This is unambiguously a consumer website − for those applying for first degrees, who will become the final consumers of UK higher education. It unashamedly sides with sixth formers and undergraduates – not teachers, not university admissions staff, not UCAS (although we have good working relations with all of these).
The website is based on The Student Book, a long-established and well-respected book also edited by Jenny Lees-Spalding and Klaus Boehm. The most recent (the 30th) edition was published as the Guide to UK Universities 2010. The book ran to 800 pages but the website allows you to navigate much more effectively around the vast amount of information about universities and degree courses. You can narrow your search and focus on precisely what you want − and so make your very own shortlist.
You can use this website to find the university or college that best suits you. The website has detailed information on nearly 250 UK universities and colleges, offering British first degrees (or equivalent).
In addition, the site includes invaluable information on
Our website aims to help you make your own, personal shortlist of universities to look at. After that it's down to you to look hard at each one – look carefully at the university websites (and maybe the departmental prospectuses and students’ union websites too). And don’t even think about spending three years of your life in a place you have not visited...
So we aim to help with the first step. Then it’s down to you – good luck!
Jenny has long been interested in education and, particularly, the individual students and consumers of the system. She was academic registrar at what is now London Metropolitan University, working with students on first degree courses. She has since been involved with undergraduate programmes based at City University and the Open University.
Klaus has developed a wide range of reference titles with a number of publishers, both paper and electronic. These include the Dictionary of the History of Science, British Archives, The Royal & Ancient Golfer's Handbook, The Macmillan Nautical Almanac and the prize-winning The European Community. Klaus lives in London. He likes food, wine, music and the countryside. He dislikes precedent, pecking orders and all those with an over-developed sense of their own importance.
In addition to The Student Book, Klaus and Jenny’s joint titles include the Guide to Independent Schools, the leading guide to independent secondary schools. All their titles share a common philosophy: users are intelligent people who make their own choices; reference works are a good starting point for preliminary investigations and developing a strategy but are no substitute for primary sources.
This website is based on the long-established book, The Student Book, also edited by Jenny Lees-Spalding and Klaus Boehm. The most recent (the 30th) edition of the book was published as the Guide to UK Universities 2010.
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