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Working collaboratively, the Funding Team and Information and Guidance Team organised various interactive activities throughout the week, aimed at helping students be smarter with their money, and also navigate the current challenges that come with the increased cost of living.
Head of Student Support, Andrew Heap, said: “We were pleased to organise a number of events at the College during National Student Money Week 2023.
The focus of this year’s campaign was 'Coping with the Cost of Living', aiming to support our students who are facing challenges from the cost of living crisis in this country.”
We welcomed HSBC UK on campus, who ran educational ‘Banking 101’ sessions, covering important areas around opening bank accounts to manage money, budgeting, borrowing money through loans and mortgages, and how to avoid scams.
Student discount card company, TOTUM, were on campus to encourage students to take advantage of a TOTUM membership card, allowing them access to big discounts and exclusive offers at thousands of retailers, including food, essentials, technology, travel and fashion.
The Catering department held a “Can’t Cook, Won’t Cook “cooking competition where students were challenged by Catering Lecturer, Thom Somers, to cook a delicious meal of savoury pancakes using a selection of ingredients totalling £1 with just 20 minutes on the clock.
Hosted by Student Experience Officer, Holly Stokes-Geddes, students gathered in the main Street to watch the competition.
Staff from across departments judged the four students dishes on their presentation and taste, and student Samantha Gatland was announced the overall winner.
The Student Experience Team created resources to offer students advice to be more in control of their money, including an affordable recipes booklet.
Student Experience Officer, Rosie Trent, ran sessions teaching students how to make their own creative gifts for special occasions, including candles, clay candle holders and photobooks.
The sessions encouraged students to use budget-friendly materials and items they can find around the house.
She said: “It was great to see so many of our students engaging and learning how to make their own gifts for recipients at birthdays and special occasions. I wanted to show them that you can make a really thoughtful gift with a small budget.”
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