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 Jon Cheek
, posted on 6 Dec '19

2019 in review and a reminder of how UniTasterDays can help - you!

2019 has been a great year for UniTasterDays – and encouraged by Jeff Haden’s* book, The Motivation Myth (which i'd recommend), in this blog I will look back on some of the biggest achievements as we look forward to 2020.

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 by Chris Rogers
, posted on 28 Nov '19

Personal Statements - My top tips for students (and those supporting them)

A personal statement is an opportunity for students to sell themselves to the universities they have applied to and show that they are the best student for the course. This blog introduces what I would recommend students to include in theirs.

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 by Oliver Rossetti
, posted on 21 Nov '19

Top tips for organising a higher education event for your school

This blog will provide some advice and top tips on how to successfully organise and execute your event so that higher education institutions supporting your careers strategy want to come back again and again!

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 by Dr Hannah Merry
, posted on 14 Nov '19

The importance of monitoring and evaluation for university events - why is there so much paperwork for schools?

Universities are starting to ask for a lot more paperwork when schools visit campus or ask someone to come to deliver a talk. Why do we do it, and how can it help protect the future of outreach activity?

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 by Kim Chadwick
, posted on 7 Nov '19

Care leavers and higher education, what support is on offer?

Many young people are unfortunately facing barriers to access higher education, apprenticeships, work and experience. This includes care experienced individuals – and this blog will focus on the support available for these individuals.

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 by Vanessa Church
, posted on 1 Nov '19

How schools and colleges can prepare students for the transition to university

Every year students make the transition from school to university and there is lots of good advice and help available for school leavers to prepare for this. This blog will highlight some of the support on offer.

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 by Laura Haveron
, posted on 24 Oct '19

University residential events and summer schools - why should your students consider attending one?

Residential events at universities offer your students a great opportunity to get a taste of university life. Universities offer residential events throughout the year – all designed to give your students a sense of what it’s like to study at university. This blog will tell you all about them.

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 by Paul Martin
, posted on 17 Oct '19

Understanding contextual admissions policies offered by higher education institutions

What exactly are contextual admissions policies, and what do you and your students need to know about them? This week's blog will give you all the answers.

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 7 Oct '19

UniTasterDays.com Teachers' Guide 2019-20.

This weeks #UTDIAG blog will introduce the new edition of the UniTasterDays Teachers’ Guide to University brochure - released on October 1 2019. Read on to find out more and access you copy.

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 by Thom Rollett
, posted on 25 Sep '19

Five tips to help your students build a winning higher education creative portfolio

The question I’m most frequently asked on visits to schools and colleges about building creative portfolios isn’t the best one that I think students should be asking. This blog explores what I believe the best question to ask is!

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