Apprenticeships for school leavers: the big solution or a risky choice?

Not a month goes by without a host of (often contradictory) headlines about apprenticeships. News from October included the dramatic jump in the apprenticeship wage to £3.30 per hour, just as Ofsted shared their concerns about a proliferation of poor-quality, low-level apprenticeships. The Sutton Trust told us that apprentices with level 5 qualifications will earn… Read more »

Considering a sandwich course or professional placement?

One variation on Single Honours courses is that of the sandwich course, in which students will spend part of their degree course on professional, industrial or commercial placements. Media coverage on student debt and the introduction of higher tuition fees highlight the importance of sandwich courses. Many sandwich and placement courses are on offer, in… Read more »

Last minute tips for students applying for medical, veterinary or dental school

With the closing date for applications for medicine, veterinary medicine, veterinary science and dentistry degrees fast approaching, here are some last minute tips to bear in mind: The all-important UCAS application A typical medical, veterinary or dental school could receive well over a thousand applications for a relatively small number of places. Your application therefore needs to… Read more »

How to talk academic when working with Universities

I spend my life writing about how to grow ideas, build a business and compete internationally. For several months, I had the chance to talk to universities and entrepreneurs all over the country about the possibilities and limitations in their relationships. Here are a few thoughts on some key words in lining up projects and… Read more »