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One of the best things about attending a UK university is the fact that you get far more than just a good degree. As wit...

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【The Standard】Nottingham gives students a head start in business

One of the best things about attending a UK university is the fact that you get far more than just a good degree.

As with British boarding schools, British universities always take a holistic approach to education.

Across the country, you will find that universities invest in a great range of disciplines beyond academia, from sports and culture to student entrepreneurial activity.

An interesting example is the University of Nottingham.

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Situated in the middle of the UK, this has a particularly impressive offering for anyone who is interested in business as well as their chosen subject. In addition to being a high ranking university academically, and having a beautiful campus, Nottingham goes to great lengths to help its students get started in the intimidating world of business and to prepare for international careers.

Regular readers may be aware that I am an alumnus of this university. I studied here for several years and had a happy and productive time. I made great friends and added to my understanding of British culture, learning things that weren't a part of life in a boarding school - such as shopping for the week's food in the local supermarkets.

Of course, I am bound to think highly of an institution that helped me to get to where I am today.

But quite apart from my own personal opinion and experience, the impressive stats about this university speak for themselves. It isranked as a world top 100 university in the QS World University Rankings 2020.

In the UK, it is placed at No 16 by The Sunday Times. It is also a member of the Russell Group - a group of 24 leading UK universities that includes Oxford and Cambridge.

When it comes to preparing students for business, there is a very good economics school here but beyond the classroom, there is the Ingenuity Lab. As the name suggests, this is a place to experiment with business ideas and try your hand at things in a supportive environment.

As with any good laboratory, it has impressive facilities. These range from the basic - office spaces, meeting rooms, Wi-Fi and printing - to the more advanced, such as the opportunity to apply for a two-year visa that allows students to stay in the UK and work on their start-ups.

There is also the Nottingham Ingenuity Fund which aims to invest 1 million (HK$9.83 million) in student and alumni enterprise.

Currently, the Ingenuity Lab actually has more than 160 new or early stage start-ups that cover many sectors. These include beauty and makeup, education, food and nutrition, sports, IT/tech and medical artificial intelligence.

Apart from these obvious attractions, there is also something more subtle to be said for Nottingham: it is a true multinational university. The global student community can claim to have students from over 150 countries. Given the global nature of life today, this can only be a good thing. The earlier students can get used to working, communicating and socializing in a multinational, multicultural way, the better.

Nottingham is just one of many British universities that offer more than a great academic education and a reputation that looks impressive when you get back to Hong Kong. It's important to try and step out of the typical Hong Kong mind set and open up to a different way of viewing what an education should be and what a good boarding school, college or university can really do for you and your future.

If you're interested in the University of Nottingham there is still time to apply for 2019. You can visit their website at

【教育王國】介紹英國大學(下)- 報名攻略、注意事項


英國大學及院校招生事務處 Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)

UCAS全名為Universities and Colleges Admissions Service,是英國全國大學的統一學生申請機構,提供一個網上平台讓申請者在網上搜尋大學及課程,並且開立帳戶、提交申請及查閱進度,就如香港的JUPAS。想要報讀英國大學的學生都要通過UCAS來申請。基本申請能遞交一次,選擇想報讀的大學課程。除了牛劍和一些特殊課程外,大部份課程的申請截止日期為入學前的一月中旬。申請程序為選擇大學課程、提交申請、獲取通知申請結果、申請補充選擇以及補招程序。申請者最多可選擇 5 個課程。申請表中要填寫學歷、工作經驗、犯罪記錄、個人陳述 (personal statement) 和推薦書 (reference letter)。
其中個人陳述相當重要,學生在此陳述自己的喜好和相關優點,會是面試的重要問題之一。大部份學生都會在四月前收到通知。通知(offer)分為有條件錄取(conditional)和無條件錄取(unconditional)。如果 5 個選擇都不獲取錄,可於較後階段再作一個額外選擇(Extra choice)。如果仍落空,可於最後階段以補招(Clearing)程序申請剩餘學額。

除了自身成績外,學生不能忽視個人陳述(Personal Statement)及推薦書(reference letter) 的重要性。建議在邀請推薦人時,讓他們詳細寫有關學生課堂上的表現、對已選擇學科的興趣以及公開試預計成績(predicted grades)。

UCAS Tariff points

UCAS tariff 是一個計分系統,用來計算每位UCAS申請者的分數。不同的學歷和評級有不同的分數,系統會把申請者的學歷和其他相關評級轉化為數值。英國不少高等學府也會以UCAS tariff points作為其中一項考慮取錄與否的因素,所以此評分對申請者也很重要。

UCAS 新對照分數

新的UCAS分數對照制度按各資歷的課時及等級計算總分,文憑試第3至5**級與英國GCE A level的E至A*級之水平相若。甲類高中科目的5**級之對照分數,獲評最高的56分;而數學科必修部分及延伸部分的5**級則各取得28分,修讀數學科必修和延伸部分的考生於兩部分取得之總分,與其他甲類科目之對照分數一致。




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