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Let's Give Hope to a Generation

(0) Comments | Posted 4 February 2014 | (08:04)

Recent headlines regarding young people, and the future they believe they face, are worrying. Notably, a 2014 report by the Prince's Trust has shown that due to a perceived lack of overall career and education opportunities there has been a dramatic decrease in motivation and ambition in this...

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The Traditional Academic Year Is Dead

(0) Comments | Posted 24 September 2013 | (16:40)

The UCAS late applications deadline for 2013 courses came and went last Friday. Historically this deadline has been accompanied by a fanfare of last chance warnings urging students not to get 'left behind'. This year though, I noticed it was a much quieter affair and I think I know why....

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A Level Results - No Place? No Problem

(0) Comments | Posted 15 August 2013 | (12:33)

It's that time of year again where thousands of A Level students find out their results and face important decisions about their future.

Let me start by saying congratulations - contrary to what many naysayers would have us believe each year, studying for A Levels is hard work and...

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Experience Counts: Do People Really Understand They Can Access Higher Education?

(0) Comments | Posted 20 May 2013 | (09:33)

This week is Adult Learners Week - a week dedicated to celebrating the benefits of lifelong learning, and to educating would-be mature students about the options open to them.

Naturally it is a cause I wholly support, after all 76% of our students at RDI are over...

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Do Online Learners Miss Out on the Campus Student Experience

(0) Comments | Posted 4 April 2013 | (11:38)

In February, Universities Minister David Willetts urged the academic community to recognise that "online learning has the potential to be one of the UK biggest export opportunities". Our recent increase in application figures certainly supports that prediction.

But while many acknowledge his argument, some raise doubts about...

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UCAS Figures Show Appetite for Education and Change

(2) Comments | Posted 4 February 2013 | (10:07)

December reports suggested a likely drop in university application figures. But following the January deadline, the latest UCAS figures (which include January applicants) are slightly more positive - in fact showing a 3.5% increase on the previous year.

While this is welcome news - in terms of showing a...

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Finally, a Level Playing Field for Distance Learners

(0) Comments | Posted 15 November 2012 | (16:42)

It's been a long time coming but this autumn heralds a new era for UK education. For the first time, students who want to study for their degree online have the same entitlement to tuition fee loans as those studying full time at university.

It means that distance learners...

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