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1 The UK s European university THE VALUE OF HIGHER EDUCATION/ FOR PARENTS Student Ambassador

2 What we will cover Why would your child want to go to university? Factors affecting your child s choice Academic and social benefits International study Career prospects Skills gained at university Page 2

3 Why would your child want to go to university? To pursue a specific career path Personal challenge Explore a subject in more depth Student experience Explore their options Page 3

4 Factors affecting university choices Accommodation options Recommendations from others Tuition fees and living costs University reputation Employability prospects Course content and reputation University facilities and teaching quality Location and surroundings Page 4 Source: 2012 Applicants Survey, conducted by Opinion Panel, February 2012

5 Academic Benefits A New Approach to Learning Study a subject they enjoy Accountable to themselves They will study with experts in their field Fantastic learning resources are available They can shape their own degree Page Higher 5 Education Information

6 A New Approach to Learning 10 contact hours a week no problem! Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun 9am Lecture 10am Lecture 11am 12pm 1pm 2pm Lecture 3pm 4pm 5pm Page 6

7 A New Approach to Learning Take everything else into account Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun 9am Lecture Essay / research 10am 11am Lecture Lecture Essay / research Society meeting Working 12pm LUNCH LUNCH LUNCH 1pm LUNCH LUNCH Library visit LUNCH Working 2pm Lecture Sports Practice 3pm Lecture (for Wed morn) Essay / research Lecture (for Monday) 4pm 5pm Group work for presentation Page 7

8 Social Benefits Societies and sports clubs Meet lots of new people Student media Newspaper, Radio and TV Part-time work and volunteering Student committees and course reps Student events and festivals Page 8

9 Opportunities: Democracy Elections General Meetings Union Council Part time Officers Sabbatical Officers Union President Volunteering 104,868 hours logged last academic year Different level of award and an awards ceremony each year KSCV Platinum can count as 15 credits towards some degrees Raise and Give (RAG) Run events such as the Snow Ball and Escape and Evade Student Media InQuire - Newspaper CSR.fm - Radio KTV Kent s TV station

10 International Study Kent has over 100 partner universities in Europe renowned as the UK s European university. Your child can improve or learn a new language! International work placements available with Go Abroad. Ability to study a year abroad dependent on your chosen degree: USA, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, Ireland, Hong Kong, South Africa, Singapore, Norway, Sweden and many more. Did you know...? A third of employers view a graduate with any overseas study experience as more employable Council for Industry and Higher Education and i-graduate

11 Career Benefits Improve your child s job prospects There are opportunities to benefit from fast track schemes Increased financial prospects Networking opportunities Your child will gain transferable skills for the future. Graduates typically have higher employment rates than non-graduates Page 11

12 Career Benefits Graduates Non-graduates Employed High skilled jobs Unemployed Source: Graduate Labour Market Statistics, April June Q (updated April 2016) Page 12

13 Pay Progression by Highest Qualification Average gross annual wage ( ) Graduates Apprenticeship A level A* to C grade GCSE Age Source: Office for National Statistics, November 2013 Page 13

14 Valuable Life Skills Time management Communication skills Team working and networking Budgeting Washing, cleaning and cooking Page 14

15 Next Steps If They Want to Go: UCAS Open Days Social Media Prospectuses Speak to teachers/ advisors Research available funding Page 15

16 Conclusion - Is going to university worth it? Increases employability as able to apply for graduate schemes. Improves research and organisational skills as university places an emphasis on independent learning. Enhanced knowledge of a particular subject study with experts in their field! Can continue onto postgraduate study once you have your undergraduate degree. Graduates can earn on average 12,000 more per year than non-graduates.

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