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In 2012, around 2.5 half million Britons will head off on a gap year. Most will be young but an increasing number are taking a mid-career break or a going on a big trip immediately following retirement. The reasons for younger people heading off are clear. University fees, particularly for less prestigious courses, are likely to fall between 2012 and 2013 as competition forces price cuts.

Many of this year’s school-leavers will save money by postponing university entrance. Applications are currently 9% down on last year. And for those about to leave university, the current economic climate makes starting a career particularly difficult. For many of them, there’s a strong case for travelling, working abroad and building a better CV before returning as the economy begins to turn back up. In a recent survey, a clear majority of UK recruiters said a constructive gap year made an application stand out. is the original gap year news, advice and community site. Ahead of final year school and university students getting their heads down for exams, we’re bringing our legendary road-show to cities across the UK. It’s a free, fun-packed hour offering advice on backpacking, working abroad and volunteering. One of those attending will win a free flight to Australia and there are many other prizes and giveaways.

The roadshows are on university campuses but are open to anyone. Shows start at 6pm.

  • Monday 6th February - Anglia Ruskin University, SU Academy, Helmore Building, East Road, Cambridge, CB1 1PT
  • Tuesday 7th February - University of Manchester, University Place, Room 2.219/2.220, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL
  • Wednesday 8th February - Oxford Brookes University, Union Square, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane, Oxford, OX3 0BP
  • Thursday 9th February - University of London Students’ Union, The Venue, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HY

For more details contact Andrew Tipp, Communications Manager