University tips by Jon Cheek

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 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 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 Jon Cheek
, posted on 9 Dec '20

A school and college guide to working in partnership with universities to support Gatsby Benchmark and Careers Guidance priorities

Since the Gatsby Benchmarks came to prominence in the government’s statutory careers guidance, they’ve become increasingly important in shaping school and college relationships with universities. This blog introduces how universities can help with all eight of them!

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 5 Oct '20

UniTasterDays Teachers’ Guide 2021. Out now!

This week's #UTDIAG blog will introduce the new edition of the UniTasterDays Teachers’ Guide to University brochure - which has now been released to support the university guidance that is provided in secondary schools and colleges.

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 7 Sep '20

A new academic year update - how UniTasterDays will support you to provide exceptional university guidance to students

I wanted to start the 2020-21 academic year blog series with an update on how UniTasterDays will support the university guidance you provide to your students this year. This blog will introduce our UniTaster Tuesday events, the online event search and more.

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 2 Apr '20

A guide to online university events and support for schools and students. What is out there?

The ongoing challenges we are facing worldwide will undoubtably result in an increase in online university events as schools and students seek university guidance away from the classroom. This blog will introduce you to them.

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 6 Feb '20

How to support students to make post-16 option choices with university in mind – my top tips for schools

Most schools are starting their university engagement by the end of Year 9. This is likely to include students receiving advice on the importance of making post-16 option choices with one eye on university. That advice may come during Year 10 or towards the start of Year 11. This blog will provide some top tips.

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 2 Jan '20

A new year reminder - how UniTasterDays can help school and careers colleagues to build university links (inc Gatsby Benchmark 7) during 2020!

University information, advice, and guidance is essential in secondary schools. The Gatsby benchmarks, support for the NCOP initiative, the appointment of Careers Leaders in every school and the overarching Careers strategy are all ways to support the importance of this. This blog will introduce how UniTasterDays can help with it.

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 20 Dec '19

We're having a Christmas blog break - best wishes and see you in January!

Wishing all our users the very best wishes for the Christmas break and year ahead - thanks for all your support during 2019. Blogs will be back during the first week of January!

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 6 Dec '19

2019 in review and a reminder of how UniTasterDays can help - you!

2019 has been a great year for UniTasterDays – and encouraged by Jeff Haden’s* book, The Motivation Myth (which i'd recommend), in this blog I will look back on some of the biggest achievements as we look forward to 2020.

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