Part-Time WorkAs a full-time international student at the University you are allowed to work part-time for a maximum of 20 hours in each week during the periods you are studying at the University. However, please bear in mind that if you do work this number of hours, you will not be able to devote enough time to studying. This might mean that you get lower grades on assignments and in examinations and, in the worst case, could even fail your course. Experience has led us to recommend that students can work for a maximum of 10 to 12 hours in any week without significantly affecting their studies.
The UK has a national minimum wage that depends on age. At age 21, it is about £5 per hour so working for 10 hours (in a shop for example) will mean you earn about £50 per week.
During holiday periods there is no limit on the number of hours you are allowed to work.
The Careers & Employment Service
As part of its Student Support and Wellbeing the University has set up the Careers & Employment Service. This provides a central point of contact for students seeking paid employment during their time at university, and for employers seeking skilled, intelligent and hardworking part-time and temporary staff.
The Centre aims to provide current students with advice and information on paid part-time and temporary employment that can be undertaken alongside students’ studies. This service is provided for undergraduate and postgraduate, full-time, part-time and distance learning students. The Centre also provides a service for Northumbria graduates during the summer immediately following their graduation. The service gives information on opportunities for volunteering in the north east of England and offers advice and support for student volunteers. We also give information on the Northumbria Plus Award to recognise participation in voluntary and community activity.
While anyone can browse the Centre’s Vacancy Database, to apply for a job, students must register online by completing the Jobshop and Volunteer Centre Registration Form.