UK Degrees

Leading in a VUCA World - How Do We Train People For An Era Of Uncertainty?

Professor Maurits van Rooijen | Posted 13.09.2017 | UK
Professor Maurits van Rooijen

The American defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld's spoke during a press conference in 2002 (in)famously about the 'known and unknown unknowns'. This mig...

Got A 2:2 Or Third? Don't Panic! You Don't Need A Great Degree To Get A Great Job

Victoria McLean | Posted 30.08.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Victoria McLean

Have you recently graduated? Did you get less than the magical '2:1 or above' demanded by so many fast-track graduate schemes? If so, it's natural to feel a bit deflated - but don't panic or despair. Instead, remember these five points:

Looking Beyond The Great University Myth: Weighing Up The Options

Shingi Mararike | Posted 28.09.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Shingi Mararike

This weekend thousands of young people across Britain will leave home to begin their University experience. On the other side of the divide however, growing numbers of school leavers are deciding to dodge the debt and embark on working life by enrolling on apprenticeship schemes.

Why a Considered Approach to Clearing Is More Important Than Ever

Dr Philip Hallam | Posted 16.08.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Dr Philip Hallam

It's August and for thousands of young people across the UK picking up their exam results that means one thing - decision time. And I have a feeling that making those decisions is going to be tougher than ever before, particularly for those who may have not received the grades they'd expected.

A Single Mother's Journey to Becoming a Dentist

Keely Thorne | Posted 17.06.2017 | UK Parents
Keely Thorne

Finally, after 5 long, hard years, I'm just weeks away from graduating from dental school. This is something that seemed almost impossible a few years ago; when I found out I was pregnant during my second year of this difficult course. Even more impossible when, at 7 months pregnant I also became single.

Employers' Changing Mindset Is Good News for Students

Dr Philip Hallam | Posted 25.02.2017 | UK
Dr Philip Hallam

Last month Penguin Random House announced that they were dropping requirements for future applicants to hold a university degree. According to the company, the move has been taken in order to open up opportunities and attract a more diverse range of people into the publishing industry, which is often criticised for its lack of diversity.

Why We Should Stop Shunning Creative Degrees

Sarah Newton | Posted 03.02.2017 | UK
Sarah Newton

Why is a creative degree a lesser alternative? Why are creative careers seen as so risky? Why are we so fearful as a society that we end up telling gifted artists to become bankers?

Going to University: It's Not Academic

David Spencer | Posted 15.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
David Spencer

As many students settle into their first year at university and when the next tranche of teenagers visit institutions across the UK, choosing where they will do their degree, I reflect on the stark difference between my two children and their journeys through the education system.

Why Having A Degree Is Much More Valuable If You're Female

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 24.09.2015 | UK

Going to university makes a bigger difference to women's earnings than it does to men's, according to new research that suggests the ‘graduate premi...

Stop Telling Students Their Languages Degrees Are Useless

Josie Miller | Posted 29.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Josie Miller

"But why not do a degree in French and Business?" was the favourite from people my parents' age, who have decided that everyone in the world can now communicate through gestures and Google Translate. "Business is useful. Business will help you get a job."

Apprenticeships: What's in a Name?

Chris Jones | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK
Chris Jones

There's nothing wrong with the concept of gaining practical skills alongside academic study, but that's what 'sandwich year' university programmes already offer. Is it truly an apprenticeship, then, or is it simply re-packaged?

A New Breed of Degree for a Modern Workplace?

Dr Philip Hallam | Posted 08.03.2015 | UK
Dr Philip Hallam

Whatever people do make of nanodegrees, I'm pleased to note that very few are using 'online distance learning' itself as a criticism of the concept. I believe this is a reflection of increasing mainstream acceptance of this study mechanism but also an acknowledgement of the changing face of online students.

What's in a Degree?

Emily Perry | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emily Perry

I find myself on the hunt for a new opportunity. Refreshingly I can share this because, unlike many of my jobseeking counterparts, my current employer is fully supportive of my decision to return to my communications specialism having successfully delivered my three year plan as a generalist.

22 Degrees You Won't Believe Actually Exist

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Following the news the University of Virginia would be launching a Games of Thrones course, and the announcement A-level students would be studying se...

Why Facebook Only Causes Pressure and Shame for Those Graduating Without a 2:1

Imogen Groome | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Imogen Groome

People sharing their joy on Facebook indirectly puts down other people's achievements... life has its ups and downs, and of course it's only the former that gets shared, for the most part. However, getting below the coveted 2:1 makes others feel they can't share their success.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Up To 20 'Establishment' Paedophiles? Really?

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Tuesday 8 July 2014... 1) UP TO 20 'ESTABLISHMENT' PAEDOPHILES? REALLY? From the Daily Mail: "Failure to ...

Ian McKellen Gets Doctorate From Cambridge, University Flies Gay Pride Flag To Celebrate

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education

X-Men and Lord of the Rings star Sir Ian McKellen was given an honorary degree from Cambridge, with the university flying the gay pride flag in honour...

The Top 10 UK Universities To Study Law

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education

There's so many institutions and colleges offering law courses that it can be a bit of a minefield, so university rankings are probably your best bet ...

What Do Jimmy Savile, Andy Murray and Kermit Have In Common?

The Huffington Post UK | Luke Terry | Posted 25.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Good news! You don’t have to revise for your exams. Well, sort of. Assuming you’re really good at tennis. Two days ago Andy Murray got his hon...

What To Say When People Tell You Your Degree Is Worthless

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Degrees have been getting a fair bit of bad press recently - what with graduate starting salaries dropping by 11%, a list of degrees with no job pros...

Six Alternative Ways To Study For A Degree

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Most people considering university might assume that getting a degree means moving away from home and sitting in a lecture hall for three years. B...

University Launches Selfie Degree Course

The Huffington Post UK | Sue Elfie | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A university has announced it is to launch a degree course on selfies, following an American college's announcement of a Miley Cyrus twerking module. ...

Does Your Degree Matter?

The Huffington Post UK | Conrad Jarman | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education

We've all been there, wondering whether or not our degree is worth it, does spending three or more years at university really make you more employable...


Sophia Parsons | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sophia Parsons

Last night after I got in from work I made my dinner, spoke to my flatmates, watched a BBC iPlayer and went to bed. Tonight I'll get in from work, make my dinner, speak to my flatmates, watch BBC iPlayer and go to bed. Tomorrow I'll more than likely get in from work, make my dinner, speak to my flatmates, watch BBC iPlayer, and then (shock horror) go to bed.

Don't Sweat on UCAS - There Are Alternative Options to University

Richard Grice | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Richard Grice

Last week, UCAS applications closed and school leavers began the nervous wait for replies from their preferred universities. In fact, many will have already received offers, with applications for Oxbridge and some specialist courses closing back in October.