Dagmar Morris lives in Wickford, Essex, with her husband and two daughters. Her eldest is 22 and has recently left university; which was her inspiration for the book. Here she shares her top tips for finding the perfect place for your child to continue their education. 

Dagmar Morris

Dagmar Morris

  1. Make sure they have the required subjects to do the degree of their choice. Universities could be looking for a prospective undergraduate to have studied certain subjects.
  2. They should speak to their school/college to get advice and guidance. This is a source which they should feel comfortable having this conversation with and can be extremely helpful. Also, make sure their personal statement is ready and a reference from their school has been requested.
  3. Look up the top 100 universities running the course of their choice and check out the subject ratings. This information can also be found in newspapers such as the Telegraph and the Guardian.
  4. Check the syllabus for the subject on the university websites. Syllabuses vary from university to university. If the syllabus doesn’t interest them they should strike it off their list.
  5. Check out the National Student Survey which shows the universities that are keeping their students most satisfied.
  6. Go to any meetings set up through the school/college by the university personnel. These meetings provide a lot of information and they make everyone feel more relaxed about the university experience.
  7. Do they want to go away from home to university or would they prefer to stay closer to home? This will help with the search criteria. Disqualify areas they don’t want to travel to.
  8. Go and look at the university on an open day or a self-tour to see if it is right for them. Go to a lecture of the subject that they want to study. What facilities does the university have on site? Do they have good links to infrastructure such as transport and a town? Look into the university accommodation to see if it feels right.
  9. Register with the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS). They are the body which helps with the administration of university applications.
  10. Apply to Student Finance. This is the body which you need to contact for students loans.