Student Handbook 2017-18

PROGRAMME HANDBOOK, MA in International Multimedia Journalism

Full-time/Part-time 2017-2018 

The University of Bolton in Partnership with Beijing Foreign Studies University

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Frequent reference is made throughout this Programme Handbook to University of Bolton policies, procedures, regulations and guidance which apply to you. Parts of these are sometimes summarised here for your benefit. In all cases, these summaries are subject to the full University versions referred to. In the case of any conflict between the latter and any summaries presented here, it is the full University versions which apply.

Contents

  • Welcome note
  • Programme Details and Calendar
  • Programme Aims
  • Programme Structure
  • Programme Calendar
  • Programme Timetable
  • Personal Development, Employability Skills Development and Professional Body Recognition
  • Communications
  • Communication Systems
  • Contacting Staff
  • Attendance
  • Location
  • Contact Information and Opening Times of Key University Offices
  • Programme Staff
  • Student Support
  • Programme Support
  • Other Student Support
  • Support for Students with Disabilities
  • The Student Voice
  • Student Representatives and Committees
  • Programme Feedback
  • Learning Resources
  • Resources
  • Library Support
  • BISSTO – Bolton Interactive Study Skills Tutorial Online
  • Mitigating Circumstances, Appeals and Complaints
  • Mitigating Circumstances
  • Appeals
  • Complaints
  • Health and Safety
  • First Aid
  • Accident Reporting
  • Smoke-Free Policy
  • Fire Evacuation Procedure
  • Extra procedures requirements for studying in China
  • Psychological support services
  • The Role of the External Examiner

Screen Shot 2017-09-06 at 21.43.30.pngWELCOME

Welcome to a new academic year at the University of Bolton.

This handbook has been produced to provide you with useful information you need during your studies.  It includes details about your course, the support that is available, as well as information about how you can help us to improve your University experience.

As a ‘teaching intensive, research informed’ University, we aim to provide you with a unique curriculum that is contemporary, stimulating, employment-focused and informed by the latest research in your discipline.  You will receive customised support ranging from study skills development to personalised assignment feedback. You will be presented with opportunities to draw on your personal experiences and to pursue your areas of interest. 

We have created an environment which is designed to allow you to excel and succeed.  Your tutors are well qualified and committed to your success.  It is now up to you to realise your potential in partnership with the University.  This requires that you make the time to attend the timetabled teaching, engage in learning and classroom activities, take advantage of the wide range of support available and participate in extra-curricular activities.  

I would like to wish you every success in your studies.

Dr Ebrahim Adia

Executive Dean, Student Experience

A Welcome from the Head of School

On behalf of my colleagues in the School of the Arts, I would like to welcome you to your programme. I hope you find your time with us interesting, challenging and rewarding.

This Programme Handbook contains information specific to your programme. You will also need to make use of the University’s Student Handbook which contains important information for all students in the subject group it is located at http://www.bolton.ac.uk/Students/Student-Handbook-2015-16.pdf

Our programmes are constantly evolving. We listen to the views of our students in, for example, programme committees, satisfaction surveys and module evaluations. We use this and other information to continuously improve our programmes, so please do help us by letting us know what has gone well and what we could do to improve. It would be fantastic if you would consider joining our team of student representatives who do such important work in opening up channels of communication between University staff and the wider student body.

We will do everything that we can to help you to fulfill your academic potential in the School of the Arts – and we also hope that you enjoy contributing to the exhibitions, events, societies, and showcases that make this such an exciting place to study.

I look forward to hearing about your achievements over the years!

With best wishes for an enjoyable journey,

Sam Johnson

Head of School

1. Programme Details and Calendar

1.1 Programme Overview

Welcome to the University of Bolton and the MA in International Multimedia Journalism program.

The MA in International Multimedia Journalism develops practical skills and critical thinking for journalists and storytellers so they can deliver both short-form and long-form projects on digital platforms.

The course is based in Beijing and is a collaboration between the Beijing Foreign Studies University and the University of Bolton in the UK, with the degree awarded by the University of Bolton. The course is one year long, begins in the third week of September, and is divided into three terms.

In the first term, through workshops, seminars and short assignments students develop core multimedia skills needed to deliver short-form journalism stories on digital platforms. We teach technical proficiency without losing sight of fundamental news gathering skills. Writing, photography, audio, video, infographics and social media, as well as a critical understanding of contemporary trends in the new media economy, are all covered. At the end of the term, students complete a practical assignment to deliver a news story within 24 hours, using multiple media formats and social media on a digital platform.

