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An Interview with a Sports Therapist


Jenny Jones is a lecturer in Sports Therapy at the University of Hertfordshire and a sports therapist for the England U18 Men’s basketball team. We spoke to her about her career.

What path did you take to become a sports therapist?

“I studied the 3-year degree at what was then University College Chichester which is now Chichester University. Whilst at Uni I made every effort to gain as much work experience as possible to maximise my chances of employment after graduating. Once I had graduated in 2004 I started working part-time with a semi-professional football club and in two sports injury clinics, one physiotherapy and one chiropractic clinic.

“After 6 months working I decided I wanted to gain more experience in sports so decided to spend a month at a University in America. There, I worked in the Athletic Training room which gave me access to athletes from a large variety of sports. I spent quite some time with the Men’s basketball team where my love for the game increased even more. This led to me making the decision that I wanted to work full time in basketball if possible.

“On return to the UK, I managed to secure a full-time job with a professional team in the British Basketball League. Unfortunately, the club folded in 2006 so I moved on to begin lecturing at the University of Hertfordshire. Whilst taking a slight detour from full-time practice I was very keen to maintain my hands-on sports therapy; since joining the University of Hertfordshire I have worked with Saracens Rugby, Arsenal Ladies Academies and UK athletics.

“Throughout my career so far I have maintained my passion for basketball and for the past 3 years have been the Sports Therapist for the England U18 Men’s team.”

What are the best and worst things about your job?

“There are many best parts about being a sports therapist, I truly love the job. It can be very rewarding when players return to full fitness and can play again. Being part of a very close team experiencing the highs and lows together makes the job really enjoyable.

“There are obviously negative aspects to the job as with everything. One of them is that it is extremely time-consuming and hours are not predictable. Working at the crack of dawn and into the night as well as every weekend can be very demanding on your time; not only on you but it also has a knock-on effect on your family at home. This is by far the biggest disadvantage of working in sport. I find the best way to get around this is to work in a sport your family like and can, therefore, come and watch. It keeps them happy too!”

What is the best advice you can give people wanting a career in sports therapy?

“The key to success in this profession is motivation, determination and love of sports. I would recommend getting as much experience in as many sports as possible. Get yourself a first-aid certificate and volunteer at Saturday league games or help out with local sports or physiotherapist. The Society of Sports Therapists website is a key source of information for anyone interested in the profession.”

What would a normal day be like for a sports therapist?

“My current career is slightly different to a full-time sports therapist. I lecture at the University of Hertfordshire but I have recently returned from a European Basketball Championships in Bosnia. I will give you an example of a day there:


“On a game day, we would wake early and have breakfast as a team. Following this, we would have a short break before training. I would use this time to treat any injured players or get on with all the pre-training preparation. This involves taping and massaging the players that require it.

“Any new injuries that had occurred in the game the previous night would also be assessed in this time. A decision on whether they could train and/or play would be made. The team would then all go to training where I would be available for any players that got injured during this time. If there were any injured players, the training time would often be used to run rehabilitation sessions using the spare courts.

After training

“After training, I would take all the players to the swimming pool to run a cool-down session. Following lunch, the players had a team meeting which I would also attend. The management team would meet immediately before this. My role as a sports therapist was to provide details of any injured players and whether they could play or not. Depending on the time of the game there may be an hour or so break for some rest. If the game was early I would begin pre-match preparation after lunch and then travel to the game. At the game, I would sit on the bench and be prepared to treat any injuries that occurred, which in this tournament was many!


“Following the game, my role would be to organise a cool down and then assess any injuries and treat any acute injuries immediately. I also had responsibility for the players’ nutrition and rehydration. After treating the players and having dinner I was then free to relax. Depending on game time could be very late in the day. This is an example of a tournament scenario, every day would be similar but less hectic, just a slightly scaled-down version.”

What are the different types of organizations and workplaces that hire sports therapists?

“When I first graduated in 2004 the employability of a sports therapist was limited and it took a lot of motivation and perseverance to get a job. Fortunately, this is no longer the case. Sports Therapy is becoming widely recognised and there is currently employment in

  • Professional sports clubs
  • Various types of sports injury clinics
  • Working with disabled athletes
  • Organised events such as marathons
  • And much more.

“The degree also allows people to go on to further study, a number of students go on to become teachers or study Masters programmes.”

What made you want to become a sports therapist?

“I have always had a real love of all sports and have participated in athletics and basketball from a young age. It was whilst competing for the south of England in athletics that I damaged my knee which resulted in two years of various treatment to no avail and led to a doctor telling me I could no longer participate in athletics.

