Wednesday 20 January 2016

Managing finances can sometimes be tricky when on a tight budget, so with National Student Money Week coming up, students at the University of Northampton will have the opportunity to learn how to improve their money management.

Taking place from Monday 8 February to Thursday 11 February, the University’s Financial Guidance team will be hosting a series of events that will focus on ways in which students can effectively manage their finances better. With the theme ‘Better wealth for better health’, the week will also look at how to reduce stress over money worries that will benefit mental and physical health, provide cooking demonstrations, a clothes swap event, a pop-up shop and lots of information and guidance. Each day, the team will be joined by special guests.

National Student Money Week is an annual national initiative in partnership with the National Association of Student Money Advisers (NASMA) to promote student finance advice, guidance and support offered to applicants, students and graduates by universities, colleges and Students’ Unions across the UK.

These events are completely free and will take place across Park Campus at the Student Centre, Library foyer and Restaurant. There will also be competitions, including a University-based scavenger hunt, prizes and plenty of freebies. The Financial Guidance Team will be in the Student Centre on Monday, the Restaurant on Tuesday and the Library foyer on Wednesday and Thursday from 10am until 3pm.

Victoria Bull, Development Officer for the Financial Guidance team, commented: “We understand the worries that students may have when trying to live and study on a very tight budget and some concerns regarding money problems can escalate into more serious anxieties. In addition, students who have existing mental health conditions may have greater difficulties managing their money.

“However, there is no reason for students to feel alone. National Student Money Week is here to highlight the wide range of information and support available to them, as well as practical steps that they can take to ensure that both they and their finances remain as healthy as possible.

“So if anyone is looking for ideas for cheap and healthy food or to check you are receiving your full funding entitlement, to revamp your wardrobe on a budget or how to swap energy providers for a better deal, come and find out more at National Student Money Week!”

Find out more about what is happening throughout the week or contact the Financial Guidance team  ​

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