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 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 22 Aug '18

Is the undergraduate application timeline as world-leading as our universities are?

This blog reviews the the undergraduate application system – and asks if the application timeline should be reviewed for generation Z - and following so much sector change.

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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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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 10 Jul '18

How can schools build links with universities? Our Top 10...

Schools have a statutory duty to provide careers support to students. For many careers, university is the next step in that journey. This blog introduces teachers to some of the best ways to develop these 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 8 May '18

How can schools meet the Higher Education Encounters in Gatsby Benchmark 7?

You will have seen the new Careers strategy: making the most of everyone’s skills and talents, which was published in December. As well as the subsequent statutory guidance for governing bodies, school leaders and school staff. This blog explains how schools can meet their higher education obligations.

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 30 Apr '18

Why schools need to arrange more University events for their students

Now I would say schools need to engage more with higher education, as I run a website which facilitates just that. But hear me out on this one, with my top five reasons why in this blog.

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