This blog was kindly provided by Lucy Holehan for the UniTasterDays Parents' Guide to University
The university application process can feel quite daunting for many young people, so it is understandable that parents and guardians will want to be involved and stay in the loop with any updates.
When someone applies to university via the UCAS (university admissions) portal, they will provide their email address and a mobile phone number. This information is then made available to the institutions they have applied to, so that they can send relevant information to the applicant.
Generally, universities will communicate with an applicant by email as their primary method, so it is really important that your young person is checking their inbox regularly, so that they don’t miss out on any information.
Some key points a university may communicate with an applicant regarding are:
There are various reasons why a parent may wish to contact a university on their young person’s behalf, often to ask a question. This is quite common, but we would encourage the applicant to communicate themselves as much as possible, which will help them to develop more independence. If you are sending a query on behalf of your child, please bear in mind the following:
If you need to speak to the Student Loans Company about your child’s funding application, your child will need to set up a special password which allows you to discuss their account on their behalf.
Finally, make sure your child updates their contact email address if they lose access to it (usually because it is a school or college account and they have left) and checks their junk folder regularly. If they don’t, they may miss out on crucial information from the universities they have applied for.
This free newsletter will include information on university events added to UniTasterDays, as well as details about new webinars and blog releases for you and your students.
by Claire Owen
posted on 29 Feb '24
This November marks 20 years since Section 28 was repealed in England and Wales. Inclusive LGBTQ+ education is so much better than it was but let’s be honest, there is still work to be done. This blog discusses just that!
by Rebecca Wills
posted on 22 Feb '24
With so many graduates now entering the job market, a degree alone is not always enough. It is therefore very important that you work on developing your employability skills throughout your time at university, and university careers services are experts in offering a range of support to help you achieve this successfully. I will tell you more about some of the opportunities here.