Top university campuses in the UK

Loughborough University has been voted the best university campus in the UK, in new research by Student Crowd.

In a survey of 7,849 students, the Midlands university topped the list for having the best campus in the country. The campuses were rated by students on their social, academic and environmental strengths. These included campus/facilities, clubs and societies, students union, careers service and internet/wifi. How much to study in UK, UK university degree and transcript, UK degree, UK diploma.

Loughborough University was scored five stars out five for campus/facilities, clubs and societies, students union and careers services and four out of five for internet/wifi. One student review said: “The facilities are of extremely high quality and the overall campus atmosphere is friendly and welcoming.”

The rest of the top 10 is mostly made up of universities from the Midlands and the North of England, except for the University of Dundee (4) in Scotland and the University of Exeter (2) and the University of Bath (9), in the South of England.


University of Glasgow agreed to pay £200 million to The UWI

The University of Glasgow in the United Kingdom has agreed to pay £200 million in reparation payments to the University of the West Indies. University of Glasgow degree, UWI degree and transcript, UK university degree.

This was disclosed by Vice Chancellor of The UWI, Sir Hilary Beckles during a recent interview on the Jamaica News Network (JNN) programme – Insight. 

Beckles, who recently returned from the UK said the University of Glasgow recognized that Jamaican slave owners had adopted the University of Glasgow as their university of choice and that £200 million of value was extracted from Jamaica and the Caribbean.”

He said while in the UK the Vice Chancellor of the UK-based university Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli opened up their records, which showed a ‘massive influx’ of grants and endowments from Jamaica.

He added the University of Glasgow and UWI are currently drafting a memorandum of understanding, and the term ‘reparatory justice’ is expected to be included.

The £200 million would be a combination of cash and kind. “We are not on the street corners asking for handouts. We are looking for partnerships and development.”

One of the projects in which the University of Glasgow has reportedly shown interest involves research in chronic diseases in the Caribbean, including hypertension, diabetes, and childhood obesity.

“They are looking at the possibility of partnering with us and having a massive institute for chronic disease research that is going to prevent the proliferation of these diseases in the future,” said Beckles.

A report dubbed Slavery, Abolition and the University of Glasgow, published recently by the university, reveals that it benefited directly from the slave trade in Africa and the Caribbean in the 18th and 19th centuries to the tune of almost £200 million in today’s money.

The university has announced that it has launched a wide-ranging and ambitious “reparative justice programme” that is based on the findings of more than two years of research.

In addition, the University of Glasgow had also announced that it intends to implement programmes and projects that will provide scholarships and exchange programmes for Jamaican and other Caribbean students through its links with The UWI.

UK universities were warned potential damage of their degree awards policies.

Universities are to hold a sector-wide inquiry into the increasing number of first-class and upper second-class degrees awarded, following a report that warns of potential damage to the integrity of UK higher education.

The report led by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education concludes that while it is difficult to pinpoint the causes, perceptions of grade inflation could erode the usefulness of honours degree classes and undermine confidence in academic standards. UK university degree, honor degree, first-class university degree, UK university degree and transcript.

“The evidence presented in this study is not conclusive evidence of either inflation or improvement,” the report, co-authored by the Universities UK group, concluded. “It is nearly impossible to demonstrate concretely one way or another.”

The report found that improvements in student performance, better teaching and increased efficiency “only explain a certain proportion of the uplift” in degree classes, with around 10 percentage points of the rise in firsts since 2011 unable to be explained.

The number of graduates gaining an upper second-class (2:1) degree has risen by 55% in the last decade, while the number of first-class degrees alone has doubled to 26%. At the University of Wolverhampton the proportion of students awarded firsts has risen from 5% in 2007 to 28% a decade later.

About three out of every four graduates at UK universities are now awarded a 2:1 or above. Surrey awarded first-class degrees to 41% of its graduating cohort in 2017, compared with the University of Cambridge awarding 32%.

Public attitudes, including employers’ perceptions that first and 2:1 degrees are “good” degrees, may also act as incentives. Noting that institutions with a high proportion of upper degrees receive a boost in some league table, the report said: “Where competition to attract students is high, institutions have an incentive to perform well in league tables.”

