Be the First to Go

Thu.10.Jan.2008 - 16:30 GMT

Hollyoaks star Jennifer Biddall tells us why uni can work for you

With the 15th January UCAS deadline fast approaching for autumn 2008 university entrance, it’s time to think about the future.

The Department for Innovation, Universities & Skills’ (DIUS) First to Go campaign is urging young people who have no family experience of university – or are not considering higher education – to think about the benefits of embarking on a degree course.

According to the First to Go poll, many family members have university ambitions for their children after regretting missing out on the experience themselves. More than a third of surveyed parents and grandparents went straight out to work instead, but their views on education have now been reversed with a huge majority (91%) wanting their offspring to go to university, showing that higher education is increasingly becoming a key priority.

73% of those polled believe the biggest long-term benefit of going to university is the ability to get a better job, 63% agree that university education gives you a chance to earn more money, while more than half feel that studying a subject you enjoy is good reason to enter higher education.

For those who are worried about the costs of university the new student finance package has increased the eligibility thresholds for non-repayable grants, meaning that two thirds of new full-time students will receive a full or partial non-repayable grant.

Whatever your subject, university could be the next step to your perfect career. Jennifer Biddall, best known for her role as Jessica Harris in Hollyoaks, was the first in her family to go into higher education, and both her brother and sister have since followed in her footsteps.

If you’re thinking about being the First to Go in your family and want to talk about going to uni, join us live online with Jennifer on Thursday 10th January at 16:30 to hear about how university helped her get to where she is today and why she thinks people should become the First to Go.