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Girls 'more likely' to think university is important - CBBC Newsround. University league tables 2016. Top 200 universities in the world - the table. Top tips for attending open days. Open days provide an invaluable opportunity to gain a real insight into your chosen university or college, and check to out its facilities and accommodation first-hand.

Top tips for attending open days

Crucially, they also offer a great chance to find out more about the different programmes on offer from those in the know. Wherever you decide to study, it’s important to do as much research as possible so you make the choice that’s right for you. Here are a few top tips to get you started. Prepare – Don’t worry; you won’t just be left to your own devices when you attend an open day. All universities and colleges will have planned an itinerary of activities that will run throughout the day such as tours, talks, information stands and more. Students: share your honest uni applications with us. This week on Students Express we’re asking you to submit what you would have said in your Ucas application if you were truly being honest.

Students: share your honest uni applications with us

If you bent the truth or exaggerated a little on your statement – which had to be submitted by January 15 – you’re not alone. University places are competitive and most students are more than happy to take advice on what to include, emphasize and leave out. You had to squeeze enough enthusiasm, academic success, part-time jobs and extra-curricular activities in to stand out from the crowd; from the netball team you captained, to the time you played Scrabble with Auntie Doris. In the process, perhaps you surprised even yourself with how much passion you apparently have for statistics or business law. But what if you had to write a completely truthful statement?

Let us know. Submit your work through GuardianWitness – it’s really straightforward. Alongside your entry, let us know your name, educational instituion and what you are currently studying. Why I don't tell uni friends about my single-sex education. Perched on barstools in a sweaty night club, we were screaming small talk at one another.

Why I don't tell uni friends about my single-sex education

We’d only spoken for a few minutes before I told him my dreaded secret. “You’re from a girls school? Wow!” He responded when I mentioned my sixth-form education. “So did you all sleep around? This wouldn’t be the only moment of crassness I would face in my first term at university as a result of going to a girls’ school. Coming from an all-female environment, I had grown accustomed to an oestrogen-fuelled sphere of grades, gossip and girls’ nights in. Melissa Wood, a student at the University of Exeter and graduate of St Albans High School for Girls in Hertfordshire, has had similar experiences.The stereotype that “we are all socially awkward and sex starved” is one that has tainted several of her university encounters.

One student at the University of Cambridge, who wanted to remain anonymous, says she also found herself “stigmatised” as a result of her private, all-girls’ education. Student bands: how to secure a spot on a festival line-up. “Music festivals give new bands the chance to gain experience of performing on major stages with major acts,” says Jason Carter, head of BBC Introducing, which supports under-the-radar talent.

Student bands: how to secure a spot on a festival line-up

Spots at big festivals are one of the main things up-and-coming bands want, says Carter – and it’s easy to see why. The benefits of appearing at a large festival are many: exposure to a new audience, the bragging rights of opening for household names, and the chance to network with industry bods are just a few of them. For student bands still playing around their university town or at the local student union, a gig at a Glastonbury, T in the Park or Download might seem an unachievable goal. Yet many young up-and-coming bands grace festival stages every year.