Published on February 20, 2014 | by Matteo Besana0
UAL teaches students to make the most of their cash
National Student Money Weeks (NSMW), a series of events aimed at raising money awareness for students across UAL, will continue its series of activities and talks until March 6.
The initiative, which started in 2011, is based on knowing and celebrating the financial support and advice offered in universities, colleges and students’ unions across the UK.
This year, National Money Week is being spread over three weeks to give students more opportunities to attend the events organised during the initiative.
Lisa Daniels, Senior Student Adviser at the UAL Student Advice Service told Arts London News: “The idea behind National [Student] Money Week is to promote money awareness within the university and also for prospective students,” says Daniels.
As well as teaching students how to spend their money wisely, NSMW serves to help students with all the issues that living in an expensive city like London involves.
For those in need of extra money, Daniels suggests applying to the Access to Learning Fund, a hardship fund provided by the government and distributed by the university which can help students in a difficult financial position.
The talks held throughout the National Student Money Weeks will enable students discuss the opportunities that are available to them, including those who are thinking of doing a masters course at UAL or another university.
Acknowledging that the changes in student fees have made it more difficult for students who do not get the loan to pay for their courses, Daniels states: “Finding £3,000 was an awful lot easier than paying £9,000.”
“The idea behind National [Student] Money Weeks is to promote money awareness within the university and also for prospective students.” Lisa Daniels
Georgia Sutherland, a BA Graphic Design student at Camberwell, said: “I didn’t know about National Money Week. I think it would be definitely useful as London is much more expensive than where I was living before.”
She added: “Being an art student is very expensive. I think the most expensive thing for a student in London is the transport, and also going to galleries and buying all the drawing equipment necessary to make my projects.”
More information on the NSMW events can be found here.