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The Student Services Funding and Advice Team, in partnership with The Students’ Union are thrilled to be bringing National Student Money Week back to UWS - Monday 22nd to Friday 26th February 2021 - for another week of advice, guidance, resources and recommendations to help you stay on top of your finances.

The theme this year is Expect the Unexpected so get involved and let us help you prepare for the unexpected as much as possible and understand where you can reach out for help when you need it.

  • Get your finances in the best shape possible so there is wiggle room to cope with the unexpected

Budget like a boss, take control of any debts and become a savvy saver. Having a good handle on your money means you can make it stretch further and create a little room for manoeuvre when something unexpected crops up.

  • Understand how insurance and warranties can provide a helpful safety net

Know how to shop around for insurance and work out what type and level of cover you might need. Get the most out of product warranties so you don’t spend unnecessarily to fix or replace something that might be covered.

  • Know where to turn for help and support and don’t let money worries impact your wellbeing

Have the confidence to reach out for help if you need it. A range of support exists so you don’t have to go it alone. Whether that is specialist support available through Student Services or The Union, or signposting to support available in the community, we’ll help you get the support you need.

Monday 22nd February

Funding and Advice Drop In, Monday 22nd February, 12pm – 1pm - Join us in MS Teams 

Drop in and ask us your questions, no appointment necessary! This is great way to check in with the Funding and Advice Team if you have a quick question, or need some quick advice or info. Drop Ins are offered through MS Teams and you join by following the link above, where you will wait in the lobby until it is your turn.

Drop ins aren’t the best if you would like to discuss something that is more in depth, but you can always contact The Hub to book an appointment if you would prefer.

While the drop ins are via Microsoft Teams, you do not have to use your camera. We're happy to help whether we can see your face or not.

 

Tuesday 23rd February

Funding and Advice Drop In, Tuesday 23rd February, 11am – 12pm - Join us in MS Teams

Drop in and ask us your questions, no appointment necessary! This is great way to check in with the Funding and Advice Team if you have a quick question, or need some quick advice or info. Drop Ins are offered through MS Teams and you join by following the link above, where you will wait in the lobby until it is your turn.

Drop ins aren’t the best if you would like to discuss something that is more in depth, but you can always contact The Hub to book an appointment if you would prefer.

While the drop ins are via Microsoft Teams, you do not have to use your camera. We're happy to help whether we can see your face or not.

 

Money Advice Scotland Webinar One – Back to Basics: Budgeting, Tuesday 23rd February, 2-3pm

This webinar will cover the basics of budgeting. We will discuss how to build and maintain your budget. We will also look at different bank accounts, including savings accounts.

Please use the details below to join:

Click this link to join the webinar.

Passcode: 372219

This is Webinar One in a series of three webinars taking place throughout National Student Money Week. We recommend you attend all three Webinars, but you do not have to and will certainly get a lot out of attending one or two. Find out more about the Webinar Series online here.

 

Wednesday 24th February

Discretionary Funds: Everything you want to know but were too afraid to ask, Wednesday 24th February, 2pm – 3pm

Register in advance at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/discretionary-funds-everything-you-want-to-know-but-were-too-afraid-to-ask-tickets-137421105225

Have you ever wondered what Discretionary Funds are, what it means and whether it's something you should apply for? Wonder no more, this event is for you!

If you are a UK student in receipt of a student loan, join us to find out more about the Discretionary Funds, including who is eligible. We'll also bust some of the common myths about the funds and show you how to apply. This is an information session where we do the talking. You can certainly ask any questions you might have, but you can also join in with your camera switched off if you want to.

Sign up through Eventbrite using your student email and we will send you the link to join via MS Teams on the morning of the event.

This event is not suitable for Pre. Reg. Nursing/Midwifery students. Check out our event exclusively for you on Friday 26th February.

 

Money Advice Scotland Webinar Two – Financial Futures: Part One, Wednesday 24th February, 2-3pm

This webinar will cover starting work. We will discuss tax, pensions and other deductions. We will also explore student loan repayments and the other factors to be considered when transitioning from education to your career.

Use this link to join the webinar.

Passcode: 471451

This is Webinar Two in a series of three webinars taking place throughout National Student Money Week. We recommend you attend all three Webinars, but you do not have to and will certainly get a lot out of attending one or two. Find out more about the Webinar Series online here.

