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BSc (Hons) Public Health
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Our public health degree is an interdisciplinary programme, which broadens students' horizons to explore health needs and the links between theory and practice in relation to the concepts and principles of public health.
A degree in public health is one that will equip you with skills and knowledge to improve and protect public health and the well-being of individuals, communities and populations. You will focus on how to tackle major health challenges and reduce inequalities at global, national and local levels. This degree aims to boost your chances of employability in the field of epidemiology, statistical analysis, public health training, public and social care, community health, and health care services.
You will be encouraged to take on a work placement so you can gain professional and practical skills through working with a local authority, social entity or an NGO. Working on one aspect of public health would help you contribute in improving healthcare service delivery, empowering people in building a healthy lifestyle and influencing health policy reform in London and beyond.
The extended BSc (Hons) Public Health with Foundation Year is perfect if you want a degree in public health but don't have the standard entry requirements.
What makes this course different
Find out more about our flexible Bioscience and Health Foundation pathwaysRead more
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In the Times Higher Education Impact rankings, the University was second in a field of 760 worldwide in its drive to reduce inequality – ranking top in the UK.
86% Student satisfaction
Our course is ranked highly by students for Academic Support, where we rank highest out of all Public Health courses in London. (NSS 2022)
We'll give you a practical, first-hand study of public health issues amid east London's wonderfully diverse ethnic and social mix. It's the perfect place to study public health.
We make your career our priority. Our work placement, volunteering and community project opportunities will help prepare you ideally for work in many areas of healthcare.
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
"We've just revalidated our course and now the focus is much more on doing things," explains Course Leader Paul Watts. "So we've trimmed down modules which previously had a lot of theory and it's now a much more practical course."
We'll start in your first year by giving you a thorough understanding of health and healthcare in the UK. You'll study epidemiology, the cornerstone of public health. It's the science that studies the patterns, causes and effects of health and disease conditions in populations.
In your second year, you'll take a practical module where you'll use our computer labs to access and analyse health data before presenting an epidemiological report on it. That skill of interpreting data is in short supply in the UK and is in hot demand.
You'll choose your own final-year project. It could be anything from the evaluation of a public health programme to a focus-group study analysing an important local health issue.
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- Core Modules
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Essential Skills for Higher Education (Mental Wealth)
The module aims to enable you to develop the range of essential skills required to complete your academic studies successfully and to enhance your employment prospects. You will develop your skills in academic reading and writing, gathering and evaluating information, and critical thinking. You will perform various individual and group activities, including presentations on topics relevant to your degree studies, enhancing your social awareness and team work skills as well as core communication skills.
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Essential Maths & ICT
This module will provide you with fundamental knowledge and practical skills in basic maths, data presentation, and the IT skills. The development of these essential skills will help you to successfully complete further academic studies and enhance your employment prospects. Topics of study will include working with numbers, practical applied maths, basic statistics, data presentation and applied IT skills training in Microsoft office.
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Career & Professional Skills (Mental Wealth)
The module aims to develop your life and professional skills, enhance your employment prospects and progression, as well as the academic and subject specific skills which are required for further study. You will actively seek and engage with various digital platforms (e.g., LinkedIn), University services and external institutions that will offer you opportunities, to explore, evaluate, learn and participate in activities that enhance your professional skills and reflect on how to plan your career. Academic staff in the various degree programmes and career coaches at UEL will advise and support you on professional skills, career prospects and developments.
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Introduction to Human Health & Disease
This module uses a selection of different disease states to introduce you to the diverse concepts of health and disease, disease pathology, measurement, distribution and determinants of health and disease. You will use case studies to explore how human health and disease can be defined and posited using medical and biopsychosocial models of health. Principles of epidemiology will be applied to measures of health and disease to describe the distribution of health outcomes and diseases within and across local, national and global populations. This will help you develop an understanding of the role of wider determinants of health in shaping these distributions.
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Understanding Clinical Practice
This module explores contemporary values and the professionalism applied in clinical practice. This will enable you to gain an insight and understanding into theories and concepts as well as moral, ethical and legal principles, that underpin professional values and practice. Psychological principles associated with building resilience and self-care will also be explored. You will engage in formal and informal reflection in order to consolidate this learning throughout the module.
