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Gap year:
Many students decide to take a year off - or a gap year - after school or college and before going to university. This is best not spent in front of the TV, but getting work experience, earning money, travelling or doing something exciting or mind-expanding. Or a mixture of all of the above.

Geology:
Geologists study the structure of the earth and the rocks, fossils, minerals and all the general gunk that's in it.

Graduand:
A student in the few months between finishing their course and being awarded their degree.

Graduate:
Someone who's successfully completed a degree. A graduate student is a glutton for punishment who's embarking on another degree, usually a postgraduate degree.

Graduation:
Also known as convocation. When you're officially awarded your degree.

Grants:
Government cash which contributes towards living costs for full-time students (the 'maintenance grant') or fees for part-time students. They're means-tested, so what you actually get depends on what your parents earn. But, if you're entitled to grant money, you don't have to pay it back. Ever. Push like.

GTTR (Graduate Teacher Training Registry):
The GTTR processes applications for PGCE courses.

Guild of Students/Students' Guild:
Another name for a students' union.

Guild HE:
An organisation that represents Higher Education colleges, specialist institutions, and some universities.

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Last updated on: 01 May 2008

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