Further Education Glossary Part Four : Where Can You Complete Higher Education?

Before 1992, the UK operated a clearly hierarchical system where older and more traditional universities where more highly regarded than colleges offering more technical or vocational qualifications. But the Further and Higher Education Act of 1992 changed the university landscape.  Almost 30 years on however, many of the assumptions and prejudices about what makes a…

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Further Education Glossary Part Two: Work & Employability

Students and Graduates are a rich source of talent and should be a part of any organisation’s succession planning strategy.  Engaging with a university can be baffling for an outsider and there are many different routes in. In part two of our glossary of higher education terms, we investigate the words and phrases used to…

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How Volunteering Can Boost Your Undergraduate Placement Search

Being a student during COVID-19 has been difficult. Remote learning as well as lack of social interaction has affected many students’ ability to learn and gain university classroom experience.    Having been in my second year of university and studying on the BA Marketing Sandwich course, I was pushed by my tutors and university employment…

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Brexit: Will Leaving the EU Affect Graduate Jobs?

In these uncertain times businesses and candidates are looking now more than ever for opportunities in a market which has, for too long, looked bleak. This blog acknowledges the challenges faced by businesses post-Brexit and explores what these challenges mean for the graduate job market.   Negative Impact on British Businesses Brexit, a seemingly never-ending…

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Supporting Social Mobility at Step With The 1 Hour Project

Here at Step, it is important to us that as a team we use our personal free time to help make a difference to issues we feel strongly about. Step are committed to supporting social mobility and over the past 30 years we have provided equality of opportunity to all students who have the desire…

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Further Education Glossary Part Three: Levels of Qualifications

If like me, you graduated in the last millennium, you can be forgiven for being confused by the many different labels applied to university level qualifications. Add to this the fact that you can now study for a degree at a local college and/or through an apprenticeship and you can end up baffled. This useful…

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Further Education Glossary Part One: University Labels

There are so many different labels attached to the university population. As an employer, it can be difficult to navigate the graduate landscape when you don’t have a clear grasp of what’s on offer. In the first of our series of Education Glossary blogs, we explore what to call the pool of usually younger (but…

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The Five Ps to Securing a Work Placement

As an undergraduate studying History at the University of Leeds, I was one of the many students unsure as to whether to take a year out in industry and I struggled to secure a work placement when my search began. Many questioned how practical a humanities degree could be in real life industries and I…

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A Student’s Guide to Fitness

Research from UK Active concludes that students who exercise regularly excel academically, are more likely to be employed following their studies and are happier overall. Exercise has a wealth of mental and physical benefits alongside the above, so it is important to find something you love that fits in with your studies. You may find…

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Mental Health & Wellbeing of Graduates

Research from young minds has concluded that between June and July, 80% of respondents aged between 15 and 25 agreed that the coronavirus pandemic had made their mental health worse. The pandemic has affected students and graduates in many ways, as it has everyone! It has completely turned their life on its head including the…

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