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 Rachel Jones
, posted on 19 May '17

What is a university taster day? An introduction for teachers

With a growing range of subjects available to study at university, some students find the prospect of finding the right course a daunting one. To help students make the best choices for them, many universities offer potential students the opportunity to attend a taster day. This blog explains exactly what they are!

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 10 May '17

The UniTasterDays Top 10 > For teachers to build links with universities

Schools have a statutory duty to provide careers support to students. For many careers, university is the next step in that journey. This blog introduces teachers to our top ten ways to develop these links. After all, university is the next step in the career for around 50% of students.

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 2 May '17

"Widening Participation", "University Outreach" and "Fair Access" – what do they mean and why do teachers need to know about them?

This blog introduces teachers to terms widely used in the sector, but rarely explained. What is university outreach and widening participation? What does fair access mean? This blog introduces the key facts and differences

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 23 Apr '17

What is the difference between university outreach and university recruitment departments?

You’ll often find the terms ‘outreach’ or ‘recruitment’ used with regard to the activities and events universities arrange for young people. This blog compares the two, and introduces you to the key differences

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 by an Admissions Officer from Edge Hotel School
, posted on 21 Mar '17

What are two year degrees, and how are they different?

Two years means hard work and commitment to their future. A common misconception of a two year degree is that it does not cover as much as a three or four year degree – wrong. This blog will tell you why.

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 by Emma Hall
, posted on 11 Mar '17

How will new performance indicators for schools impact on the school - university relationship?

New performance Indicators for schools in England at KS5 will now include destination and retention data. What does this mean for relationships between schools and universities? This guest blog introduces the changes and the impact this may have.

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 by Vicki Todd
, posted on 7 Mar '17

Preparing your students for a UCAS Convention / University Fair

Attending a UCAS fair can be an overwhelming experience for school pupils. At the largest events there can be upwards of 150 exhibitors, all offering information about their institution. It’s important to try and get pupils prepared for their visit so that they can get the most from their experience. This blog includes some handy hints!

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 by Ant Sutcliffe
, posted on 22 Feb '17

An introduction to the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP)

So what is NCOP? NCOP is the largest investment in 13 – 18 year old raising educational progression & aspirations widening participation programme since Aimhigher. But it is not really like Aimhigher. Where Aimhigher was a national brand with regionalised subsections and would fund schools to engage with university outreach in any area of relative disadvantage, NCOP is far more targeted. This blog will tell you more.

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 by Emma Hall
, posted on 19 Feb '17

How university summer school events can support a student's transition from school to university

Supporting students to make informed decisions about whether or not university is right for them, and if it is which course and university to choose, can be very difficult. This blog explains how teachers can support students along the way.

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 8 Feb '17

What is the difference between "university recruitment" and "outreach"

You’ll often find the terms "outreach" or "recruitment" used with regard to the activities and events universities arrange for young people. This blog introduces the difference - and what each term means in the context of school and college liaison.

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 by Laura Pearson
, posted on 8 Feb '17

Home or Away: Making a decision about university accommodation and living arrangements

"What is student accommodation like? Does everybody move into student accommodation? Do you have to move away from home? Do many people commute?" his blog will guide you through answers to these common questions.

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 1 Feb '17

How much university guidance do schools need to provide? An introduction to the statutory guidance.

The Education Act 2011 states that schools in England are legally required to provide impartial independent careers guidance to all students through years 8-13. This Act places the duty of careers provision directly on schools, and includes university advice, guidance and visits. This blog introduces you to the key aspects.

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 by Lucy, Hannah & Emily
, posted on 24 Jan '17

"Don't Freak Out" - Exam advice and tips

This is a guest blog for students, provided by students at Loughborough High School. This blog includes advice on planning for exams, sitting exams, and revision beforehand. Teachers - please pass it on!

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 by Naomi Smith
, posted on 19 Jan '17

How can students make the most of a university open day

This is for stidents, so teachers, we would be grateful if you would kindly pass it on. One of the best ways to determine whether a university is right for you is to experience it first-hand. And that’s what open days are all about. You’re going to be spending three or four years + at university, so it’s really important that you make the right choice. These top tips will help you get the most out of any university open day.

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 11 Jan '17

How can teachers book and request university events?

The process of booking and requesting university events will differ from university to university. You can either contact a university directly or through a third party, such as UniTasterDays. The majority of events are free and may be held on or off campus (e.g. at your school or college).

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 31 Dec '16

University events explained (A blog for teachers to pass on to students)

“What’s in a university event for me”? It’s a question we get asked a lot. So let me take you through the type of university events you can book places on, and let you know why they are so important for people just like you considering university.

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 by Naomi Smith
, posted on 31 Dec '16

Access and Widening Participation: An introduction for teachers

Universities actively want to widen access to higher education. We want to attract the broadest range of students possible, in order to give everyone the best chance to succeed in life, regardless of background or current circumstances. This guest blog will show you how.

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 by Francesca Carey
, posted on 31 Dec '16

Building Links with Universities: Top five tips

Making informed course and university decisions benefits students as well as universities. Here are five top tips on building them.

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 by Lois Tucker
, posted on 31 Dec '16

How students can choose the university and the course that is right for them

There are approximately 130 universities in the UK, and around 240 further education colleges offering university level courses. This means students have over 350 institutions to choose from when thinking about Higher Education… so what should they consider when deciding where to go and what to study?

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 by Alex Bairstow
, posted on 31 Dec '16

University Tuition Fees and Student Finance: The key facts for teachers

Worries over tuition fees - and an increased reliance on student loans - are seen as the major barrier for young people considering higher education. This blog goes through the key facts.

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