Lots of students are worried about the new tuition fees and do not know what to do for the best. There has also been a drop in applications to universities.


   “Since the changes to tuition fees were announced, my day to day job has largely been dominated with questions about student finance. As a Higher Education Adviser, I’m here to help and provide guidance on all aspects of university life and the choices students make, but discussions about the cost and how to pay for it are most prevalent. Many students are keen to explore all of their options and make sure they are making the right decision about their future, especially given the increased higher cost.

A lot of the students I speak to have already done their research into student finance, and have a basic idea as to the amount they will be entitled to, how the system works and what happens when it comes to paying it back. There is obviously still a job to do though, as the research to mark the second annual Student Finance Day showed that 60% of prospective students have a ‘worrying ……..more”


The best thing to remember is that tuition fees are not like an ordinary loan that you have to pay back. You do not need to pay anything until you are earning £21,000 and then the amount is quite small. Some people will never pay their loan back at all.

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It has been reported that there are 50,000 fewer students applying for university since the tuition fees jumped to £9,000 per year. This has happened in the last twelve months.

Obviously the big rise in fees have seen this drop by 8.9 per cent for courses that start in the autumn. Tuition fees are the highest in England and this means a drop of 10 per cent ion applications.

These figures are from students who submitted applications before the end of June deadline. after this date students have to rely on clearing in the hope of a place.

Students in England now have to take on more debt than any other country in the world. Although at the moment there seems to be no relative decrease in applicants from less advantaged families it is probably too early to say for sure.

Scottish students are luckier because those who attend Scottish Unis do not pay fees. Welsh students and students from Northern Ireland who attend UK institutions have their fees capped at £3,465.

Top 20 Slogans In The Top 50 Unis In the UK

Creative Review have compiled a list of the top 20 best slogans of all time as suggested by their readers and industry experts and the final decision was made by the Creative Review team and Nick Asbury, Gordon Comstock and Mark Denton.

So we thought it would be a good idea to include this slogan top 20 on the top 50 universities in the uk website.

Probably the best known slogan at number one is Beanz Meanz Heinz yet It’s the Real Thing is at number thirteen and Snap, Crackle and Pop is at sixteen when I would have thought that they would be higher up in the chart. Make Love Not War is at number four probably because it can be said to be an evergreen.

01. Beanz Meanz Heinz
02. Just Do It
03. Does exactly What It Says On The Tin
04. Make Love Not War
05. Every Little Helps
06. Have A Break Have A Kit Kat
07. Vorsprung Durch Technik
08. Think Different
09. It Is. Are You?
10. It’s Finger Lickin Good
11. Say It With Flowers
12. Keep Calm And Carry On
13. It’s The Real Thing
14. You Either Love it Or Hate It
15. Because I’m Worth It
16. Snap! Crackle! Pop!
17. Never Knowingly Undersold
18.Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite
19. Refreshes the Parts Other Beers Cannot Reach
20. No-One Likes Us, We Don’t Care

Here is a countdown of the top ten universities in the UK. Please use the html code to the right to include The Top 50 universities In The UK on your website.

Number ten is the University of Bath which received its Royal Charter in 1966. They hosted the UK School Games in 2008.

Number nine is Lancaster University – The Queen approved the charter in 1964. Since 2000 major expansion has taken place at Alexandra Park.

Number eight is The University of Warwick who received the Royal Charter of Incorporation in 1965.

Number seven is University College London founded in 1826 and is England’s third oldest university.

Number six is Durham University – Royal Charter in 1837. One of the highest ranking universities in the UK.

Number five is the University of St. Andrews founded in 1413 and is on the east coast of Scotland.

Number four is the London School of Economics And Political Science founded in 1895. LSE is a specialist University.

Number three is Imperial College London, established in 1907. The main campus is in South Kensington.

Number two is the University of Cambridge founded in 1209 and is one of the world’s oldest universities.

Number one is the University of Oxford the oldest university in the English speaking world. Former students include six kings and twenty six british Prime Ministers.

More details and addresses can be found on the other pages of this website.

New Award At The University Of Essex In Memory Of  Dora Love

A new competition for students of all ages is part of the University Of Essex Holocaust Memorial Week. Dora Love died last year and was a survivor of Stutthof concentration camp and a Honorary Graduate of the University of Essex.

[The award will go to the project which most focuses on what was most important to Dora Love in her own work, which included speaking up against hatred wherever it occurs, never forgetting the ultimate consequence of seemingly little acts of hatred and discrimination and developing a sense of personal responsibility.]

Professor Rainer Schulze announced the award at a special Dora Love memorial evening and the award will be presented each year starting 2013  as part of the University of Essex Holocaust Memorial Week.

Source: http://www.essex.ac.uk/news/event.aspx?e_id=3885

LSE students who were playing a Nazi-themed game were confronted by a fellow Jewish student who was offended by the game playing which featured cards laid out in a swastika congiguration. The unnamed student suffered a broken nose in the incident.

[Jay Stoll, president of LSE JSoc said: “Nazi glorification and antisemitism have no place in our universities, which should remain safe spaces for all students.]


It is quite disgusting that these activities are going on in one of our top universities and that someone should be injured under these circumstances.


An Englishman in China graduate Sam Bence living and teaching there for a year. Christmas is not a holiday but they have end of term events where four year olds have to do their routines perfect or be at the end of Victorian punishment.

[When an American teacher friend of mine questioned the value of such drilling, he was told in no uncertain terms that the parents would only be impressed by perfection.]

Source of article

Sam believes that China is not preparing the children well enough for success at an international level.


Lots of publicity today about Wonga targeting students with their high interest loans.

Headlines like “Wonga – another example of predatory capitalism” to the BBC headlines “Wonga student loans criticised by NUS”

The National Union of Students (NUS) said it was wrong for Wonga  to push the short-term loans – with a typical APR of 4,214% – as part of a student’s everyday financial planning.

Guess what? Wonga have quickly pulled the ads from their website saying they were old ads and they weren’t targeting students. It’s amazing what a little bit of Pressure does!

But there is an e-petition with over 5500 signatures calling on the Goverment to do something about these types of  loans after UK consumers are getting into debt as a result of these loans.

End Legal Loan Sharking: Cap the Total Cost of Credit

SIGN THE PETITION HERE…………http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/20219






Here is a new awards site for the top 50 universities in the uk. This website will be useful for people who require contact details quickly without having to wade through lots of information.

There are photographs, brief details, addresses, email addresses and website URLs of the top 50 universities in the UK. There is also html code to embed a simple one line link on a personal website for future use. Or there is code an image Award logo for anyone who would like to use it.

This is a complete list – for more details click on the Home button at the top of the page.

University of Oxford
University of Cambridge
Imperial College London
London School of Economics and Political Science
University of St Andrews
Durham University
University College London
The University Of Warwick
Lancaster University
University of Bath
University of Bristol
The University of York
University of Southampton
University of Exeter
King’s College London
The University of Nottingham
The University of Edinburgh
The School of Oriental and African Studies,
Loughborough University
University of Sussex
University of Birmingham
University of Leicester
Newcastle University
Aston University
The University of Sheffield
University of Glasgow
University of East Anglia
University of Surrey
The University of Manchester
University of Liverpool
Queen’s University, Belfast
University of Leeds
University of Kent
University of Reading
Royal Holloway, University of London
Queen Mary, University of London
Cardiff University
University of Essex
Heriot-Watt University
University of Strathclyde
City University London
The University of Buckingham
Keele University
University of Dundee
University of Stirling
University of Aberdeen
Oxford Brookes University
Aberystwyth University
University of Hertfordshire
Robert Gordon University Aberdeen