The decision to launch a consultation was welcomed by Damian Hinds, the education secretary.

“We want and expect to see results improve over time, but the scale of this increase in firsts and 2:1s cannot be proportionate to improving standards,” Hinds said. “Universities have a duty to maintain the value of the degrees they award.

“A key strength of our higher education sector is its independence, but with that comes responsibility. I am looking to universities to tackle this issue and have asked the Office for Students to focus on tackling grade inflation and firmly deal with any institution found to be unreasonably inflating grades.”

The consultation is to be led by the UK standing committee for quality assessment, and will consult on publishing analysis of each institution’s awards policy, the role of external examiners and review the current use of first-, second- and third-class degrees.

Meanwhile, an evaluation of leading universities’ progress on improving access found another year of little improvement. Despite spending nearly £750m on widening participation in 2016-17, the report by the Reform thinktank found “no significant progress” in recruiting disadvantaged students by 29 institutions, including Oxford and Cambridge.

How to get a University diploma notarized in Georgia State?

Official documents issued in one country and intended to be used in another country must be authenticated in order to be recognized as valid in the foreign country. If the foreign country is a member of The Hague Convention, an Apostille is required. If the foreign country is not a member of The Hague Convention, the Great Seal is normally required. University of Georgia Diploma, University of Georgia Degree and transcript, US university diploma.

If a student has accepted employment in a foreign country or is returning home to a foreign country, he or she may need to have an official transcript and/or diploma legalized by either an Apostille or the Great Seal. Most foreign countries require the diploma versus a transcript, so it is important to find out which is required. Additionally, be sure to obtain the required documentation prior to leaving the state of Georgia. If someone will be assisting a student with this process, the student should ensure he or she has provided the individual with a signed letter authorizing them to assist the student with this process.

To order a diploma for either an Apostille or a Great Seal, a student will first need to request a replacement diploma, with a request for notarization in the “Special Instructions” field. The signed, stamped, and notarized diploma will then be mailed or picked up in the Registrar’s Office. A photo ID will be required for any pick-ups in the Registrar’s Office.

If a student needs an Apostille (the intended foreign country is a member of the Hague Convention), he or she will then obtain this from the Georgia Superior Court Clerks’ Cooperative Authority. Please carefully review the information on their web site and follow the instructions provided.

Are UK universities irresponsibly dishing out unconditional offers?

When selecting your degree subject, you want to make a choice with a clear mind and strong goals.

Instead of rushing into decisions or hastily filling out your UCAS application form, you may wish to attend a few open days or flick through a handful of university brochures to confirm that you’re making the right choice. How to get a university degree in UK, which UK university can I apply for, university degree UK, UK certificate.

That’s why the centralised application system UCAS has applicants’ best interests at heart.

Encouraging students to prepare for their university choices, UCAS upholds a fair admissions process for all.

However, the trusted student service has recently noticed an odd occurrence within the framework.

As outlined in the organisation’s 2018 End of Cycle Report, “For the first time, UCAS has analysed ‘conditional unconditional’ offers, alongside standard unconditional offers. These are offers which are initially made by the university as conditional, then updated to unconditional if the offer is accepted as the student’s first (firm) choice.”

This sly tactic is frowned upon by UCAS, and no doubt other institutions and representatives who fear it has the potential to lead applicants down the wrong path.

By trading an unconditional offer (a confirmed place on the university course) for a first choice position, UK universities are using this technique as a tool for boosting ‘bums on seats’, also doubling as a vanity project to demonstrate the popularity of a partilcular course.

The report also highlights that over 70 percent of students surveyed had a positive opinion of unconditional offers, with a majority (over 60 percent) claiming that receiving an unconditional offer had an impact on where they ultimately chose to study.

So if unconditional offers are being handed out left right and centre, students all over the world are being swayed by the promise of a secure place at a certain institution, overlooking crucial aspects like teaching quality, student support services, valuable opportunities and so on.

From an institutional perspective, perhaps admissions staff are concerned about the fleeting attention of today’s digitally-dependent youth, looking to grant a definite answer to eager applicants and ensure they follow through.

By leaving the application status as ‘conditional’ for too long, there’s a chance prospective students might lose interest and opt for the university that says yes straight away.