“It was heartbreaking. Being very persistent, I did not like being told I couldn’t do something so I decided I would get educated so that I could fix myself and not let others go through the same experience I had. It was then that I found out about the Sports Therapy degree and it sounded perfect. Two years later I started at Chichester.”

What action can university students take to establish themselves as an attractive candidate to future employers?

“Since taking on the lecturing job at the University of Hertfordshire I have made it a priority to help make our students highly employable. We run events on CV writing and cover letters as well as implementing clinical experience into the degree and providing the option of a sandwich year placement. In my opinion, there are many things students can do whilst studying, but the key is gaining as much experience as possible. This will often mean volunteering at local sports clubs or events, generally getting out and experiencing the working world. It is also important for students to have the academic skills to communicate effectively.”

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Why Study Politics in the UK?

The UK has one of the longest and richest political histories on the planet, and so it is easy to see why there has always been a strong amount of students studying Politics degrees there. With Brexit and its many complexities, British Politics remains in the public eye.

Politics is drastically rising in popularity and awareness amongst young people. This is largely due to social media and the ability to share information. Young people are becoming more informed about social injustice, and so turn to politics to help change the world they live in. Voter turnout is higher than it has even been before within the younger demographics, with the UK leading the way.

What are the best UK Universities to study Politics?

This is the list of the top ten Universities for Politics, according to the Guardian University Guide 2021.

  1. University of St Andrews, Scotland
  2. University of Oxford, England
  3. University of Cambridge, England
  4. London School of Economics, England
  5. King’s College London, England
  6. University of Warwick, England
  7. University of Bath, England
  8. Durham University, England
  9. Canterbury Christ Church University, England
  10. Aberystwyth University, Wales

What qualifications do I need to study Politics in the UK?

  • Typical International Baccalaureate requirements: 34 points
  • Typical A-Level requirements: ABB
  • Typical IELTS requirements: 6.5 overall

We had an interview with Aaron Duncan, a recent Politics and International Student, about why you should study Politics in the UK.

Tell us a little about yourself

“My name is Aaron Duncan, and I have just graduated my Politics and International Relations joint honours at the University of Sussex. I have recently undertaken full-time employment as a Senior Operations Resourcer at a tech company in London, in addition to working with a UK political party.”

Aaron Duncan, Politics and International Relations graduate, University of Sussex

Why did you choose to study Politics?

“I picked Politics as I want to leave my mark on the world. Politics shapes everything from health and science, to business and trade, to civil rights, and power relations. I wanted to gain perspectives from others, as well as enrich my own understanding of how and why the world works as it does. As a young adult, the decisions made by the government of today will affect my life tomorrow. There is nothing I find more exciting than to play my part in the momentous changes to come; both domestically as well as internationally.”

Why would you recommend studying Politics in the UK?

“British politics is the most interesting to study regardless of your background, age, or gender. Studying politics in the UK offers incentives that are simply not available in other countries. It’s rich political history provided by controversial leaders (such as Thatcher, Churchill, Blair, and even May) not only gives one the chance to appreciate the changes the UK has endowed onto the world but how it has also provided global political and social norms in doing so. The UK sets the precedent in terms of how the world now views socio-democratic values. For example, Brexit was a decision never seen in political history. This offers those studying Politics in the UK, such as myself, perhaps the most unique opportunity to analyse, debate, and forecast such an event first-hand.”

What experience do you have with Political work experience in the UK?

“The majority of my political work experience comes from working with UK political parties and local councils. Experience within UK Politics is as accessible as you make it. However, planning your career paths within this area is possibly the most important aspect. In other words, think of your end goal and work backwards- and start volunteering! That’s the key to getting your foot in the door of the field.”

Careers in Politics range from the local, national, and international government. As well as a wide range of other professions as well as teaching, media, advising, finance, and banking.

If you’re interested in studying politics in the UK and would like to know more, visit Study International UK for a free consultation.

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5 Things You Should Know About Your IELTS Results

IELTS prep is ultimately all about exam results; getting that qualifying score is always the end goal. So, let’s look at five very important things you should know about your IELTS results.

1. With IELTS Listening and IELTS Reading, What You See is What You Get

When you practise IELTS Listening and Reading question sets, you can easily figure out your band score. You just need to look at the number of questions you got right. In other words, there are no secret adjustments to your IELTS band after you complete the test. For each section, the number of correct answers you get out of 40 is your score, and this will be converted directly into an official IELTS Band ranging from 1 to 9.

