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Labour plan Technical Universities

Labour is calling for technical universities to be created as part of a blueprint for reshaping the higher education system to support a hi-tech, high-income economy. For the full article from the BBC, click here

Labour plan Technical Universities

Labour is calling for technical universities to be created as part of a blueprint for reshaping the higher education system to support a hi-tech, high-income economy. For the full article from the BBC, click here

Students travel an average of 91 miles from home to attend university

Survey data from 1,000 students collected by Education Phase on behalf of BBC TV Licensing shows that those studying at university have moved an average of 91 miles from home. To read the full Guardian article, click here

Clearing made clear

Clearing is a great opportunity for students who have not yet secured a place to do so on courses that still have vacancies. Each year we offer places to hundreds of talented individuals. There is a common misconception from some students I speak to who think that going through clearing...

Students complain of bad A-level advice for degree path

Thousands of pupils in the UK are being given scant or wrong advice about the best A-level subjects to study to gain a degree place, a survey has found. The study by the Student Room online forum suggests many students have poor guidance on what to take at A level. Of more than 6,000...

The value of a degree? GBP500,000 over your career

Having a degree means you are now likely to earn £500,000 more during your working life compared with someone who did not go to university. New analysis of the employment market by jobs search engine Adzuna found that those without a degree can expect to earn £15,000 less a year when...

Half of university applicants 'have no back-up plan'

More than half of students in England and Wales have no back-up plan if they fail to get the grades they need, finds research for Which? University. To read the full BBC Education article click here

As the education world takes in the news that Michael Gove is leaving the helm of the Department for Education, all eyes are on his successor.

Nicky Morgan was appointed education secretary by David Cameron as part of a major cabinet reshuffle. But after the high-profile and well-known face of Mr Gove, parents and teachers may be forgiven for asking: "Who's she?" Read the full article news story at BBC Education

Cabinet reshuffle press reaction: Michael Gove's 'demotion' and women in power

David Cameron's reshuffle of Conservative ministers keeps editors occupied for a second day, with the Guardian among those highlighting the "demotion" of Education Secretary Michael Gove to chief whip. Read the full article news story at BBC Education

Student Loans Company sanctioned by FCA for same misleading practices as Wonga

The chairman of the Student Loans Company offered to resign after graduates were sent “misleading” letters demanding repayment that appeared to have come from a debt recovery firm. But Christian Brodie’s resignation was not accepted by Vince Cable, the business secretary, because he was...

Graduate job market recovers from 2009 dip

The graduate job market has recovered to its pre-recession peak, with a 12% rise in the number of jobs for university leavers, a report says. The UK's top employers recruited more graduates this year than they expected, says the High Fliers report, based on a poll of 18,000 final-year...

Why do the Russell Group offer so few places to ethnic minorities?

The universities of Oxford and Cambridge recently published figures showing that British ethnic minorities are significantly less likely than their white British peers to be offered places. In 2013 Oxford University offered places to just 17% of its ethnic minority applicants compared to 25%...

Being in the Russell Group - Richard Harvey

Being in the Russell Group By Richard Harvey Over the last few years, it is quite common for me to hear “Of UEA and other Russell Group universities…”.  Well actually we are not in the Russell Group, which means we at least have £0.5M to spend on other things.  But does...

Choosing the RIght Referee - Alix Delany

Choosing the Right Referee - Alix Delany There is no doubting that a tremendous amount of time and effort is put into the references that we receive at the University of East Anglia.   We know that some referees are writing references for many applicants.  We appreciate the...

What is a good UCAS Personal Statement for Medicine? - Philip Rogerson

Medicine is a highly competitive subject and Personal Statements are closely scrutinised. Here is a couple of fictional extracts, to illustrate unsatisfactory and better practice. Part of a bad Personal Statement I have always wanted to be a doctor. Ever since I cut my head as a small...

Unconditional Offers Downgrade the Importance of A levels

Even though I know I'm going to university I'm still motivated to revise, just without the pressure, writes a student blogger. In January, 5 months before I would sit my A-levels, I received an unconditional offer to study English at the University of Sussex . I was ecstatic and of course...

Forget the politics – practical Student Loan Mythbusting

Ignore newspaper headlines about students leaving university with £50,000 of debt. That’s a mostly meaningless figure. It’ll actually cost those who earn well after uni far more, and those who don’t earn as much far less or nowt. It’s now three years since student finance in England was...

Teachers tell teenage girls to ignore Kirsty Allsop’s patronising comments

Ignore 'patronising' Kirstie Allsopp's advice, teachers tell girls. TV presenter had claimed girls should overlook university ambitions and instead focus on having children. Teachers have condemned comments made by the TV presenter Kirstie Allsopp that girls should abandon their...

Role Models the Answer to Unleashing Ambition

Recent news that youth unemployment has fallen to its lowest figure in five years is welcome. However, when it comes to choosing a career, having the chance to pursue your passions or follow your dreams sadly remains far too often a privilege of wealth or family background.  That’s why I...

Students as Consumers

More than 20,000 students complained to their universities last year, a Freedom of Information request by the BBC has shown. Responses from 120 universities across the UK revealed that total academic appeals and complaints were 10% higher in 2012-13 than in 2010-11. Universities Minister...

Ranking and branding teenagers - Lucy Tobin

A decade ago, when I was still a school girl sporting a fetching uniform of pleated brown skirt and matching brown sweater, teachers had the idea of secretly streaming me and my classmates for maths and science. Their strategy was to tell us students which classes we were in, but not where...

Students face jail for lying on CVs

Fraud prevention officers have sent a new guide to every university in the country warning students they could face jail for telling “white lies” on their CVs to make them more impressive. Entitled Don’t Finish Your Career Before It Starts , the guide warns that embellishments like inflating...

Students ‘positive’ about transnational HE despite high cost

The impact of transnational higher education on  host nations is mainly positive, although more  could be done to raise awareness among  students.

Russell Group record on free school meal pupils revealed

On average each Russell Group university admits just 64 of the poorest young people  per year, as measured by those receiving  free school meals.

The Perfect Reference - your crucial role in your students UCAS application

There is no doubting that a tremendous amount  of time and effort is put into the references that we receive at the University of East Anglia...

Universities should give applicants better information - Philip Rogerson

It is in universities’ interests to recruit students who are best able to benefit from the programmes that they offer. This is not just a matter of setting the right academic criteria. Potential applicants need to feel confident that they have a good idea of what they will face at university,...