In the second term, students undertake two long-form multimedia journalism feature stories or projects that require both an in-depth understanding of new technologies and a willingness to apply them in the context of entrepreneurial journalism. Half of the term is given to researching and developing the project ideas, taking into account – methodology, audience engagement, and impact, ethics, risk assessment, as well as logistics before in depth reporting. At the same time, students develop written proposals for the projects that can be used for professional pitches and grant applications.

In the third term, aided by course staff, students individually develop one of their second term projects into a 15-week major assignment that is accompanied by a 5,000-word dissertation that reflects critically on the production and distribution of their story. We place value on channeling students in the directions they choose. This facilitates them to fine tune skills and to produce a professional-grade journalism project or story that should serve as a portfolio to launch or elevate their chosen career path.

The course has three permanent lecturers, all of whom are also practicing multimedia journalists or storytellers. Between them, they deliver the core training for all the practical skills and conceptual analysis in the course. Working alongside them are a number of highly regarded international journalists who are adjunct lecturers teaching specialised skills and discussing project ideas and editing decisions with the students.

This postgraduate qualification is delivered and assessed at level HE7 and complies with the Assessment Regulations for the Postgraduate Programmes. These are accessible via the Student Information-Policy Zone on the web: http://www.bolton.ac.uk/studentinformation-policyzone/Home.aspx

1.2   Programme Aims

The MA International Multimedia Journalism concentrates on multiple platform digital delivery mechanisms to develop mobile multi-skilled journalists.

The content of the course is divided into three sections; firstly critical discussions on the core skills that span the three traditional modes of delivery (print, radio, TV) set against the emerging online international newscape; secondly (taking a cue from New York University’s Studio 20 programme), project based learning that challenges students to use traditional Art and Design studio teaching to work on creative projects that both require in-depth understandings of new technologies and a willingness to innovate and apply them to a journalistic context; thirdly engagement with industry through live projects set in one of the courses collaborative news organisations.

This Postgraduate Programme offers a distinctive practice-led approach with embedded theoretical and critical frameworks alongside professional practice. The program takes place largely within the University environment but is supported by links/visits to Newspapers, TV Stations, Radio Stations and New Media organizations.

This program sits within a postgraduate framework that is designed to create a community of postgraduate study.

The overarching aims in relation to the framework are:

  1. provide a stimulating, comprehensive and progressive programme of study, which develops students’ creative, professional, technical, and specialist study;
  2. develop students’ personal practice and the application of specialist skills in relation to future practice and employment/entrepreneurial opportunities;
  3. develop a critical awareness of both speculative and established contemporary and historical concepts of practice;
  4. develop students’ ability to research, evaluate, organise apply and articulate these skills within their specialist areas of study; and,
  5. enable students to develop their knowledge and skills in order to contextualise their studies within a social, economic, cultural and ethical decision-making process.-
  6. provide a programme of study that develops higher-level research skills appropriate to practice and theory-led enquiry;
  7. develop the ability to research, evaluate, organise apply and articulate this research in-depth, within their specialist area of study;
  8. embed personal practice and the application of specialist skills in relation to future practice and employment/entrepreneurial opportunities;
  9. establish a high level of critical awareness of contemporary and historical professional practice, which informs a students’ individual practice in a globally-driven marketplace; and,
  10. support students in contextualizing their studies within a social, economic, cultural and ethical decision-making process.

1.3   Programme Structure

Module

Module No.

Web-link to Module Specification

Credits

ADVANCED PRACTICE 1

IMJ7001

TBC

40

ADVANCED PRACTICE RESEARCH AND STUDY SKILLS

IMJ7002

TBC

20

ADVANCED PRACTICE 2

IMJ7003

TBC

40

CRITICAL THINKING IN PRACTICE

IMJ7004

TBC

20

ADVANCED PRACTICE 3

IMJ7005

TBC

40

CRITICAL ANALYSIS AND REFLECTION

IMJ7006

TBC

20

TOTAL    

180

1.4   Programme Calendar

Here is the IMMJ calendar – http://www.immj-ma.org/calandar/

Please note there are occasionally minor changes and we refresh the calendar in full at the beginning of each new term. It is your responsibility to view the calendar regularly and manage your own time, so please familiarise yourself with the calendar and transfer the dates into the most convenient format for you.