So, you can take your IELTS Listening and Reading results at face value. But you don’t need to just take our word for it. The official IELTS website itself has published a table where you can convert your raw score – the number of answers correct – into a band score. Take a look at the official conversion tables for IELTS Listening and Reading (these are found in the “Component Band Scores” section of the page).

As long as you’re able to maintain good skill and accuracy in these sections, you can be confident that you’ll get the score you need. For more information about how to get top Listening and Reading results, check out this guide to the IELTS Listening test and these IELTS Reading tips.

2. The IELTS Speaking Test Brings You Face-to-Face with the Person Who Will Calculate Your Results

Yes, the person who conducts your IELTS Speaking interview is the very same person who will rate your speaking and assign it an IELTS band score. Don’t let this make you nervous, though. Talking directly with your IELTS scorer actually gives you a unique opportunity you don’t have in other parts of the exam.

You can pay close attention to how your interviewer reacts to what you say and adjust your speech accordingly. Does your scorer seem confused? You can slow your speech or focus more on your pronunciation. And if the reviewer seems able to understand you and is engaged in what you’re saying, keep doing more of what you’re doing.

Of course, if you want the best IELTS Speaking result, it’s good to prepare in advance of meeting your scorer. How can you prepare to really wow your IELTS Speaking interviewer? Well, this complete guide to IELTS Speaking is a great place to start.

3. In IELTS Writing, Content is More Important than Word Count

If you want good results in the IELTS Writing section, what you say is far more important than how much you say. However, Writing Task 1 has a minimum word count of 150, Writing Task 2 has a minimum word count of 250, and both of these word minimum limits must be met to get a top score. But as long as you’re at the minimum, you can stop worrying about word count.

What you really need to focus on is well organised, clearly written ideas. An IELTS general training letter that is, say, 155 words long and very well written will always get a better score than a 200 or 3300-word letter that is confusing or disorganised. And a nice 300-word Task 2 essay can still get a pretty bad score if it fails to answer a key part of the essay question.

Putting together good, organised content can be especially challenging for the first IELTS Academic Writing essay. There, you need to summarise and organise very detailed information from a chart or table. To rise to this challenge and get good results on test day, use this tutorial on IELTS Academic Writing Task 1.

The second IELTS Writing Task, which is the same on both IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training, can be a real challenge too. Be sure to go through some good prep materials to the second task, including this helpful article all about IELTS Writing Task 2.

4. Good IELTS Prep = Good IELTS Results

As a general rule, your results are as good as the preparation you put in. And IELTS preparation isn’t just about taking time and working hard. You also need to plan your time well and work with the right kinds of IELTS study material. This sample IELTS preparation schedule is a good model for how to prepare for the IELTS. Check it out. You can use it as it is, or let the study schedule be a model for a personal IELTS study plan you make for yourself.

5. A Well-Chosen Practice Test Can Help You Predict Your IELTS Results

A practice test is perhaps the best way to predict what your real IELTS test results might be. But remember, practice tests are only effective in predicting scores if such exams are high-quality. You’ll want to take tests that resemble the real exam. You can purchase some very well-made and realistic practice tests from Cambridge, the official maker of the IELTS. You can also buy good practice tests from reputable unofficial IELTS prep companies such as Magoosh.

But don’t reach for your wallet just yet. You can get your hands on some good, high-quality IELTS without spending a dime. There are free official exams on IELTS.org and the British Council website. Magoosh has also published a free IELTS practice test to its IELTS Blog.

Special thanks to David Recine for providing us with this article. David is a test prep expert at Magoosh. He has a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a Masters in Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He has been teaching K-12, University, and adult education classes since 2007 and has worked with students from every continent. 

Why Live And Study At University?


Why go to University?

University will be very different from anything you’ve experienced before, so how can you know if it’s right for you? The answer is simple: do your research.

Going to university is a big decision and one that you can’t make overnight. There are lots of things to consider before you submit an application – like degree courses, student finances, university location and accommodation.

So take time to think about your future, and what you really want it to be. Don’t rush, and don’t stress. To help you decide, we’ve put together our top reasons why you should consider living and studying at university next year.

students studyingThe University Study Experience

Hello freedom 👋

Studying at university is a step up from school or college, but don’t let that put you off. At school, you’re taught everything that you need to know but at university, you’re given the basics, and the rest is up to you. It’s more independent and requires a good deal of self-discipline, and this is a good thing. It means that you get the freedom to study what interests you the most. So if you’re motivated and passionate about your subject, your hard work will definitely pay off.

