News story: Universities Minister pledges to transform student choice

first_img AccessEd Ltd. – ThinkUni app: a “personalised careers assistant” on mobile, laptop or tablet Course Match Ltd. – Coursematch app: an app with a swipeable interface MyEd Ltd. – UniPlaces: an innovative, web-based compatibility checker tool The Profs – That’s Life: a web-based tool that gamifies university and career choices UNI4U Ltd. – a web-based tool which will match students to their ideal university Going to university is one of the single biggest investments a person will make in their lifetime and it is absolutely vital that everyone has the information they need to make the right decision. We’re publishing over half a million cells of data showing graduate outcomes for every university – more than has ever been published before. What you study and where you study really matters, and these new digital tools will highlight which universities and courses will help people to reach the top of their field, and shine a light on ones lagging behind – levelling the playing field for every prospective student. This is the start of an information transformation for students, which will revolutionise how students choose the right university for them. I want this to pave the way for a greater use of technology in higher education, with more tools being made available to boost students’ choices and prospects. Sam Gyimah launched a £125,000 competition earlier this year for companies to develop apps and digital tools so student outcome data can be put at the fingertips of students.At a showcase event held on 1 November at Imperial College London, the Universities Minister unveiled the final five prototype apps and websites from this competition, and announced that two of those finalists will receive an additional £150,000 each to develop their design into a final product.The Minister met the five finalists, made up of tech companies and coders from across the UK, to test their prototype apps along with prospective students.The five tech companies are: This funding is part of the Universities Minister’s drive to provide transparency for students and boost quality – offering accessible measurements of data that matters to students, and exposing courses that are lagging behind.Research published by the government in June 2018 showed that what students study and the institution really matters to their future life chances. In many other areas of life, from utility bills to hospital care, technology has put better information at our fingertips. These new tools will help enable a similar revolution in transparency in Higher Education.This is part of a wider revolution in transparency in Higher Education data – the government is already publishing a wide range of data including likely earnings, employability, and teaching quality at universities, also known as TEF. Sam Gyimah now wants to make it even easier for young people to use information like this to help them choose where to study. The Universities Minister has pledged to open students’ eyes to the range of different outcomes being delivered by universities to help them make the best choice about where and what to study. It follows research that reveals how studying the same subject at a different institution can significantly affect future earnings and career prospects.Sam Gyimah is leading an ‘information transformation’ through the development of new digital tools and mobile apps so every prospective student, whether they are from a disadvantaged background or the first in their family to attend university, has the same access at their fingertips to the different outcomes provided by different institutions.Analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies shows that women who study one of the 100 courses providing the lowest economic returns have earnings up to 64% (approximately £17,000) less than the average degree after graduation. For men, this can be up to 67% (approximately £21,000). The Universities Minister wants to make it easy for students to find out which degree courses at which institutions could offer them better prospects in the future.The new technology will level the playing field for the most disadvantaged students, who often receive no help or encouragement on university choice, so they can understand the life-changing impact a degree from the right university can have on their future.The government is publishing a record amount of data on universities and their differing outcomes, and the Universities Minister is committed to making sure everyone has the information they need to make the right decision for them – the new mobile apps and digital tools will put this information directly into the palms of their hand.Universities Minister Sam Gyimah said:last_img read more

No. 9 Syracuse upset by unranked Notre Dame, 11-10

first_img Published on March 24, 2018 at 4:32 pm Contact Nick: [email protected] | @nick_a_alvarez Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse set screen after screen but nothing worked. The Notre Dame defense walled off the goal and SU’s only overtime possession flatly ended with a desperate Sam Swart shot that was easily fended off.After some confusion with the officials, possession swung to the Irish. A few Orange midfielders complained, but it didn’t matter. The home-team marched methodically down the field and found the offense it lacked in the second half. Andie Aldave, the nation’s top-recruit, easily cut inside and sizzled one past SU’s Asa Goldstock for the decider.Despite controlling the second half and sending the game to an extra period, No. 9 Syracuse (6-3, 0-2 Atlantic Coast) slipped up against Notre Dame (6-5, 2-3), 11-10, in South Bend, Indiana.Nicole Levy matched a season high in goals (four) and added an assist. Senior captain Riley Donahue contributed three points as well. Despite letting in the final shot, Goldstock played well in net with 11 saves. Savannah Buchanan led the Fighting Irish with two goals and three assists.Syracuse never led, and the historic defeat marked the first time the Orange fell to an unranked ACC opponent since joining the conference five years ago.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU stumbled out of the gate, falling victim to its season-long foil: the draw control. SU lost the first eight at the faceoff X and slipped into a four-goal deficit. Kerry Defliese’s draw with 45 seconds left in the opening half was the one and only win for the Orange.Donahue opened the scoring in the second half and brought SU within three. Yet, two back-to-back UND possessions finished with Erin McBride celebrating the Fighting Irish’s then-five goal margin.The Orange punched its way back before the game could slip away. It won a few more draws, caused a few more turnovers and worked inside and converted free-position shots. With 4:14 left in the game, freshman Sam Swart scored her 20th goal of the season and tied the game. Each side traded a goal a piece and the final two minutes saw each side hunting for a winner.Notre Dame had the final possession in regulation, calling a timeout to set up its offense. In the final seconds, SU stepped up and forced a late turnover which sent the game to overtime.Syracuse won the lone draw in overtime but its futile possession led to the eventual winner by Aldave. After the goal, UND’s bench stormed the field. Beside them, SU’s defense slowly walked off the turf, a nationally-ranked program finding itself as a bottom-dweller in the ACC. Commentslast_img read more