If you prefer to import and access your calendar from other applications. You can copy and paste the following into any calendar product that supports the ical format.

1.5 Programme Timetable

http://www.immj-ma.org/programme-timetable

1.6 Personal Development, Employability Skills Development and Professional Body Recognition

As a graduate from this course, you will be able to work in a wide spectrum of media industries, from large corporations to hyperlocal news blogs. Entrepreneurial journalism is taught from the start of the course and you will be encouraged to consider how your ideas and projects can be monetized.

The media industry is rapidly changing, giving new opportunities for emerging talented multi-skilled journalists who can adapt quickly to new innovations. Good story telling remains at the heart of what you will learn but being able to creatively use a variety of skills to deliver the story on multiple platforms will give you an edge in this very competitive marketplace.

2. Communications

2.1 Communication Systems

University communication to individual students is usually through e-mail. As a policy, University of Bolton staff will only respond to emails registered with your course leader at the beginning of the program. It is good practice to include your student number, Chinese name and/or English name on all email.

You may set up a University Outlook account to forward emails to a personal email address. See http://www.bolton.ac.uk/ITSupportServices/Managing-Your-Email.aspx.

The University will post certain announcements and your module grades through the Moodle, the University’s virtual learning environment (VLE). It is important therefore that you familiarise yourself with how to access this electronic information. You will be given a password at the beginning of your program.

IMMJ Module Tutors in Beijing will post announcements at the IMMJ course VLE – www.beijingimmj.wordpress.com, you will need to familiarise yourself with the site and view on a regular basis.

In some cases, letters may be sent to your local or home address. Please ensure that your student details are therefore kept up to date on your student record.

Useful web addresses:

We also post news items on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UniversityofBolton and Twitter: @BoltonUni.

2.2   Contacting Staff

The best way to contact staff is by email. Staff will endeavour to respond to your emails within 2 full working days. If a face-to-face discussion is required, you may arrange a mutually convenient appointment with your Programme Leader, Module Tutor or Personal Tutor.

2.3   Attendance

In order to progress and achieve the award for which you are registered, you must attend scheduled classes for each individual module regularly and in accordance with any compulsory attendance requirements defined. The University attendance policy is located at:

To briefly summarise the University attendance policy, unsatisfactory attendance includes failure to attend learning and teaching sessions on a regular basis. It also includes repeated late arrival at, or early departure from, learning and teaching sessions. Where a student’s attendance is unsatisfactory, actions may be taken. In situations where absence significantly impacts a student’s understanding and grasp of course material, a formal warning will be issued. If formal warnings are not responded to a formal attendance agreement will be made. Assessment boards may take students attendance into account in relation to progression and awards.

Please contact your Module Tutor if you are absent from any session. For sickness, notify your tutor on the day. For other reasons, If you know you will be absent for a future session, notify your module tutor well ahead. You may need to record a presentation or write a summary of readings etc.

2.4   Location, Contact Information and Opening Times of Key University Offices

The table below identifies key University offices, their locations, contact information and where you can find details of opening times.

Office

Location

Contact

Opening Times

GENERAL ADMINISTRATION OFFICE No.2 North Xisanhuan Road, Beijing, P.R. China 100089 88816215

http://www.bfsu.edu.cnwebmaster@bfsu.edu.cn

http://global.bfsu.edu.cn/en/

https://www.bfsu.edu.cn/

Student Affairs Department Beijing International Studies University 19 International Building, 11th floor 010-88816570

bwxsc@bfsu.edu.cn

http://shiny.bfsu.edu.cn/

010-8881682

6wgyys@bfsu.edu.cn

http://yys.bfsu.edu.cn

OFFICE FOR OVERSEAS STUDENTS AFFAIRS No.2 North Xisanhuan Road, Beijing, P.R. China 100089 0086-10-88816549/0671/6424

wsclxb@bfsu.edu.cn

http://global.bfsu.edu.cn/en/
Student Services Team West campus, Room 510, Administration Building. Beijing Foreign Studies University E-mail: ieco@bfsu.edu.cn  
Alumni Office Room 501, Arabic Floor, No. 2, Xisanhuan North Road, Haidian District, Beijing 010-88810271

