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China Sneezes, We All Catch Colds!

Stephen Fear | Posted 28.08.2015 | UK
Stephen Fear

We in the west can't afford for China to go into deep recession -the country's government is struggling to control this current economic sneeze but I am confident that it will.

No Wonder People Were Surprised By My Results... If You're Economically Deprived, You Don't Do Well in Education

Jacob Lewis | Posted 28.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jacob Lewis

My name is Jacob Lewis and my story took over A-level results day 2015. I opened my results at approximately 8.30am (cue high-fives and bear hugs with the Principal) and by that evening I was everywhere; newspapers, TV, radio - but why? I accomplished this while being, for all intents and purposes, homeless during the academic year.

Time to Scrap the Three-Hour Written Exam?

Dan Sandhu | Posted 27.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Dan Sandhu

At a critical point in the learning life of young people, GCSEs and A-levels should be about breadth and wider skills, not ticking boxes. The one-size-fits-all approach is not working; it is failing our young people.

Freshers Finance: The Dos and Don'ts

Claire Beveridge | Posted 27.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Beveridge

A word of advice, do not leave university with more debt than you need to. Here are some pointers on how not to amass more red hanging around your neck.

Learning Is Not Just a Classroom Thing

Professor Maurits van Rooijen | Posted 26.08.2015 | UK
Professor Maurits van Rooijen

When we talk about learning, we usually imagine classrooms, books, maybe computer screens - but the most important form of learning is learning from e...

I've Got My Results, Now What Do I Do?

Scott Waddington | Posted 25.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Scott Waddington

I imagine for some of you the decision of what happens next will have already been made, university places accepted and bags waiting to be packed. But for others, this decision will not be so clear, and if this is you, it's really important to look at all of the opportunities on offer.

Why We Shouldn't Underestimate the Impact of Change on Our Mental Health

Tayana Simons | Posted 20.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Tayana Simons

Depression hit me like a ton of bricks. I wasn't prepared for it. I couldn't handle it and worst of all, I didn't even know what it was. Speaking to quite a few other people my age years later, they now admit that they suffered with depression or anxiety after they left university, but most of them didn't even know it at the time.

Degrees - Are They Really Worth It?

Michelle Dewberry | Posted 19.08.2015 | UK
Michelle Dewberry

There needs to be a reconnect between higher education and the jobs economy. We need to make sure that people moving into higher education will actually be exiting the system with qualifications which are relevant and aligned with the jobs that businesses and the like are creating.

Exam Season: Bad News Can Be a Blessing in Disguise

Poppy Jamie | Posted 13.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Poppy Jamie

What seemed like the most terrible scenario in the world ended up being the biggest godsend as I was forced to look at alternative options. Within a month I'd had a lucky meeting with someone and managed to secure some work experience. It was this year after school when I realised how IMPORTANT work experience was.

Clearing the Way: How Can Universities Remain Attractive in the Face of Financial Pressures and Corporate Alternatives?

Jon Bennett | Posted 13.08.2015 | UK
Jon Bennett

This week, the pressure is on for students to find a place and for universities to win them over. But after the mad rush to bring in last minute recruits will come the even bigger challenge; to compete successfully over the long term in a marketplace with more players and more competition than ever before.

Why Not Just Throw Those Uni Offers in the Bin This Results Day?

Adam Bradford | Posted 12.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Adam Bradford

I turned my back on University to set up in business and with the help of support agencies in my hometown of Sheffield I have never looked back... In the 21st Century connected world, if you put your mind to it you can definitely achieve it. Get a mentor, approach employers, take part in training opportunities and good luck!

Why British Students Need the EU

Flora Carr | Posted 12.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Flora Carr

It was a major issue in the run-up to the 2015 general election. We all saw politicians ducking and dodging away from the political grenade that is Br...

Don't Get Swept Up in the University Frenzy, It's Not for Everyone

Luke Cutforth | Posted 12.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Luke Cutforth

Thinking back to when I did my exams, the feeling of dread and worry comes flooding back. I found them unnecessarily stressful and got really frustrated because I think that exams are such a limited viewpoint into how intelligent somebody actually is.

