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 Melissa Grindon
, posted on 17 Jul '21

A school and college guide to the reasons why students may wish to consider university

In the final years of school or sixth form college, a question students may ask you is should I go to university? This blog introduces some of the reasons why they may wish to consider university participation.

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 by David Handy
, posted on 12 Jul '21

A school and college guide to virtual open days. What is a virtual open day - and what will attending one involve?

During the last eighteen months, the way in which universities have facilitated open days and events has had to shift owing to COVID-19. This blog introduces virtual open days, and what they will involve.

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 by Ruth Boyce
, posted on 4 Jul '21

A school and college guide to university degree apprenticeships

Most universities in England are now registered to provide degree apprenticeships. This may be a comprehensive range of subjects, or sometimes just a few specialist subject areas. This blog will tell you all about them.

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 by Amy Knott
, posted on 28 Jun '21

A school and college guide to online and blended learning university courses

Higher education looks very different this year than it has done before due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Universities have adopted new approaches for their courses; including delivering courses fully online and also through a ‘blended’ learning method. This blog tells you all about them.

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 by Rebecca Breen
, posted on 18 Jun '21

A school and college guide to how universities support students in need of additional support

A main priority for universities is to ensure students who require additional support and advice whilst studying know where to find, and how to access the support that is available to them. This blog introduces the various support departments students will have access to.

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 by Wendy Price
, posted on 14 Jun '21

A school and college guide to supporting care experienced and estranged students into higher education

Care experienced and estranged students are currently under-represented in higher education and we need your help to change this. As a teacher, you can play an important part in inspiring and supporting these young people to achieve their potential. This blog introduces how you can help.

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 by Chloe Warsop
, posted on 5 Jun '21

A school and college guide to the new process for students wishing to qualify as a solicitor

From September 2021 there is a new way to become a solicitor in the UK. You can read all about the process in this blog. Including an introduction to the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE).

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 by Erin Tungate
, posted on 28 May '21

How to support students with their personal statements in a virtual world

Usually, we tell students that they can demonstrate passion for a subject in their personal statement by showing how they’ve gone above and beyond outside of the classroom - work experience, volunteering and placements are all common ways to do this, but after a year of lockdowns and ever-changing plans - students may be finding this element of their personal statements particularly challenging. This blog will help.

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 by Ruth Boyce
, posted on 21 May '21

Tips for the Summer - how students can use the summer break to enhance their applications

As well as a well-earned rest from study, encouraging students to use the summer holidays to their advantage can help boost their chances when it comes to university applications. This blog will tell you how.

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 by Jen Barton
, posted on 15 May '21

A school and college guide to supporting students who are applying to Russell Group universities

Students often have questions about making their university choices, knowing how to guide them, especially when it comes to Russell Group Universities is key to being able to support them to make an informed choice. This blog will tell you all about it.

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