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 2 Apr '20

A guide to online university events and support for schools and students. What is out there?

The ongoing challenges we are facing worldwide will undoubtably result in an increase in online university events as schools and students seek university guidance away from the classroom. This blog will introduce you to 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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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 20 Dec '19

We're having a Christmas blog break - best wishes and see you in January!

Wishing all our users the very best wishes for the Christmas break and year ahead - thanks for all your support during 2019. Blogs will be back during the first week of January!

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 6 Dec '19

2019 in review and a reminder of how UniTasterDays can help - you!

2019 has been a great year for UniTasterDays – and encouraged by Jeff Haden’s* book, The Motivation Myth (which i'd recommend), in this blog I will look back on some of the biggest achievements as we look forward to 2020.

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 7 Oct '19

UniTasterDays.com Teachers' Guide 2019-20.

This weeks #UTDIAG blog will introduce the new edition of the UniTasterDays Teachers’ Guide to University brochure - released on October 1 2019. Read on to find out more and access you copy.

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 13 Aug '19

A Level results week thoughts - how to support students asking you about clearing

A Level results day is this Thursday (15th August). So for many 17 and 18 year old's (or older) their week will be full of anxiety and excitement (probably in that order!).This blog will provide some support for teachers waiting to support their students picking up results.

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 23 Jul '19

Teachers’ Guide 2019-20 Preview and a summer blog break! The blogs will be back in September.

This blog includes a sneak preview of what to expect in the 2019-20 edition of the UniTasterDays Teachers’ Guide to University brochure and lets you know we are taking a summer blog break as we work on the Teachers' Guide. Blogs will be back in September.

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 1 Jul '19

Reviewing the university guidance provided by schools and colleges. What is next?

This blog includes the text UniTasterDays provided for the CDI and their fantastic Career Matters magazine. This follows the UniTasterDays national review of university information, advice and guidance provided in secondary schools and colleges. It also suggests some post-review discussion points.

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 21 Jun '19

Delivering in-school university workshops - what have I learned from a decade of event delivery?

Having delivered in-school university workshops for well over ten years now – what are the main things I have learned? This blog will be of interest to staff in school and new university practitioners too.

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