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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.

So I've Graduated... Now What?

Zosia Eyres | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Zosia Eyres

I am still finding it difficult to believe that I am no longer a student. My graduation last month passed me by in a blur of delighted congratulations and tearful good byes but the thing that most struck me was the realisation that a great deal of us graduates are not where we expected to be by this milestone.

Taking It for 'Granted'...

Sophia Walker | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Politics
Sophia Walker

So the news this week, that university grants for underprivileged students would be abolished, saddened me. Not for myself, not for my son, but for the thousands of kids out there, who will never be able to realise their potential, and don't even know it yet.

Nick Hampson - The Student Entrepreneur to Watch

Emma Jacobs | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Emma Jacobs

Alongside his degree, Oxford Student Nick Hampson has a handful of flourishing ventures. His latest, an app, is currently in an investment series (aiming to entice investors) in order to raise a quarter of a million pounds.

Reflections on Returning Home After Studying Abroad

Ciara Cohen-Ennis | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Ciara Cohen-Ennis

While I was catching up on Made in Chelsea (post-study abroad life) an advert for Wilkinson Sword popped up. It showed a girl talking about jumping in...

Less Than a 100 Days In

Kenny Imafidon | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kenny Imafidon

We have spent less than 100 days under a Tory-majority government, and already they've done the expected. Well, for me it was the expected. Allow me to elaborate further before scourging me with thumbs-down's and heckling.

Why Are We Ignoring the Student Living Costs Struggle?

Richard Batt | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Richard Batt

While most of the focus is understandably on the rise of cost of student loans, the financial struggles for university students is just as important. When a student is paying up to £9,000 a year to go to university, the pressure is on them to ensure they walk away with a qualification. When they cannot afford to pay for rent or food, it is likely that the stress will impact their studies - especially if their parents cannot assist them in any way.

'University Is A Complete Waste Of Time For Entrepreneurs', Says Dragons' Den Tycoon Peter Jones

Huffington Post UK | Sarah Gough | Posted 08.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Dragons' Den star Peter Jones thinks university is a waste of time for entrepreneurs. The 6ft7in-tall telecommunication tycoon is intent that his ...

Make Room for Adjustment

John Walmsley | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
John Walmsley

Exam results season is upon us once again, bringing with it an air of nervous tension which students must endure before results day and the freedom of the summer break and the potential wonders of university life can begin. It all seems a little daunting at this point doesn't it? Well, it doesn't need to be.

We Need to Rewire the Economy

Polly Courtice | Posted 03.07.2015 | UK
Polly Courtice

Economic success is generally measured in terms of growth rather than positive outcomes for people and places. Although the key metric of growth, 'Gross Domestic Product' (GDP), is increasingly recognised as a poor proxy for human progress, it continues to drive fundamental decisions about the way we manage and grow our economies.

Are Students Buying Essays?

Richard Batt | Posted 03.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Richard Batt

Everyone knows what it's like when you first go to university: enjoying our new found freedom, drinking more than a little too much and becoming a pro at sitting through lectures with the worst hangovers known to man.

How to Find Your First Job Following University

James Reed | Posted 03.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
James Reed

Starting out on the career ladder can take time, but once you secure your first job, it will be a lot easier to progress, either within the company or in another role. The job market has changed considerably since I started out but it's still just as important to approach your career with the right mindset, the right outlook and real drive.

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...