Knowledge is power

At university, you’ll gain access to expert knowledge. From conducting your own research in the library to chatting with academics that are highly regarded in their field, you’ll never be short of things to learn. Your lecturers and tutors will have academic knowledge, years of experience, and industry contacts to share. So if you’re excited to take your subject further and you feel ready to take opportunities as they come, you’re ready to go to university.

The world is a classroom 🤝

At university, your classroom will be filled with students from all over the world, so you’ll meet a wide range of interesting people. It’s a rare opportunity to get involved in new discussions and understand other people’s points of view. With a mixture of face-to-face learning, independent study and practical work experience, you’ll graduate with the knowledge and skills you need to launch your career.

students walkingThe University Living Experience

Independence, at last 🙌

With so many universities to choose from, deciding where to go isn’t easy. Remember that university isn’t all about studying, so think about where you’d like to live for the next three years. In a city? In the countryside? By the sea? At home, or abroad? Moving away from home might be scary, but you’ll gain a new sense of independence that will be SO worth it. After all, exploring a new city with your new friends is what university is all about. No rules, at last (sorry mum).

A home from home 👍

Most universities offer accommodation to first-year students to make their transition to university life a little easier. This will allow you to meet new people without having to worry about your living arrangements. If you’re not into cooking some universities will have catered halls of residence, so it will feel like a new home from home. You can also (of course) opt for private accommodation or choose to live with a host family. This is very popular with international students.

Start something new 💪

At university, you’ll get the opportunity to learn something new. With a wide range of clubs, sports teams and societies to choose from, you’ll be able to enhance your non-academic skills and interests while you study. Joining a team or society is also a great way to make new friends and it can also look good on your CV. So if you’ve always wanted to go bouldering, play ultimate frisbee or try cheerleading, you’ll feel at home at university.

Remember: If you’re applying to a UK university, you need to apply through UCAS, so check out our Essential UCAS Application Guide. You must apply before the application deadline, but don’t worry if you miss it. Plenty of universities will accept late applications and have places available through Clearing.

If you’re looking to study somewhere other than the UK, you’ll need to apply directly to your chosen university. Application dates will vary depending on your chosen country, so make sure to check this early as well as any student visa requirements.


Top Motivational Movies for Students

Ready to procrastinate? Here are 6 movies to inspire students at university

Need some inspiration? Look no further. Our list of top motivational movies for students will keep you going while at university.

We all know studying is a lot of work, and it can be difficult to stay motivated. Whether you’re new to university life or smashing it in your third year the same rule applies: don’t spend all of your time studying. Taking a day for yourself is just as important for your mental health, and let’s face it, we all deserve a little ‘me time’ every once in a while – and a good film makes everything better.

We’ve ranked our top 6 inspirational movies to keep you going while at university. So put your comfy clothes on, grab your favourite snacks and enjoy! If you haven’t read part 1, you can find it here.

Eat. Pray. Love. (2010)

Feel-good. Adventure. Romance. Liz Gilbert (Julia Roberts) realises that her life isn’t making her happy. With a high-powered job, she struggles to find love and feels stuck in the same routines. Fed up of feeling lost, she sets off on a personal quest to give her life more meaning and goes wherever it takes her. Italy. India. Bali. The ultimate goal is to ‘find herself’ and find happiness. This is the perfect comfort-film for any international student feeling lonely or lost. Uplifting and inspiring, we can all learn something from this film – from following your heart to trusting the kindness of strangers, learning to love yourself or finding joy in spending time alone. Watch the trailer:

The Imitation Game (2014)

History. Biography. Thriller. This is the real story of Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his team of cryptographers as they try to decipher the Enigma Machine, used by the Nazi’s to send encrypted messages during World War II. This is a remarkable and gripping story of man vs. machine in a real race against time. Working for the British Government, Turing proves that anything is possible and he is an inspiration to us all. If you’re looking to get truly lost in a film that will make you laugh (and cry) then this is it. We especially recommend this movie for maths, computing, history and politics students. Watch the trailer:

MILK (2008)

Comedy. Drama. LGBTQ+ This double Oscar-winning film tells the true story of Harvey Milk (Sean Penn), and his journey to becoming California’s first openly-gay elected official in the 1970s. Using a mixture of real archival footage and newly-filmed re-enactments, this is an important and inspiring story about the fight for equality. It will motivate you to stand up and fight for what you believe in and offers a unique insight into an under-reported part of American history. This film is a must-see. Watch the trailer:

The Greatest Showman (2017)

