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 Oliver Rossetti
, posted on 19 Feb '18

Alternative Learning Styles at University: Life-Shaped Learning and Degree Apprenticeships

Higher Education has sought to widen participation and help ensure society is well-trained and educated. Stemming from this development, students are now fortunate enough to have the choice as to not only choose whether they would like to study at Higher Education, but did you know they also have a choice about how they go about studying for their qualification too? This blog will tell you more.

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 by Sophie Craven
, posted on 2 Feb '18

University guidance: working effectively with parents and carers

As part of your school or college higher education and employment preparation programmes, one key area involves working with families, parents and carers – in order to raise awareness and understanding and to involve them as a key stakeholder in the learners’ decision making process.

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 by Laura Haveron
, posted on 1 Feb '18

What to expect when bringing a school group to a university open day?

Universities offer teachers and advisers the opportunity to book students onto their open days as groups. It is usually really easy to make a group booking – most universities will have an open day event page on their website, with an option to book as a group. This blog introduces what you should expect.

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 by Myles Smith
, posted on 24 Jan '18

The Teaching Excellence Framework (“TEF”): how will this new framework impact on your students?

Universities up and down the land have been either celebrating or commiserating over their results in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), with some big names scoring surprising results. Some students might initially disregard the results as just another league table, but with TEF there are some key differences, so what does this mean for students looking for a top university?

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 by Sophie Craven
, posted on 15 Jan '18

University IAG - Meeting the Quality in Careers Standard: how teachers can make the most of what universities have to offer

Careers provision in schools and colleges is once again firmly in the spotlight. As those of you in careers roles in schools will be aware, The Quality in Careers Standard (QCS, 2017), sets the new gold standard for good CEG provision in schools. This blog introduces how universities can help with it!

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 by Laura Haveron
, posted on 11 Jan '18

The benefits of university residential summer schools

University Summer Schools – and particularly those with a residential element – give students a chance to try out university in an authentic and fun environment. Often summer schools include challenging, interactive academic sessions as well as social activities designed to help students relax and make friends. We tell you about them here!

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 by Fred Binley
, posted on 4 Jan '18

Five top tips to pass to students for preparing persuasive personal statements

When I get talking to teachers and advisors in schools and colleges I’m often asked, ‘Can you sum up in one sentence what makes an effective Personal Statement?’ Easy! Read on to find out what that is!

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 3 Jan '18

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 12 Dec '17

Two year university degrees: more information for teachers to pass to students

You may have seen recent news relating to two year degrees, and perhaps as a result students are asking you for more information. This week’s #UTDIAG blog will help with that!

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 6 Dec '17

The UniTasterDays Top 10: Our blog to help 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 up to 50% of students. We help with the top ways to do it.

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 30 Nov '17

University Tuition Fees and Student Finance in England: The *updated* key facts for teachers to pass to their students

Worries over tuition fees and an increased reliance on student loans are both seen as a major barrier for young people considering higher education. This blog explains the system, and provides key information to pass to students.

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 by Sophie Craven
, posted on 8 Nov '17

Top tips for teachers arranging travel for university visits and university events

Arguably, the most impactful university collaborations are those that take place outside of school or college – on university campuses, at road-shows and fairs. This blog will help with top tips for arranging transport for events like this.

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 by Rachel Jones
, posted on 1 Nov '17

Is it free to book a university event or visit for my school?

The short answer is yes – most events offered by universities are free. Usually, when you visit a university, all you’ll need to pay for is some lunch for your students, and travel costs. It’s very rare that a university will charge for an event such as a taster session.

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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 or university event 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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