bwxyh@bfsu.edu.cn

http://xyh.bfsu.edu.cn

http://xyh.bfsu.edu.cn/
BFSU Library No.2 North Xisanhuan Road, Beijing, P.R. China 100089 +86 10 8881 6645

https://lib.bfsu.edu.cn/

http://global.bfsu.edu.cn/en/?page_id=1774
Sport and Recreation Service No.2 North Xisanhuan Road, Beijing, P.R. China 100089 http://www.studyinchina.com.my/web/page/bfsu-/ http://www.studyinchina.com.my/web/page/bfsu-/
Career Centre Building 2, Xi San Huan North Road, Haidian District, Beijing 010-88816211/88816669

http://jyzd.bfsu.edu.cn/

010-88816785

wjo@bfsu.edu.cn

http://jyzd.bfsu.edu.cn/

http://www.bfsu.edu.cn/link/wljxjy.html

BFSU Yellow pages   https://www.bfsu.edu.cn/yellowpage  

2.4   Programme Staff

The table below identifies staff associated with your program of study along with their locations and contact details.

Staff name Position Location Tel. Email
Sharron Lovell Programme Leader – MA International Multimedia Journalism Beijing +86-18612406901 S.Lovell@bolton.ac.uk / sharron.lovell@gmail.com
Dr D J Clark

PhD

Programme Advisor – MA International Multimedia Journalism Hong Kong +852-52648386 djclark@me.com
Sean Gallagher Senior Lecturer Advanced Practice Module Tutor – MA International Multimedia Journalism Beijing +86-158 1012 5284 sean@gallagher-photo.com
Cong Yan Senior Lecturer Advanced Research Module Tutor – MA International Multimedia Journalism Beijing +86-1861-224-8677 yancongphoto@gmail.com
Alina Zhang Admin Assistant

MA International Multimedia Journalism

Beijing   zhangshufang@bfsu.edu.cn
Lindsey Brocklebank Academic Partnership Manager University of Bolton, UK +441204903288 l.brocklebank@bolton.ac.uk

3.  Student Support

3.1   Programme Support

Programme Leader

Programme Leaders are responsible for the management of a programme. In doing so they oversee the scheduling and delivery of modules, support program developments, coordinate marketing and recruitment activities, as well as ensure program quality standards are maintained. 

Module Tutor

These are academics who are responsible for the organisation and delivery of a particular module. Module Tutors also design module assessments and mark these. If you have an academic problem with a specific module, the first point of contact should always be your Module Tutor. If your query is not resolved, you should contact the Programme Leader or Student Representative.

Personal Tutor

The University of Bolton operates a proactive Personal Tutoring scheme which aims to ensure that, throughout their time at the University, students are given the opportunity to meet regularly with an assigned member of academic staff, their Personal Tutor. All students are allocated a Personal Tutor who will seek to ensure that they receive academic and personal support at the start of their time at the University and as they progress on their program.

Peer Support

It is also important that students build networks of friends and course mates during their degree course. Having the right support from fellow students can make a big difference to life at University and help you learn more effectively.  To enhance support from fellow students, the University operates a peer mentoring scheme in which students are supported by experienced peers either on a one-to-one or a group basis. The group scheme, involving Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) is being piloted in some areas of the University this year. Please contact your Personal Tutor for further details on peer mentoring.

Enhanced Personal Tutors

Each School has a group of Enhanced Personal Tutors (EPTs) who oversee the personal tutoring and to ensure that students get the right help and support they need.  Enhanced Personal Tutors will also coordinate the PASS scheme mentioned above.

3.2 Other Student Support

Student Services

The Student Services Team is based at the West campus, Room 510, Administration Building. Beijing Foreign Studies University. E-mail: ieco@bfsu.edu.cn. It is staffed by specialist support staff who provide information, advice and guidance to students (current, past and prospective) and staff:

  • Visa Advice, Guidance and documentation – Forms and University stamps for visa applications.
  • Documentation – Official letters, Student ID Cards
  • Other services – Accommodation including the Halls of Residence, Chaplaincy, Counselling, Disability Service, Disclosure and Barring Service, Immigration and Welfare.

Student Liaison Officer / IMMJ-MA administration officer

The SLO at the University for the IMMJ-MA program provides:

  • impartial information, advice, and guidance on a wide range of both academic and pastoral issues
  • support opportunities to develop transferable skills for students via student mentoring opportunities

Alina Zhang (张淑芳 / Zhang Shufang), is the IMMJ-MA Student Liaison Officer / IMMJ-MA administration officer. Alina can also signpost to other key services as necessary. Please contact zhangshufang@bfsu.edu.cn to make an appointment.

