With another academic year on the horizon for university students, and with most schools getting under way this week, we’ve been looking at statistics revealed by UCAS earlier this year showing application trends over the past two years, and also looking at application numbers from the last decade.
A study conducted by Surrey University, which examined a random sample of 60 personal statement applications for postgraduate courses at an unnamed business school, has found startling similarities between the language used on the institution’s website, as well as that on the website of the parent university, and the language used in the applicants’ personal statements.
We were very pleased to have Steph Gray the former Head of Digital Engagement at BIS in our offices last month. He’s now written a great blog post advocating the benefits of working closely with large community sites like The Student Room.
His blog post can be read here:
More detail to come in a later post.
A survey of students and graduates by milkround.com has revealed that the majority of participants regret not taking the opportunity to study abroad as opposed to in the UK – which could be seen as an indictment of the UK’s Higher Education system. 91% of those who took part in the survey, an incredibly high proportion, stated that they wished that had not stayed in the UK to go to university.
On July 01 Nick Clegg launched the ‘Your Freedom’ website, allowing the public to nominate and vote for laws and regulations that they would like to see abolished. The Student Room was asked to gather questions for Nick Clegg from its vast youth audience.
On Wednesday the 15th of September David Miliband took part in a live Q&A on The Student Room. The reason being to get exposure to and endorsement from students for the upcoming leadership election.
An article on the Guardian website last Monday claimed that the UK’s best graduates would emigrate after graduation, if Vince Cable’s proposed ‘graduate tax’ plans were passed.
A recent case study of an online campaign for Salford University on The Student Room and other social networks, providing an Insight into the benefits of both direct and ambient engagement with students online.
Despite all the movements for sexual equality and fairer opportunities for women in the work place, recent research carried out by Target Jobs has shown that to a large extent, graduate ambitions are still heavily influenced by an applicant’s sex. The research lists the companies that graduates most want to work for,
An article on the Guardian website entitled Graduate preferences remain gender oriented has featured a comment from TSR’s marketing director Jamie O’Connell.