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 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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 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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