Q. Where is MAYUR University?
A. MAYUR University is based in London, UK. The mailing address is 90-92 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9HS.

Q. How old is MAYUR University?
A. MAYUR University was established in June 2004 with approval from the Privy Council, UK.

Q. Who runs MAYUR University?
A. A Board of Governors sets the strategic direction for the university and decides broad policy issues regarding our collaboration partners and the courses to be offered by the university. An Academic Advisory Group meets regularly to review courses, teaching and learning- related issues and to encourage research and scholarship in faculties. Day to day issues concerning students and academic staff are managed by the Dean.

The Board of Governors consists of the following members:

Mr. G. K. Warrier  (Chairman)
Lord Walton of Detchant
Auriol, Marchioness of Linlithgow
Lady S. Morritt
Dr. B.M. Hegde (Former Vice Chancellor of Manipal University, India)
Mr. Ramji Raghavan (Chairman, Agastya Foundation, India)

The Dean, Professor Shrikala Warrier, is a member of the Board of Governors as well as the Academic Advisory Committee.

Q. What is the Mission Statement of MAYUR University?
A. The Mission Statement of the university is to provide a unified field of education that integrates science, philosophy and spirituality.

Q. What courses are offered by MAYUR University?
A. The university is launching a B.Sc (Hons) degree in Vegetarian Living in the academic year commencing in March 2011. MAYUR has run a B.Sc (Hons) Ayurveda degree since 2004 and also offers a number of short courses leading to a Certificate in Higher Education or a Diploma in Higher Education. For more details please refer to the website.

Q. What is the duration of the B.Sc (Hons) Vegetarian Living degree?
A. The B.Sc (Hons) Vegetarian Living degree is a fast-track degree which can be completed in two years.

Q. How does a fast-track degree differ from a conventional degree programme?
A. The duration of a typical undergraduate degree is three years. Each year consists of two semesters. Teaching and assessments take place over a 15 week period in each semester. The academic calendar includes two vacation periods, namely, a three week Winter Break during December-January and a two week Spring Break (March-April).No teaching  takes place during the four months between early June till the first week of October.

The fast-track two year degree consists of six semesters over two academic years. The third semester runs over the summer. Each semester consists of 15 weeks of teaching and learning and there is a short vacation period between semesters. The fast track degree pattern does not compromise on the quality of the student experience, but, in fact, maximizes tutor contact time and the continuity of the learning experience.

Q. How many credits are needed for a B.Sc (Hons) degree?
A. MAYUR University undergraduate degrees comprise a minimum of 18 and a maximum of 24 modules (for programme-specific information, please refer to the website). The B.Sc (Hons) Vegetarian Living programme, for instance, consists of 18 modules. Each module is worth 20 credits. The B.Sc (Hons) degree is awarded on successful achievement of 360 credits.

Q. Is it possible to study one or more modules from the programme out of interest in the subject?
A. The university welcomes adult learners who have a broad interest in the subject of vegetarian living. It is possible to study specific modules without necessarily being enrolled for the B.Sc (Hons) degree programme. Students who complete the assessment requirements for their chosen module will be awarded a Certificate in Personal and Professional Development.

Q. What are the career opportunities for graduates of the B.Sc (Hons) Vegetarian Living degree?
A. Students who graduate from the B.Sc (Hons) Vegetarian Living degree will have the knowledge base and analytical skills to embark upon a fulfilling career with various statutory as well as non-governmental and voluntary agencies working in sectors such as international development, sustainable agriculture, health care and nutrition.  For the more entrepreneurial graduates, there are opportunities to establish small scale enterprises in fields such as organic farming, vegetarian catering and dietetics, school health programmes and environmental protection. There will also be employment opportunities in teaching and research as well as in the private sector, such as, businesses involved in food processing, herbal medicine, spas, clinics, hospitals and restaurants.

Q. What are the fees for a B.Sc (Hons) degree at MAYUR University?
A. The fees for the academic year 2011/2012 is set at £6000.Fees usually go up each year to keep up with inflation. Students who commence on a 2 year fast track degree in March 2011 should therefore expect to pay £6250 in the second year of the their programme.

Q. Is the fee structure at MAYUR University similar to those at other universities in the UK?
A. Although MAYUR University is a private university, the fees charged for undergraduate programmes is in fact less than what many government-funded universities in the UK intend to charge from 2011 onwards. The government has agreed to allow universities to charge between £7000-£9000 per annum, bringing the total cost of a conventional three year programme to £21,000-£27,000.

Q. Does MAYUR University offer scholarships or other financial assistance to students?
A. All students at MAYUR University are self-financing. However, in order to ease the burden on students, the university has introduced an instalment plan which allows payments to be made in three stages. The annual tuition fee must be fully paid up before the beginning of the third semester.

Q. Is it possible to work while studying?
A. The programme is delivered via face-to-face teaching and  supported distance learning by a team of qualified and experienced academics .Students who opt for the contact mode will attend lectures once a week in London during term time. It would therefore be possible to work and study. There will also be opportunities to interact with course tutors and to participate in seminars, discussion groups and other academic activities facilitated by the faculty.

Q. How will distance learners be supported?
A. Distance learners will be supported with study materials specially prepared to facilitate independent learning. These will be sent electronically every week for each of the modules taught during the term and there will be provision for on-line tutorials with Module Tutors and net-based discussion forums with peers. The aim of the university is to ensure that distance learners have as much opportunity to share and participate in a stimulating academic environment so as to enrich their overall learning experience. Where possible, and if the number of students in any country outside the UK is around 50, a two-week programme of intensive lectures will be arranged in a convenient location in that country to enable face-to-face contact between representatives of the faculty and with fellow students on the programme.

Q. How are students assessed on the B.Sc (Hons) Vegetarian Living programme?
A. Each module has two assessments which are usually scheduled in the middle and at the end of the module delivery period respectively. Both assessments count towards the total module mark. The assessments are varied and include extended essays, projects, practical cooking demonstrations and an 8000 word dissertation.