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Things to know this week - 3 June 2024: End of semester

Posted on 3 June 2024

Welcome to your undergraduate student news summary of key things happening this week.

UoY community update

ACTION: Reapply for next year’s student finance
You need to apply for student finance for each year you’re studying so, if you’re back studying at York next academic year, you need to re-apply for your student finance now. To make sure you have funding in place for the start of semester, reapply for student finance by 21 June.

General election 2024: Remember voter ID
You now need to take photographic identification when casting your vote at UK polling stations. Check you have an accepted form of voter identification or apply for a free voter ID card or Voter Authority Certificate. Why is the election important for students? Check out YUSU’s general election guide.

1. Moving out soon?

If you’re moving out of your accommodation soon, you’ll want to avoid any unnecessary charges. 

Wherever you live, please dispose of your rubbish responsibly. The City of York Council has information on how to deal with extra waste over the end of term clear out. Don’t forget there are British Heart Foundation collection boxes on campus for items still in good condition. If you’re leaving your bike on campus over the summer, you’ll need to make sure we know about it.

ACTION: Leaving the University? IT and Library resource access
If you won’t be returning to York after the summer break, see the IT student leaver guide for information on when you’ll lose access to your University email account, Library e-sources and the VLE. It’s really important you transfer any files you need before you leave the University and make sure that any accounts set up with your University email address have been transferred to a non-University email address.

ACTION: Graduating this summer? Library loan returns and fees
If you have any library books on loan, make sure to return these to the Library by Friday (7 June). Any items not returned by this date will be considered lost and may incur a £50 replacement charge.

2. Studying off campus over the summer?

If you’re planning on studying off campus at some point over the summer, you may need to connect to the Virtual Private Network (VPN) so you can access restricted services and get access to your filestore. For those who will be using IT resources overseas, make sure you read our using University IT facilities overseas guidance before you travel, as some countries restrict the IT services you can access. Students working from China should use China Connect to access University services and Google workspace.

3. Free money advice

Our financial education platform, Blackbullion, isn’t just about budgeting advice - though there are great tools for that! - it can also help with all those financial queries you don’t know where to start with. As we head into the summer when many students find work, learn more about tax. You can also discover how your credit score works or even pensions and investing. Sign up for Blackbullion for free with your York email address.

4. Support your fellow students at York Festival of Ideas

York Festival of Ideas began this weekend with a packed programme of over 200 mostly free events. In addition to welcoming world class authors, community organisers and renowned academics, many of this year’s events are created and led by our own excellent postgraduate research students here at York. Interested in where a masters by research or PhD could take you? Keep an eye out for events featuring their work, including:

Also, make sure not to miss Festival highlight From Page to Hollywood Screen with filmmaker Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth: The Golden Age), author Vikas Swarup (Q&A, filmed as Slumdog Millionaire) and Katie Razzall, BBC News Culture and Media Editor.

5. Discover your next adventure

It’s never too early - or too late - to start thinking about your next steps after your degree, and if postgraduate study could be part of your future. Whether you’ve thought about applying, or already have an offer, join us for our Online Open Day on Wednesday 5 June to meet potential departments, chat to existing postgraduate students about their experiences, and explore the range of support on offer to you. Register for your free Online Open Day place.

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