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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A school and college guide to clearing – the key things for schools and students to know in advance

Clearing is how universities fill any remaining places they have on their courses. It starts at the beginning of July and runs until mid-October. This blog will tell you all about it.

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 by Jack Fox
, posted on 1 May '21

A school and college guide to providing university information to parents and carers

Applying for a course in higher education can be a daunting experience. Not only for students, but also for parents and carers, especially if there is no experience of higher education within the family. This blog includes top tips for providing this information.

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 by Ant Sutcliffe
, posted on 11 Apr '21

A school and college guide to the Uni Connect Programme - what is Uni Connect?

This blog provides a guide to the Uni Connect programme. Including what is next and information on the continued progress and collaboration during the most challenging of times.

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 6 Apr '21

The key things for schools and students to know about student finance

Student finance applications are open. Here I will go through the things I think schools need to know about it to provide great support to students - as well as students need to know to make great decisions themselves.

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 by Kat Knight
, posted on 26 Mar '21

A school and college guide to university courses - which different university degrees are out there?

There are over 35,000 courses available for your students to consider when making their university choices. It’s not just the course name and content that students must get their head around; they’ll also need to understand the different types of courses, the length of a course and what each choice would mean for them as well. This blog introduces all the options.

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 by Sophia Mousoulides
, posted on 21 Mar '21

A school and college guide to university widening participation and fair access, access and participation plans, university activities and more...

More young people from all backgrounds are going to university – however there is still inequality in higher education and beyond. Students with certain characteristics are less likely to enter higher education, less likely to stay on, and/or less likely to gain highly skilled employment after completing their degree. This blog introduces the problem - and suggests some solutions.

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 12 Mar '21

A school and college guide to the transition from school to university

The transition from school or college to university can be a big step for students, and the uncertainty of the present climate may make that step feel even larger for some. This blog provides support and guidance for students exploring this.

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 by Michelle Tang
, posted on 2 Mar '21

A school and college guide to supporting students with their personal statements

In my experience, students often think of the personal statement as the most important part of their application because it’s the part they have the most creative freedom over. But with freedom comes a lot of potential pitfalls! Here are my top tips to steer students in the right direction.

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 by David Hawkins
, posted on 19 Feb '21

A school and college guide to international university study opportunities

In an increasingly global world, with students connected to friends, celebrities, news and opportunities all over the world at the click of a button - and Zoom allowing us to all keep in touch, today’s students have never been more globally connected, tied into a digital economy that knows no borders. This blog will tell you more about the opportunities on offer.

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 by Lauren McWilliams
, posted on 5 Feb '21

A school and college guide to CPD opportunities through universities

As a teacher or adviser, to provide effective information and guidance, you must be equipped with accurate and in-depth information on a plethora of ever-changing subjects relating to higher education. This could be challenging with the ongoing COVID-19 related restrictions. This blog will tell you more about the various opportunities.

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