Feel-good. Biography. Musical. If you’re feeling down, The Greatest Showman is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. This feel-good film follows the life of Phineas Taylor Barnum (Hugh Jackman) as he tries to go from rags-to-riches and make it in the world of show business. With a wild imagination, he creates a spectacular travelling circus show that’s wonderfully unapologetic and unafraid to be different. A great story of family and friendship with singing, dancing and an incredibly-catchy soundtrack – what more could you want? Watch the trailer:

The King’s Speech (2010)

Biography. Drama. History. If you don’t already know the story of King George VI, then you’re in for a treat. This historical film is based on the true story of King George VI (Colin Firth) as he struggles to overcome his stammer with the help of a speech therapist. Set in the late 1930s and with War approaching, King George VI must find the courage to address the nation. This film is heartwarming, funny and sends a strong message about accepting who you are and facing your fears. Watch the trailer:

Hidden Figures (2016)

Biography. Drama. History. This remarkable film tells the previously untold story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe). These three brilliant black women worked for NASA in the early years of the Space Race and became some of the most important figures in America’s fight to send people into space. This film is an inspiration and plays an important role in recognising the role of remarkable black women in history. Watch the trailer:

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16 Inspiring Movies that Will Give You Motivation to Study

Studying abroad could be one of the best and most challenging experiences you’ll ever have. Between settling into your new accommodation, opening a student bank account, and trying to keep on top of the workload, there is plenty to keep you busy. While exploring your new city is key to making the most of your time abroad, it’s important not to forget the reason you’re there in the first place – to learn!

To help keep your mind focused, here is NatWest Student Banking team’s list of 6 of the most inspiring movies for students to remind you of the value of learning and to encourage you to work hard at your studies. Everybody has their off days when studying and we think that these films will be just the thing to inspire you on one of those days.

Why not check out our article debunking the top 5 movie misconceptions about University?

1. Dead Poets Society (1989)

Robin Williams is on top form as the iconoclastic John Keating, the unconventional English teacher who uses his love of poetry and classic literature to break down barriers at the oppressive Welton Academy. Keating inspires his young charges to ‘seize the day’, challenge the school’s strict rules, and truly be themselves.

The film is packed with emotionally-charged, touching scenes but the one that won’t fail to make the hairs on your arm stand up is this one where Keating’s students demonstrate what he means to them – “Oh Captain, My Captain…”

2. The Pursuit Of Happiness (2006)

The Pursuit Of Happiness is the amazing real-life tale of Chris Gardner who, with the power of hard work and perseverance, takes himself from sleeping on the subway all the way to the millionaire founder of his own brokerage house.

Never missing an opportunity and studying hard, after a few years, Chris works his way up the career ladder from medical equipment salesman to financial hotshot. If there’s one story that demonstrates that you should never give up, no matter how bad things get, it’s Chris’.

3. Good Will Hunting (1997)

Matt Damon masterfully plays the eponymous role of Will Hunting, a 20-year-old mathematical prodigy with a rough past, a tendency for street fighting and run-ins with the law. The film shows how an underachiever can turn things around.

Some of the most inspiring scenes are during Hunting’s therapy sessions with psychologist Sean (Robin Williams), where as shown in this clip, we finally see his defenses come down and the genius within begins to shine.

4. School of Rock (2003)

In this movie, the irrepressible Jack Black plays a down-on-his-luck musician who makes use of a combination of creative interview techniques, Led Zeppelin riffs, crazy love for music, and a ridiculous amount of ‘winging it’ to transform a class of upper-class unhappy kids into a real group of tiny rock Gods.

While the movie was never going to challenge for the Best Picture Oscar, it’s a fantastic offbeat example of how education can inspire really positive change amongst the most unlikely looking people. Watch Jack Black teach utilising the power of song. If you were a fan of the movie when it first came out then you may be interested to see this photo – taken when the cast recently reunited for a 10 year anniversary of the movie’s release:

“The School of Rock cast reunion, 10 years on”

5. Freedom Writers (2007)

Coming in under the radar in 2007, this film tells a true and inspirational story based on the success of Erin Gruwell, a teacher who came up with a unique style of teaching that took a group of underachieving inner city kids to the heights of academic achievement.

Erin is played by Hilary Swank, who does an impressive job of portraying a woman with a single-minded drive and passion for education. It’s wonderful to see how the lives and fortunes of her class are completely turned around when they finally get into studying.

6. Stand and Deliver (1988)

Another inspirational film based on a true story, Stand and Deliver tells the story of Jamie Escalante who leaves his job to teach maths at a school with a reputation for rebellious students and a focus on discipline over education. Over the course of two school years, Escalante takes his students from struggles to successes; the high point comes when the students all pass their advanced calculus exams.