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Introduction to Health & Health Care Systems
This module addresses the following three fundamental questions using England/ UK as an exemplar and then comparing it with other countries:
How is health care organised? How is health care funded? Who delivers healthcare?
Within this module you will learn about the roles and functions of the Department of Health, Public Health England, the National Health Service (NHS) and identify its partner organisations. You will also explore the wider Health and Social Care system to give you a better understanding of its complexity and the mechanisms by which it is funded.
You will learn about the structure of the NHS, covering strategic and operational aspects, as well as exploring primary, secondary and tertiary levels of care. The people and professions who work within the system are critical to its delivery and you will identify, examine and discuss their roles. In addition, you will review health systems elsewhere in the world noting their similarities and differences.Optional Modules
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Optional Short Placement
This module is designed to give you an opportunity to develop professional skills and experience within the workplace. It will also help you to establish a range of professional contacts that have the potential to be useful both for project work and assisting in finding employment after graduation.
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Promoting Health Together
In this module, you will learn how to identify and critically analyse key areas of health promotion theories and models. You will explore debates, ideas and key aspects of health promotion practice and approaches to health promotion. You will investigate communication and evaluation strategies in health promotion. You will use digital media and group work resources for communication and campaigns.
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Foundations of Public Health
This module will offer you an introduction to the foundational concepts of Public Health and Health and Well Being. This will include the historical development of the NHS and Public Health. The Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework was launched as a national framework in 2016 as a guide to the functions and activities undertaken by the Public Health workforce. You will explore the Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework and how the framework shapes the development and implementation of Public Health interventions in order to address health inequalities across populations. As a result, you will have gained the foundational knowledge needed for developing your career in Public Health.
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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.
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Anthropology of Health
This module encourages you to think beyond your common-sense understandings of the world and beyond the familiar biomedical framework of health and illness. By understanding different cultural approaches and unpacking both insider and outsider viewpoints, you will discover how health means different things to different people and institutions. Taking a life cycle approach, you will explore these various meaning- making processes through the study of experiences common to all humans, such as birth and death. You will become acquainted with theories that help you engage with critically analysis public health and health promotion agendas. A nuanced understanding of social and cultural models of health and illness will enable public health practitioners to design policies and services that can meet communities' expressed needs and address health inequalities.
This will be a participatory class using multiple modes of learning including self-reflection, critical reading and film. Using anthropological methods such as reading ethnographies, using qualitative interviewing and reflective writing, you will be able to develop empathy and cultural competence, essential attributes for working in public health. You will practise these skills by carrying out observation and qualitative interviewing in local communities.
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Evidence based Public Health
The module aims to introduce you to the concepts of evidence, causation, research, study designs and the research process in public health. You will learn to search for appropriate reports of research in a range of databases. In this module, you will acquire the skills required to find, select, read and critically analyse research in the context of current knowledge in public health.
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Statistics for Public Health
The purpose of this module is to develop your knowledge and understanding of quantitative health data and statistics. On completion of this module, you will be able to interpret health statistics, perform calculations using appropriate software and critically evaluate and interpret published reports of statistical health data.
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Public Health: Policy and Systems
This module will build on what you have learned about the role and function of Public Health at level 4. You will further examine the role of Public Health globally, nationally and locally and gain an appreciation of how these interact.
You will gain an understanding of the wider system of Health and Social Care, the position of Public Health within it and the critical role it plays in the health of the nation. This will be underpinned by robust policy examples both past and present.
The 3 domains of Public Health will offer a platform to investigate how systems and structures support the outcomes Public Health.
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Contemporary Public Health challenges
This module will enable you to develop an awareness of current contemporary public health challenges. You will critically examine the emergence of contemporary public health challenges and evaluate the impact of these issues to service users and providers. The module will enable you to consider responses to current health challenges and evaluate relevant evidence surrounding these to further your professional development ensuring inclusive health and wellbeing of the population.
