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 29 Sep '22

Student Finance for 2023 starters - three key facts for school and college colleagues

It is crucial that students intending to start university in 2023 are aware of the financial support they get at university – and the terms for paying this back. School and college colleagues play a crucial role in facilitating that. Here, I will provide some pointers.

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 22 Jun '22

How schools and colleges can support students to write a great university personal statement

Clichés, jokes and bending the truth have no place in a professional university application. You may have read a few of these yourself and have been surprised at your students’ hidden talents. Many are unsure of how to start, but it is easy, with the truth! This blog provides some top tips.

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 15 Jun '22

A school and college guide to the university admission process and the offers students may receive

With multiple deadlines and key dates for students to remember during their last year of school or college, it can make the university admissions process appear daunting and confusing. This blog provides a guide to the key things students need to know.

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 8 Jun '22

How do universities help students in need of additional support whilst at university?

Universities can offer support in many ways to ensure that the needs of students are addressed. This blog tells you how.

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 2 Mar '22

The student finance changes. What do school colleagues need to know?

Last week it was announced that we’ll soon be seeing the biggest changes to student finance since the last round of major changes in 2012. Here I will summarise them.

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 25 Oct '21

Higher education update - what is new for those working with universities this year?

To understand some of the changes and challenges in the higher education sector - here’s a (very) brief sector summary. from two colleague working at the heart of it.

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 12 Mar '21

A school and college guide to the transition from school to university

The transition from school or college to university can be a big step for students, and the uncertainty of the present climate may make that step feel even larger for some. This blog provides support and guidance for students exploring this.

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 9 Dec '20

A school and college guide to working in partnership with universities to support Gatsby Benchmark and Careers Guidance priorities

Since the Gatsby Benchmarks came to prominence in the government’s statutory careers guidance, they’ve become increasingly important in shaping school and college relationships with universities. This blog introduces how universities can help with all eight of them!

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 6 Feb '20

How to support students to make post-16 option choices with university in mind – my top tips for schools

Most schools are starting their university engagement by the end of Year 9. This is likely to include students receiving advice on the importance of making post-16 option choices with one eye on university. That advice may come during Year 10 or towards the start of Year 11. This blog will provide some top tips.

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 2 Jan '20

A new year reminder - how UniTasterDays can help school and careers colleagues to build university links (inc Gatsby Benchmark 7) during 2020!

University information, advice, and guidance is essential in secondary schools. The Gatsby benchmarks, support for the NCOP initiative, the appointment of Careers Leaders in every school and the overarching Careers strategy are all ways to support the importance of this. This blog will introduce how UniTasterDays can help with it.

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