3.3 Support for Students with Disabilities

Alina Zhang (张淑芳 / Zhang Shufang), is the IMMJ-MA Student Liaison Officer / IMMJ-MA administration officer. Alina can support and signpost disabled students to key services as necessary. Please contact zhangshufang@bfsu.edu.cn to make an appointment.

4. The Student Voice

4.1 Student Representatives and Committees

In order to continuously improve the student experience, volunteer Student Representatives are selected to represent the voice of the student population on key committees. Student Representatives for every course level are elected annually.

The role of a Course Representative is to gather the views (positive and negative) from other students on their programme on academic matters and other elements of the student experience. These matters are then discussed at course level committees called Student-Staff Liaison Committees (SSLCs). SSLCs are usually chaired by a Programme Leader and comprise Module Tutors, as well as representatives from the Library and Administration teams. 

If you are interested in becoming a Student Representative, there is a straight forward process to follow. You will need to put yourself forward for election at the start of the academic year.

4.2 Programme Feedback

All students have the opportunity to contribute to the monitoring and enhancement of their course of study. You can approach your Student Representative (see above), the Programme Leader or Module Tutor on an informal level to discuss issues. The SSLC is also an important forum at which elected Student Representatives can speak on behalf of their peers.

In addition, you are asked to complete a satisfaction questionnaire for each module in each semester. Furthermore, you will be requested to complete a programme questionnaire on an annual basis. Survey feedback is important as it is used by the programme team and other services to enhance the provision and improve the student learning experience. We would, therefore, be most grateful if you would complete student questionnaires when asked.

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5.    Learning Resources

5.1   Resources

The new Beijing Foreign Studies University library came into operation on June 6th, 2013. The area of the library is 23 thousand square meters, the building is 6 floors high, and is a major architectural landmark on the BFSU campus.

The library accommodates 1,200,000 books, provides more than 2000 seats and over 18 study rooms for its readers, and includes lecture and seminar halls, training classes exhibition rooms, coffee bars and other cultural leisure places. The new library provides a 24-hour self-help book window, as well as self-help printing, copying, scanning, book borrowing and returns self-service facilities. Information stations are placed in various areas to assist and guide users.

The new BFSU library provides readers with efficient information services, a vast collection of academic resources, a comfortable studying environment, and other material and digital resources required by both teachers and students.

The library administration and management are subdivided into various offices, such as the document resources department, the catalog department, the circulation department, the technology department, and the information advisory department. You can find the details of the principals and their contact details here: http://international.bfsu.edu.cn/en/campus-life/services

5.2   Library Support

When you enrol you are automatically allocated library and computer accounts. The Library has extensive web pages available which provide information on library services, access to electronic resources and a wide range of help guides. 

As well as delivering inductions, the subject librarian team provide support to students in the form of user education classes, workshops and a range of help guides and videos which show how to access electronic books, journals and databases. The videos are available via the following link:

http://www.bolton.ac.uk/library/Study-Skills/Video-Tutorials.aspx

5.3 BISSTO – Bolton Interactive Study Skills Tutorial Online. 

This is a particularly helpful resource for information skills, study skills, basic skills and research skills and is located at http://www.bolton.ac.uk/bissto/Home.aspx.  Please note that BISSTO is an open resource and does not require a University login.

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6. Mitigating Circumstances, Appeals and Complaints

6.1 Mitigating Circumstances

A Mitigating Circumstances request is one in which a student makes a case that their performance in assessment has been significantly and adversely affected by circumstances that are exceptional, unforeseen and/or outside of their control. Mitigating Circumstances requests must be presented prior to the assessment board and before the deadline specified.

If you believe you have grounds for Mitigating Circumstances, please contact your Programme Leader or Personal Tutor.

For further details, see:

http://www.bolton.ac.uk/studentinformation-policyzone/Home.aspx

6.2 Appeals

Appeals are submitted following an assessment board (and before the deadline specified) if a student believes:

  • that circumstances have affected their performance which (for a good reason) the assessment board may not have been made aware of when an assessment decision was taken
  • that there was a material administrative error or a procedural irregularity in the assessment process
  • that there is evidence of prejudice or bias or lack of proper assessment on the part of one or more of the assessors/examiners

For further details, see:

http://www.bolton.ac.uk/studentinformation-policyzone/Home.aspx

Your Programme Leader, Student Services and/or the Students’ Union can also advise you on an appeal submission.