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Epidemiology and Population Health
This module will equip you with the skills necessary to understand the purpose, use and collection of public health information (e.g. primary and secondary data sources, routine data). The module will equip you with the ability to apply basic epidemiological principles in the practical situations, and with the skills to access and manipulate data, run analyses, present and interpret the results and report your findings. Your will learn the steps in the surveillance cycle and be introduced to processes involved in the investigation of outbreaks.
This module will enable you to build on your knowledge and skills relating to research evidence and the research process. You will develop a critical approach to the selection of appropriate research processes, methods, and analytical skills to address appropriate research problems. The module will enable you to generate an appropriate research question and align this with the relevant methods of data collection, analysis, synthesis and interpretation, in order to generate a research proposal.
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Health Protection and Sustainability
This module will introduce you to one of the three pillars of public health, health protection, and its connection with the global goals of sustainability. Health protection is a term used to describe the activities that are aimed to protect individuals, groups and population from the impact of: infectious diseases, radiation, chemical and environmental hazards. For some of these threats, geographic borders are becoming less relevant and we face issues that were previously resolved or confined to particular parts of the world. Equally more remote areas that were previously protected are now exposed through rapid global movement of populations. Industrialisation and commercial growth bring threats to the environment through pollution and contamination as well as deforestation. As well as national infrastructures for Health Protection, the international community has agreed to the United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda.
By the end of this module, you will understand the components of health protection and the actions which potentially undermine or sustain the environment.
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Co-production of Community Health (Mental Wealth)
Looking at community issues locally in the UK as well as globally through development initiatives, you will have the opportunity to develop a deep theoretical and practical knowledge about communities and how to facilitate engagement with, and alongside, them. Starting from the perspective that communities are the experts over their own lives, this module examines power structures that perpetuate powerlessness and as such promotes the use of participatory methods that advance empowerment processes. You will strengthen your communication skills, working to help people identify and express their health needs. Furthermore, you will learn how to apply this knowledge to inform community engagement with the aim of reducing health inequalities.
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Intro to Health Economics and Finance
Health economics and health finance are key concepts in public health, which when implemented can have an important influence on the quality and effectiveness of public health interventions. The opposite is also true- well designed and appropriate public health intervention can generate durable economic and financial benefits, and improve sustainability. In this module, you will learn about the key concepts in health economics and how they apply to a range of public health and resource allocation policies, processes and decisions. In addition, you will appreciate the fundamental principles of public health finance and health care finance, and their impact on efficient and fair financial flows.
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Applied Public Health
This module will aim to prepare you for work in public health by reviewing current policies and practices in the profession. You will view real and practical examples of existing public health work. You will carry out work in the community with professionals engage in promoting public health. As a result you will gain knowledge and experience of public health needs and outcomes in local communities.
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Leadership and Professional Practice (Mental Wealth)
The aim of this module is to enable you to build your knowledge of leadership and change management, as well as team and partnership working, within the context of professional public health practice. Self-management and personal leadership skills are important aspects of this module and you will examine and develop these as a precursor to exploring your role in leading and managing others.
All health services are expected to demonstrate continuous quality improvement and so staff must be cognizant and capable of managing the changes that drive improvement. You will therefore explore the impact of change from personal, professional and service perspectives to equip you for professional practice.
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Public Health Ethics and Law
In this module, you will explore the terrain of public health ethics and registration in the UK. Public Health ethics has developed considerable over the past 20 years and is now a fundamental element of Public Health professionalism and practice.
In this module, you will explore key ethical concepts related to Public Health and explores the relationship between ethics for public health, in public health and current UK legislation. During the course of the module, you will develop a reflective diary, and at the end of the module, you will write an essay, both activities will demonstrate your understanding of public health ethics and form evidence that can be used in your CPPD portfolio.
In this module you will learn how to lead and manage your own research project on a health-related, discipline-relevant topic of your particular interest, and write a report on the findings. You will also learn how to apply key project management skill for the timely completion of your project, and how to analyse the contributions that an area of research makes to the existing knowledge base.
HOW YOU'LL LEARN
Over the course of your degree you will spend around 480 hours of timetabled learning and teaching activities. These may be lectures, workshops, seminars, placements and individual and group tutorials. Contact hours may vary depending on each module.