Stand and Deliver demonstrates that academic success is not out of reach just because of their background or their current struggles. The story demonstrates the possibilities open to anyone no matter what they may have been told in the past.

This list of 6 most inspirational movies that will help you with your study motivation has been provided by the NatWest Student Banking team so that next time you feel yourself becoming disillusioned with your course or you’re finding the workload too great to bear, take some time out to watch one of these movies and maybe it will remind you why you chose to study your subject in the first place and inspire you to study.

Enjoying this list? Why not click here to see our article on the top 5 movie misconceptions about University?

More movies? Yes, please!

To keep your motivational levels high up, i-STUDENTglobal provides you with an additional list of 10 must-see movies that can provide many forms of inspiration – art, literature, comedy and even studying. Here are some of our team’s favourite films that will inspire you – like they have inspired us – to get further in your education.

1. The History Boys (2009)

An unruly and charismatic class of boys work alongside their two eccentric teachers in attempts to get into Oxford or Cambridge University. The boys eventually learn that their unruly personality is what makes them unique and a perfect addition to their impending university.

2. The Social Network (2010)

Two friends from Harvard decide to put the entire university experience online in an attempt to get in with certain social groups at the university. Instead, they become targets of the people they tried to get involved with. In all, never underestimate the power of social media.

3. Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993)

A nun reprises her role in the music scene by joining a Catholic schools mission to take their choir further in the state championships. The lesson in this film is that any student can find their place with the right encouragement.

4. Educating Rita (1983)

Rita is a young wife who decides to finally complete her education. In doing so, she meets a teacher who expands her interests and her new educational background begins to cause issues at home. Rita understands that you are never too old to finish your education.

5. Starter for 10 (2006)

First-year Brian attempts to get through his time at Bristol University without any bumps or bruises. Set in 1985, this isn’t going to happen for Brian. He learns its better not to cheat at university…

6. The Breakfast Club (1985)

Five students from different social groups meet in a Saturday detention. As the day goes on learn they have more in common than they thought. Differences are often only skin-deep and stereotypes can be based on as little as fashion choices.

7. Monsters University (2013)

This prequel to the 2001 contemporary Disney classic, Monsters Inc. explores how two friends, Mike Wazowski & James P Sullivan (Sully), came to meet whilst studying at Monsters University. While we all know them as best friends, they originally started as arch-nemeses. Monsters need a bit of education too.

8. A Beautiful Mind (2001)

Tom, one of the most intellectual minds of his generation, changes his life direction after accepting a job position at the Department of Defense rather than as a professor or researcher. This change shows Tom that success comes at a great cost.

9. 21 (2008)

MIT students learn from a teacher to count cards in Las Vegas in order to pay for their university education. Things take a turn for the worse when the students get in too deep in their deceptions. Maths can have its’ uses.

10. The Theory of Everything (2014)

The personal story of Stephen Hawking as he sets his legacy while studying at university. While studying, he develops motor neuron disease, which alters the course of his life forever. A fantastic story proving the mind does conquer all.

Enjoyed this list? Why not click here to read our post about 5 common misconceptions movies have about University?

Why study in London (by a Londoner)

Samuel Johnson famously said: “when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life”.

As a born and bred Londoner, I have to agree with him- there’s so much to do and discover in the city that it’s nearly impossible to get bored, and this makes it the perfect location for students! If you’re considering studying in London or just curious about what the Big Smoke has to offer you, read on for an insider’s guide to the capital.

Why study in London? Explore on foot

If you’re able to, London is best explored on foot. It gives you an opportunity to see so much more of the city, and you’ll get to see loads of tiny details which you might otherwise miss. As well as the more well-known walks around London there are plenty of other things to see off the beaten track. Swap the Southbank for a stroll down the canal where you can take in the sights of Little Venice and even spot some of the London Zoo animals, or skip busy Oxford Street in favour of Brick Lane Market (which is just around the corner from London Met’s Aldgate campus). If you’re a history buff, why not plot a route around the city to take in some of the 900 blue plaques commemorating famous residents from Vincent Van Gogh to Freddie Mercury. Walking around London is not only great exercise, it will help you get your bearings and gives you a whole new perspective on your new home.