6.3 Complaints

The University welcomes comments and suggestions about how things might be improved, we also recognize that students and others with a legitimate interest have a right to complain if they feel that something is wrong.

If your complaint is about services provided by the partner institution, you should complain using the partner institution’s procedures in the first instance.  Please contact zhangshufang@bfsu.edu.cn in this case. In the event of a complaint exhausting a partner’s procedures, the complaint must be forwarded to the University of Bolton, addressed to the Academic Quality Manager at the University. The University of Bolton’s Academic Quality Manager (or a nominee) will confirm that the complaint has been satisfactorily investigated according to the partner’s procedures, making such further enquiries and taking such action as may be necessary, before issuing a formal ‘completion of procedures’ letter to notify the complainant that the University’s complaints procedures have been exhausted.

If you have a comment, suggestion or complaint about the IMMJ-MA program, you should first speak with your course leader. If you make a complaint and believe it has not been dealt with satisfactorily you should then contact Alina Zhang zhangshufang@bfsu.edu.cn who will in turn notify the Dean of the Department of Journalism to ensure the complaint has been satisfactorily investigated according to the partner’s procedures, making such further enquiries and taking such action as may be necessary. In the event that you still believe the complaint has not been dealt with satisfactorily the complaint must be forwarded to the University of Bolton, addressed to the Academic Quality Manager at the University.

 Further details can also be found at: http://www.bolton.ac.uk/studentinformation-policyzone/Home.aspx

7.   Health and Safety

7.1   First Aid

If you have an emergency while at BFSU (such as health, fire or traffic accidents), please call the appropriate following telephone numbers:

  • Police (Calling) 110
  • Police (Text message) 12110
  • First-aid Ambulance 120
  • Fire 119
  • Traffic Accidents 122
  • SOS in Water 12395

Calling Tips:

  1. 110, 120 and 119 are free calls.
  2. 110 may be used for all emergencies. It is the first number to call. Whether 119 or 120 is called depends on the situation.
  3. The more details you can provide to the police, the better. At a minimum, you will need to provide your name and location and give a description of the problem. If you don’t know the exact position, tell them the landmarks buildings nearby. If you are in a remote area, you will need to give the name of the town or village. After the call, you should keep your phone on in case they need to call you back. When you see a police car approaching, wave to them actively.

3. After calling 120, first-aid treatment is not encouraged. Unless you have first-aid training, you should just wait patiently for the doctors to arrive.

4. If you can leave the accident area, please wait for the rescue workers at some obvious places where they can easily find you.

7.2   Accident Reporting

Please see the section above for emergency numbers. Always report all accidents, no matter how minor. You should report all accidents as soon as possible to your Module Tutor (if in class), or otherwise a relevant member of University Staff e.g. a site supervisor, a library supervisor etc. If you wish to raise any concerns about the incident, you can report these to Alina Zhang at Alina Zhang zhangshufang@bfsu.edu.cn.

You should also report accidents which occur off-site when undertaking an activity sanctioned by the University e.g. a field trip.

7.3   Smoke-Free Policy 

It is the policy of the University that all its workplaces are smoke-free, and all students and employees have a right to work and study in a smoke-free environment. Smoking is therefore not allowed in all University buildings and around their entrances and open windows. This ensures that smoke does not enter a building from outside and that people entering or exiting the premises are not exposed to second-hand smoke. Should someone become exposed to second-hand smoke in this way, they have the right to request that the smoker moves and the smoker is expected to respect that request.

7.4   Fire Evacuation Procedure

In case of a fire or traffic please call the national Fire emergency service 119

  1. Leave the building by the nearest designated emergency exit in accordance with the instructions given by staff, closing doors as directed. Fire escape routes are available on each floor or every building.
  2. Assist disabled students as required. In the event that any disabled student is unable to be evacuated, you should assist the member of staff to ensure the Controller is aware of the location of the disabled student, and any other relevant information which may assist in the evacuation of that student.
  3. Do not re-enter unless advised by a member of staff known to you.
  4. On no account use lifts.
  5. Do not take holdalls, briefcases or any other bulky items which would impede evacuation.  Do not go searching for personal belongings.
  6. If you are concerned that another student has not been able to evacuate the building, you should advise a member of staff of that person’s last known location.

