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Engendering Equality in Engineering

Peter Rolton | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK
Peter Rolton

British engineering is facing a serious skills shortage. Yesterday, the think tank IPPR published a report claiming that 'an additional 87,000 graduate level engineers will be needed in the UK each year between now and 2020' in order to meet growing demand, but that 'the higher education system is only producing 46,000 engineering graduates annually'. Well as a starter for ten, that maths doesn't look good.

Halt the Rapid Decline in Part-Time Higher Education

Anka Mulder | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Anka Mulder

In recent years, provision by universities of lifelong learning and professional education has been in sharp decline. Earlier this year, for instance, the Rinnooy Kan Commission in the Netherlands found that part-time higher education is undergoing a dramatic decline.

'Quitting' Is Perfectly Normal

Ben Clarke | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Clarke

I've been called a quitter. By friends, by parents... by a resentful drum teacher whose sole motive appeared to be to drain the money from my parents' bank account like a balding, middle aged vacuum. However, I strongly disagree with them...

Simple Money-Saving Tips For Freshers

The Huffington Post UK | Sadie Hale | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education

As record numbers of young people flock to university this September, student life looms on the horizon in all its exciting, terrifying glory. The...

Freshers 2014: A Round-Up Of The Worst, Cringiest Events Coming To A University Near You

The Huffington Post UK | Kristina Egan | Posted 28.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Now that Freshers 2014 is nearly upon us, it's time to cut through all of the excitement and anticipation with some good old fashion British cynicism....

Commuting to University Is Viable, But Think Twice

Tilly Grove | Posted 25.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tilly Grove

I'm a 21-year old graduate of a London university, and I've never lived away from home. I work in London, my partner and friends live in London, all I want is to live in London, but I'm still in my parents' house in the tiny seaside town I grew up in. It's hard not to feel that life is passing me by...

A Few Useless Words of Advice for Students

Alex McBride | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Alex McBride

I left it a 'bit late' till I realised that University was the only viable option left for me to spend my afternoons in bed and my early hours watching films I'd seen before and eating Rocky Road bites, but nevertheless, I'm here now and going into my second year at 23...

Advice for Parents With Kids Starting University

Pete Edge | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Pete Edge

Before they go to uni take your son or daughter to the supermarket with you and get them to do the weekly shop on a budget that will be the same as they'll be on at university.

Uni vs College

Ciara Cohen-Ennis | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ciara Cohen-Ennis

I'm currently doing a study abroad year at a college in Louisiana. It is a small Jesuit Liberal Arts School, so I won't claim that I can speak on behalf of all colleges in the USA or universities in the UK, as they are all very different!...

10 Tips for Master's Degree Applicants

Isabel López Ruiz | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Isabel López Ruiz

We often forget that during this time of the year, many students are also beginning to apply for postgraduate study, whether it be master's programmes or PhDs. The application process is a long and gruelling one, so here are 10 tips to help you through the next couple of months, based on my own experiences as a master's applicant.

Lots of Updates

Ellie Lewis | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ellie Lewis

Hold on a moment. Just let me brush away these cobwebs. Oh, and do watch out for that virtual tumbleweed rolling through here.

Linking Police Referral Rates With Attitudes to Rape

Rosie Tallant | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rosie Tallant

Sulkowicz reported her own rape case to both the university and the police back in May, but no charges were brought against her alleged attacker. Although this might not seem like grounds for protest in itself, she has stated that she felt badly mistreated by police officers.

My Smoking Shame

Ryan Hook | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ryan Hook

The fact is that, while previous generations had the excuse of widespread ignorance of smoking's effects (indeed, at home we have a book from the early 20th century that includes smoking under its list of 'recreational activities'), the same cannot be said for us Millenials. We knew exactly what we were getting into; we even had the warning photographs to prove it.

Warning to New University Students - False Facebook Groups

Rima Amin | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Rima Amin

New students throughout the UK are being drawn to Facebook groups they believe are run by their universities and students' unions. They are not -these groups are often run by external event promoters seeking to gain ticket sales to club events they have organised. Along with the name, some are also using the university's official branding to deceive students.

NYU: Move-in Day

Jyo Fernandes | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jyo Fernandes

It had been a pretty average day. Tying up the laces of my trainer, ready for an evening run I received an email on my phone. At around 8PM I assumed it was probably another pointless message from some brand I had unwittingly subscribed to, and as my finger poised to sweep it into the virtual rubbish bin; I saw the title "NYU Admissions Decision".

Is a 2:1 the 'Golden Ticket' to Success?

Samantha Booth | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Samantha Booth

"What businesses tell us is that they don't trust qualifications as a whole. Of a survey of 6,000 businesses, only 45% said they were very or fairly confident of taking on a graduate."... "A lot of people have degrees now but if they got below a 2:1, I would be looking for the reasons why."

Meet the Young Musician of the Moment, Mr 6

The Huffington Post UK | Kristina Egan | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education

It’s always nice meeting someone who takes their passion for music seriously but not themselves. Enter our young musician of the moment, Mr 6. Th...

Six Ways to Thrive as a Carer at University

Paul M. Davies | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Paul M. Davies

Studying for a degree as a carer was the biggest challenge of my life. I was pushed to my limits as I fought to juggle the two... If you're willing to fight for it, there's no reason why being a carer should exclude you from going to university.

Post-Graduate Life

Chris Malla | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Malla

"If Joe has a first, but did nothing with his spare time, and Matt has a 2.1, but did loads of extra-curricular stuff, employers are gonna go with Matt." He spoke with so much certainty that it indoctrinated me into that mindset. I'm now in Matt's position... 80 job applications later, and it seems Joe's been chosen over me every time.

Freshers, Why Not Rent a Private Jet Or Horse And Carriage To Get Your Stuff To University?

The Huffington Post UK | Kristina Egan | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Finally, students can avoid the humiliation of transporting their belongings to university in a Transit van or, God forbid, a roof-boxed hatchback, an...

18 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Went to University

Sophie Turton | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sophie Turton

A fresh influx of excited faces will flood through university doors this month. It is a scary and exciting time but it is also a period of great expectation and it can be hard to prepare for such a massive change in your life's direction... In many ways I wish someone had told this to me on my first day at university.

Are Universities Fudging Employment Figures?

Nick Chowdrey | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Nick Chowdrey

Because there is no public overseer, there is no one to take genuinely impartial responsibility for making sure that employment figures are accurate. The result is that thousands of students a year could be relying on misrepresented information to make one of the most important decisions in their lives.

It's Not All About Notches on Bedposts: The Abstaining Student's Guide to Getting Through

Sophie Pope | Posted 29.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sophie Pope

I am about to start my second year as a student, therefore I have seen firsthand how crazy it gets when you're all living on top of each other in accommodation. There is always a morning after debrief of who slept with who, how good they were and whether it would happen again.

Not So Fast: Another Take on Sex in Freshers' Week

Sarah Crook | Posted 28.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sarah Crook

Very few weeks have the same mythological status as freshers' week. You'll meet your new Best Friends Forever. You'll be out every night. You'll make stories you'll dine out on for years. You'll end up with one eyebrow. You'll have lots of excellent and sexy sex with people you've only just met. It'll be wild. It'll be great. Except that's not what freshers' week is like for most people.

Everyone's Going to Uni, But It's Not the Only Way Into a Career

Simon Perriton | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Simon Perriton

With GCSE and A-Level results fresh in the hands of thousands of young people in the UK this week, it's important for students and their parents to be aware of the wide spectrum of available options. University will rightly continue to be a place for generations to continue their education, but it's naive to think of it as a 'one stop shop' for getting onto the career ladder.