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Thursday 26 November 2020

Professor David Jones,Pro Vice-Chancellor for Education and Students

2020 TIMELINE OF EVENTSMARCH - MAYUK LockdownSchools closedExams cancelledQUB Offer Holderevents moved tovirtual platformUCAS and HEevents cancelledJUNEChanges to UCASundergraduatereply deadlinesto 18 JuneJULYQUB confirmedoffers for 70% ofNI placesAUGUSTSEPTEMBER13 August: A Levels(CAGs) Results dayStudent recruitmentcontinue virtualeventsQUB Clearing open toNI students for aselection of coursesVirtual Open Dayslaunched17 August: RevisedCAGs A level and GCSEresults issuedSchools reopen fornew academic year

INCREASED INTAKE Increase in NI and EU applicants admitted: NI & EU (MaSN) of 3919 against a target of 3276 ( 20%)MaSN intake increased significantly: By 643 against target (intake data was 3194 in 2018 and 3346 in 2019)

Additional Places Secured: 30 additional students in September 2020 for Medicine Up to 50 additional places for 2021 entry for Medicine to allow for deferrals 3 additional places for 2020 in Social Work 35 deferrals to 2021 entry for Nursing offset by additional commissioned places Deferrals from 2020: 274 Deferrals for 2020/21 intake For 2021 Widening Participation Continues to Grow: 460 applications received for the Pathway Programme 2021 intake this yearcompared to 376 last year from a broader range of NI schools

Ms Jenny Kendall,Head of Domestic Recruitment and Events (Acting)

AGENDA Supporting NI StudentsSPACE Careers, Employability & SkillsSPACE Pathways ProgrammeSPACE Admissions UpdateSPACE Q & A Session


MEET THE TEAMJenny KendallHead of DomesticRecruitment and Events(Acting)Louise CareyDomestic RecruitmentManagerAshleigh McCannEvents OfficerDonna BusbyEvents OfficerZoe RaineyClerical Officer/Recruitment SupportOfficerPierce EwingClerical Officer

MEET THE TEAMRECRUITMENT OFFICERSMelissa GrantNI/EU UndergraduateRecruitment Officer(Maternity Leave)Raymond MillerNI/EU UndergraduateRecruitment OfficerRadhika LongbottomGB UndergraduateRecruitment OfficerMatthew WetherillGB UndergraduateRecruitment OfficerOrla TumeltyPostgraduate RecruitmentOfficer


VIRTUAL OPEN DAYS10 – 12 SEPTEMBER 2020 Website available ondemandSPACE Watch subject talksSPACE Discovery sessionsSPACE Take a virtual tour andexplore the campusSPACE Hear from our students

UNDERGRADUATE VIRTUAL EVENTSVirtual EventDateMental Health and Wellbeing: Enjoying the Journey1 December 2020Applying Through UCAS: Top Tips on how to find the rightUniversity for you3 December 2020Exam and Study Tips8 December 2020Where a Degree from Queen’s can take you10 December 2020Why Choose Queen’s University?12 January 2021 & 2 February 2021 For more information and to register visit Spring/Summer 2021 series will be launched early 2021

CAREERS TEACHERSNEWSLETTER Keeping you up to dateSPACE Upcoming eventsSPACE Key announcementsSPACE Useful resources and linksSPACE Faculty informationSPACE Course spotlight

HOW WE PLAN TOSUPPORT YOU Bespoke Careers GuidanceTalksSPACE Virtual/Physical Fairs andExhibitionsSPACE Northern Ireland UCASExhibition (Date TBC)SPACE Regional ‘Experience Queen’s’Events

HOW WE PLAN TOSUPPORT YOU Alumni TalksSPACE Student Panel TalksSPACE Teachers and Careers AdvisersWebsiteSPACE Live Chat (9am – 5pm daily)SPACE Virtual/Physical CampusTours


ARTS, HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCESEventDateYears 10, 11, 12 Parents Evening18th February 2021History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics Offer Holder DayMarch 2021 (Date TBC)Arts, English and Languages Offer Holder DayMarch 2021 (Date TBC)Law Offer Holder DayMarch 2021 (Date TBC)SSESW Offer Holder DayMarch 2021 (Date TBC)Queen’s Management School Offer Holder DayMarch 2021 (Date TBC)Social Work Offer Holder DayApril 2021 (Date TBC)For further information please contact Emma O’

ENGINEERING AND PHYSICAL SCIENCESEventDateComputing Parents Evening3rd December 2020EPS Applicant Day6th February 2021Science at Queen’s (in conjunction with MHLS)4th March 2021For further information please contact Clare

MEDICINE, HEALTH AND LIFE SCIENCESEventDateFirst Batch: 15 – 18 December 2020Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI’s)(Online Format)(Not all students will have received their letter yet)Second Batch: January 2021Medicine at Queen’sJan/Feb 2021 (Date TBC)Science at Queen’s (in conjunction with EPS)4th March 2021MHLS Offer Holder Day(Pharmacy, Biomedical Science & School of Biological Sciences)13th March 2021For further information please contact Patricia


