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Preparing for the Russell Group

Higher education
Many schools will have students aiming to study at a Russell Group university. Drawing on some new and free resources for schools, Nick Hull and Robin Barrs advise on how we can best prepare them for the challenges that lie ahead

Studying at a Russell Group university can give your pupils a great education and experience, as well as a real boost to their career. They will be studying on a diverse campus, and Russell Group universities work hard to create the ideal learning environment for students to flourish. Students have access to world-class facilities and staff to support them in their studies.

However, applying to university can be a bit overwhelming, particularly if you’re the first in your family to attend, and so the Russell Group’s 24 members created Advancing Access, a set of free online resources to provide advice and guidance for teachers and careers advisors on how to support pupils through the process of applying to university. The resources – which include factsheets, webinars and guidebooks – are particularly targeted towards schools where students are less likely to apply.

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