Posts Published by Craig Dewis

I'm Head of Student Services at OCA. My background is in student advice and support at universities around the UK and abroad. I'm particularly interested in the overall student experience in Higher education, particularly the use and engagement with support services.

I don’t recall your name, but your “fez” is familiar

Oh my goodness it’s Christmas Eve! Not being funny, but when we talked about launching an advent series no-one mentioned writing all of the blogs. I now have writer’s cramp and have lost a large amount of sanity, can someone please send help…

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#StopStigma It affects all of us

In Higher Education this is probably the top issue talked about in terms of supporting students, so much so that the Government announced a new University Mental Health Charter in collaboration with the charity Student Minds in June, which is all about working out what is good practical support and rewarding institutions that display this…

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“How proficient with Powerpoint are you? I Excel at that”

As an eighteen year old I took a degree in Environmental Sciences in no small part because I thought it would open up more doors for a potential future career than other options. On the flip side I’m losing count now of the number of people I know who started out in a particular field but are now doing a degree in order to move into a different sector.

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UCA, U C Access

If you’re looking at which university to go and study at, chances are one of your first stops for information will be one of the university guides… Whilst looking through these you might notice a few things, particularly about OCA and our parent institution the University for the Creative Arts…

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Picture this…

A picture is worth a thousand words. It’s a famous phrase, and the more I think of it, speaks directly to the access principle at the heart of what OCA is. Text, essays, blogs, articles, may not be easy for everyone to digest, so why not offer the same message but in a visual context?

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Don’t choose between your pen and your paintbrush

That’s what Creative Arts is, a place for you to experiment and be yourself. If you’re not sure what most interests you, this could be the place, as with no qualifications needed anyone can join us and start creating all things bright and beautiful today.

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OCA Open foundations

If degree study is new to you or you are uncertain about where to start, look at the OCA’s Open Foundations courses. These courses are all designed to lead you into degree-level study, get you thinking academically, and putting you in the best position to start.

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The Open College of the Arts is 30 years old!

A lot has changed in the thirty years since Michael Young founded OCA. Cassettes became CDs, which then became downloads, and then streaming. Liverpool won their last league title just three years after we became a thing, and are still searching for the next one. Mario Brothers were all the rage… and still are, surprisingly.

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