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Does the UK University System Help Our Future Artists?

Emily Steer | Posted 24.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Emily Steer

On starting a fine art degree five years ago, my head of course gave an introductory speech. She told us about her experience of art college, twenty five years previously. About passionate tutors making work amongst students, in one big arty, experimental studio love in...

The Oldest Part-Time Profession in the World? Students Turning to Prostitution

Ben Mawdsley | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Mawdsley

The oldest profession in the world is becoming the job of choice for some students across the country, using a variety of means to advertise themselves. ..

Five Ways To Build Your CV Without Leaving Campus

Huffington Post UK | Gemma Joyce | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education

There's never been a more important time to get your CV in order. With record numbers of students entering university this autumn, it's now more li...

The Stories We Live By

Joel Tennant | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Joel Tennant

My sessions of talk therapy back at university helped my story telling. Every week, I'd walk through one of the colleges, past the restaurant where students were sitting and laughing with each other, past the duck pond where the college cat was watching hungrily from behind the bushes, to a door tucked away behind a wall -- Counselling.

Why Collaboration Is Key to Tackling the World's Grand Challenges

Dirk Jan van den Berg | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK
Dirk Jan van den Berg

Globalisation has rendered us increasingly inter-dependent with massive opportunities and also risks/challenges as a result. Driven by technological advances from transport, to communications, and electronic networks, globalisation has delivered important advancements in terms of movement and exchange of people, ideas, values, resources, commodities and finance.

The Kate Kennedy Club Opening Ball 2014

Immy Guest | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Immy Guest

They say that 3rd time's the charm. In St Andrews we have a 4th time around. You would think, having made it to 4th year we would know the drill by now in terms of the nightlife; St Andrews is hardly a city, and there's only a specific number of events one can go to a certain number of times before it all gets a bit repetitive...

Seven Things About University

Charlotte Ballantyne | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Ballantyne

So after three years of university, and now embarking on my fourth and final year, I'd like to think I've learned a few things in my time here. As it's round about the start of the new semester, I thought I'd try to share a bit of advice for new students. Please be aware though, I am by no means an expert and still need to learn to follow some of this advice myself!

Mind the Gap

Nicholas Harris | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Nicholas Harris

It looks unlikely that the job market will ever become tame but that does not mean it cannot be bested. It is up to us as individuals to bring as much as we can to the table when it comes to the assault course of assessment centres and interviews faced when we graduate from university. And so as repetitive as it may seem, it really is worth minding the gap.

Fresher's Week May Just Have Finished, But Start the Job Hunt Now

Robyn Peel | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Robyn Peel

It's the beginning of the academic year and looking for a job at the end of your degree is likely to feel a very long way off. There is a whole lot of hoops to jump through, coffee to consume and essays to write before that even gets to the top of your priority list. I totally get it. But there are things you can do now that will make that job hunt process so much easier.

Tackling the 'Pandemic' of Sexual Harassment in Sierra Leone's Universities

Julie Tomlin | Posted 03.10.2014 | UK
Julie Tomlin

"It's now time for there to be an official place to say if you have this problem, you can come here," says Thorpe. "We will be able to challenge the powers that be, no matter who you are, be you a lecturer, be you a president, we'll be able to take you to task. Once we begin to name and shame people, that would be an achievement."

Don't Make Me Choose Between University and Vocational

Chris Jones | Posted 03.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Jones

Figures from UCAS show the number of students going to university with vocational qualifications is up. Good news. But as a result, universities are being accused of 'dumbing down' their entry requirements.

Message in the Mobile: What I Get From Seeing Serial Texters in the Classroom

Terence Tse | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Terence Tse

There is one last reason why students may be texting frequently: I could be making a fool of myself here. All of this can most likely be explained by the fact that my lectures are simply lousy and boring. In this case, don't let me know via SMS.

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.