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Student Studying a degree in Astronomy could see you work around the world, and even eventually in space

Why would anyone study Astronomy? I think the great, late Carl Sagan said it perfectly, "We are a way for the cosmos to know itself." It is in this that I cannot remember a time that I looked up at the night sky and was not taken aback by the sheer wonder of the cosmos.

How can we help get students from poorer backgrounds into university?

My experience working for The Access Project, a charity that helps students from disadvantaged backgrounds win places at university, has convinced me that when it comes to widening participation, the focal point should always be grades.

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Top Ten universities with the best student-to-staff ratio

A university's 'student-to-staff' (SSR) ratio is a measure of the staffing levels at the University in relation to how many students it has. This forms just one of the measures that The Complete University Guide uses to compile its university league tables, and is calculated using HESA (Higher Education Statistics Agency) data.

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Wish you were here

Overseas universities are hoping to snap up British students during Clearing, says Zoe Flood

Clearing: find a course you click with

Clearing is fast, efficient and online – so finding the right institution is easier than ever, says James Morrison

Studying in Scotland: New kids on the block

Modern institutions offer niche courses and a bespoke service to rival the old guard, argues Liz Lightfoot

Studying in Scotland: A taste of old school charm

You can't argue with 500 years of history and tradition. Nick Jackson is sold on Scotland's ancient universities

Studying in Scotland: A degree on your doorstep

Scotland's newest university boasts four campuses for prospective students to choose from. By Harriet Swain

Studying in Scotland: Our friends in the north

Studying in Scotland could leave you richer – as well as broadening your horizons, says Chris Green

How to find a course via UCAS Clearing

Clearing is not a last resort for disappointed students – it can provide a fresh choice in a variety of circumstances, says Darren Baker.

Degrees with maximum employability

Degrees now offer much more than an academic element.

Are two year degrees the future?

We look at compressed honours degrees, and find out whether three-year degrees are on their way out from higher education.

Are enough state school pupils going to university?

Find out whether higher education institutions are meeting their benchmarks.

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