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Ten tips for first-time managers

Taking on your first management role can be an exciting and nerve-wracking challenge. Although you have goals and accountability when working as part of a team, it’s a totally different situation when you become the key decision-maker and the responsibility for your team’s success is on your shoulders. Are you a first-time manager? Read this week’s blog to get some….

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Caroline Bluemel 23rd Sep 2016

Part-time undergraduate student finance questions and answers

Applying for funding for a course is something that many part-time undergraduate students find intimidating, and it’s a topic that almost everyone has questions about during their enrolment. In this week’s blog we answer some of the most common questions we receive about part-time student finance. Please note: The information in this blog only applies to undergraduate students. For information….

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Caroline Bluemel 16th Sep 2016

The advantages of being a mature student

If you’ve been away from education for a few years, it’s quite natural to worry that you’ll struggle to cope. However, there are actually plenty of advantages to having a few years (or even a few decades!) of experience…   You have a career plan Mature students often have a clearer idea of what they want to study. Taking time….

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Caroline Bluemel 09th Sep 2016

Will my work experience help my degree course application?

In a word: yes! Here at University of Essex Online, we recognise that you can gain skills in a wide variety of ways and that prior academic performance is not the only indicator of a student’s ability. That’s why we created our Open Entry and Work Experience Entry Routes, where our dedicated Admissions team review every applicant’s work experience to….

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Caroline Bluemel 01st Sep 2016

Tips for balancing work and online study

  Juggling work and study can be a difficult balancing act. In this week’s blog we give you some practical tips to help you make the most of your time.     1. Make a schedule Time management is essential for all students, but particularly for online learning students who are managing study alongside work commitments. Setting up a weekly/monthly….

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Caroline Bluemel 26th Aug 2016

The role of an Infection Control Practitioner

An Infection Control Practitioner is a highly-skilled and sought-after healthcare professional who is responsible for the prevention, investigation, observation and reporting of infectious diseases across a wide range of environments. With an extensive number of applications and areas of expertise, it can sometimes be difficult to discover the key facts about this wide-ranging role. Is this a career you’re considering?….

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Caroline Bluemel 19th Aug 2016

How do online degrees work?

This week we’re taking it back to basics with an overview of online degrees. Although distance learning has been around for over a hundred years, online degrees are still a mystery to many people. However, the latest research1 shows that this flexible method of study has actually experienced a 263% increase over the last 12 years. So how do online….

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Caroline Bluemel 12th Aug 2016

News: University of Essex Online achieves a top 10 ranking for student satisfaction

The National Student Survey (NSS) 2016, a high-profile census completed by over 86% of all final-year UK undergraduate students1, has given online education provider University of Essex Online a score of 90% for overall student satisfaction. This places the University of Essex Online in the national top 10 for overall student satisfaction out of all English mainstream universities*. The survey is….

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Caroline Bluemel 10th Aug 2016

How to write a successful CV

Your CV is more than just a record of your education and working background; it’s your chance to create a first impression on a potential employer. They will use it to look at the skills and qualifications you have gained in the past, and how these might transfer to the role you are applying for. It will also be used….

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Caroline Bluemel 05th Aug 2016

Higher education qualifications explained

There’s a lot to think about when you decide to enter (or re-enter) higher education. And when you encounter words like “levels, “diplomas” and “certifications” it can sometimes feel like you also have to learn to speak another language! We understand that the terminology of the UK education system can be extremely confusing, especially if you’ve been out of the….

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Caroline Bluemel 28th Jul 2016