WE WANT TO HEARFROM YOUJenny Recruitment and of Arts, Humanities and Social of Engineering and Physical of Medicine, Health and Life

Trevor Johnston,Head of Careers, Employability & Skills

PREPARING STUDENTS FOR A CHANGING WORLD OF WORK Extending work related learning opportunitiesStrengthening Employer partnershipsOffering an online Careers ServiceTaking a data driven approachEmbedding careers and employability in the curriculum84.7% Graduate Prospects (Sunday Times Good University Guide2021)

LABOUR MARKET REQUIREMENTS 2020 - 2030 Skills Barometer - net requirement of 26,000 peopleHigher qualifications better jobsQualifications significantly enhance employment prospects.Economic impact of Covid-19Pre Covid economy was 2.4% unemployed

INVESTING IN TECHNOLOGY MyFuture Careers Management System mock interviews;VMOCK AI for CV checksCareer RegistrationCANVAS – VLE

OFFERING A VIRTUAL CAREERS SERVICE Online guidance appointmentsCareers Fairs delivered online with increased engagementEmployer panels on

FUTURE READY GRADUATES A student experience that incorporates inter disciplinary learning,tackling real life issues, global challenges and work experience A skill set that combines degree specific or technical skills, soft skillsand leaderships skills Strong digital literacy skills Develop students academically, attitudinally and socially to be activeand engaged citizens A world class bespoke educational experience

PROFESSIONAL SKILLS PROGRAMME An Institutional approach developed in partnership with employers,academics and students. One embedded model with flexible elements and content to provideall students with options and a tailored / flexible approach. Certificate in Professional Skills on graduation Students developing the skills that will ensure their future success ingraduate employment or further study Self directed and primarily delivered through Canvas VLE withminimum assessment.

OVERALL AIMTo support students toembrace a growth mindsetand develop personal andprofessional skills that willsupport them both atUniversity and beyond, witha strong focus on initiative,innovation and creativity.

SKILLS CLUSTERS Effective LearningDigital LiteracySocial and Cultural AwarenessInitiative, innovation andcreativity Interpersonal Skills,communication, collaborationand leadership Business and Commercialawareness Career Management Skills

PROFESSIONAL SKILLS PROGRAMME – WHATS INVOLVED Introductory module – explains the programme Professional Skills self assessment – students assess their level ofconfidence and competence against bench mark statements Professional Skills modules selected and completed – Level 1 at least 2skills; progress through Level 2 and Level 3 Retake Self assessment exercise for that skill and write reflective piecein e-portfolio / journal

Ted Jenson, Outreach Officer,Widening Participation Unit


PATHWAY OPPORTUNITY PROGRAMME Supporting Year 13 students from Widening ParticipationbackgroundsExperience university lifeBreakdown the barriers about going to universityReceive a guaranteed conditional offer / guaranteedinterviewReceive up to a 2 grade reduction in their OfferReceive 1000 bursary and ongoing support

WIDENING PARTICIPATION AND THE PATHWAY PROGRAMME Low Income – FSM and/or EMADisadvantaged NeighbourhoodYoung CarerCare ExperiencedAsylum SeekerRefugeeNewcomer

PATHWAY STUDENTS STUDY IN A SUBJECT SPECIFIC PATHWAYAHSS PathwayBioSci PathwayBusiness PathwayComputer Science PathwayEngineering PathwayLaw PathwayMDBS PathwayNBE PathwayPharmacy PathwayPsychology Pathway

ELEMENTS OF THE PATHWAY OPPORTUNITY PROGRAMME 5 One-day Activities (starting in January 2021)2 Sessions of self paced on-line study (February and April)5 Day Summer School in June or JulyOn-Campus or Online

SECTION A ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS(MUST MEET ALL FOUR) NI Resident at NI school/collegeYear 1 of 2 year Level 3 programmeParents have not attended UniversityGCSE or Equivalent Qualifications 7 GCSE or equivalent at A*-C Including English Language 5 of which at grade B or above

SECTION B ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS(MUST MEET ONE) FSM/EMADisadvantaged neighbourhood – by PostcodeYoung CarerCare ExperiencedAsylum SeekerRefugeeNewcomer

CONTINUED GROWTH OF THE PROGRAMME 2017 – 60 students2018 – 112 students2019 – 187 students2020 – 245 students2021 – 250 students2022 – Target 300 students

Roisin McEvoy, Liam Barton & Sandra Bloomer,Admissions & Access Service

2020 INTAKE A very different year to any admissions cycle we can remember! NI & EU (MaSN) of 3919 against a target of 3276 ( 20%) MaSN intake increased significantly by 643 against target (intake data was 3194 in 2018 and3346 in 2019) Total intake to undergraduate degrees – over 5,000 including Nursing & Midwifery, GB andInternational for 2020/21 intake Offers were confirmed early to a wide range of CF holders to reduce anxiety and guaranteeplaces in the context of prevailing uncertainty around awarded grades in lieu ofexaminations A-level results day followed by revised CAGs resulted in a net increase in intake All unconditional offers were honoured by the university

