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 Meg Griessel
, posted on 4 Aug '22

A university jargon buster

With hundreds of higher education providers in the UK, researching university courses can already feel like a daunting prospect for students. This blog provides a guide to to the terms students may run into.

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 by Gemma Stead
, posted on 28 Jul '22

Preparing your students for the university transition - how university is different from school

Studying in a university environment can seem like a big change for students, especially after completing much of their studies at home over the past year. Below are some of the key differences you may wish to highlight when discussing university transition with your students.

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 by Helena Ziegler
, posted on 14 Jul '22

What do universities look for in a school or college UCAS university application reference?

Just like applicants who dread writing their personal statement, there are no doubt some form teachers/guidance & career advisers who approach the annual exercise of writing the UCAS reference with some trepidation and anxiety! This blog provides key tips for schools.

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 by Ant Sutcliffe
, posted on 7 Jul '22

Why government funded University Outreach Schemes can level up

Your pupils deserve our support. Now more than ever. They are smart, passionate and creative. They also deserve a level playing field, a real and fair shot at realising their potential. This blog introduces how the Uni Connect programme does it. And how you can support it.

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 by Melissa Grindon
, posted on 29 Jun '22

A guide to university accommodation (where will students live whilst at university?)

Settling in at university and growing to create memorable experiences will happen in every student’s life, so it is important for applicants to make an informed choice as to which accommodation option fits best. This blog provides a guide to the options students will have.

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 22 Jun '22

How schools and colleges can support students to write a great university personal statement

Clichés, jokes and bending the truth have no place in a professional university application. You may have read a few of these yourself and have been surprised at your students’ hidden talents. Many are unsure of how to start, but it is easy, with the truth! This blog provides some top tips.

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 15 Jun '22

A school and college guide to the university admission process and the offers students may receive

With multiple deadlines and key dates for students to remember during their last year of school or college, it can make the university admissions process appear daunting and confusing. This blog provides a guide to the key things students need to know.

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 8 Jun '22

How do universities help students in need of additional support whilst at university?

Universities can offer support in many ways to ensure that the needs of students are addressed. This blog tells you how.

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 by David Handy
, posted on 1 Jun '22

How schools and colleges can support students to make option choices with university in mind

As students progress through Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4, they will be exploring lots of different opportunities in the wider world. They will have a myriad of choices to navigate. This blog provides a guide for students making choices with university in mind.

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 by Nina Antell
, posted on 25 May '22

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

When it comes to preparing for university, it is vital that parents and carers are kept informed of the provision available at your school or college. This blog will provide a guide to the key things for parents to be aware of - and some opportunities for them too.

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