within our community.
Within the spirit of respecting difference, our equality and diversity policies promise fair treatment and equality of opportunity for all regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, disability or religion/belief (or lack of). In pursuing this aim, we want our community to value and to be at ease with its own diversity and to reflect the needs of the wider community within which we operate.
For further information on this inclusive approach to education please visit our Student Policies page.
We welcome feedback on our programmes and services and facilitate this in a variety of ways, including programme committees, module evaluation forms and surveys.
However, if you are dissatisfied with a particular service or programme or the manner in which it has been delivered, you must let the person responsible for that service know as we will always try to resolve matters at the earliest opportunity via informal conciliation. If you are unsure who to approach, please e-mail The Hub who will be able to direct your concerns appropriately.
If you remain dissatisfied with a service or programme, or the manner in which it is delivered, you should refer to our formal complaints procedure to have the matter formally addressed.
In addition, once you have enrolled onto your programme, you will also have access to the Advice and Information Service offered by UELSU. This access is not available to students studying at partner institutions.
If you wish to cancel this contract within 14 days of enrolment onto your programme, you must do so in writing by sending your request to email@example.com. Any fees that you have paid will be refunded – please see Fees Policy for further information on obtaining a refund.
21) Further guidance
If any of the information in these Terms of Admittance or related policies are unclear or if you have any questions, please contact The Hub for guidance on +44 (0) 208 223 4444.
22) Right to advice
This is a consumer contract and you are able to obtain independent advice in relation to its terms and conditions from UELSU as well as your local Citizens Advice Bureau.
Neither you nor UEL will be liable for failure to perform their obligations under these Terms of Admittance if such failure arises from unforeseeable events, circumstances or causes outside of that party's reasonable control. Examples of such events include, but are not limited to, war, terrorism, industrial disputes, natural disaster, fire and national emergencies.
Only you and UEL are parties to these Terms of Admittance. No other person shall have any rights under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 to enforce any term of these Terms of Admittance.
Failure or delay by you or UEL to exercise any right or remedy provided under this contract shall not constitute a waiver of that or any other right or remedy, nor shall it prevent or restrict the further exercise of that or any other right or remedy. No single or partial exercise of such right or remedy shall prevent or restrict the further exercise of that or any other right or remedy.
These Terms of Admittance are governed by the law of England and Wales and you and UEL agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.