2021/22 ENTRY – UCAS APPLICATIONS TO 15th OCTOBERDEADLINE FOR MEDICINE AND DENTISTRY PROGRAMMESApplication Data2020/21 entryTotal NI applications received by 15th Oct.1,530Medicine and Dentistry applicationsPercentage change on 15th Oct 2019applicationsNumber of NI applicants (to all UCASproviders)40% of total received 11.6%1,100

SECURING AN OFFER FOR QUEEN’SGCSE/AS-level threshold for offers (some EMEngMidwiferySocial Work2019202032 points32 points30 pointsAverage 6B (1A in profile) at GCSE or averageBBB at AS-levelAverage 6B (1A in profile) at GCSE or averageBBB at AS-level1A 6B at GCSE or BBB at AS-levelGCSE - 6BGCSE - 5B including Maths and ScienceGCSE - 5B30 points32 points30 pointsAverage 6B (1A in profile) at GCSE or averageBBB at AS-levelAverage 6B (1A in profile) at GCSE or averageBBB at AS-level1A 6B at GCSE or BBB at AS-levelGCSE - 6BGCSE - 5B including Maths and ScienceGCSE - 5BNotes Points for Medicine and Dentistry include UCAT score Points for Dentistry and Actuarial count nine best GCSEs (A* 4 points, A 3 points) Points for Medicine count nine best GCSEs (A* 4 points, A 3 points, B 2 points, C 1 point)

MEDICINE & DENTISTRY – NI, EU & GB APPLICANTSDentistry 150 interviewed (153 in 2019) – 59.3% of applicants 85 made offers (90 in 2019) – 56.7% of those interviewedMedicine 792 interviewed (774 in 2019) – 80.7% of applicants 435 made offers (480 in 2019) – 54.9% of those interviewed NI – 47.7% of applicants and 63.9% of offers Increase in offers to NI Year 14 applicants from 197 to 227 Timing of interviews and offers

NURSING & MIDWIFERY - 2020-2021 ENTRY 4263 applications from 2316 applicants (average 1.8 choices) 2050 applicants for Nursing (all fields) – down by 8.4% 535 applicants for Midwifery – down by 7.3% 1692 invited to interview – up by 4% 908 applicants made offers (for one or more fields of Nursing/Midwifery) for atotal of 633 places (Adult 55, Mental Health 20 and Midwifery 25) Interview ranking of final applicant made offer varied from 502 for Children’s to1350 for Learning Disability

ACCEPTABLE QUALIFICATION COMBINATIONSA-level 1A-level 1A-level 1A-level 2A-level 2A-level 3BTEC/OCRequivalent tooneA-level (L3)BTEC/OCR equivalent to twoA-levels (L3)

ACCEPTABLE QUALIFICATION COMBINATIONSBTEC/OCRequivalent tooneA-level (L3)BTEC/OCR equivalent to twoA-levels (L3)BTEC/OCR equivalent tothree A-levels (L3) BTEC/OCR qualifications are acceptable for entry to all courses except Medicine, Dentistry andPharmacy.Applicants must satisfy normal GCSE and/or A-level subject requirement(s). BTEC/OCR may beacceptable in satisfying subject requirement(s) for some courses. Contact Admissions and AccessService for guidance.AQA Level 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Business treated as equivalent to BTEC/OCR.Offers currently expressed in terms of performance in individual units/guided learning hours.

2021 ENTRYCHANGES TO ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS/SELECTIONBSc Honours Psychology (UCAS Course Code - C800)ABB at A-level to include one from: Psychology, Biology / Human Biology, Chemistry, Computing Science, Economics,Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, Life and Health Science, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics GCSEMathematics grade C/4ORAAB at A-level GCSE Mathematics grade C/4Bachelor of Social Work (UCAS Course Codes – L500/L501)Additional 600 word Personal Statement withdrawn as part of the selection processNursing and MidwiferyPersonal statements will not be used as the basis to invite applicants to interviewThe interview process will be conducted using a digital platform

FURTHER INFORMATIONUndergraduate Admissions PolicyThe policy is available Policy/How we choose our studentsThese are available under the Entry Requirements section in the Course Finder:


SHAPING A BETTER WORLD SINCE 1845. VIRTUAL OPEN DAYS 10 –12 SEPTEMBER 2020 . Average 6B (1A in profile) at GCSE or average BBB at AS-level . PPE 1A 6B at GCSE or BBB at AS-level 1A 6B at GCSE or BBB at AS-level MEng GCSE - 6B GCSE - 6B Midwifery GCSE - 5B including Maths and Science GCSE - 5B inc

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