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 Sophie Craven
, posted on 11 Oct '17

Is funding available to support my school attending university events?

The good news is that, in many cases, funding is available to support the costs associated with university collaboration. So before you discount the idea of a trip or a visit due to funding constraints, dig a little deeper as there could be funding out there.

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 by Sophie Craven
, posted on 28 Sep '17

When’s the right time of year to arrange a university talk for my students?

When you’re planning a university talk for your students it’s important to ensure that the session is as impactful as possible – to raise aspirations or attainment and broaden horizons of future HE and career opportunities. Planning when to arrange a talk is just as important as planning what is the most relevant and age-appropriate session for your cohort. This blog introduces the key dates and timescales to be aware of.

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 by Sophie Craven
, posted on 20 Sep '17

How can teachers find the most appropriate university events, talks and visits for school groups?

Universities can offer you and your students a broad range of talks, visits and activities – but deciding on the most appropriate one for your target group isn’t always that straight forward when there’s so much to choose from. This blog helps you making the right choices.

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 by Sophie Craven
, posted on 13 Sep '17

Top tips for teachers interested in booking subject specific university school talks

Most universities offer a wide programme of subject taster lectures, delivered by academic staff or subject specialists, specifically targeted at school and colleges. This blog introduces how you can take advantage of them.

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 by Sophie Craven
, posted on 30 Aug '17

How to arrange for universities to attend your school careers fair (and keep them coming back!)

Universities are attending more careers fairs with a wider geographical reach than ever before. So the good news for those of you tasked with organising Careers Fairs is that universities do welcome your invitations. Here are the top tips for getting them to go along!

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 by Jonathan Cheek
, posted on 17 Aug '17

Is the undergraduate university application system fit for purpose?

Having previously worked in undergraduate recruitment for a number of years, I know first-hand about calls from heartbroken applicants on results day who have missed out on their choice of university because they had not achieved their required grades. This blog challenges the current system.

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 16 Aug '17

Buzzword 'Clearing' – students should be excited not fearful

This blog includes advice for students ready for A Level results day, including advice on what to expect if they need to call the clearing phonelines throughout the country...

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 5 Jul '17

What is the TEF and why is it important for teachers to know about it?

The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) is a big deal for universities and other higher education providers. In short, it aims to recognise excellence in undergraduate teaching and university learning. This blog will tell you more.

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 by Ruth Buthi
, posted on 1 Jun '17

Preparing students for money worries at university (before they even get there!)

This blog, for both teachers and students, looks at student finance whilst a student is at university and prepares students for a few years of living on a shoestring!

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 30 May '17

What is a university teachers and advisers conference and what can you get from attending one?

Universities nationwide will host teachers and advisers conferences. Attending will equip you with the IAG skills to take back to school to prepare your students for entry into higher education as well as including the opportunity to network and share best practice with IAG colleagues and university experts. This blog will tell you all about them!

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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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