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Joining the Rat Race: Why a Good Degree is No Longer Enough

Immy Guest | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Immy Guest

The problem is in that everyone wants to be on some committee or to be an editor for a newspaper or to produce their own play, thus there is huge competition between students for places. Many of the committee positions that are available require a gruelling interview process, sometimes involving two rounds, and for one particular committee I was interviewed by no less that 15 people at once

Make Mental Health a Core Part of School Curriculum!

Matt Clifton | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Matt Clifton

Schools, you either love them or hate them, a little bit like Marmite I guess. Some say school years are the best years of your life, some even say school reminds them of their youth. But what do you think of when you reminisce about your youth? Do you see school as a good thing or do you feel let down by your school?

Students Share Their Tips On How Write Your Personal Statement

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education

It's an "unfortunate necessity" as one student puts it, and we couldn't sum it up better ourselves. The phrase "personal statement" is enough to fill ...

Mid-Twenties Career Crisis

Esther Hayden | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK
Esther Hayden

Today's society despite what many believe does pressure many young people to get a job quick, almost without thinking or caring what it is, just so you can say you have one. Sometimes it can be hard to take a moment to consider what could be the most important direction for your future career path.

Why You Shouldn't Do an MA Straight After Graduating

Imogen Groome | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Imogen Groome

There's tons to be gained from obtaining industry experience before heading into further education - if you know what your dream job will be, there's a chance they'll want relevant experience before they'll take you on. They'll want to know you can function in the real world.

Why SnapChat Is Ruining My Degree

Helena Eccles | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Helena Eccles

This is an intervention. An impending doom is descending on the nation. For many teens and twentysomethings across the country, GCSEs, A Levels and university exams are just around the corner.

Do Plymouth University Rugby Boys Instigate 'Lad Culture'?

Madison Taylor | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Madison Taylor

You can look at pretty much every student website and 'lad culture' will be mentioned in various contexts. What I wanted to question is, are university rugby teams perhaps deemed the main perpetrators of it?

Everyday Sexism: Complacency Won't Serve Feminism

Nicole Davis | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Nicole Davis

It appears to be a somewhat common belief that political or ideological movements have an endpoint. As if they factor onto a chronological timeline wherein the goals of said movement will eventually be achieved and we can all pat ourselves on the back, wipe our hands of it and look for something else to invest in.

Guidance for The Naïve Undergraduate - Part Two: Love and Relationships

Thomas Hurdsfield | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Thomas Hurdsfield

Love is and relationships are an inevitable part of university life. I mean, how many individuals have gone on to meet their future spouse through university? How lovely. Albeit, it doesn't always last and usually results in divorce upon acknowledgement of distinct difference but still, they did meet their one time one at a higher education institution, which surely counts for something.

Cameron, Farage and the Reality of a University Degree

Kat Hind | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kat Hind

The two politicians stand in complete opposition as our Prime Minister defends degrees such as the ever popular golf course management degree while Farage criticises our society where 'we are encouraging people to go and get degrees, in many cases not particularly good degrees.'

Students Want Greater Access to Work Experience and Industry Content

Aaron Porter | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Aaron Porter

For universities and institutions the message is even more unequivocal, greater collaboration is vital, and not only because students want it and businesses value the graduates it produces.

Ten Things Only Students Can Understand

Anna Pitts | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Anna Pitts

1. You can wake up at 5pm, and its fine- you may have wasted the day but you've still got the night. 2. The 'is it cold or is it damp?' game. Clean, warm dry clothes are the stuff of legends. 3. Mould is totally edible. You've even started to quite like the taste. It's also your permanent house guest.

What Sugar Daddies Taught Me About Student Debt

Michelle Gleaves | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Michelle Gleaves

More needs to be done to help students who are unable to cope financially to prevent them resorting to such drastic measures. It is possible women are being forced into, what is essentially, the sex industry by their lack of money and ability to fund their education.

Can You Start a Business at University?

Nick Morris | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Nick Morris

A few months ago, I spent an extremely enjoyable afternoon at my old school giving a Careers talk about start-ups. Interestingly, the most pressing question that emerged from these 6th-formers was whether they were about to waste £27,000 and three years of their life on a University degree if what they were really passionate about was starting their own business.

Stories of Polish Gay Immigration in the UK

Pamela Sposito | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Pamela Sposito

Homophobia in Poland is another major reason of Polish immigration to the UK. Who would have thought? In fact, gay Poles decide to book a one-way flight ticket to London to escape discrimination.

Does Your Degree Matter?

The Huffington Post UK | Conrad Jarman | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education

We've all been there, wondering whether or not our degree is worth it, does spending three or more years at university really make you more employable...

Oh No! Not Climate Change Again!

Adrien Maseri | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Adrien Maseri

Do university students actually care about climate change? And are they doing anything to stop it? Concerned by apparent contradiction in the behavior of my student colleagues, I took the initiative to address the issue and carried out research to try and understand students' reaction to the statement, "Oh No! Not Climate Change Again!".

Award Winning Student Newspaper in Funding Crisis

Leo Garbutt | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Leo Garbutt

Leeds Student is valued by students and is an asset to the reputation of both Leeds University Union and the University. Going forward, this must be recognised by the Union.

George Galloway, Rape Culture, and Our Students' Unions

Gee Linford-Grayson | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gee Linford-Grayson

You don't have to ban George Galloway from speaking; just don't invite him, or others like him, in the first place. Our students' unions are undoubtedly a place for lively academic debate, and for students to discuss real-world issues in a safe environment. However, inviting rape deniers and apologists voids this safe environment...

What Universities Really Think About Gap Years

Frontier | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Frontier

Many students worry that universities don't look favourably upon gap years. Whilst this may have been true some time ago, these days, breaks from education are actually welcomed by institutions if approached in the right way...

University Courses Can Be the Solution to Starting a Successful Business

Alex Muller | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Muller

As we now have embraced an entrepreneurial culture in Britain there are no restrictions which prevent anyone from starting their own business.

Why Northern Universities Are Better Than Southern Universities

The Huffington Post UK | Conrad Jarman | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education

It's grim up north. At least that's what many people from the south of England seem to think. There is a common perception that the north is bleak ...

The Third Year Crisis and How to Haul Yourself Out of It

Fionn Shiner | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Fionn Shiner

What I talk of is the Third Year Crisis, a phenomenon that has taken on a new lethal edge for the CV generation. Whereas back in the days of our wondrous parents (hi mum, hi dad), most students could fall back on the fact that a 2:1 from a decent University would pretty much guarantee a job, what we now face is a dog fight of epic proportions.

How Ghost-Writers Are Killing University Degrees

Sandi Mann | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sandi Mann

I would like to see action taken to stop degree ghost-writers in their tracks. Perhaps the industry should be regulated, forcing any ghost-written essay to be submitted by the seller to plagiarism detection sites so that should the student try to pass it off as their own, they will be caught.

You Say Tomato, I Say Tomato - One Brit's Love Affair with American Culture

George Gabriel | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
George Gabriel

Readers of my very first blog will remember I couldn't have been more excited when preparing for my inaugural trip across the Atlantic Ocean back in the early stages of 2012. There I sat, carving out the words of my long-anticipated adieu to the green and pleasant land of my birth, to live my very own American dream...