Great places to study

While you’re studying in London, you’ll want to find some great places to actually hit the books! While a university library is undoubtedly a great place to work, sometimes you’ll want to stray a little farther away to seek inspiration for your next essay, and there are plenty of places to do this. If you like to work somewhere with a bit of a buzz, why not check out an independent coffee shop? London is full of them, and you’ll be able to support a local business while you study. Alternatively, grab a coffee to go and head to one of London’s many parks or green spaces. I like to get my reading done in East London’s Victoria Park, but there are plenty of options all over the city- from the tiny Phoenix Garden in Soho to the vast expanses of Hampstead Heath, you’ll be able to find the perfect patch of green for you. Finally, If you want somewhere really inspirational, you could always go and study in the British Library itself!


I would be failing in my duties as a Londoner if I didn’t discuss some of the culinary delights the city has to offer. Think of any type of cuisine from anywhere in the world and you can probably find it somewhere. Craving traditional Turkish food? Head down to Green Lanes in Haringey to get your fill of gözleme, köfte and pide- there are so many restaurants on the high street to choose from but my favourite is Selale. Looking for Punjabi cuisine that won’t break the bank? Tayyabs is your best bet, but make sure you book or be prepared to queue! Arepa & Co serves up authentic Venezuelan dishes with a modern twist, or head further South to La Barra in Elephant and Castle, a family-run restaurant selling a variety of Latin American favourites. If you’d prefer to cook at home, London’s got you covered for that too. There are supermarkets specialising in everything from Persian to Brazilian to Nigerian food and ingredients, or if you’re feeling really brave you could even have a go at foraging! Whether you’re looking to find your new favourite meal or simply after a comforting taste of home, there’s something for all tastebuds.

Cultural capital of the UK (if not the world!)

Did you know that London has over 200 museums? As well as the more well-known ones like the Science Museum and Natural History Museum there are plenty of weird and wonderful alternatives (British Dental Museum anyone?!). Not only are these a fascinating source of information and culture, they could also help you with your studies. Psychology students should check out the Freud Museum near Finchley Road and if you’re interested in engineering the Brunel Museum is not to be missed. A lot of these are free or only require a small donation, so you don’t have to compromise your budget to feed your curiosity. We also have a wide range of art galleries if you’re looking to get creative, and many of London’s theatres offer discounted tickets for students. There are thousands of cultural experiences to be had, meaning you’ll never have a dull moment in the city.

Avoid the bubble

The great thing about living and studying in London is that you don’t end up with a student “bubble” like you do in some campus universities. There’s no distinction between Town and Gown and the whole city is yours to explore and enjoy. This also means you’ll get to meet a whole world of different people, from born and bred Londoners to other International students, and with nearly nine million people living in the city you’re bound to meet some interesting ones! Each new person you meet will expand your horizons and enrich your experience of living here, and you never know, they could also be a useful contact for the future. I started this article with the most famous quote about London, but I’d like to finish it with what I think is a better one: “In London, everyone is different, and that means anyone can fit in” – Paddington Bear.

By Amy Collins

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Reflections on Studying Abroad in a Changing World and a Warming Climate, Part One

I have spent much of the last three years talking to people who work in international education about the need to cut down how much they travel because of the damage that flying does to the environment …. I suppose the lesson here is to be careful what you wish for as the COVID-19 crisis bites and forces much of the planet into lockdown.

The coronavirus pandemic is understandably absorbing everyone’s attention right now but unfortunately, the underlying problem of climate change has not gone away. Maybe, just maybe though, this strange new world we have entered offers us a new window of hope for how we might resolve it.

But first, let me go back to the beginning to talk about how global student mobility contributes to the climate crisis and then how the international education sector might serve as a catalyst for positive action.

The Scale Of The Climate Challenge

The world has warmed by roughly 1°C since the time of the industrial revolution in the mid-19th century because of human activity. This temperature rise is already causing stronger storms, more erratic weather, dangerous heatwaves, longer droughts and extended fire seasons.  At even a 1.5°C temperature rise – the lower end of the Paris Agreement targets – this trend will intensify and be accompanied by large-scale disruption to climate systems, infrastructure and migration patterns.

If we stay on our current emissions trajectory, we will see warming of more than 4°C by the end of this century which would mean that many major cities in India and parts of the Middle East would literally become lethal on some days due to extreme temperatures and heatwaves (Mani M, et al. 2018), and whole regions of Africa, Australia and the United States, as well as parts of Asia and South America would be uninhabitable as a result of direct heat, desertification or flooding.

We still have a little time – around 10 years – to prevent such a catastrophic outcome according to the UN report (IPCC 2018). To do this, the 15 largest economies must cut their carbon-dioxide emissions in half over the next four decades. The scale of that task is immense, however.

