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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.

The Big Easy

Ciara Cohen-Ennis | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ciara Cohen-Ennis

I've been in New Orleans for just under a week and I think it's safe to say that I love it already... Almost everyone here is extremely kind and enthusiastic, for example, an RA (resident assistant) commented that they were "SO PUMPED!" to meet the new students...

A Gap Year Is a Waste of Time, and You Don't Deserve it

Liam Deacon | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Liam Deacon

Had I the chance now, I tell my 17-year-old self to climb down off the bandwagon, get a grip, go to Uni and get on with my life. Because you know where a great place to 'find yourself' and grow up is? University.

These Four Wildly Successful Young Professionals Ditched The A-Levels - And Left School With Just GCSEs

Natasha Preskey | Posted 21.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Countless freshers are currently poised to break out their new set of Wilkos pans, navigate the washing machine for the first time and blow their stud...

Why I Chose an Apprenticeship Over University

Lewis Lebentz | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Lewis Lebentz

I am earning money already and learning how to manage my finances. Whereas if I had gone to University, I would have around £66k debt to pay! To make matters worse, Computer Science graduates are earning less every year, they are earning on average £2,261 less today than in 2007. Instead, I will have earned over £66k creating a difference of over £132k!

Failed Your Exams? You're the Lucky One

Fearghas Kelly | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Fearghas Kelly

When the Scottish results came out on the 5th of August, it was announced that pupils had achieved a record number of top Higher grades, winning 30,000 university and college places in the process. Unfortunately, some were not so lucky.

Students Should Avoid 'Swindle' That They're Better Off With a University Education

Charlie Mullins | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Charlie Mullins

Last week we saw the overall pass rate for A levels fall for the first time in 32 years, students who achieved lower grades are being told they have an opportunity to go to university after 30,000 new places were created.

Seven Job Interview Tips You Really, Really Need to Take on Board

David V.H. Ellis | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
David V.H. Ellis

Searching for a job is dull, difficult and downright depressing. It's frustrating to spend hours honing an application only to have nothing but radio silence in return, so when that much prayed-for email does come saying thanks for applying and hey, you don't seem so bad, we'd love to meet you, it pays to make sure you're not going to let down a red hot application with a damp squib of an interview.

Living With Mild Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Conor Penn | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Conor Penn

I can't remember a time in which I wasn't obsessed with my appearance. There is a harsh, vindictive little critic who sits on my shoulder and breathes his bile into my ear incessantly... He tells me I'm grossly overweight, unattractive, and undesirable. He turns my head towards every reflective surface and excoriates every lump, bump, crease and curve, imagined or otherwise... I no longer feel I have any concept of what I actually look like.

Why Retail Is a Great Industry to Earn and Learn In

Sir Charlie Mayfield | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sir Charlie Mayfield

Whether you are going to university or into the job market I hope you'll set out to 'earn and learn' throughout a career that will be all the more rewarding if you do. The retail industry is a good place to do that. It is often a first job for many school leavers and it's a fulfilling place to build a career, providing a lifetime of learning and opportunities.

Life as a Vet Student

Elly Berry | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Elly Berry

Studying to become a vet has been a varied and exciting - if challenging - experience... There are going to be tricky times during your time on the course, not to mention when you're out there working, so try to make absolutely sure this is for you.

Expensive Uni Books Can Cost Degrees

Charlotte Mason | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Mason

How universities can expect Arts students, for example, to pay £9,000 for a reading-based degree with the essential ingredients not included, I don't know... Expensive reading lists are an irritating, tiresome and unnecessary addition to the financial burden already placed on students, and it makes the annual £9,000 tuition fee seem even more of a rip-off than we originally thought.

A-Level Results: University, Gap Year, Work or Entrepreneurialism?

Mindy Gibbins-Klein | Posted 14.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Mindy Gibbins-Klein

'You're young, so nobody takes you seriously. You're young so you have no start up capital available. You're young so you have no time in between studying and managing your social life. The barriers to launching a successful business seem endless. However there is hope.'

What's in a Degree?

Emily Perry | Posted 14.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emily Perry

I find myself on the hunt for a new opportunity. Refreshingly I can share this because, unlike many of my jobseeking counterparts, my current employer is fully supportive of my decision to return to my communications specialism having successfully delivered my three year plan as a generalist.

Should You Settle for University Place Through Clearing?

Lizzie Roberts | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Lizzie Roberts

My transition from school to higher education wasn't exactly the smoothest path. But in hindsight sticking to my guns, making my own choices and primarily not going through clearing was the best decision I ever made. But is clearing the right choice for everyone?

Clearing Tips for Parents

Pete Edge | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Pete Edge

'Clearing', the process that helps university applicants without places find institutions with courses that still have places available, can be one of the most stressful periods in the life of a student... Here are some tips to get you and your student successfully through the process.

The Countdown to My Fate Sealed in an Envelope

Tasha Okeke | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tasha Okeke

Just like everyone else, I'm going through the standard results day countdown emotions - questioning if I wrote in blue ink instead of black, if I even did the right paper, if I knew what I was doing in the exam, making plans B, C, D and E if results day doesn't go to plan.

How to Live at Home and Still Have a Social Life at University

Natalie Turco-Williams | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Natalie Turco-Williams

With the costs of student life rising even more, living at home can be the most economical option, however the long secluding distance from campus scares a lot of students because they don't want to miss out on the full university experience. But, living at home and having a social life is not impossible.

The UK Skills Crisis Coverage Fails to See the Big Picture - A Changing World of Work

Mark Hillary | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Hillary

This is a perfect storm scenario. Countries such as the UK, with a history of dominance and empire and educational excellence, need to look beyond the obvious. The world is going to be a very different place in just a couple of decades. Economic and cultural hegemony is not a birthright and can easily shift to the east throughout this century.

Students Demand University Take Action To Increase Offers To BME Applicants

The Huffington Post UK | Miriam Brown | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Students are demanding more should be done to increase the number of offers given to prospective BME students at university. A recent graduate fro...

To Myself as a Fresher

Sophie Pope | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sophie Pope

It doesn't feel like it was just a year ago I was anxiously awaiting my A-level results, the three letters that would determine the course of my life for the next three years. These letters would dictate where in the country I would move to, who I would be sharing a flat with, the friends I would make, and the person I would grow to become.