Studying at University

Whilst improving your career prospects and increasing your earning potential are two very valid reasons to choose a university education, there is a lot more that higher education has to offer.

For many students, studying at university is the first time living away from home and offers an exciting opportunity to gain independence, meet new people and develop as an individual.

Expanding your knowledge

Studying a subject you enjoy and are interested in should be one of the main motivations for going to university. Education can help to quench that thirst for knowledge and satisfy subject curiosities.

Expert tuition

Many students find the prospect of being taught by leading academics and experts exciting. At top institutions, your academic teaching staff will often be involved in pioneering research across the globe.


Living away from home for the first time is a valuable opportunity to build your self-confidence and broaden your horizons. You will often experience a different style of living in university halls and will learn to adjust to planning your time and resources independently and responsibly.


A degree in a subject you enjoy and are interested in can certainly form the ideal foundation for a career in that field. However, you should remember that a degree in one subject does not have to lead to a career in that subject area; many graduate employers recruit from a wide range of degree backgrounds, on the basis that you will have developed valuable skills such as leadership, time management, problem-solving, and analysis.

Here is a short guide with tips and tricks for students to use to stand out in the graduate market. A university graduate’s guide to boosting career prospects - 20 ways to make you stand out to employers -


The student lifestyle is unique. Alongside your studies, you will have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of sports, clubs, societies and a diverse social life. Try something new and find out more about yourself.