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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, posted on 13 Jun '19

University fees and finance - The six things careers colleagues and teachers need to know

The month of May ended with more in the news about university fees and finance. So this blog has a focus on student fees and finance, which is the biggest barrier to university for students.

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 6 Jun '19

What information do you need to provide effective university guidance to your students?

We’ve started work on the next Teachers’ Guide to University brochure, ready for a release at the start of the 2019-20 year. This blog tells you about the planned contents!

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 30 May '19

Are university fees changing? What schools and students need to know today following the Augar Review.

Today, the Augar review into post-18 education and funding has been released – supported by a hefty 216 pages of content. This blog looks at the changes which may be on the horizon which students may be asking you (as a teacher or career adviser) when schools return next week.

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 17 May '19

Meeting notes – to Westminster, from me.

I have the opportunity to introduce UniTasterDays.com and our national review of university guidance to a member of parliament today - who has kindly offered me a meeting to find out more about UniTasterDays and see if they can help. These are my meeting notes!

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 8 May '19

An introduction to university conferences for teachers and advisers

Universities nationwide will host teachers and advisers conferences. As you’re reading this blog on a university events website for teachers, you’re probably exactly the person they're aimed at! This blog will tell you all about them.

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 11 Apr '19

We need more university student finance guidance in schools - both before and after the review

The barrier to university that comes up time and time again is student fees and finance. In our national review - finance was again raised as the greatest barrier. This blog calls for more to be done about it both before and after the finance review.

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 14 Mar '19

The Results - Mapping the coverage and cold spots in university information, advice and guidance

UniTasterDays.com has today (Thursday 14th March) published the results of a national review survey which explores the university information, advice and guidance provided in secondary schools and colleges in England. The includes the headline results and a link to access the full report.

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 1 Mar '19

We've been shortlisted for a national education award! Let us tell you why..

UniTasterDays have been shortlisted as a finalist at the prestigious Education Resources Awards 2019. This week's blog will tell you why!

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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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