7.5 Extra procedures requirements for studying in China

Visas

You will need a valid visa during your stay and study in China. You can apply for a Chinese student visa from your home country before travel. Before applying, you will need to process some documentation with the host university BFSU. (NOTE: Student visas are actually entitled ‘resident permits’ but act in the same way as a visa). Please note, BFSU’s international office can assist you with documentation, but they are not a visa agency and are not responsible for processing your visa. Students are expected to be responsible for applying for their own visas according to the protocol of their respective country. 

Costs in addition to tuition fees

You are required to have a basic Multimedia Journalist Kit: All students must have either a video-enabled DSLR camera or separate (prosumer or above) video and stills camera, a sound recorder, a range of lenses between 28mm and 200mm (35mm equivalent), a good tripod and a few other small accessories. You will also need a laptop computer, software and hard disk storage capable of working with multimedia projects. Please contact the course leader for a detailed gear guide. If you do not already own equipment, a full set can be purchased at around a minimum of around £1000 pounds / 9,000 RMB (excluding laptop)

There are a few additional costs over and above tuition fees and equipment. These are not charged by Bolton University but are levied by the Chinese education ministry and apply to all foreign students studying in China: Unless you can provide a Chinese health check,  you will need a health check to enroll at BFSU, our host university. This is a one-off cost of 400 RMB, and the required student insurance costs 600 RMB per year.

Insurance

The prerequisite Chinese MoE medical insurance for International students is useful but while the comprehensive medical insurance coverers most items, it’s limited to certain hospitals and certain things, such as emergency travel home, for example, would not be covered. Therefore International students are required to buy their own comprehensive, independent travel insurance to cover the duration of your stay in China – as well as the local one required by the university and MoE.

First, if you already have an insurance plan check to see if your current plan or the plan you are under covers you abroad, If not, here are a few options to keep you safe:

You can apply independently for an individual insurance plan through providers that work specifically with either study abroad students or international travelers. Reputable names include Endsleigh, ASA Inc., Cultural Insurance Services International, World Nomads Insurance, and International Student Protection.

We can give you more advice about this if needed, but often decent backpacker coverage insurance is suitable. Please give your policy numbers along with an emergency contact person to your course leader to keep on record and retrieve in case of emergency.

There are a few other procedures when moving to China (not requiring any fee) and we can inform you of these after successful application.

When the course starts you are required to have the following:

  • A Skype ID
  • Twitter account
  • Facebook account
  • A VPN (if in China – costs around 5 dollars per month)
  • A mobile phone and local sim card (3G packages are cheap, around 70RMB/month)
  • Internet access (easy to set up once in China)

7.5 Psychological support services

Beijing Foreign Studies University offers information, advice, and guidance on a wide range of student psychological issues. These include campus life, interpersonal relationships, study here, career planning, self-understanding, and so on. We aim to create an environment where students feel at ease to disclose past or current psychological difficulties. The University respects people’s rights to privacy and will treat all information concerning an individual’s problems with appropriate confidentiality. We can refer you and make appointments for you to see specialist staff. Private interview room facilities are available on request with a warm and comfortable environment. We can offer you both individual consulting and group consulting. We also have reading rooms where you can find many professional books about psychology.

If you need any help from us, you are very welcomed to contact us:

tel: 010-88814506 / email: xlzx@bfsu.edu.cn.

You can also come to our office directly: Room 412, Students Center on the east campus of BFSU.

8.  The Role of the External Examiner

All University degree programs have at least one External Examiner. As the title implies, External Examiners come from other institutions and play a key role in ensuring that marking and the standard of our programs are in line with other UK Universities. External Examiners are involved in the assessment of student work and are key members of Assessment Boards. They will write an annual report to the University outlining their findings. You can view copies of reports for each program via the link below:

http://www.bolton.ac.uk/Quality/EEE/ExternalExaminersReports/Home.aspx

The External Examiner for this program is:

Name: Stephen Quinn

Position: External Examiner

Please note that the External Examiner details are provided for information only. If you have any comments or issues relating to your program, please contact your Personal Tutor or Programme Leader.

If you would like to see your program’s External Examiner reports, these are available via the link below http://www.bolton.ac.uk/Quality/EEE/ExternalExaminersReports/Home.aspx

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