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The Student Financial Advice team is the University's provision of information, advice, and on-going support for students on any aspect of student finance.
Advice can be given on all aspects of student finance including: • problems with applying for grants and loans • contact with national Student Finance agencies, such as Student Finance England or the Student Loans Company • information on the student finance system and other sources of financial support • assistance with claims for state benefits for those students who remain eligible • if appropriate, help with identifying educational charities and trusts, and with applications for funding
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We have been made aware of another wave of malicious spam emails from a source pretending to be the Student Loans Company, which asks for students to confirm their log-in details via a link in the email. We want to make it clear again that the Student Loans Company will NEVER ask for this to be done (and neither, by the way, would the University), so delete this email should you receive it. It is a malicious attempt to access your personal details, including the ability to change your bank account information. Please pass this information on to other students you know.
Please note that our service is now closed for Christmas and will re-open again on Monday 5th January 2015 on both campuses. Best wishes to all our students and staff.
Calling all students! We have just been informed of a fraudulent email scam which appears to be circulating around students from the University of Southampton. It appears students are receiving an email from “Student Finance UK” saying they are having difficulty paying monies into the students’ accounts, and asking them to respond with full details of their bank account & online access details. We understand that after this the students suffer a fraud on their accounts. Here are some tips to avoid falling victim to this or similar scams: • If it sounds too good to be true it probably is • Never give out your bank details unless you are certain you can trust the person contacting you • Take your time – resist pressure to make a decision straight away • Never send money to someone you don’t know • Report scams to Action Fraud http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/ • Get advice from the Citizens Advice consumer service http://www.adviceguide.org.uk/england/about_this_site/get_advice.htm, who will also feed through to Trading Standards • Tell others – fellow students, friends, family, neighbours
Student Financial Advice will be out and about City and St Peter's campuses during their 'pop-up drop-in' (PUDI) fortnight. We'll be offering financial advice and information at a venue near you! Why not call into see us?
The Student Loans Company have updated their Loan Repayments website, to try and make it easier to use. http://www.slc.co.uk/students/loan-repayment We also have information regarding SLC repayments on our own website here - http://sls.sunderland.ac.uk/studentfinancialadvice/loans-and-grants/student-loans/
We have just sent an email to all students who have contacted us during the 2014/15 year, asking for some feedback on our service. If you have received this email, I can confirm that it is genuine, anonymous, and handled confidentially - and we would really appreciate your input. We use your responses to pinpoint any possible gaps in our service provision and to therefore improve our service. We also use the information to plan further activities during the year, tailored to what students are telling us that they really need to know about. Your input is therefore very important to us, and will help us to help all students at UoS. Thank you. Adrian - Student Financial Advice
BFWG Scholarships 2015 BFWG (British Federation of Women Graduates) founded in 1907 BFWG awards scholarships annually to women studying for doctorates at British universities. The awards are given on the basis of overall academic excellence determined from information given on application forms, in referee reports and, for shortlisted candidates, at interview. Awards are given out in September/October and usually range between £2,500 and £6,000. The 2015 BFWG scholarships competition is now open. The closing date for applications is Friday, 27th March 2015 Please go to www.bfwg.org.uk and look under Scholarships to find out details of the application process and of eligibility. Only women doctoral students (PhD, DPhil or equivalent) at British universities (not Northern Ireland) who began full time doctoral studies between September 1st 2012 and October 31st 2013 (or the part time equivalent) are eligible to apply. We expect applicants to be at least temporarily resident in Britain as we are unable to accept distance learners overseas. In 2012 we celebrated one hundred years since BFWG (originally the British Federation of University Women) first gave an award to a woman postgraduate to support her research. Now in our second century of award-giving, we look forward each year to the variety and quality of the applications we receive. You will find links on our webpages www.bfwg.org.uk to the following: 1. further information 2. eligibility criteria 3. application form 4. guidelines for referees 5. Paypal payment arrangements for administration fee.