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 Laura Haveron
, posted on 9 Oct '18

How schools can support students suffering with mental health problems when considering university participation

Deciding whether to go to university is a big decision for any student. There are so many things to consider. This blog provides support for schools when advising students.

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 by Rachel Collinson
, posted on 3 Oct '18

Five reasons why your students should go to a university open day

Rachel Collinson, Events Officer at Edge Hill University will be sharing her top five reasons on why it is so important for your students to attend Open Days to help make their decision on which course and which university is right for them.

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 by Ashleigh Hope
, posted on 24 Sep '18

Introducing Widening Participation in Higher Education?

This blog introduces Widening Participation. Including what it is, what it isn't and providing reasons why people may wish to work in a Widening Participation role.

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 19 Sep '18

Unconditional offers – how can students use them to their advantage?

One of the biggest changes to the undergraduate admission system in recent years is the increase in the volume of unconditional offers that are being sent to university applicants. This blog introduces how a student can use these to their advantage.

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 by Andrew Cooper
, posted on 12 Sep '18

Introducing the Gatsby Benchmarks - How can universities help?

The Gatsby benchmarks herald an exciting time for young peoples careers options. Universities can support in many more ways. This blog tells you how.

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 by Martin Lewis
, posted on 30 Aug '18

5 things EVERYONE should know about student finance

This is exclusive content from the Money Saving Expert himself, Martin Lewis on the key things everyone needs to know about student finance. Please pass this on.

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 22 Aug '18

Is the undergraduate application timeline as world-leading as our universities are?

This blog reviews the the undergraduate application system – and asks if the application timeline should be reviewed for generation Z - and following so much sector change.

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 21 Aug '18

New UniTasterDays Teachers’ Guide to University – request your copy now!

Every year UniTasterDays produce a free Teachers’ Guide to a University brochure, to support schools and colleges with all aspects of higher education information, advice and guidance they provide to students.

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 14 Aug '18

Buzzword 'Clearing' – students should be prepared and not fearful

A Level results day is on Thursday. So for many 17 and 18 year old's (or older) - Thursday will be full of anxiety and excitement (probably in that order!). This blog will provide some support for teachers waiting to support the students getting their results.

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 by Llinos Angharad Williams
, posted on 7 Aug '18

The timeline for your new sixth form - my top tips so students are 'university ready'

It’s Year 12’s first day of Sixth Form. Perhaps some have returned focused for their new courses, others struggling to settle on their subjects. This blog includes my top tips for getting year 12 and 13's university ready.

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 by Kat Knight
, posted on 24 Jul '18

An introduction to studying in London

We often meet students who say “It’s too expensive to study in London!” In this blog we will look at some of the myths and some of the truths around the cost of studying in London, so that when your students say the same thing to you, you can help them make an informed decision about studying in the capital.

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 10 Jul '18

How can schools build links with universities? Our Top 10...

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 some of the best ways to develop these links. After all, university is the next step in the career for up to 50% of students. We all have a duty to prepare students for that

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 by Kat Knight
, posted on 26 Jun '18

How to advise your students when they’re struggling to write their personal statement

As teachers and advisers, you are often the first point of call when a student is struggling with a personal statement. Here are our top ways to help your students get back on track with their statement and take ownership of the content.

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 by Leni, Sam, Chris, Sophie and Alex
, posted on 15 Jun '18

Our top tips for schools wishing to engage with university outreach teams

“I didn’t realise you did that!” is something we hear more often than you can imagine in regards to what university Student Recruitment teams offer - this blog will introduce just some of the help which is on offer!

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 by Kat Knight
, posted on 11 Jun '18

How teachers can support students to make the most of university

Whilst having a degree is necessary or an advantage for many jobs, students also need to have other experience alongside their degree to help them get the best job they can in this competitive job market. This blog includes top tips to support students with that.

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 by Janine Yaxley
, posted on 31 May '18

How can I make the most of outreach and engagement offered by universities?

Universities now more than ever are collaborating with schools in order to make their engagements as impactful as possible - this blog introduces how you can benefit from that!

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 by Grant Cullen
, posted on 21 May '18

More than insight: How schools can build relationships with Universities that work for all

Creating opportunity, facilitating transition and delivering aspiration is a regular occurrence for University student recruitment and widening access teams. Part of this process is to work with Schools and Colleges to make this happen. This guest blog tells you why it is important.

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 by Lauren Hughes
, posted on 11 May '18

University teacher and adviser conferences: What are they and what to expect?

To be a great teacher, adviser or career counsellor to sixth form students, you must be equipped with accurate and in depth information relating to higher education. CPD events like teachers conferences can help with that. This blog will tell you why.

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 8 May '18

How can schools meet the Higher Education Encounters in Gatsby Benchmark 7?

You will have seen the new Careers strategy: making the most of everyone’s skills and talents, which was published in December. As well as the subsequent statutory guidance for governing bodies, school leaders and school staff. This blog explains how schools can meet their higher education obligations.

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 30 Apr '18

Why schools need to arrange more University events for their students

Now I would say schools need to engage more with higher education, as I run a website which facilitates just that. But hear me out on this one, with my top five reasons why in this blog.

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