The approximate amount for this course are:
- Year 1: scheduled teaching - 114 hours; guided independent study - 50 hours Assessment preparation and 36 hours student-tutor interaction = 200 total hours
- Year 2: scheduled teaching - 150 hours; guided independent study - 50 hours student-tutor interaction and assessment preparation = 200 total hours
- Year 3: scheduled teaching - 226 hours; guided independent study - 974 hours
You'll always receive detailed feedback outlining your strengths and how you can improve. We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 14 working days. However, this may take longer if external assessment is required.
HOW YOU'LL BE ASSESSED
- Year 1 = Assignment (42%), Portfolio (33%), Presentation (25%)
- Year 2 = Assignment (50%), Presentation (12%), Report (12%), Proposal (12%), Exam (10%), Exercise (4%)
- Year 3 = Assignment (50%), Dissertation (35%), Presentation (10%), Reflective Diary (5%)
CAMPUS and FACILITIES
Stratford Campus, Water Lane, Stratford
Our campus and the surrounding area
Our historic Stratford campus is located one of the best-connected areas of London: close to Stratford's thriving town centre, the 2012 Olympic Park, and just 15 minutes from London's West End.
Stratford’s facilities include a state-of-the-art library and learning centre, the majestic great hall and specialist laboratories and computing services. The School of Education and Communities, and Centre for Clinical Education in Podiatry, Physiotherapy and Sports Science are housed in new buildings. There is also a campus restaurant and bookshop, and a Students' Union café-bar.
Westfield Stratford City - Europe's largest indoor shopping mall - is just one of Stratford's attractions, alongside many other shops, cafés, bars and restaurants. There are two multiscreen cinemas, a theatre, an arts centre and much more.
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.
Principal lecturer/Director for External AffairsSee full profile
Manizha Hadi is a Senior Lecturer in Public HealthSee full profile
Stephanie is a lecturer in Professional Health SciencesSee full profile
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Our students and academics are more critically engaged and socially conscious than ever before. Discover some of the positive changes our students, alumni and academics are making in the world.
It was only when I got the chance to put it all into practice on this course that it started to make sense. I never believed in myself but now I really think I can achieve something good. Public health is my passion."
Public Health, BSc (Hons)
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YOUR FUTURE CAREER
As the need for projects to deliver good health globally becomes ever more urgent, the more clearly we see that public health is not just everybody's business - it's a growth business, too. That's why it needs graduates as well schooled as you will be in these crucial issues.
Employment opportunities abound. Our graduates have gone on to work for employers including Public Health England, local authorities, national government and the civil service, the NHS, charities and social enterprises.
They've become public health educators or specialists. They've worked in voluntary organisations in the UK and abroad, or advised on policy, or gone on to study epidemiology. Others go into further research. Anything is possible.
Ultimately, your success may depend on how resourceful, enterprising and self-starting you are.
So it's at this point that we'll recount the story of Marina Haque. A forty-something mum who was persuaded by her five children to take up a place at the University of East London through clearing, Marina initially found the academic side challenging.
Yet she grabbed every chance to improve her basic skills, volunteered for the London Borough of Enfield's public health department and astonished everyone by securing the presence of the head of Public Health England at a UEL conference.
Inspired by our course, she established stop-smoking campaigns outside her son's primary school, an initiative which spread through the borough, and organised a series of pioneering health awareness events with different healthcare organisations.
Last year, our Marina graduated and announced a further ambition: "One day, I want to be called Dr Haque." From this course, perhaps anything's possible!
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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- the programme you are studying;
- if you are studying full or part-time;
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Further information on tuition fees and payment options are contained in our Fees Policy.
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- anti- social behaviour by individuals and groups will not be tolerated.
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- Your contact details and other information submitted during the application and enrolment processes;
- Details of courses, modules, timetables and room bookings, assessment marks and examinations related to your study;
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- Information about your engagement with the University such as attendance data and use of electronic services such as Moodle, Civitas and YourTutor;
- 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;
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- Collected for specified, explicit and legitimate purposes;
- Adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary;
- Accurate and, where necessary, kept up to date;
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- Processed in a manner that ensures appropriate security of the personal information;
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- 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.
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- 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.