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 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 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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 by Vicky Bradley
, posted on 19 Sep '19

How to prepare students with the transition to university

It’s important to not only make sure students are prepared academically for university, but also to prepare them for living as a university student. This blog introduces how schools and colleges can prepare students for this transition.

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 by Andrew Cooper
, posted on 13 Sep '19

The Great Gatsby’s - how universities can support you with the Gatsby Benchmarks

It’s an exciting time for university outreach teams now that the Gatsby Markers are starting to be built into school curriculums. This blog introduces how universities can support you with them.

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 by Jodie Loaring
, posted on 6 Sep '19

A school guide to how universities help students in need of additional support

Universities in the UK continue to work towards closing the access gap to higher education - in part by ensuring the needs of identified groups are addressed. This blog provides a guide for schools on the support students will have access to.

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 by Melissa Grindon
, posted on 28 Aug '19

Introducing the different types of university events for school and college groups

Universities have set recruitment activities that can slowly introduce an individual to the lecture hall, straight from the classroom. This blog will introduce them.

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 13 Aug '19

A Level results week thoughts - how to support students asking you about clearing

A Level results day is this Thursday (15th August). So for many 17 and 18 year old's (or older) their week will be full of anxiety and excitement (probably in that order!).This blog will provide some support for teachers waiting to support their students picking up results.

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 23 Jul '19

Teachers’ Guide 2019-20 Preview and a summer blog break! The blogs will be back in September.

This blog includes a sneak preview of what to expect in the 2019-20 edition of the UniTasterDays Teachers’ Guide to University brochure and lets you know we are taking a summer blog break as we work on the Teachers' Guide. Blogs will be back in September.

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 by Vicky Bradley
, posted on 12 Jul '19

How to make the most of a university open day

Open days are opportunities for students to visit the universities they are interested in studying at, meet academic staff, current university students, and support staff such as admissions, disability support, accommodation and Students’ Union. This blog will introduce how students can make the most of them.

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