University IAG: Our weekly blog to support teachers and careers professionals with all things university

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 Jessica Cook
, posted on 13 Feb '20

A school perspective on university liaison – my top tips for universities supporting schools with Gatsby 7

Thanks to the Gatsby Benchmarks, careers in schools is now high on the priority list. In this blog, we will share five tips for universities on how they can best support schools to meet benchmark 7.

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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 Rebecca Bowen
, posted on 24 Jan '20

My Top tips - how can your school or college effectively engage with a university

Most universities have a team of enthusiastic and friendly staff who are able to offer a range of services to support schools and colleges whilst preparing students for higher education - as well as staff who will be willing to travel to you. This blog will provide advice on how to access it!

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 by Kat Knight
, posted on 15 Jan '20

A school and college guide to the different types of university courses students may be considering

There are over 35,000 courses available for your students to consider when making their university choices. It’s not just the course name and content that students must get their head around; they’ll also need to understand the different types of courses, the length of a course and what each choice would mean for them as well. This blog will talk you through it.

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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 Becci Denmark
, posted on 13 Dec '19

How can schools and colleges support students when making their university choices?

With only five options on UCAS for most programmes and with over 140 UK based Higher Education institutions to choose from - researching into what is on offer is key. This blog outlines how you can support your students when it comes to choosing the perfect university for them.

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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 Chris Rogers
, posted on 28 Nov '19

Personal Statements - My top tips for students (and those supporting them)

A personal statement is an opportunity for students to sell themselves to the universities they have applied to and show that they are the best student for the course. This blog introduces what I would recommend students to include in theirs.

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 by Oliver Rossetti
, posted on 21 Nov '19

Top tips for organising a higher education event for your school

This blog will provide some advice and top tips on how to successfully organise and execute your event so that higher education institutions supporting your careers strategy want to come back again and again!

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