Hello UK! University Interviews – University of Manchester

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    University of Manchester
    全英最大大學 ‧ 最多課程大學 ‧目標世界頂尖大學

    Questions answered by
    Rachel Tufft from Manchester Business School
    Cassie Barlow from International Office

    With various kind of courses and a business school very much favoured by Taiwanese students, it is an especially exciting time to join the University of Manchester as it invests £650 million in itself and aims to become one of the best universities in the world!
    Q Please give us a brief introduction of your university on its history, location and in what it is specialised.
    A The University of Manchester, first established in 1824, is now the largest University in the UK with more than 35,500 students. It is one of the most prestigious universities in the UK and respected worldwide. The University aims to become one of the top universities in the world by 2015, and is currently investing in an unprecedented £650 million in additional facilities for teaching and research.
    Manchester offers more subjects than any other UK institution with a broad portfolio of expertise in teaching and research. Our research is supported by some of the world’s leading facilities and collaborations with industry and commerce. Manchester has produced 22 Nobel Prize winners and continues to attract top academic staff from across the globe.
    The University is based at the heart of the city of Manchester. Manchester is one of the largest cities in the UK, with all the amenities you would expect from a modern, cosmopolitan city. It is also extremely accessible and easy to navigate, with a compact city centre and a friendly atmosphere.

    Q How many international students do you have? What are their nationalities?
    A The University is home to over 5,800 students from outside the European Union. We welcome students from over 180 countries worldwide; the largest nationality groups are Chinese, Indian, Malaysian, Pakistani and Nigerian students.

    Q Are Taiwanese students a large group among the international students in proportion?
    A The University of Manchester is a popular destination for Taiwanese students; they are the tenth largest nationality group at the University outside the European Union. The Student’s Union hosts a Taiwanese Students Society and the International Society is also a great way to meet up with other International students and get involved in social activities.

    Q What are your policies for allocating international student accommodation-wise? Do you tend to place your international students in the same halls?
    A We guarantee all international students single-roomed accommodation for the duration of their studies at Manchester. We house international and UK students together in order to promote student integration. Students can choose from a variety of types of accommodation including male, female or mixed, catered or self-catered, undergraduate, postgraduate or mixed, and campus-based or located with the nearby Fallowfield or Rusholme areas of the city.
    (There is free internet access in student halls, CCTV & swipe card system for better security control.)

    Q Which are the most popular areas of study for your international students, especially those from the greater China area including Taiwanese students?
    A Business and Management related courses are particularly popular at the University, in part due to the outstanding reputation of Manchester Business School (MBS). MBS offers a large number of Masters courses in areas relating to Business, Management, Finance, Accounting, Marketing and Information Systems to name just a few.
    In addition to these subject areas, the MA TESOL is a popular course for students from Taiwan, and the MSc in International Fashion Retailing also attracts a lot of interest from Taiwanese applicants.

    Q What are the most common barriers for admission for Taiwanese students applying for these programmes? Low GPA and/or IELTS grades? Irrelevant work experiences / 1st degree?
    A A common barrier to entry onto postgraduate courses is low IELTS grades. Many of our postgraduate courses are looking for IELTS 7.0 overall, and most will also look for a minimum of 6.5 in each of the four skills sections. Whilst pre-sessional courses are available – and in some cases can be offered in place of the required IELTS – they are only applicable to students who have narrowly missed the required IELTS grade.
    Many of our courses require a very high GPA or a degree from a strong university. Some will also require a very specific subject background, and students are advised to check this before they apply – for example the MSc Finance requires a strong undergraduate background in Finance.
    For some courses work experience is an entry requirement – for example the MA TESOL is aimed at those already involved in teaching and therefore students coming directly from a first degree in this case will be unsuccessful.
    (MBA programmes require at least 3 years work experience. In average MBA students have 6 years work experience each under their belt. Work experience is very important when applying for a MBA course.)

    Q What can they do to improve their application?
    A For many of the very popular courses – for example International Business & Management or Marketing, the admissions tutors will receive very large numbers of applications from very well qualified students, and so are really looking for something different – whether it is exceptionally high grades, work experience, extra-curricula involvement or an interesting personal statement.
    We advise students to do as much research as possible into the course content of the Masters they are interested in, and ensure that their personal statement reflects this – for example by highlighting modules of particular interest or commenting on what attracts them to the course.

    Q What are the most common problems for a Taiwanese student to encounter in the process of successfully completing their studies in your organisation academically?
    A We encourage all students whose first language is not English to mix as much as possible with UK students, so that their language skills improve throughout their studies. Some students will struggle with the language when they first arrive in the UK, and may be tempted to limit their social circle to their own nationality – but this will only make it harder for them to overcome the difficulties they have with the language. As well as mixing with UK students, we also recommend that students make as much use as possible of the University Language Centre in-sessional language support and facilities throughout their studies.

    Q What do you recommend people who are interested in studying in your university to do in preparation for their studying and application?
    A Make sure that you know a little about the course you plan to apply for – look at the different modules that will be covered and be prepared for what the course entails.
    For students who have already met the University English language requirements, we offer a three week pre-sessional English course in the weeks preceding the start of term. This enables students to get used to being taught in the medium of English, and also gives them the opportunity to get settled in Manchester a little, so that they are more prepared for the start of their academic classes.

    Q What help can they get when studying in your organisation?
    A As already mentioned, pre-sessional and in-sessional English language support is available and recommended for all international students.
    Academic support is available in the form of academic and personal tutors, and many courses also offer a student mentoring scheme, where new students are assigned a mentor from the year above, who can provide support for students beginning their studies.
    The Student Services centre has a dedicated International Advice Team who can help with immigration enquiries and other areas specific to international students.
    Other support services include the Disability Support office, the University Counselling Service and the Academic Advisory Service.

    Q Do you have any scholarship scheme especially for Taiwanese / international students? Can you let us know more about it?
    A Scholarships tend to be offered by individual Schools or for specific courses – rather than on a University-wide basis. Students are advised to enquire in the School where they wish to study to find out more about funding opportunities.

    Q Do you know any good Chinese restaurants / supermarkets around the university that you can recommend to your Taiwanese students?
    A Manchester has the second-largest Chinatown in the UK, home to a large number of restaurants, Chinese supermarkets and bakeries. Moso-Moso is a very popular restaurant close to the University, specialising in Thai and Chinese food. Tai Pan offers excellent Cantonese cuisine and is also very close to the University campus. Umami Noodle Bar is also popular for light snacks or more substantial meals.

    Q Are degrees from your university particularly favourable to some industries when it comes to job hunting? Do you know of any Taiwanese students from your university who had successfully found a job after finishing their studies and stayed to work in the UK?
    A The University is recognised as among the most targeted from graduate recruiters for its students.
    The latest survey from High Flyers – a survey of the largest/top 100 graduate recruiters in the UK – was published last month and the top 5 were:
    1. Manchester
    2. London
    3. Warwick
    4. Cambridge
    5. Oxford

    The Careers Service has been voted number one by recruiters for the last 5 years.
    We also run the largest programme of careers fairs/events in the UK with over 700 exhibitors, and interest this year from employers has remained buoyant despite the downturn generally in the economy.
    In addition the Times Higher Education Supplement world rankings have an employer attraction ranking – Manchester comes equal top along with Harvard, MIT and 8 other universities with a 100% score, the highest possible score.

    (Read for yourself how a Taiwanese PhD student in International Fashion Retailing thinks about her life there: http://www.materials.manchester.ac.uk/post…ntprofiles/liu/)