 

Thursday 25th February

Discretionary Funds: Everything you want to know but were too afraid to ask, Thursday 25th February, 10am – 11am

Register in advance at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/discretionary-funds-everything-you-want-to-know-but-were-too-afraid-to-ask-tickets-137421480347

Have you ever wondered what Discretionary Funds are, what it means and whether it's something you should apply for? Wonder no more, this event is for you!

If you are a UK student in receipt of a student loan, join us to find out more about the Discretionary Funds, including who is eligible. We'll also bust some of the common myths about the funds and show you how to apply. This is an information session where we do the talking. You can certainly ask any questions you might have, but you can also join in with your camera switched off if you want to.

Sign up through Eventbrite using your student email and we will send you the link to join via MS Teams on the evening before the event.

This event is not suitable for Pre. Reg. Nursing/Midwifery students. Check out our event exclusively for you on Friday 26th February.

 

Ask an Expert Drop In, Thursday 25th February, 11am to 12pm – Join us in MS Teams

The Experts:

  • Louise Reid, Student Support Adviser, UWS Funding and Advice Team
  • Diane Dunn, Renfrewshire Affordable Credit Alliance
  • Alison Clunie, Renfrewshire Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Paula Dinnett, Right Way Credit Union

When it comes to our finances, we can all get a bit lost sometimes. That's why it’s so important to understand that its normal to need help and advice, and it’s okay to ask for this. 

We have gathered together a panel of money experts for a very special drop in event. Join to ask any burning questions you may have, and let out panel of experts help you make the most of your finances and prepare for the unexpected. 

You should join us in MS Teams via your UWS student email account, by following the link above, where you will wait in the lobby until it is your turn. You will then be admitted to the session where you can ask your question and get advice from the most appropriate expert. All panel members will be able to see and hear you when you enter the session, but only one student is admitted at a time, so no other student participants will see you.

This session is not the best if you would like to discuss something that is more in depth, but you can always contact The Hub to book an appointment with Funding and Advice if you would prefer, or use the drop in session to introduce yourself to the relevant expert and arrange appropriate follow up. 

 

Manage your money well and boost your wellbeing, Thursday 25th February, 12pm via Zoom

Register in advance, using your UWS email address: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/manage-money-and-boost-your-wellbeing-bitesize-session-for-uws-students-tickets-136589814813

Managing our money can sometimes feel overwhelming, but avoiding things can impact our mental health, leading to stress and anxiety.

In this session we’ll show you how facing things head on, and taking proactive steps to manage our money, can help to actually boost the way we feel, and you’ll have the chance to learn some practical tips and tools to help you do this, from problem solving to relaxation tips.

 

Money Advice Scotland Webinar Three – Financial Futures: Part Two, Thursday 25th February, 2-3pm

This webinar will cover everything credit. We will discuss credit files, mortgages, financing a car and different options for borrowing.

Use this link to join the webinar.

Passcode: 321200

This is Webinar Three in a series of three webinars taking place throughout National Student Money Week. We recommend you attend all three Webinars, but you do not have to and will certainly get a lot out of attending one or two. Find out more about the Webinar Series online here.

Friday 26th February

NURSING AND MIDWIFERY Discretionary Funds: Everything you want to know but were too afraid to ask, Friday 26th February, 12pm – 1pm

Register in advance at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/nursing-and-midwifery-discretionary-funds-everything-you-need-to-know-tickets-137421845439

Have you ever wondered what Discretionary Funds are, how they work and whether it's something you can apply for? Wonder no more, this event is for you! The unique features of the NURSING AND MIDWIFERY Discretionary Funds mean it is available to eligible students who might have hit a bump in the road and is experiencing unforeseen financial hardship, but what exactly does 'unforeseen' mean? Join us to find out!

If you are a UK student in receipt of a student funding, join us to find out more about the Nursing and Midwifery Discretionary Funds, including who is eligible, and types of circumstances that might be considered unforeseen. We'll also bust some of the common myths about the funds and show you how to apply.

This is an information session where we do the talking, but you can certainly engage and ask your own questions. In fact, we really hope you do as this will help us explain the funds best. Even if you are shy you can join in with your camera switched off and use the chat function to ask your questions.

Sign up through Eventbrite using your student email and we will send you the link to join via MS Teams on the morning of the event.

This event is only suitable for Pre. Reg. Nursing/Midwifery students. 

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