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Many students do need to look for some part time work while they are at University. This can provide some extra cash allowing you to live a little more easily, and avoid debt. It can also provide useful skills and experience. But you need to think about how work will impact on your studies.

Work and Study

The National Union of Students suggests that students should not work for more than 15 hours a week. If you are on an international student visa there is a legal limit of 20 hours, (full time in vacations), and any more than this may be in breach of your immigration conditions which can result in you being made to leave the UK.

Most  students do work, and this is not regularly monitored by the University so long as you are keeping up with your studies. However, the University will not normally regard problems with work, or needing to work as mitigating circumstances which can be taken into account for poor performance in your studies. It is not possible to re-arrange tutorials or lectures due to employment conditions and there is the potential that your grades may suffer if you do not adequately balance work and study.  Most module handbooks will provide an outline of the amount of academic work that is suggested as appropriate, and we would advise fitting this into your timetable before considering how much work you can take on.

Postgraduate Students

As there is limited funding for Postgraduate Courses many postgraduate students find that working alongside their studies is the only option, but postgraduate courses are more intensive and you must ensure that you can achieve a work-life balance and leave time for your work,  study and time to yourself for rest and leisure.

If you are a research student, particularly if you are receiving sponsorship, your School or your sponsor may put limits on how much you are allowed to work as a condition of your registration. This is often very low, the standard is 5 hours a week, in related activities (i.e. teaching or continuing in professional practice) Some University Scholarships will be provided on the basis that you do some work for your School. In some cases, you will be an employee of the University, and so you will have all the rights that other employees have. In other cases you are not an employee so your rights are limited. There are ongoing discussions between LUU and The University regarding students who teach; these negotiations are taking longer than anticipated.  If you do run into any problems with working and studying, the Student Advice Centre can advise you on how you might be able to manage these.

In some situations there may be financial support available for those unable to work due to the demands of their course, the Student Advice Centre can advise you about this.

Looking for work

The best place to start looking for work is LUU’s own on campus job centre, Joblink

You can also look in local papers, and http://jobseekers.direct.gov.uk/ or look in employment agencies.

The University’s Careers Centre website can help you find course related jobs or training.

The jobs market is very competitive at the moment, and even for part time and temporary work you will need to put in the best possible application in order to be accepted.

The University of Leeds Careers Centre has a very good section on applying for work, which is both useful for part time work while studying, and planning your career later.

 

Volunteering

You may also want to volunteer to help out for a cause that you support, or take up an unpaid internship to gain useful skills and experience. You also need to ensure that this can fit round your studies as although it is voluntary there organisations will be relying on you so you do need to be committed.  These schemes can be a good way to gain new experience which will help you find work in the future.

LUU runs a number of Volunteering Projects which you may be interested in getting involved in to gain invaluable work experience and an opportunity for personal development.

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