Why should you consider studying in London?

Lucy Miller
October 21, 2015

187903128Straddling the ancient river Thames, London is the city that created the Underground, inspired Dickens, and gave the world punk rock.

Maybe unsurprisingly, its almost mythical history and vibrant culture, as well as its top educational and career opportunities, have made it the world’s most visited city. Sorry, Paris, New York and Tokyo – you just don’t cut the mustard in comparison.

A-Level Results Day 2015: Still not sure what to do 7 days on?

Lucy Miller
August 19, 2015

If your A-Levels results missed the mark and you’re still not sure what you’re going to do a week on, there’s no need to panic – there are lots of things that you can do to make sure you don’t miss out on the opportunities you deserve. Here are just a few of them…


The good news is that Clearing is still open – and in fact it will be until 21st September, the final deadline for 2015 applications. The vacancy search will close later, on 30th September.

Applying to university through Clearing: Alex’s story

Lucy Miller
August 12, 2015

11265185_980972258593371_7673983278785533844_nAlex Miller applied to university for the first time through Clearing in August 2014. He’s just completed his first year of an MEng in Computer Science at Leeds Beckett University, and is looking forward to his second year, half of which will be spent on an industrial placement.

Alex says…

Was the decision to apply for university through Clearing nerve-racking?

Not particularly – it was all very sudden as I was looking for an apprenticeship until the beginning August, so I didn't really time to get nervous or worry about it.

Which university is the best for your subject?

Lucy Miller
May 27, 2015

The Guardian’s university league tables were released yesterday, so we thought we’d compile a list of the unis that have come out top in the main subject areas.

ThinkstockPhotos-124125205Apologies if you’re studying/planning to study a particularly niche subject and we’ve missed you out – but if we’d included every derivation of degree that is currently possible at the UK’s universities, frankly we’d have been scrolling forever.

Case in point: engineering. There are just too many versions of your subject, engineers. We might have compile a separate list for you.

Erasmus students to get help finding accommodation with new scheme

Lucy Miller
May 11, 2015

Students undertaking Erasmus placements are to be given a helping hand with the launch of a new scheme.

ThinkstockPhotos-179024988A partnership between Erasmus and Uniplaces, the student accommodation platform, will help the 180,000 students from across Europe that take an Erasmus placement find a home away from home.

These are the universities that spend the most on their facilities

Lucy Miller

The universities that spend the most money on their facilities have been revealed by the Complete University Guide.

ThinkstockPhotos-469745872Buckinghamshire New University, in High Wycombe, spends the most – including careers and health and counselling services, and sports facilities.

The university spends £1,434 per student, per year – almost 19 times more than St George’s, University of London, which sits at the bottom of the tables with a measly £76 spent per student.

Students: applications are now open for the Lloyds Scholars programme

James Thornhill
May 8, 2015

Student applications for places on the Lloyds Scholars programme, the unique social mobility programme from Lloyds Banking Group, are now open.

ThinkstockPhotos-465933048Through a partnership with eight leading universities, the programme offers a complete package of financial support, paid internships and a business mentor for students from lower income households.

Now in its fifth year, the programme gives undergraduates an all-round professional and vocational experience, offering an annual bursary, the chance for students to develop their employability skills and the opportunity to join the Group’s Graduate Programme following their degree.

Queen’s University Belfast among top UK universities for female representation in STEMM subjects

Lucy Miller

Queen’s University Belfast is amongst the best in the UK for recruiting female students into STEMM subjects, according to experts.

ThinkstockPhotos-480295231Queen’s has retained its institutional Athena SWAN silver award, putting it once again at the forefront of gender equality practices in the UK.

Athena SWAN awards were introduced in 2005 to advance the representation of women working in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) and to improve career progression for female academics.

Search on for designers of the future

Lucy Miller
May 1, 2015

Budding designers and illustrators who want to get ahead in their career are being urged to share their best creative clothing designs for the chance to win their one-of-a-kind printed item, together with an Intous Pen and Touch and an 11” MacBook Air.

ThinkstockPhotos-483692857ICON Printing, which provides customised merchandise to some of the world’s biggest brands, is on the lookout for the nation’s best creative talent.

From design students to established illustrators and even prolific doodlers, anyone with a flair for design is invited to enter their designs via the ICON Printing Facebook page. 

Which university is the hardest to get into in the UK?

James Thornhill
April 28, 2015

It’ll hardly come as a surprise – but the University of Cambridge has been ranked as the hardest university to get into in the country by the Complete University Guide.

ThinkstockPhotos-101780352With a whopping 601 UCAS points required, Cambridge appears significantly more of a challenge than its oldest rival, if the rankings are to be believed.

With 571 UCAS points required on average, second placed Oxford is only a few points above (admittedly still prestigious) Imperial College London, where 566 are required.

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