Should Working Class Students Avoid University Altogether?

Louis Thomas | Posted 02.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Louis Thomas

The first reason why working class students should consider avoiding university altogether, is because it is bloody expensive. Tuition fees in the UK are already sky-high in comparison to many of the other European countries. Under a Tory government, there's a strong chance that tuition fees will get even higher by the end of the next parliament as well.

Grants Raid Puts Money Where It's Needed - In Students' Pockets

Owen Burek | Posted 31.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Owen Burek

The current set-up goes easiest on those at the extremes - those from the lowest or highest income backgrounds while, across the board, there's increasingly disparity. Removing Grants raises as many questions as it answers, but is more in tune with daily student hardship than anything else on offer.

Geography Saved Me - Now It Threatens to Destroy Me

Chris Shaw | Posted 29.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Shaw

Geography, as a subject worth knowing anything about, tends to rank somewhere south of media studies and sociology in most people's estimation. The on...

Dear Graduates

Charlotte Ballantyne | Posted 29.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Ballantyne

Long story short, my life has been pretty much mapped out up until now. And in some ways it's liberating to not know what's coming next. But it's also completely terrifying. So can anyone provide me with some reassurance or advice or anything really? Am I alone in feeling like this? Will things work out? What do I do next?

Guidance for the Naive Undergraduate - Part Twelve: There Is No 'I' in Team, But There Is a 'Me'!

Thomas Hurdsfield | Posted 29.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Thomas Hurdsfield

During your time at university and as is governed by the varying forms of academic assessment, you are likely to find yourself indulging in the 'this could go either way' delights of group work and recruiting for your very own version of The Breakfast Club.

We Need to Talk About the 2:1

Gemma Joyce | Posted 27.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Gemma Joyce

"A 2:1 is all you need" is a phrase I've probably heard a thousand times at uni and is almost certainly something I comforted myself with when the occasional essay came back with a tear-inducing grade. I wouldn't be surprised if many students have it printed in flowery calligraphy and pinned above their desks. Unfortunately though, there's a problem with the 2:1 that needs to be addressed.

I Spent Three Years at Cambridge University and It Made Me an Arrogant, Entitled Brat

Joe Goodman | Posted 29.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Joe Goodman

After about a year something strange happened. Wearing a suit no longer held the same resonance it had back in fresher's week. Being served food by people the same age as me was no longer embarrassing. And although my financial situation had in no way changed, spending £130 on a May Ball no longer made me wince. And herein lies the problem.

Packing Up My University Year

Naomi Barrow | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

All day as I pack up and contemplate returning to my parents' house, one wonderful quote from my favourite wise bear, Winnie-The-Pooh, sticks in my mind: 'How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard'.

The Most Affordable UK University Cities

Dan Jones | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Dan Jones

Starting university is stressful. Although it's a fair while since I went through the process, the daunting task isn't lost on me. The thorniest issues then remain constant now; for some it was the application process, for others achieving their grade expectations, and understandably for many of us, it was the cost.

Ask the Expert: How Do I Get Into Medical School?

Dr Hinnah Rafique | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Dr Hinnah Rafique

I'm Dr Hinnah Rafique, the Director of Medicine and Surgery at Help Me I'm A Medic. My top tip - it is never too early to start thinking about what ...

New Postgraduate Support is Just Government Scheming

Rachel E. Brown | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Rachel E. Brown

Postgraduate education in the UK remains a luxury most of us cannot afford. On the continent however, German and Swedish postgraduates continue to receive state funding and pay little to nil in course fees. In fact, a Masters is considered fairly standard if you went to university in these countries.

We Must Break Down Barriers to University-Business Collaboration

Dame Ann Dowling | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK
Dame Ann Dowling

The UK has a world-leading research base, and when businesses and universities work together, every one of us ultimately benefits.