Girl Geeks launches its first UK campus to bridge gender gap in STEM skills

A national programme to support female STEM (science , technology, engineering and maths) students has been launched at Newcastle and Northumbria universities. Girl Geeks aims to inspire, inform and support more women to pursue STEM careers, providing inspiration, role models and opportunities to foster industry connections and pursue careers in relevant sectors. It’s intended that… Read more »

Study shows students are subjected to unfair course changes

The consumer group Which has uncovered that some UK students are subjected to unfair changes to courses. Which issued Freedom of Information requests to 141 UK universities for documents setting out their right to vary courses after enrolment. Of the 131 who responded, 40 were considered to be engaging in bad practice while a further eight… Read more »

Latest UCAS data reveals record level gender gap in university admissions

The 2014 admissions data from UCAS shows that women entering university outnumbered men by record levels last year, with female applicants dominating entrance to medicine, law and biology undergraduate degrees. The data also revealed record numbers of acceptances for disabled students and Asian and black ethnic groups, with a falling volume of students from independent schools. Women have… Read more »

Graduate job openings reach 10 year high

The number of graduate jobs available with top employers is expected to reach a 10-year high this summer, with university leavers likely to be earning more, according to research. The 10th annual Graduate Market study, published by High Fliers research, suggests that more openings are likely to be available in industries such as accounting, banking,… Read more »

The impact of higher fees on UK higher education highlighted

A new report details the effect that the £9,000 tuition fees on the higher education system in their first year of implementation. Patterns and trends in UK higher education, published by Universities UK, confirms that the number of first year undergraduates enrolled at university across the UK fell by 16.7 per cent in 2012-13 when… Read more »

Postgraduate loans of £10K announced

An offer of loans of up to £10,000 to students taking taught postgraduate degrees has been greeted with enthusiasm by the education sector. The government estimates that the new loans will see an additional 10,000 students taking postgraduate degrees each year from when the loans are scheduled in 2016-17. Announcing the new scheme, George Osborne said:… Read more »

Managing Your Student Budget

Oops. It’s a few weeks into your first term at uni, you’ve checked your bank balance and now feel more sick than you did waking up after the fresher’s traffic light party. That careful budget you talked through with your parents before leaving home didn’t quite work out. Some big nights out, a couple of… Read more »