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Do Universities Really (Not) Offer Value for Money?

Professor Maurits van Rooijen | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK
Professor Maurits van Rooijen

So yes: it is time for universities to do some serious reviews on what they offer to large segments of their students. But when one looks at the bigger picture rather than individual cases, studying at higher education institutions does remain a good investment in all fields when it comes to judging the return on students' investment.

SNP MP Mhairi Black Graduates With First Class Degree

The Huffington Post UK | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Britain's youngest MP since 1667 has secured her second stunning result of the year - after being awarded a first class degree in politics. The SNP...

What Are the Costs of a Free University Education?

Charlie Evans | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Charlie Evans

We are in the midst of a higher education funding crisis. We are all losing out under the £9,000 model - we are, as £9,000 fee payers and so is the government, which has not saved money from this fee, but has lost money, due to the escalating loan default rates.

Youth Will Not Define Adulthood

Maliha Reza | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Maliha Reza

Youth is a time for experimentation. To make mistakes and suffer the consequences, but then to do it again because it was just as thrilling as the first time. I'm not saying your youth is meant for recklessness but it is one of the few times you can be reckless and have no serious repercussions; depending on the context of course.

This University Has Come Up With A Genius Solution To Human Traffic Jams

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 18.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education

There's nothing more infuriating than getting caught up in a traffic jam because someone is trying to text while they walk. Step in Utah Valley Un...

Why the MBA Is More Important Than Ever

Dr Philip Hallam | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK
Dr Philip Hallam

This week is Adult Learner's Week, a "national celebration of lifelong learning" and a chance to throw the spotlight on opportunities, events and qualifications that make a real difference to students of all ages.

To All Graduates - The Struggle Isn't Over Yet

Imogen Groome | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Imogen Groome

I sound annoyed, and I am. I worked incredibly hard for my degree, and I'm very willing to work. Problem is, going to University doesn't seem to be providing the happy ending I was looking for.

They May Not like What Comes Out of My Mouth but the Contents of My Wallet Are Fair Game!

Charlie Mullins | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK Politics
Charlie Mullins

Just as well I bunked off school to learn plumbing and didn't want to be an accountant since it turns out no matter how clever I was there's not a chance in hell a posh City firm would let me through the door as an employee.

Fancy Dress? Ditch the Cultural Stereotypes

Flora Carr | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Flora Carr

If there's one thing I can guarantee about next year's baby-fresh intake, it's their enthusiasm. I'll arrive onto campus next year, a jaded third-year, to be met with long lines first-years on their guided tours of campus, hurrying along like over-excited ducklings on their first outing.

The Computer Is Made Of Water, Yes You Heard That Right

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK Tech

Imagine a computer that instead of transferring data around a circuitboard, transfers physical matter. Now imagine that the physical matter is in fact...

Learn Things a University Degree Can Never Teach You

Frontier | Posted 04.06.2015 | UK
Frontier

Most people finish their A-levels and continue straight to university without even stopping to think if it's the right decision. We often get the impression that all that matters in today's world is education, qualifications and awards, but life is about much more than that...

Making Difficult Decisions

Naomi Barrow | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

Mum probably won't still be here when I graduate. She will probably die whilst I'm still at uni. I have to cram twenty or thirty years of visits into twenty or thirty days/weeks/months. I have to ask all my questions now; predict what I might want to know in years to come. Each birthday might be Mum's last, so rather than forget it I want to make it special.

Ashamed to be Black at NUS Black Students' Conference

Maz Hussien | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Maz Hussien

I would often hear stories from people that have attended events like this in the past - but experiencing it first-hand made it clearer to me more than ever that the 'black students' movement' is broken. It does not stand for equality and it certainly does not stand for the greater good. It is a drastically misinformed and hypocritical movement, stuck in the past and fuelled with unnecessary anger.

Experience or Education: Which Is More Important?

Chloe Kenyon | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Chloe Kenyon

When entering the world of employment, a degree in your chosen field is fairly essential. A university level of education will be a minimum requirement when looking for a job or graduate scheme after university. But is your degree the most important part of your CV? Perhaps not.

How to Survive Grad School

Nadeem Shad | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Nadeem Shad

So you've decided the university, the course, packed your bags, bought the bus or plane ticket and ready to get going on what should be a year of intense study, self-exploration and to ultimately get the degree you need to do what you really want to do...

To Gap Year or Not to Gap Year?

Elise Metcalf | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Elise Metcalf

I have therefore come to the conclusion that it doesn't really matter which one you pick. Both guarantee a great and eye-opening experience. You can always go travelling after university, just like you can always go to university after travelling. If you want to do both, you merely have to decide on the order in which you wish to do it.

Why Employers Need to Look Past People's Backgrounds to Find Their True Talents

Anand Shukla | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK
Anand Shukla

This is what charities and other campaigners for social mobility have been saying for years, so it's great to hear top employers finally making the same case. After all, they can show the improvements hiring people for their talents not backgrounds makes to the bottom line - and that's something any business can understand.

Ignorance Is Not Strength: We Need to Stop Being Scared of Debate

Charlie Simpson | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Charlie Simpson

There is a growing problem in politics today. In both the left and the right there are those so self-righteous they will either refuse to engage in debate or try and prevent you from doing so. Often these are important causes that get hijacked by this oppressive minority.

Oxbridge System Failing Talented State School Pupils

James Gold | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
James Gold

"Education. Education. Education." This was the cornerstone of New Labour, a platform for unprecedented levels of social mobility, which helped prepare the way for Tony Blair's landslide victory in the 1997 general election. So why are we still in a situation where 83% of Oxbridge students are from only 400 elite schools? The answer is complex.

Innovation in Higher Education: Leaning the Learning

Gregory Borne | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK
Gregory Borne

(Mark Bowen Director of Magna Solutions Ltd. assessing student expectations for their lean training) Teaching in Higher Education and especially wh...

Seven Things Teetotal Students Are Tired of Hearing

Eamonn Crowe | Posted 14.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Eamonn Crowe

As with anything that makes you 'different' though, there are plenty of misconceptions and annoying things that people of the less intelligent kind insist on saying to you over and over again. Here's my list of 7 things teetotal students are tired of hearing...

Why I Study Nursing

Kieran Uttley | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kieran Uttley

Studying nursing is demanding. It can be stressful, tiring and yes, I sometimes wonder why I do it. But then something happens that rekindles the reasons why I nurse, why I love it and why it means so much to me.

Why Good Students Struggle to Get Jobs

Julian Tan | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Julian Tan

I recall memorising the timeline of human prehistory when I was twelve - Paleolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic - from the fresh first pages of my history textbook. It was past midnight, and their quirky names numbed my tongue and befuddled my brain. Nevertheless, I forcibly committed them to memory, motivated by the promise that hard work at school will one day pay off...

The Post-Graduate Blues and How to Fight Them

Tilly Grove | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Tilly Grove

So, you're about to graduate. Congratulations! I'm proud of you. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, though, but as much as this feels like the final hurdle, it isn't. And that's what makes the Post-Graduate Blues so painful.

Students Need More Information If We Are to Tackle Education Divide

Dr Philip Hallam | Posted 20.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Dr Philip Hallam

Access to education should not be dependent on who you are or where you live. It's a statement few would argue with in terms of sentiment but one many would object to as a reflection of reality.