St Andrews named Scotland’s top university 2016

The University of St Andrews has been named Scotland’s top university by the Complete University Guide. The University of St Andrews has been ranked best in the UK for teaching in the @guardiannews University Guide 2015 #standrews #teaching #research #education #university #ranking A photo posted by University of St Andrews (@uniofstandrews) on Jun 3, 2014 at 6:23am PDT The uni ranked number five in the UK overall, making it the only Scots university in the top 10. This year’s survey  saw Edinburgh hop up a place in the overall table, with UWS and Stirling rising by eight places each. The most impressive…

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Scots teenager makes it sweet as Nestlé’s first female apprentice

A Scottish teenager has made history by becoming the first female engineering apprentice at Nestlé’s Girvan factory. Lucy McGeorge, 18, is following in the footsteps of her grandfather, Ronnie McCrindle, who was one of the first engineers to open up the confectionary giant’s chocolate factory in 1979. McGeorge, from South Ayrshire, has completed her Performing Engineering Operations qualification and is currently working towards a National Certificate in Electrical Engineering. Her coach is technician Mark McIntyre – who was her grandfather’s apprentice. “I’ve always had an interest in engineering – it’s the only career I’ve really been interested in and I…

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Job Profile : Interpreter

If you enjoy trying your hand – or mouth – at new languages, or you just have that “je ne sais quoi”, then interpreting might be the kind of job you’d excel in. We caught up with Natalia Prio, a Spanish conference interpreter and translator who lives in Madrid, about the ins and outs of the job. How long have you been interpreting for? About 11 years. I started working in 2004, but officially became an interpreter in 2006. What inspired you to get into interpreting? A friend of my father’s family was an interpreter. I admired her as she was well-educated.…

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Puppetry, ethical hacking and surf science – Britain’s weirdest degrees

At this time of the year, many of you will be thinking about what the future holds for you – and uni or college might be part of the plan. Fed up with the usual English, business and psychology degrees that you’re forever hearing about? We’ve rustled around the dusty corners of the world wide web to unearth some of the more unusual university courses you could apply for across Blighty… BA Puppetry, Design and Performance cssd.ac.uk This three-year course at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, at the University of London continues to be one of the…

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CELEB GRAD: Clara Amfo

The Radio 1Xtra host and new presenter of Radio 1’s Official Chart shares her memories of her time at St Mary’s University, Twickenham Why did you choose to study at St Mary’s University? Because it was local! And I really liked the look of the course too – I studied media. It was a great place to study – nice and local, so I didn’t have to trek for ages to go and learn, I could just hop on the train and in 20 minutes I was there. Why did you study media? I have always been a media obsessive.…

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Common student health problems (and how to beat them)

Let’s be honest – there’s nothing worse than being sick, and at this time of year, illness is rife. While sometimes we’d all we’re all welcome a sick day with open arms – usually when there’s a double maths lesson involved – but overall? It sucks. One of the worst things about being a student – whether you’re at school, college or uni – is that classrooms and lectures halls are practically a Petri dish of weird, wonderful and disgusting illnesses just waiting to be passed on. Sometimes, sharing isn’t always the best option. From freshers’ flu to glandular fever,…

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Making the most of each minute

Education can be a bit of a whirlwind: from classes to nights out with pals, part-time work and spending time with family, you might feel like you’re being pulled in a million different directions. Here, Source picks out our top tips for managing your busy schedule.   Get appy Smartphone apps go beyond Candy Crush Saga and Instagram – they can be a great help when it comes to organising your time. Wunderlist is one of our favourites. Free on Android and iPhone, it’s an organiser which allows you to categorise your to-dos (like books to read, food to buy) and tick them…

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