Jargon Jungle (U)
Push shorthand for 'undergraduates'. Well, d'uh.
The Universities & Colleges Admissions Service is the organisation that handles most university applications. Prospective students fill out a UCAS form online (or on paper) and submit it to UCAS who send it to the universities the student wants to apply to. Various complications ensue, but eventually the student either gets accepted or not and UCAS oversees the process to check no one finds themselves with more than one place and to try to match students with vacancies as efficiently as possible.
UCAS Extra is a service run by UCAS that allows you to apply for individual courses, if you’ve already applied to university and haven’t been made any offers, or have declined the offers you have got. You can apply for courses with vacancies between the end of February and the end of June. Find out more here
University of London Union.
A student doing their first degree.
Usually this is just another name for a students' union or the building in which the students' union and/or it's facilities and services are based. As such, it's often the students' main hang-out on campus. However, at Oxbridge (and various other universities that just have to be awkward), the Union might also be the Union Society, a debating club with some highly exclusive (even elitist) facilities attached.
A Higher Education action group. They're the safety net for universities' interests.
Not nearly as easy to define as you might have thought, although officially a UK university has to be founded by Parliamentary Statute. There are plenty of places like certain university colleges and places like King's College London (and other colleges of London University) that deserve the name as much as many of the places that have it. The long and the short of it is that a university is a place to get a higher education.
Officially, a college that has the power to award its own degrees, but isn't a fully-fledged university, or a college run by a fully-fledged university. HE colleges which are independent, but whose degrees are rubber-stamped by a university, aren't allowed to use the 'University' bit, but to the student on the ground they're pretty much the same thing.
United Reform Church.