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Co-op student discount, Bet on your degree result, Oxford rejects 7 A* student…

Co-op first supermarket to offer student discount

co-opIt was recently announced that Co-op will become the first supermarket in the UK to offer a student discount to those with an NUS Extra card.

The supermarket chain has revealed that they will be offering a 10% discount after research from the NUS showed that a supermarket discount was the most requested above all other categories.

Our take: It's not everyday that we criticize a student discount but we do have a few issues with this one. The fact that it's only for those with an NUS Extra card is a little bit of an issue. Co-op is also known for being a little more expensive than other supermarkets so even with a 10% discount your shop could turn out to be more expensive. We always suggest checking your typical food basket on mySupermarket as it shows you where you can pick up what you want for the cheapest.

Ladbrokes let students bet on their final marks

ladbrokes_free_betAfter a father of a veterinary student took out a bet on her gaining a first - and famously made a return big enough to pay off her fees - Ladbrokes have set about offering final university grade betting on a wider scale.

The bookie now offers odds for the top 20 universities, and base the payout on a number of factors including previous grades and course subject.

Our take: We'd never condone gambling as we are aware of how addictive it can be. It's a clever tactic by Ladbrokes to lure in students and their parents (plus of course gain some national press...) We'll leave the opinion on this one down to you.

Student with 7 A*s rejected from Oxford

Alastair HerronAlastair Herron  hit the jackpot when he received 7 A*s in his A Levels (Further Maths, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Latin and Greek)  but was nonetheless rejected by Oxford University.

Alastair stated that he was not disappointed with the rejection as he has received offers from several top universities in the US, and has chosen to study at Stanford.

Our take: It's a shame that such a promising student will be leaving the UK to study, and potentially work, elsewhere. However in Oxford's defence, the admissions are based on more than just grades alone. For some reason or another they felt that Alastair was not a correct match for the course. A decision which they made before seeing his results.

CV mistakes cost jobseekers

boost_our_CVResearch this week showed that two-thirds of job advisers claim poor CVs are costing people jobs.

Simple spelling mistakes and layout errors were cited among the main mistakes but there have also been reports of 17 page CVs. Some are even written ENTIRELY IN CAPITAL LETTERS.

Our take: A CV really reflects on you as a job seeker. If you are going to spend the time to send it out then you need to make sure that it is up to scratch first. You only have one shot at making the best first impression, and it's on paper. Follow our popular guide to writing a CV to get yours up to scratch.

State of the Machin: On student broadband

student_broadbandWhether you're living in a shared house for the first time, a seasoned house share pro or even living in your own flat there's one essential that students can't do without.

Yes, you guessed it, it's the Internet! Almost as essential as oxygen. Students need the internet for watching hours of iPlayer studying and research at home.

However, in the past the relationship between students and broadband providers has been far from smooth. This is down to a few reasons including: only offering 12 month contracts, 'Hidden' fees and low download limits.

Despite feedback from ourselves and others in recent years, the majority of broadband providers were not willing to offer a student specific contract.

Luckily, much like Ebeneezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, a couple of the broadband providers have had a huge change of heart this year and their new student offers are awesome!

I won't bore you with all the details here but if you are still yet to choose your broadband for this year we have a rundown of all the deals on this page here.


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