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Preparing for the financial quagmire that is university

Iona Bain Are parents doing enough to prepare their children for the financial minefield that is university life? That is the unavoidable question triggered by recent research from education firm Blackbullion, which found that 51 per cent of undergraduates have, … Continue reading

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Autumn Statement, rapping, money mentors and the joys of a packed lunch; this week on Share Radio

Young money mentors – two 14-year-old high school pupils from Lancashire – were the star guests invited by Iona onto on this morning’s Young Money Young Rights on Share Radio! Co-presenter Iona also looked at this week’s autumn statement by … Continue reading

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The ABC of banking, accents…and blinking robots: this week on Share Radio’s Young Money Show

School banks and young people’s attitudes to money were centre stage this morning as Iona co-hosted the weekly Young Money Young Rights show on the newly-launched Share Radio. Iona began by reminding train travellers that they can claim for delayed … Continue reading

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Cyber-bullying, rapping about money and the professions that desperately need YOU!

The Young Money Show on Share Radio took off in style today as Iona aired a clip from a young people’s radio station in Manchester and a cool money management rap! She also welcomed guests to talk about a money … Continue reading

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Weird and wonderful funding still available for cash-strapped students (from the Sunday Times)

Iona Bain AS FRESHERS get into the swing of university life, their families may still be fretting about how to pay for it with university tuition fees of up to £9,000 a year. However, vegetarians, Welsh speakers, Santander shareholders, and … Continue reading

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University challenge: why students must be brutal when choosing their degree

New students are just shaking off their hangovers from Freshers Week, but for their parents the worry about how to pay for university has only just begun. So this may be a good time to remind ourselves of the ‘great … Continue reading

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How much do students rely on payday loans and how they can get out of a debt spiral?

Thousands of students could be directed to payday lenders by a growing pack of online brokers based overseas, as a new report warns that undergraduates are becoming resigned to debt. BY IONA BAIn The National Union of Students has stepped … Continue reading

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The rise of the virtual university

My latest column for Baillie Gifford – this month, I’m discussing whether the virtual university will ever replace the real thing, given the VERY persuasive financial upsides… Iona Bain If you were asked to conjure up a picture of university, … Continue reading

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Growing Up – the Children’s Savings Plan turns 10

It’s 10 years since the launch of the Baillie Gifford Children’s Savings Plan.  Iona Bain looks at how both public and personal finances have changed over the past decade. http://www.bgtrustonline.com/articles/opinion/growing-up-the-childrens-savings-plan-turns-10-.aspx

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Is the British economy back on track for young people?

Yesterday’s news that Britain is technically out of recession was interpreted as a shred of good news in otherwise gloomy times. So is the outlook improving for young people? Only if we’re really getting to grips with the housing crisis… … Continue reading

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