University IAG: Our weekly blog to support teachers and careers professionals with all things university

Every week we post a new blog, with advice from colleagues in the sector, or ourselves, on key university news, changes or topical debate. You can view a selection of our latest articles below, or select from the list of topics to narrow things down.

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 by Kate Nelson
, posted on 18 May '22

Additional financial support for students at university (outside tuition and maintenance loans)

Grants, scholarships, bursaries, allowances, funds – there is so much available to your students it can be difficult to keep track of it. We explain it all here.

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 by Erin Tungate
, posted on 11 May '22

How schools and colleges can support students making their Post-16 course choices

One of the best ways to support students is providing resources and information so that your students can make their decisions confidently. Here are some tips on how to tackle a couple of the fundamental questions students may ask you.

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 by Izzy Kelly
, posted on 2 May '22

How schools and colleges can support students transitioning from Year 11 to further education

Through working with sixth forms and colleges, my team and I have identified a gap in support for Year 11 students taking their next steps to transition from school into further education. Here, I have compiled a list of key ways you can support students when making this transition.

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 by Richard Hall
, posted on 26 Apr '22

How schools can support underrepresented students to progress to selective universities

As educators, we all aim to ensure that students can make informed decisions on their future and access competitive university places based on merit and potential. Whilst these objectives drive us more than ever, delivering on these goals can be challenging. This blog outlines how you can help.

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 by Izzy Kelly
, posted on 19 Apr '22

What works? Demonstrating impactful university and school/college engagement

For those of us who work with students specifically to help widen participation in higher education, it is important to analyse that work and then evaluate the impact of it. This blog outlines some successful university-school/college initiatives.

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 by Andrew Cooper
, posted on 12 Apr '22

A guide to the different types of online university events

Our understanding of technology and the benefits this can bring to university events has increased dramatically over the last two years. This blog will outline all the online opportunities on offer through universities.

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 by Stephen Pomfret
, posted on 4 Apr '22

University event targeting – why are certain events only available for certain students?

The targeting of outreach activity has been a topic of conversation and debate for as long as outreach has existed. Should we work with all students or should we target? This blog outlines why certain events are targeted to certain schools and students.

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 by Oliver Stacey
, posted on 28 Mar '22

How universities can support you to achieve the Gatsby Benchmarks

Looking at my own transition from a History Teacher, to Careers Adviser, to University Student Recruitment Officer, I have seen how careers and outreach can enrich learning from a variety of perspectives. Here, I introduce how that can impact on the Gatsby Benchmarks.

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 by James Elliott and Katie Coombe-Boxall
, posted on 21 Mar '22

Admin, evaluation and targeting – be kind to your outreach practitioner

Often funded programmes, to justify spending, will consider ‘what works’ – this means tracking learners to see where they end up, and evaluating activities to assess their impact. This blog tells you why programmes like the Uni Connect scheme do it.

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 by Rachel Brookes
, posted on 7 Mar '22

What is university widening participation and fair access?

When you hear the term ‘Widening Participation’ or ‘WP’ for short, it vaguely speaks for itself, but there is a lot more to the widening of participation into higher education. This blog will tell you all about it.

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