According to Vox Magazine in 2014,

“to put that in perspective global emissions declined by just 1 percent in the year after the 2008 financial crisis, during a brutal recession when factories and buildings around the world were idling. to stay below 2°c, we may have to triple that pace of cuts, and sustain it year after year.’’


The COVID-19 situation means we have to update this current picture as normal life has closed down for a staggeringly large part of the world’s population. This has pressed pause on our greenhouse gas emissions which up until the pandemic had still been rising.

So, we have a little room to breathe, and a chance to reflect on how the world works and how we might perhaps remake it a little differently once the current threat of the virus has passed.

Ailsa Lamont, Director and Founder at Pomegranate Global and Co-Founder of CANIE: Climate Action Network for International Educators. 



Top 5 Government Funded Scholarships for International Students


Pursuing a study abroad dream can be very challenging, and many people may need assistance with finance. It is worth researching the types of available funding that can give you this opportunity to discover the world. 

Explore the top 5 government funded scholarships for international students that allow you to pursue your dream.

1. Chevening Scholarship

Started in 1983, Chevening has provided scholarships and fellowships to more than 50,000 people from around the world to study in the UK. The scholarships are funded by the UK government. The aim of this scholarship is to provide opportunities to emerging leaders who have ambition, leadership potential, a strong academic background and are ready to experience a global journey. 

What is included?

  • flights
  • living expense 
  • tuition fees

Applications open: 5th August 2020

Applications close: 8th November 2020

Check out your eligibility before applying: https://www.chevening.org/scholarships/who-can-apply/

2. Australia Awards Scholarships

Australia has always been one of the best destinations for international students with its good education system, multicultural community and many cities voted among the “most liveable” in the world. Every year Australia offers scholarships for students from developing countries to study at top universities in Australia. These prestigious scholarships recruit students from Asia, the Pacific, Africa and the Middle East and provide holistic support for the duration of their study with the aim to help them make the most of their time in Australia and contribute back to their home countries post study. 

What is included?

  • full tuition fees
  • return economy flights 
  • living expenses 
  • study materials & overseas student health cover 
  • establishment allowance 
  • introductory academic program
  • pre-course English fees, etc.

Application opening and closing dates depend on your country of residence. See:https://dfat.gov.au/people-to-people/australia-awards/Pages/australia-awards-scholarships-opening-and-closing-dates.asp

Applicants can apply online at:http://bit.ly/AustraliaAwardsScholarship

3. Fulbright Foreign Students Program 

The Fulbright Foreign Student program provides a wide range of opportunities for graduate students, young professionals and artists from overseas to study an academic program or participate in a fellowship in the United States of America at U.S universities or institutions. Approximately 4,000 students receive these highly competitive opportunities and thrive in different fields. Like other government funded scholarships, Fulbright scholars are required to return to their home country after studying. 

All applications are processed by bi-nation Fulbright Commissions or U.S Embassies. Therefore, foreign students must apply through the Fulbright Commissions or U.S Embassies in their home countries  using their country specific websites.

What is included? 

  • tuition fees 
  • living expenses 
  • return economy flights 
  • health insurance 

4. Erasmus Mundus Scholarships 

Funded by the European Union, Erasmus Mundus Scholarships are awarded exclusively to students coming from both EU and non-EU countries who have been selected to attend one of the Erasmus Mundus Joint Programs at Master or Doctorate level and other different programs including: 

Each program has a different set of key selection criteria which are available in the Erasmus+ Programme Guide. Make sure you read through the Guide carefully and allow enough time to prepare your application. 

What is included?

  • full tuition fees 
  • monthly stipend for living expenses 
  • participant costs 
  • travel 
  • health insurance  

Open and close date for application depends on each program. More information can be found at: https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/opportunities/how-to-apply_en

5. New Zealand Aid Programme Scholarships

Offering international students, a great chance to gain knowledge and the opportunity to experience an international life, the New Zealand Aid Program offers a wide range of scholarships to help developing countries grow their talents. Students may engage in an undergraduate degree or postgraduate study and all students must return to their home countries after finishing their study. 

What is included?

  • financial support for tuition
  • living costs 
  • arfaires 

Application Open: November 1, 2019

Application Close: April 30, 2020

To learn more about this generous scholarship, visithttps://www.mfat.govt.nz/en/aid-and-development/new-zealand-government-scholarships/new-zealand-scholarships-for-international-tertiary-students/

The partners of students are also eligible for a work visa that allows them to live and work in New Zealand for the duration of their partner’s study.