University Campus Suffolk
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- University Campus Suffolk (UCS) opened in 2007 and is one of the newest Higher Education institutions in the UK.
- Located in the East of England, UCS is a unique institution created in partnership with the Universities of East Anglia and Essex, who jointly validate UCS degrees.
Location and transport
- UCS is built around a Learning Network, with the main hub in Ipswich and centres across Suffolk.
- The main Ipswich Campus has a stunning waterfront location, just 10 minutes’ walk from the town centre.
- UCS Ipswich is 90 minutes from London and close to a number of international airports and Harwich ferry terminal.
- Typical entry requirements (UCAS points) are: Foundation degrees 200, Honours degrees 280.
- Entry requirements vary according to the course chosen – visit the course pages on the UCS website for full details.
- UCS has a very varied and diverse student body, which makes it an interesting and inspiring place to study.
- There are around 5,000 students across the UCS Network, approximately 70% of which are based at the main hub in Ipswich.
- Approximately 75% of UCS students are female and approximately 30% are mature students (over 21 years of age).
- At UCS we believe that learning is a partnership involving both the teaching staff and the students and all our courses are designed with the student in mind.
- In addition to traditional full-time undergraduate degrees we also offer many courses for part-time study and have a range of postgraduate and Continuing Professional Development opportunities.
- In 2011 the overall NSS satisfaction rating for 'Teaching on my course' at UCS was 81%.
- Two areas, History and Construction, achieved 100% for the standard of teaching.
- Children’s Care, Learning and Development, Diagnostic Radiography, Computing and Networking, and Midwifery all scored 90% or above for teaching.
- Research is central to UCS strategy and is carried out primarily through the academic schools at UCS with the support of the Office of Research and Enterprise.
- UCS welcomes applications for postgraduate research degrees in any of the following research themes: Leadership and Enterprise, Management, Business, Social Science, Regenerative Medicine, Biomedical Science, Health Services, and Research.
- The Research and Enterprise Directorate runs the Graduate School, offering specialist support and development opportunities for Postgraduate students.
- UCS has five academic schools: Applied Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Business, Leadership and Enterprise, Nursing and Midwifery, and Science, Technology, and Health
- The expertise in the Schools is complemented by more than 50 Visiting Professors and Senior Fellows who contribute to research, enterprise and teaching and learning within their specialised fields.
Student facilities, including library and computing
- UCS students benefit from access to libraries across the Network and the hub, as well as the resources of the validating universities.
- UCS Ipswich library recently underwent a £2.5-m renovation project. It offers access to centralised e-resources, books and journals and has a range of laptops, PCs and Macs with specialist software.
- The main Ipswich campus offers free Wi-Fi and dual function iMacs for student use. All student rooms in Athena Hall are wired for internet access.
- UCS aims to create an environment which is accessible for students with a disability, specific learning difference, long-term medical condition and/or mental health issues.
- UCS is committed to inclusive learning and teaching and encourages all students who might need additional support because of disability to contact Student Support: telephone 01473 338400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- UCS Union is an autonomous student-led organisation which provides representation, support, services and activities for UCS students.
- UCS students are automatically members of the Union and can access services and facilities including the advice service, clubs, societies, bar, shop and cafe.
- UCS Union host a variety of events and activities, as well as running a range of clubs and societies.
- UCS has arrangements in place to allow student groups to access various sporting facilities in Ipswich.
- UCS Union also run a variety of clubs and societies.
- Sports are offered at many levels from recreational and beginners up to elite/national level.
Recent/prospective new builds
- UCS Ipswich facilities include the landmark Waterfront Building, opened in 2008, and the £21-m, six-storey James Hehir Building launched in 2011 offering state-of-the-art teaching and laboratory spaces, as well as the UCS Union Bar.
- The first purpose built student accommodation, Athena Hall, opened in 2010.
- University Quay in Ipswich will continue to develop over the next five years and a programme of developments across the Network is also under way.
Availability of part-time work
- UCS offers an online JobShop where students can search and apply for casual and part-time paid work or voluntary experience.
- The Student Ambassador Scheme offers students part-time work on a casual basis.
- UCS works with employers to offer a range of Summer Internship programmes. Many of these opportunities enable students to get valuable experience while getting paid.
Content was accurate at the time of compilation.