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 Josie Diggins
, posted on 20 Feb '19

Introducing College Higher Education

College higher education may be a beneficial option for students wishing to study in smaller classes on courses which are industry focused. This blog will tell you more about them!

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 by Amy Prentice
, posted on 14 Feb '19

How to support students (re)search for their university opportunities

With so many courses available, students are spoilt for choice on both course and institution. Sometimes having so much choice can be daunting and students can feel like they don’t know where to start. This blog includes some top tips!

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 by Rebecca Bowen
, posted on 7 Feb '19

How your school or college can effectively engage with a university

Most universities have a team of enthusiastic and friendly staff who are able to offer a range of services to support schools and colleges in preparing students for higher education - as well as staff who will be willing to travel to you. This blog will provide advice on how to access it!

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 28 Jan '19

How can schools and colleges meet their Gatsby Benchmark 7 higher education obligations?

You will have seen the new Careers strategy: making the most of everyone’s skills and talents, which was published in December 2017. As well as the subsequent statutory guidance for governing bodies, school leaders and school staff. This blog provides support for schools meeting their Gatsby Benchmark 7 higher education obligations.

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 14 Jan '19

The case for post-qualification admissions - and students applying to university with grades in-hand

The UK is known for the strength of higher education. With some of the best universities in the World in the UK. But that doesn’t mean the sector should be immune to change. This blog explores the higher education application timeline, following calls for PQA - and students applying to university after they get their results.

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 9 Jan '19

How UniTasterDays helps schools to find university events and build university links

This week’s blog will introduce how UniTasterDays.com can support you to build new university links for your school, develop new ad-hoc university event provision or perhaps build your own knowledge base.

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 4 Jan '19

A New Year Top 10 - Tips for teachers to build their university links

This blog introduces teachers to some of the best ways to develop their university 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 Amy O'Brien
, posted on 19 Dec '18

What is the National Collaborative Outreach Programme?

The National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) is a project funded by the Office for Students which aims to increase the progression of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds into higher education. This blog will tell you all about it.

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 by Andrew Cooper
, posted on 13 Dec '18

How universities can support your school or college to meet the Gatsby career benchmarks

The most notable benchmark regarding university engagement is number 7, 'Encounters with further and higher education'. However, universities can support in many more ways. This blog shows you examples of how!

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 6 Dec '18

Fees and student finance is the biggest barrier to university - but increased IAG will address it

There are a number of barriers to higher education – academic ability, lack of aspiration to progress to university, family background ... The one that comes up time and time again though is student fees and finance.

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