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Live higher education news roundup
New figures suggest that more graduates are finding employment or going on to further study. But there are trends within the statistics that raise questions about the direction of the graduate labour market and that could cause concern for the future, warns Stephen Isherwood, Chief Executive of the Association of Graduate Recruiters .
As UK higher education enters a period of unprecedented change and uncertainty, Tony Strike, University Secretary and Director of Strategy at the University of Sheffield, says that more than ever before universities need reliable practical tools to guide them through the challenges they face.
Many UK universities have fallen further behind international competitors in the latest edition of the QS World University Rankings.
Closing the higher education gender pay gap will take 40 years, a new report suggests.
Nearly a third of university applicants wish they had chosen different A level subjects, according to research from Which? University.
A survey of over 1,000 students conducted by Youthsight for Which? also found that four in ten wished they had thought more about what subjects might help them get into university.
Only around half (53 per cent) of the UK university applicants surveyed felt suitably informed about how their A-levels could affect their choice of university or course. Almost a third (30 per cent) said that the information and advice they received on which A-levels to take, failed to take into account how it may affect their degree and university choices.
A-levels can have a big impact on university applications, with some courses requiring specific subjects, and some universities not accepting certain disciplines. But less than half (41 per cent) of those we surveyed were aware that many universities have a list of A-level subjects they view less favourably.
Of those applying to university, a fifth (18 per cent) said different A-level subjects would have been better suited to the degree they were applying for.
To help students make better more informed choices, Which? University’s has launched a new A-level Explorer tool.
Alex Neill at Which? University, said: “Students know that choosing what to study at university is an important decision. However, our research shows that they are less clear about how earlier decisions could impact on the degree options available to them.
“While certain A-levels might suggest a particular degree path, our tool shows there are usually alternative options students can take. It’s important that students choose their A-levels with both degree courses and future careers in mind.”
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