University tips by Jon Cheek

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 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 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 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 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 Jon Cheek
, posted on 19 Sep '18

Unconditional offers – how can students use them to their advantage?

One of the biggest changes to the undergraduate admission system in recent years is the increase in the volume of unconditional offers that are being sent to university applicants. This blog introduces how a student can use these to their advantage.

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 21 Aug '18

New UniTasterDays Teachers’ Guide to University – request your copy now!

Every year UniTasterDays produce a free Teachers’ Guide to a University brochure, to support schools and colleges with all aspects of higher education information, advice and guidance they provide to students.

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 14 Aug '18

Buzzword 'Clearing' – students should be prepared and not fearful

A Level results day is on Thursday. So for many 17 and 18 year old's (or older) - Thursday will be full of anxiety and excitement (probably in that order!). This blog will provide some support for teachers waiting to support the students getting their results.

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