University Applications

What Being Away For Seven Months Taught Me

Viola Helen | Posted 28.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Viola Helen

This is probably one of the most important things I discovered about myself while travelling. I was never one to spend hundreds of pounds on clothes, but I'm definitely guilty of frittering money away on silly things...

Do I Need To Go To A Good University?

Johnny Rich | Posted 23.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Johnny Rich

There are plenty of people who'll tell you that if you don't go to a 'good' university there's barely any point going at all. There's no point, they'll say, studying something obscure at some uni no one's ever heard of.

UCAS Personal Statements: Some Simple Dos and Don'ts

Sarah Kelleway | Posted 07.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sarah Kelleway

As the autumn term gains pace, students up and down the country are perfecting the most important 4000-character document of their academic career - the personal statement. Follow this simple list to make sure that your personal statement is something that you can be proud of, rather than something that will leave your admissions tutors scratching their heads.

UCAS Offers Last Minute Uni Application Tips And Advice | Chayya Syal | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education

You've spent hours planning, writing, re-writing, proof reading and tweaking one of the most important application forms you've had to fill out. Your ...

How a Game of 'Bump' Nearly Determined the University I Went To

Joel Nicholson | Posted 29.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Joel Nicholson

University application season is an interesting time of year. Students are stressed and ultra-competitive. Parents are often the exact same. There's almost the mutual feeling that over a decade of schooling culminated into this one single year.

Retaining Top-Level Talent: Do Our Young People Have the Industry Support They Need to Strive for Oxbridge?

Scott Waddington | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Scott Waddington

A report out this summer revealed that only 19.5% of Welsh applications to Oxford and Cambridge were successful during the 2011-12 admissions cycle, compared to a success rate of 25% for England and Northern Ireland... Welsh industry most certainly does require that top level expertise if it is to continue to thrive.

University Gender Gap Increases Again

The Huffington Post UK | Snehal Shah | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Nearly 100,000 more women than men have applied for university places this year - a 30% increase. UCAS, which recorded the applications amid concer...

University Application Essay Writing 101

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

Do not be afraid to do many, many drafts. Although I admit that I do not like editing my essays most of the time, I completed at least 10 drafts for my personal statement. It is, after all, a precious document where the Admissions Officers can truly get to know you in addition to skimming through the long list of your grades, achievements, awards, and leadership roles.

Calling Universities for Clearing 2013: What to Ask and What to Avoid

John MacLachlan | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
John MacLachlan

It's that time of year when students the length and breadth of the country wait with baited breath to hear if they have been successful in attaining the necessary grades to get into the university of their choice. For many, the outcome won't be as they had hoped (or expected), in which case, it's time to turn their attentions to Clearing 2013!

White Teens Less Likely To Apply To University Than Any Other Ethnic Group

PA | Posted 21.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education

White teenagers are less likely to apply to university than youngsters from any other ethnic group, according to research. Fewer than three in 10 w...

Number Of Students Applying To University Increase

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Thousands more students have applied to university compared to last year, which saw figures drop dramatically due to the tuition fee hike, UCAS has re...

Can the United States Teach Us to Improve the Experience Our Universities Offer?

Christopher Boulle | Posted 27.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Christopher Boulle

American universities intentionally shape their year's intake. They seek out a diverse mix of alumni from varying backgrounds and cultures, with contrasting values, political views and life experiences. In the UK, we do not apply this same practice.

Rise In Number Of Students Applying To Uni..

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.01.2013 | UK Universities & Education

The number of UK students applying to university has risen by almost 3% compared with last year and has prompted mixed reactions as the figure is stil...

Oxbridge And Medicine Applications On The Rise

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 24.10.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Students appear to want more for their money as recent figures show applications for medicine and Oxbridge courses have increased since 2009 despite t...

Applying To Oxbridge?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.10.2012 | UK Universities & Education

The UCAS deadline for Oxbridge applications is looming but if your mind still isn't made up, we've got some tips and advice on hand to help you on you...

Is It Easier to Get into Oxbridge From a State School than a Public School?

Madeleine Dodd | Posted 02.12.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Madeleine Dodd

What seems obvious to people who went to a school where the closest thing to a tuck shop was the Chicken Spot over the road, is not what they believe over at Britain's top schools. Ask most Wickamists, Etonians or Salopians* and they'll tell you that getting into Oxbridge from a state school is easier than looting trainers in a riot.

How To Seduce An Oxbridge Tutor

Madeleine Dodd | Posted 04.11.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Madeleine Dodd

Welcome to the second in my triptych of blogs about getting into Oxbridge. Sorry if you have a tweed fetish and actually came here for sex tips.

How Do You Get Into Oxbridge?

Madeleine Dodd | Posted 30.10.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Madeleine Dodd

Here's some advice about getting into the big two that's a little less 'be yourself' and a little more 'prepare like so'. I graduated from Oxford a couple of years ago and while I was there I worked at University open days and for my college as an interviews chaperone. I know the system, and in my next three posts I'll reveal what you need to do to get in.

University Post-Results Application Scheme Ditched

PA | Posted 28.03.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Proposals to allow students to apply for degree courses after getting their A-level results have been ditched amid concerns from schools and universit...

PICTURES: The Red Room Giving Pupils A Fighting Chance

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 13.03.2012 | UK Universities & Education

A Hackney college has created a "red room" imitating an Oxbridge don's room in order to make students feel more comfortable at prestigious universitie...

Rob Wilson Calls For Fair Access In Groundbreaking Report

Rob Wilson | Posted 22.04.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Rob Wilson

We've got a serious problem in our higher education system and its scale is not to be underestimated. The uncomfortable fact is that if you are educated at an independent school you are 22 times more likely to study at a highly selective university than your state school counterpart in receipt of 'free school meals'. Oh yes, and this rises to 55 times for Oxbridge.

Universities Hit By Sharp Drop In UK Entrants

Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.11.2011 | UK Universities & Education

Universities are facing a 15.1% slump in UK entrants, despite a recent poll showing a "surprising" number of students still planning to pursue higher ...

Vince Cable: 'Cautiously Optimistic' For The Future Of Students

PA | Posted 07.11.2011 | UK Universities & Education

PRESS ASSOCIATION -- There is "inevitable uncertainty" about university applications next year in the face of rising tuition fees, Vince Cable is expe...

Olivia Williams

Summer Schools For Students: Worth The Effort Or Waste Of Cash? | Olivia Williams | Posted 15.10.2011 | UK Universities & Education

Each summer British students give up their summers to attend top-up classes at schools either at home or abroad. Many of the top-rated Russell Gro...