2016/2017 Universities of the Year, World Rankings and League Tables. The results are in!

Many universities belong to league tables and each year they are assessed on the specific criteria developed by the league table publisher.  So here are some of the winners for 2016 and 2017.   *Please note that this is not an exhaustive list. The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide UK University of the Year Award 2017:  University of Leeds. And the Oscar goes to..................on November 24 2016, the Times Higher Education Awards will be announced. Take a look at the full ...

Cambridge and Oxford application basics

So, you want to apply to Cambridge or Oxford?    Here are the basics for preparing an application to either institution. Grades count!  If you are an IB Diploma student then your target is 40-42 inc. 776 in HLs for Cambridge and 38-40 inc. 776 in HLs for Oxford.  See the IB Diploma link for Cambridge here and for Oxford here. For A Level students your target will be 3 or 4 subjects with scores ranging from A*A*A to AAA.   See the A Level link ...

Applying Early to the UK or USA?

Whether you are applying to Oxford, Cambridge, Vet/Dentist/Med School or you are looking at applying Early Decision to the USA you need to start writing your application essays and filling in the pages of the application forms NOW! Oxford, Cambridge, Medical School and most Veterinary and Dentistry applications in the UK are due on or before October 15th. Check out the information on UCAS for all deadlines. Early Decision and Early Action deadlines vary in the USA.  Some are as early as October, some are November 1st, ...

Places still available in UK Universities and Colleges!

So now all the results are in and you are off to university or college.  Congratulations! What happens if you didn't get your required result for your First Choice place?  Well for some universities and colleges you simply call them on the number given on your offer letter to see if they will still accept you. You can find the offer letters on your UCAS TRACK page.  If they say yes, great! Start packing your bags and get yourself there for Freshers' Week! If ...

BREXIT and what it means for UK universities and colleges

Well you heard it, the vote is in and BREXIT it is. So what does that mean for universities and colleges and what does it mean for students applying to study in the UK? Take a look at a Times Higher Education article published in 2015, regarding the pros and cons of a Brexit vote.  Many in 2015 did not believe this would become a reality.  But the reality is here and the consequences are already creating ripple effects in higher education. Most likely to be ...

Application Essays, Personal Statements, Letters of Motivation… your voice, your application!

For most applications a personal piece of writing is required (but of course there are exceptions). This piece of writing may be restricted to a word or character limit, some may have a specific prompt, others may offer a choice of prompts, some will have specific instructions, some are written separately to the application form, some are written as part of the application form and some will have a mixture of the aforementioned. Whichever it is be sure to take this requirement ...

Interviews, auditions, VDOs and portfolios!

Some of you may be preparing Fine Art/Performance/Media/Design portfolios, some may be preparing audition pieces for Drama/Music/Dance/Circus Arts College, some of you preparing Performance/Media/Design VDO pieces and some of you preparing for face-to-face interviews for a wide variety of subjects. Portfolios can be very specific so take note of how many pieces, their sizes and in what format. Many portfolios are uploaded digitally so you will need to register to a site such as Dropbox or Flikr. Some institutions will ask ...

What’s in a MOOC? MOOCs for High School students applying to university or college.

MOOCs, or Mass Open Online Courses, are increasing in popularity in the working and higher education worlds as a way of gaining extra credentials and subject specific knowledge which are all very useful for advancing professional profiles. MOOC courses are traditionally free but there are now some credit-based, verified, fee-paying courses which can be used as Professional Development credits as well as for University credits. They are also now being marketed to High School students as potential additional credentials for university and ...

Important update on Student and Work Visas for International Students

From Oxford University Student News: February 5, 2016 New online form for applying for a Tier 4 student visa. The Home Office introduced a new online form for Tier 4 applications on 1 February 2016. If you have already started an application using the previous form you will be able to access it through your account, but you must complete and submit it, saving any information about the application or your appointment, by midnight, Thursday 25 February 2016 when the previous system will ...

Liberal Arts & Sciences – is this the degree for you?

What is a Liberal Arts & Sciences degree? Liberal Arts and Sciences is not a new idea and in fact began in Ancient Greece aimed at facilitating high quality, academic studies to develop critical and analytical thinkers in a broad range of disciplines. Typically (but not exclusively) the Liberal Arts and Sciences Colleges today are small, selective, campus institutions where students work in small groups with lecturers who work with the students face-to-face offering a very personal and interactive style of ...