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Going to university: a parent's guide

Choosing the right university is a major decision. As a parent, you want to support your child through this important time and help them decide on a course and university that they'll love. There are many options, and the process can be long, so understanding what your child is going through is crucial in supporting them to make the right choice.

With the reopening of schools around the country so begins the start of the UCAS application process. It’s common that you or your child may have questions about the next steps and where to get information. It’s important to start your research early, a good starting point would be attending one of our Digital Open Days or attending a virtual UCAS fair. We have created this page so you can find explanations and resources on the main things to consider. We’ve also created a digital student toolkit where your child can get the advice and support normally offered by our advisers. They will be able to book onto guidance-led live streams and have one-to-one chats with current students and advisers.

For more information, and to chat to other parents and guardians about your child going to university, join our closed Facebook group DMU parents and guardians.

Watch our live stream: Parents' introduction to higher education

Louise and her two sons are students at DMU. Here she has some words of advice for parents whose children are considering applying to university.

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