League Tables – a help or hindrance?

Each year prospective students, academics, employers and university alumni alike all flock to view university league tables.

These tables and guides aim to provide a helpful insight into universities and how they are doing in comparison to one another. There are many versions including; The Times Good University Guide, The Guardian University Table, Hot Prospects and The Complete University Guide . Whilst they all aim to give an accurate portrayal of overall performance they often conflict with one another.

They are a constant bone of contention between universities and ranking rivalry is commonplace. This undoubtedly appeals to some primeval will to win but, is it really helpful?

The regular contradictions, the controversial criteria used and the mass of assumptions that are made when  compiling these tables leads us to question, Do they really tell us anything and do they really help students make a sound, fair and reliable choice?
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Dealing with Exam Stress: Top Tips for Revision

It’s that dreaded time of year once again! Yes, exam season has officially arrived…don’t panic! There may be a screaming baby in the cot and a pile of revision a mountain high; but deep breathes, everything is manageable. You may feel overwhelmed at the moment, but with a few easy steps, you can get everything under control and achieve the grades you deserve (screaming baby or no screaming baby!) Here are some top revision tips to get you by.
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Tuition Fee Hike? On Your Bike!

It’s well documented that raising a child is the most expensive investment of your life: being a parent certainly doesn’t come cheap. But then again, neither does a degree. For those starting university in 2012, it’s never been a more expensive time to be a student. With tuition fees at most institutions set to rise from £3,400 to £9,000 a year; will the extra expense put off parents, many of whom already struggle to balance their budget?
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Where do we fit in?

Student Parents looks into how students are classed by the government and university institutions, and how this affect student parents well being, and choices they make.

Do you find that there is never any support, advice or information out there that is specifically designed for you as a student parent at university?  Do you always get classed as a postgraduate, or mature student? When you are looking to fund your studies whilst being a parent, do you find there is nothing that is really tailored to your needs?

While you may not realise it, student parents face these problems every day, and the reason for this mainly comes from the fact there has been very little research into what student parents need. (more…)

Bringing the Lecture to your Living Room

For some student parents, a full-time, on campus degree may not be an option. For those juggling bringing up a child and perhaps part-time employment to boot; studying from home seems an ideal solution. Many universities are now adopting online courses that enable students to adapt their studies around a timetable and lifestyle that suits them. So, Student Parents went to see what is available.
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Social Media – How it has revolutionised parenthood.

It is no secret that the internet has changed people’s lives. It’s altered how we interact with each other, how we do business and how we study.  The internet has also had an interesting effect on parenthood.  For student parents out there, long distance studying is now possible thanks to institutions such as the Open University.  However its not just studying that the internet has made easier for parents. Statistics show that parents, and in particular Mums are now some of the top social media bloggers.
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Ear Piercing and children – your choice or their choice?

Ear piercing in children is a hot topic of debate amongst most parents. Whilst some are happy to have their child’s ears pierced when they are toddlers others wouldn’t t let their child get a piercing until they are well into their teens and some parents prefer to wait and see if their child wants to have their ears pierced.  So what is the right decision for your child?
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Does your University offer the childcare you need?

One aspect that can be a particular worry of parents heading off to university is childcare. Especially for those who will be living away from their friends and family; finding childcare that suits you can be vital. So, Student Parents decided to find out which universities in the UK are best for offering childcare support to student parents.

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The Student Parent Stigma

At student parents we have been lucky enough to meet some really inspirational parents who are driven, passionate, loving and determined to make a great life for themselves and their little ones However, it seems not everyone is so in awe of their achievements and stigmatization is a constant problem student parents have to face.

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Does your university offer accommodation for you?

Student Parents contacted the top 50 universities in the U.K. to try and find out which universities offer accommodation for students. Getting the results was tougher than we thought it would be, but here they are. https://www.google.com/fusiontables/DataSource?snapid=S445310_ROF

Click on each red tag to find out which university offers accommodation to student parents, how much they offer, at what price, and if childcare is on site.
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