Resources

Getting in the frame

Sep 25, 2017 11:02:39 AM

We explore the mysterious Teaching Excellence Framework.

If you have students heading to university in the UK, you’re likely to hear a lot about TEF in the coming months - which stands for the Teaching Excellence Framework. But what is this mysterious standard, and how can you use it to help your students prepare better for their next step in life?

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What will you do when you grow up?

Jun 23, 2017 4:44:39 PM

Young people are endlessly asked this question - but are we helping them choose the right way?

“What am I going to be when I grow up?” I don’t know how many times I asked myself (or was asked) this question when I was a child, but I do recall the answers ranged from National Geographic photographer to Prime Minister (I soon changed my mind) to animator for Disney. I’m sure I’m not the only one to have nursed such colourful childhood ambitions. It struck me, however, that when the subject comes up, children do not get asked “and what do you want to study?” (The exception being if you say you want to be a doctor, in which case you are immediately adjured to work hard at science).

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Save the fees?

Jun 15, 2017 2:49:05 PM

Whether or not tuition fees in the UK get abolished by the next government, here’s how to approach them now.

Although the final figures have not yet been published, recent media has been full of stories highlighting the large turnout of 18-24 year-olds in last week’s general election. Some stats suggested the turnout reached 72%, which would have been an increase of 28 percentage points on the same demographic’s turnout in 2015. While it may have not reached quite this height, there’s no doubt that the voices of young people were heard much more clearly in this election - and that should give politicians pause for thought. The concerns of young people, including students, are clearly more of an election issue than the received wisdom would have us believe.

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The Golden Ratio

Jun 7, 2017 5:22:27 PM

How does the ratio of students to staff affect a university?

Your students already know that they should be looking at a whole range of factors when it comes to choosing their university destination. This includes course requirements, the university’s location and reputation, and lots of other decision elements. Many of these choices are very personal, based on a student’s own desires about what they’re looking for in a university, and what they feel would best suit them.

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Exchanging places

Jun 2, 2017 5:07:33 PM

One of the greatest things about going to university...

Is that you get the chance to meet people whose paths you might never otherwise have crossed: kindred spirits from all over the world who will change and shape the way you think about life, the universe and everything.

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BridgeU partners with ManageBac

May 26, 2017 3:29:17 PM

We're delighted to announce that BridgeU has partnered with ManageBac, the world's leading learning platform for international schools, to provide even better access to smart university and careers guidance for schools and students. The partnership between ManageBac and BridgeU will make it easier than ever for IB schools and students to approach the complex challenge of preparing for and managing the university preparation process. 

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How to go global

May 22, 2017 2:15:56 PM

A lack of international experience might be holding back British graduates

When it comes to post-graduate life, international experience is often cited as a key factor for getting and keeping that dream job. But according to a recent poll, it seems that a lack of that global knowledge is actually holding recent graduates back, particularly in Britain. 

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Is technology in education changing the world?

May 11, 2017 5:06:54 PM

Few of us would disagree with the idea that education has the power to transform lives and change the world...

World leaders, from Nelson Mandela to Kofi Annan, have stressed that education liberates and empowers; and the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that every human being has a right to a free and quality education. Education, in fact, is fundamental to the promotion of understanding between peoples and respect for one another’s freedoms. If we want to make the world a better place, education is the best investment we can make.  

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The BridgeU guide to studying in Australia

Apr 28, 2017 5:35:59 PM

A gap year in Australia is a time-honoured way to experience this amazing country - but why settle for just one year when you could stay for several? As a university student in Oz, undergraduates can enjoy the country’s spectacular landscapes, unmatched beaches, sports mania, excellent cuisine and endless sunshine for much longer and get a world-class education at the same time.

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The changing face of the Higher Education industry

Mar 31, 2017 3:14:47 PM

Higher Education is changing very quickly - but what will it mean for careers advisers in practice?

What does it mean to be ready to leave school? Counsellers and advisers can’t just make sure students have a plan for the next three or four years; they must help students to prepare themselves for the next ten years. To do this, university preparation and careers guidance professionals need the same flexible, fluid approach as the market – and, most importantly, they need to be armed with accurate, real-time information in order to help their students make the types of decisions, today, that will position them for bright futures.

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