June 2017

The following stories below are taken from the June 2017 edition of the Agents Newsletter.

Deposits for postgraduate offer holders

If you have students that are holding offers for postgraduate taught programmes and they haven’t yet paid their deposits, please advise these students to check their deposit deadline date and make this payment as soon as possible. Students will have been notified of this deadline date via their original offer and on their SIMS Online account.

International applicants who need to obtain a Tier 4 student visa will be emailed their Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) statement only when the deposit has been paid, or exemption granted, and, all academic or non-academic conditions of the offer have been satisfied. The statement will include both tuition fees due and any advance payments, including deposit, received at the date of issue.

Further information on the deposit scheme and information on how to pay can be found on our website.

Vice-Chancellor's International Scholarships

We have started contacting students who have successfully met the academic conditions for our Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarships confirming they will be eligible for an award. Many students are still required to pay a deposit and accept their offer so please encourage them to do this as soon as possible so we can then add the scholarship confirmation to their CAS.

More information about the VC’s International Scholarships can be found online.

Visa application reminders

Please remember to ensure that students include the Cardiff University ACL code within their visa application form. Students should use the ACL code on the visa application form when asked where they want to collect their BRP (Biometric Residence Permit) from so that they can collect this from Cardiff University and not a local Post Office.

Cardiff University ACL code – 2HE562

Please also remind students to ensure that they have met all the visa application requirements, including the financial requirements, before submitting their visa application.

General university updates

Cardiff Business School

Cardiff Business School has been ranked in the top 100 in the latest world rankings by subject. This year, Business and Management moved into the 51 – 100 band in the QS World University Rankings by Subject, while Accounting and Finance retained its position in the same band. Further details of this achievement can be viewed on our news website.

School of Medicine – new programmes announced

MSc Bioinformatics and MSc Bioinformatics and Genetic Epidemiology
The School of Medicine has recently launched two new face-to-face programmes on the subject of Bioinformatics. The aim of these programmes is to provide individuals with a platform to explore, analyse and interpret contemporary biological data. These courses are particularly suitable for graduates in bioscience, computing, mathematics, or statistics.

Cardiff University: a European leader in compound semiconductors

The University’s Institute for Compound Semiconductors (ICS) is one of its most exciting developments, standing as a leader in compound semiconductors not just in the UK, but in the entire Europe region. Cardiff University also provides a number of master programmes to give students a solid foundation in this specialised and lucrative field:

Students undertake an invaluable three-month summer project with either the Schools of Physics or Engineering, or the ICS, or a real-world placement with one of Cardiff’s respected industry partners such as National Instruments and Mesuro. These degrees can lead to a rewarding career in a variety of fields including semiconductor development and engineering, doctoral research, and technical work in related scientific areas.