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This podcast is brought to you by staff and students of the University of Essex and is all about the ins and outs of higher education - for students, parents, carers, guardians and teachers.

The University of Essex are pleased to share with you our podcast: Understanding University, the Ultimate Uni Podcast. The podcast aims to support students in school, college or sixth form with current advice on finding your future pathway, managing stress as a student, how to choose your degree course, student finance and more.

All of our episodes are available to listen to on SoundCloud and Spotify. Please like, leave a comment on SoundCloud and share the episodes. The more interaction the episode has, the more students we can help.

If you need help accessing the podcast episodes, or have any questions, please get in touch.

We signpost to a variety of online resources in the episode to provide you with additional information, support, and guidance. Please make sure you have completed the registration form to receive links to these resources, as well as links for the episodes and updates about the podcast.

Listen to current students and staff at The University of Essex who give their experience of university life to help bust the common myths that surround higher education, whilst providing some handy tips too.

Click the links below for our latest episodes:

  • Trailer: Understanding University, the Ultimate Uni Podcast
  • Episode 1: Exploring Your Future Pathway - In the episode we discuss a variety of different pathways for students finishing college or sixth form and how they can get motivated to look at their own options. Katie and Karina, who work for the University of Essex’s’ Outreach team discuss their own pathways, through education into their current roles and reflect on the relatable journeys of some well-known celebrities and idols. They share the opportunities students can get involved in to expand their transferable skills and experience for a variety of pathways. It’s sometimes hard to know where to start but this episode will provide you with plenty of tips to initiate those first steps. – Download the transcript. (.pdf)
  • Episode 2: Stress Busting for Students - We’re joined by current University of Essex students, Catherine and Veronica, to discuss how they have coped with stress and adapted to change whilst at University. Many students experience symptoms of stress so it’s important to know where to find advice and resources that are out there to support you whilst in education, and in the future. This episode will signpost you to lots of helpful stress busting tools that will positively boost your educational journey.  – Download the transcript. (.pdf)
  • Episode 3: Choosing Your Course and Your University - Choosing the right university course that suits you and your needs is an important part of the university research process. We’re joined by current University of Essex students and Student Ambassadors, Megan and Matteo who help share the important factors to consider when choosing your course and how this helped them to find their course and university. Our ambassadors share some great tips, so get listening to begin your research! - Download the transcript (.pdf)
  • Episode 4: Managing your Money at University - Want to find out how university is accessible and affordable? In this episode we cover how students can apply for student finance, including scholarships and bursaries to support your studies at university and some top budgeting tips to help you manage your money efficiently. Our student ambassadors, Rebecca and Ines, reflect on their own experiences to show that it is possible to be a student without living off pasta and beans! - Download the transcript (.pdf)
  • Episode 5: Life as a Uni Student - Going to University isn’t just about studying. Current students, Rebecca and Timea, discuss what student life is really like and how important it is to find a balance between studying and socialising. This episode will help you discover how to make the most out of lectures, the reality of studying and the range of extra opportunities that universities offer. Get prepared for your future with this episode on student life.                - Download the transcript (.pdf) 
  • Episode 6: Making yourself stand out: Interview and Career tips  - Preparing for the next steps in your life? We speak to Jasmine Hill, Careers Information Advice and Events Manager who shares some fantastic tips on how to be a standout student, advice on writing your CV and interview preparation. Whether it's for a job, apprenticeship or university we hope this guidance will help you to feel confident and prepared for your next steps. - Download the transcript (.pdf)
  • Episode 7: new episodes coming soon - complete the registration form to receive updates, resources and links to the latest episodes. 


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