Money Events

National Student Money Week 2024

National Student Money Week is an annual campaign created by the National Association of Student Money Advisers to raise awareness about the money advice and support available to students at University and beyond.

This year’s National Student Money Week focuses on Less Risk More Reward

The key messages this year will be around:

  • Reward of a good budget
  • Gambling on your future
  • The risk of buy now, pay later

National Student Money Week 2024 Competition

As part of NSMW, Blackbullion is hosting a competition where students can win £500 for their emergency savings fund. In addition, participants have the chance to win £30 supermarket vouchers or £15 SU Food vouchers.

Blackbullion have created an exciting competition to help students grow their personal finance skills and wellbeing, as well as helping them tackle financial risk, amid growing financial pressures. All students who complete the brand new Risk pathway and collect the ‘NSMW 2024’ badge will go into a prize draw to win a £500 emergency fund. NSMW kicks off on the 4 March 2024 and runs through until the 8 March, while the Blackbullion competition runs until the 15 March - so be sure to log in and complete the pathway before then!

Join the National Student Money Week 2024 Blackbullion learning pathway via Chart My Path on Gradintelligence to discover valuable tips and tricks to help you navigate financial challenges.

 

 

National Student Money Week

Colchester

Activity

Date and time

Location

Info and resources stall

4 March 11am - 2pm

Albert Sloman Library

Info and resources stall

5 March 11am  - 2pm

Albert Sloman Library

Info and resources stall

6 March 11am - 2pm Silberrad Student Centre

Info and resources stall

7 March 11am- 2pm

Silberrad Student Centre

Info and resources stall

8 March 11am - 2pm

Essex Business School

Less Risk, More Reward: An interview with Tony Sales, formerly Britain’s Greatest Fraudster

6 March 11.15am - 12pm

Teams Online – Register to attend


Southend

Activity

When?

Where?

Info and resources stall

5 March 11am - 2pm

Southend Forum

Less Risk, More Reward: An interview with Tony Sales, formerly Britain’s Greatest Fraudster

6 March 11.15am - 12pm

Teams Online – Register to attend


Loughton

Activity

When?

Where?

Info and resources stall

4 March 11am - 2pm

Corbett Theatre Café

Less Risk, More Reward: An interview with Tony Sales, formerly Britain’s Greatest Fraudster  6 March 11.15am - 12pm Teams Online – Register to attend  


Further advice and support

The Funding team are always keen to hear from any students who would like money advice, information or who are seeking additional financial support.  We have lots of information available on the University of Essex Money webpages and you can contact us at funding@essex.ac.uk

There are various funds open to students including the Hardship fund, Care Experience Bursary and DSA Laptop support fund. The applications are to be completed via Blackbullion and guidance notes are available to students online and we encourage everyone to have a look at the support we have available.

The Money Charity is also providing the Student Money Manual (.pdf). This helpful tool gives students useful information on student finance and managing their money at university.  

We really hope that you enjoy and get a lot out of the National Student Money Week activities and resources.

If you have any questions or would like advice about potential additional financial support, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at funding@essex.ac.uk.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Other support

Here at Essex we offer plenty of money advice, guidance and support that you can access at any time with the help from our support teams across the University.

Money during and after your studies

Check out our webpages and top tips to help you manage your money throughout your studies and beyond.

Wellbeing

Everyone has mental health – sometimes good, sometimes not so good and when it comes to finances, they can cause some real anxieties and worries.

If you're experiencing distressing thoughts and feelings, there is help available at the University, take a look at the support you can access.

Careers

Check out the Careers Services Blog which covers the world of online recruitment and how we can no longer rely on CVs alone.

Also join Steve and Caroline on Episode 7 of the Careers Services Podcast where they discuss the benefits of getting part-time work. Yes, money is one of them! However there are more that might not be immediately obvious. 

External agencies support

External agencies also share useful resources that may help with your financial planning whilst at university. It is worth giving these a read throughout the week:

  • UCAS detail ten things you need to know about saving money whilst at university – from managing an overdraft, making the most of student deals to checking if you’re covered by your parents’ home insurance - these savvy tips will help you save money if you are living away from home.
  • Save the Student share a comprehensive list of 83 practical ways to save money as a student, showing how easy it is to get discounts and freebies when you know where to look.
  • The Money Saving Expert is always a good website to check for all your finance needs. This article gives advice on how to financially prepare before you go to university.
  • Read the new edition of Student Money Matters magazine with lots of tips to help you stay finance savvy.
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