Month: December 2015

Students in England pay more for university

A new study has shown that the university students of England now pay the highest tuition fees in the world. Students pay higher fees, on average at £6,000 (which can go up to £9,000) than in other developed countries, such as, Australia, the United States and Switzerland. A report last year conducted by Organisation for Economic Co-operation… Read more »

The world’s hardest test

The world’s hardest test has been found at All Souls College at Oxford University, and if you’re wondering why it is so hard here are some facts; the test features abstract questions, there are no right or wrong answers, and it is pretty much impossible to revise for. Furthermore, around 80 candidates take the test each year,… Read more »

Are graduate expectations low?

Tuition fee debt held by students is pressuring graduates into taking jobs that are low-paying, stable, and ironically,  don’t require a degree at all. Graduates are becoming anxious about paying off student loan repayments and accepting jobs that are not right for them in order to begin to pay off their debt. University of Bath‘s professor of political economy, Hugh Lauder blames the… Read more »

Do international students bring in the money?

Universities in the UK advertise and recruit high numbers of international students and have been accused of perceiving them as “cash cows“. Recent statistics by Universities UK reveal that the proportion of students coming from outside the EU has increased from 9% in 2004-2005 to 13.5% in 2013-2014. The report follows complaints about universities who are taking in… Read more »

Education news you need to hear

George Osborne recently announced plans for government education spending which he published in his Autumn Statement and spending review. The biggest effect these changes will mean to young people are the plans to replace all student maintenance grants with student loans from September 2016. From the beginning of the next academic year, there will be no… Read more »

Interview tips for the University of Cambridge: Pt 1

The world renowned University of Cambridge is a dream for some students, and when they receive the call, email or letter inviting them for an interview, the dream is within arms-reach. However, the panic then sinks in, and anxiety about the interview can affect how students prepare and conduct themselves during the process – be prepared for… Read more »

Interview tips for the University of Cambridge: Pt 2

The world renowned University of Cambridge is a dream for some students, and when they receive the call, email or letter inviting them for an interview, the dream is within arms-reach. However, the panic then sinks in and anxiety about the interview can affect how students prepare, and conduct themselves during the process. We have collected the… Read more »

Interview tips for the University of Oxford: Pt 2

Interviews at Oxford are somehow misrepresented as something to be afraid about, full of big mathematical problems and trick questions; however, the only thing students need to worry about is to make sure to bring their personality to the interview, being prepared for a university admission interview will provide the student with confidence. Dr. Helen… Read more »

Interview tips for the University of Oxford: Pt 1

Interviews at Oxford are somehow misrepresented as something to be afraid about, full of big mathematical problems and trick questions, however, the only thing students need to worry about is to make sure to bring their personality to the interview. Dr. Helen Swift from the University of Oxford offered some advice: “We are genuinely interested… Read more »

Students prefer Paris to London

QS, worldwide university rankings and events, has published the best student cities rankings and Paris has claimed the number one spot for the fourth year running. The ranking assigns cities scores based on the quality of life, opportunities for graduate employment, diversity of their student body, the quality of their universities and affordability. Melbourne is… Read more »

Government scrap nursing bursaries

Students protest against the government’s decision to scrap bursaries for nursing degree courses. Jeremy Hunt, Health Secretary said the decision had to be taken for financial reasons, and could increase 20,000 nursing posts by 2020. Student midwives and nurses gathered outside the Department of Health yesterday to protest the decision which was announced by Chancellor George Osborne last week…. Read more »

Cuts planned to DSA funding

The minister for universities and science, Jo Johnson has announced that the government plans to cut funding for disabled students in higher education. These cuts will then place responsibility from the public to institutions throughout the UK from September 2016. From next year, universities will carry the load to pay for non-medical support staff for… Read more »