Lucy Hodges

Lucy Hodges is a journalist with many years’ experience in Higher Education. She was Washington correspondent of The Times Higher Education Supplement – now The Times Higher Education (THE) – from 1990–95, and, as editor of The Independent newspaper’s education and careers supplement for more than ten years, specialised in higher education. She was also Director of External Affairs and Development at the University of Buckingham from 2010–13. She has contributed to our main postgraduate advice.

Simon Midgley

Simon Midgley is an editor and writer specialising in education. After working as an education correspondent of The Birmingham Post he moved to The Times Higher Education Supplement as a reporter and features editor before joining The Times as a diarist, a role he later held at the London Evening Standard. A lengthy spell on The Independent included a period as an education correspondent. He now works freelance. Simon has written about Distance Learning for the Complete University Guide.

Alison Utley

Alison Utley was the universities correspondent at the Times Higher Education Supplement – now The Times Higher Education (THE) – for ten years and is now a freelance writer and editor. She researched and contributed to the section Sexism on Campus and Choosing A levels.

Student Bloggers

Daniela Fleary-Reid

Daniela was a sixth form student studying English Literature, Art & Design and Sociology at Dormers Wells High School. She went to university in 2016 to study English Literature in order to pursue a career in journalism or advertising. Daniela regularly updated us on her journey.

Connor Gormley

Connor is CUG's current sixth-form student blogger. He is studying English Literature, History and Politics at his school in Bognor Regis, and is looking forward to spreading his wings when he leaves home to study English Literature at university.

Olivia Ross

Olivia is a graduate of Urmston Grammar in Greater Manchester where she studied English Language/Literature, History and Geography at A Level. Instead of going straight to university, she decided to take a gap year where she planned to do a ski season in France and volunteer with elephants in Thailand. Having just participated in NCS the challenge, working through both physical and mental challenges, she hoped her gap year would help her to discover what she really wanted to be doing in life. Olivia blogs about her year away from education and provides advice for those who are thinking of doing the same in our Gap Years section.

Elizabeth Wright

Elizabeth blogged for CUG as a sixth-form student at Notre Dame High School in Sheffield, studying English Literature, Drama, Psychology, and Philosophy & Ethics at A level. She provided regular updates on her application journey in our section on Applying to University. We wish her all the very best for the future.

Would you like to contribute a regular blog, or an article to the Complete University Guide?

If you're a student choosing A Levels or Highers, applying for higher education, already at university, or indeed taking a year out, please get in touch at editorial@thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk.