Parents' and Guardians' Guide

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As a parent or guardian you may not need to know the best shop for student discounts or whether there’s a yoga society on campus, but there are many things you will be interested in.

 

We've gathered together everything you need to know, as a parent or guardian of a home undergraduate student, to feel comfortable that we put your child first, ensuring that they are secure and supported throughout their time with us.

About us

At Roehampton, we change lives by helping our students to develop the confidence, knowledge and adaptability they need for a successful graduate career and fulfilling life.

We are a supportive, close-knit and inclusive community, where anyone can fit in and feel inspired do their best. We have a proud history in higher education stretching back more than 175 years. Through the oldest of our four Colleges, Whitelands, we have been providing higher education to women for longer than any other university in the country.

Our values come from this rich history, built on community, engagement and partnership, with a belief that no matter their background, we can help our students realise their ambitions. Our graduates today have excellent employment prospects, and are part of a thriving global community of Roehampton alumni.

Timeline of selection and application process for home undergraduate students

Please click through the timeline to see the actions that need to be taken.

Year 12

What happens?
Year 12 students get the opportunity to attend a UCAS or a Higher Education (HE) Fair at their school or college.

Parent actions
Help to research the courses that your child is interested in and then look at which universities that offer them – this will help with planning their day at the event.

Year 12 and 13

What Happens?
Attend university open days.

Parent actions
Go along to open days with your child, if they would like you to. This will give you an opportunity to look at each of the options and discuss the positives and negatives with your child.

What Happens?
Start writing a personal statement for the UCAS application. Students can create a UCAS account now but cannot submit applications.

Parent actions
We have put together a list of our top tips for writing a personal statement to help guide your child through this stage of the application. You can view the list here.

Year 13

What happens?
Submit applications through UCAS any time from mid-September.

Parent actions
Your child will have to register with UCAS in order to start completing their application. The application can be completed in stages, so you could offer to proofread and check it with them.

What happens?
UCAS applications will be submitted to your child's school or college before being sent on to UCAS. The school or college will add their reference as well as predicted grades.

Parent actions
Check with your child’s school or college on when they need to get the UCAS application in by, as this is different to the overall UCAS deadline.

What happens?
Student applications must be submitted mid-January by the school or college as this is when the bulk of applications will be processed by UCAS and universities.

Parent actions
There are further dates in the application cycle so do not worry if this date is not met your child can still apply later in the application cycle.

What happens?
When offers are received students will be invited to attend applicant offer holder days.

Parent actions
Most universities encourage parents or guardians to attend applicant days. These days go into more detail about the course and student life.

What happens?
Applicants who have received all their decisions by the end of March must reply by the start of May

Parent actions
Your child needs to make a decision about where they want to study and also an insurance choice which acts as a back-up option. This can be a difficult decision, so you may need to act as a sounding board and discuss options with them.

What happens?
Applicants who have received all their university decisions by the beginning of May must reply by early June.

Parent actions
Check with your child when this date is and encourage them to reply – they can find this out on their UCAS Track.

What happens?
Applications who received all their university decisions by the start of June must reply by the end of June.

Parent actions
If your child decided to make an application later in the cycle this will be the date they need to adhere to but you will need to check in with them to see what date the UCAS Track has given them.

What happens?
This is for all late applications and decisions must be made by this date

Parent actions
UCAS Track will advise your child about the dates they need to make decisions by – you can help them to make a decision and ensure they reply on time.

What happens?
Results Day for many qualifications.

Parent actions
Time to celebrate, but if there is concern with the grades we recommend you encourage your child to contact their chosen university and discuss their options before making some big decisions.

What happens?
Applicants will be given a date by the university to ensure all their conditions of the offer are met.

Parent actions
This is because students can be waiting for more results back, such as GCSEs which are later in August – make sure they read everything and get their conditions in to the university on time.

What happens?
Applicants arrive at their chosen university

Parent actions
September is a busy month, especially if your child is going to live at the university – help your child to prepare by encouraging them to read all the information they are sent by their new university and student finance.

Applying through UCAS

UCAS stands for Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. It's the centralised service that students use to apply to university.

Your child will have to register with UCAS in order to start completing their application. The application can be completed in stages, so you could offer to proofread and check it with them. Check with your child’s school or college on when they need to get the UCAS application in by, as this is different to the overall UCAS deadline.

Applicants will receive all their university decisions by the beginning of March at the earliest. They must reply within a month of receiving this information. UCAS will advise your child about the dates they need to make decisions by – you can help them to make a decision and ensure they reply on time.

All new students coming to the University of Roehampton are offered a place in our halls of residence. Whether your child prefers a deluxe room or our standard option, there is something for everyone.

We have a dedicated accommodation team, who can help your child find what they are looking for on campus and provide advice and support.

As they progress through their studies, the accommodation team will also be there to help find off-campus options nearby, or a room in our continuing-student halls of residence.

You can find out more about our accommodation options here.

At Roehampton, we provide a wide range of opportunities for your child to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.

We offer a multi-faith chaplaincy with chaplains, associate chaplains, chaplaincy community workers and faith supporters from a number of faith traditions.

The Roehampton Students’ Union provides a range of opportunities to help your child get the most out of their time with us, as well as providing student support services. There are over 55 student-led societies, so there is something for everyone.

You can read more about student life at Roehampton here

Going to university provides your child with some of the most rewarding experiences they will have, but we know there may be times they need support, whether it is to talk through personal matters, manage a health issue or seek advice.

We provide health and wellbeing services, financial guidance and support to develop your child’s study skills. They will also have access to careers advice, work placements, paid and voluntary work opportunities, and career mentoring.

You can read more about all the support services we offer our students here.

We offer a range of financial support, including generous scholarships, a Student Hardship Fund for those in financial difficulty, access to undergraduate and postgraduate student loans and personal advice on budgeting. For more detailed information, please visit our Financial Support page.

We run a series of open days and events on our campus throughout the year.

These events will give you and your child the chance to meet our friendly staff, explore our campus and see our facilities. You will also get to meet current Roehampton students.

We recommend visiting one of our events if possible, as they provide a great introduction to Roehampton and offer a chance to find out more about intended subject of study. Even if your child isn’t quite sure what course to do, an open day will help them make up their mind.

We also run weekly Campus Tours every Tuesday, or you can take part in a Self-Guided Tour Monday to Friday.

You can find out more about our open days and book a place here.