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 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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 by Louise Harbert
, posted on 28 Nov '18

What are subject-specific university taster days?

There are lots of opportunities for students to get stuck in and take part in a first-hand experience of university – and university taster days are one of them. This blog introduces what they are, and why students should consider attending one!

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 by Hannah Lawson
, posted on 19 Nov '18

Making the move from school to university – the support available for students

Progressing from school or college to higher education can be a daunting step for many of your students. This blog provides help and support with that transition.

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 13 Nov '18

National Review of University Information, Advice and Guidance – what is it all about?

UniTasterDays have launched a new national review survey of the university information, advice and guidance provided in secondary schools. This blog will explain what it is, and why we are doing it!

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 by Mike Laycock
, posted on 5 Nov '18

Why studying media and arts is ever more important

How times have changed. Thirty years ago, studying arts disciplines such film, TV and media was rare. When Media Studies began, it was frequently dismissed as a ‘Mickey Mouse’ degree, in preference as the more respectable, careers focused degrees.

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 1 Nov '18

Supporting students applying to Oxford University - my tips for schools

Recently I was very privileged to support a school visit for Year 10 students from a small number of schools to Oxford University. I will share here what I learned, as you may wish to pass this on to students.

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 by Matt Horton
, posted on 17 Oct '18

Have Tuition Fees Decreased Disadvantaged Pupils Intentions to Progress to Higher Education?

When Theresa May stood at the steps of Downing Street she said that addressing injustice and increasing social mobility was the Governments key priority. This blog explores the current position regarding student fees and funding.

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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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