Change of career

I’ve spent nearly two decades working as a journalist in Australia and the UK; now it’s time to do something different. As of March 2017, I’ll be learning how to teach English rather than making a living out of writing it.

I’m leaving this site up as a bit of an archive but I won’t be updating it regularly. Let’s see how long these links stay live, shall we?

Make the numbers add up

Finances for university can look like a minefield, but getting to grips with the system is relatively straightforward, says Rob Fowler, the co-ordinator of the student money advice and rights team at the University of Derby. The key: apply for loans early, prioritise accommodation costs and don’t ignore budgetary warning signs.

The first step is to cover course fees, which most students will do via a loan from the government. The tuition fee loan, which is not means-tested, is paid directly to the university; once students have applied and been approved, they don’t really need to think about it again until it needs to be repaid — more on this shortly.

Read more in The Times

“I believe in entrepreneurs knowing no boundaries”

Entrepreneurs should know no boundaries, says Pavegen founder Laurence Kemball-Cook – and yes, that includes risking a brush with the law to get your idea noticed

Thirty-year-old Laurence Kemball-Cook has more than a whiff of a Richard Branson about him: charming, enthusiastic and perfectly happy to take a few risks in the name of a marketing stunt.

For a start, a bit of building site breaking and entering was the only way he could turn the idea he came up with at Loughborough University – paving and floor tiles that generate electricity from footsteps – into a business.

Read more in Strategies for Growth

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