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Student Jailed Following Bribe Attempt

A struggling student who tried to turn his grades around with cash has been jailed for twelve months. He was also found to be carrying a loaded air pistol.

Yang Li, 26 from China, was studying an innovation and technology management masters programme at the University of Bath. The student was awarded a mark of 37% in his dissertation which was just short of the 40% required to pass. The student set-up a meeting with his professor on 23 November to discuss his options.

Li went to the meeting with £5,000 in cash and an air pistol, which fell from his pocket when told to leave.

Judge Michael Longman said the student had caused “fear” and “alarm” during sentencing at Bristol Crown Court,.

Li admitted the attempted bribery and the imitation firearm charge, and was also ordered to pay £4,800 in costs.

Li was actually given a range of options by Professor Andrew Graves – head of Bath’s School of Management – to resubmit the dissertation, to appeal to mark awarded or to withdraw from the course.

The Chinese student chose differently, instead deciding to declare to his Professor that “I am a businessman”, then placed the cash on the table.

Li was reported to say, “There is a fourth option, you can keep the money if you give me a pass mark and I won’t bother you again.”

Professor Graves asked Li to leave and as the student put the money away, the air pistol, loaded with six pellets, fell out the student’s pocket and onto the floor.

Judge Longman told the student: “You attempted to persuade a university professor to behave in such a way that if it had been successful you would have undermined the integrity of the universities in the UK and the legitimacy of degrees from universities here, the University of Bath in particular.

“Your bid to achieve a pass mark by offering what was a bribe to your professor was ill conceived to the point of being a spectacular mistake and one which was doomed to fail from the start.”

Li’s defence team argued that the student came from an “affluent family in China, where his father is a respected government official and businessman.”

The court also heard that Li was used to travelling with lots of cash and that he had the air pistol with him as he didn’t want to leave it in his car. He owned the pistol as he enjoyed target shooting.,

Mr James – part of Li’s defence team – went on to say: “…[he] is not [a] sham student…and had come to the UK in 2006 for a computer science degree at the University of Bath, which he passed.

“When he learned of the result of the dissertation it was a bitter blow to him.”

Study Group announces record A Level results

31 August 2011, Brighton – Study Group, the UK’s largest educator of international students, today announces record A Level results achieved by international students at its Bellerbys colleges.

The four colleges in London, Oxford, Brighton and Cambridge more than doubled the national average of A*’s and A’s with 60% of pupils achieving the two highest grades.

This year’s unprecedented academic success has resulted in more of Study Group’s international students attending top ten UK universities than ever before, with Chinese, Vietnamese, Indonesian and Czech students all commencing degrees at Oxford and Cambridge in September, and over half of this year’s total cohort commencing degrees at top ten UK universities (according to the Sunday Times University Guide 2011).

James Pitman, Study Group Managing Director, HE, UK and Europe, comments: “This year’s Bellerbys’ students have done exceptionally well and subsequently been rewarded with places at some of the world’s most esteemed universities.

“The UK continues to be regarded as a first class academic destination, even though our global appeal has been dampened recently by the continuous international student visa revisions and associated issues. Students from all over the world are still keen to come to the UK to gain A Levels or complete pathway courses before progressing to UK universities, and we need to make sure we remain open for business as these individuals will surely be the future of global trade and industry.”

Yi Nan from Shanghai, China, was one of this year’s outstanding students, achieving four A* grades in Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths and Physics. Yi Nan, or Rex as he likes to be known, took a six-term A Level programme at Bellerbys Brighton. He is due to commence an engineering degree at Brasenose College, Oxford University.

Rex’s mathematics teacher says: “Rex is a gifted student who has excellent analytical skills and a profound interest in the subject. His problem solving skills are first rate and he shows initiative in developing ideas and extending them into the topics we have been studying. He has a mature and practical approach to his studies and good organisational skills.”

More than 200 international students took A Levels at Bellerbys this year.

About Study Group

Spanning five continents, Study Group is a global leader in international education, providing the highest quality educational opportunities for students from over 140 countries. Beginning in 1994 with 7,000 students per year, Study Group now has an enrolment base of 55,000 around the world.

Through Study Group’s leading set of partnerships with top universities, it is able to provide on and off-campus preparation courses for international students that ensure academic success and entry into some of the most prestigious educational institutions in the world. The quality of its UK teaching is confirmed by independent accreditation bodies worldwide including: English UK, Ofsted, British Council and the BAC.

The biggest intake of international students into Study Group’s UK programmes is from countries with emerging economies such as China, South East Asian economies, and in particular from oil-rich nations such as Russia and the Middle East.

This post was submitted by Katie Jamieson.

Yerba Mate

We are about to launch this popular social drink throughout the student community. We are aware that in the past a couple of companies have tried but through lack of research have failed. The USA student empire are currently going crazy over the excellent proven benefits this south American drink has to offer. Prices in the UK are some what high but we intend to alter these dramatically. We will be making available all of the utensils associated with this truly social drink at realistic prices. We would welcome comments on this matter from those of you who have tried Yerba and from thos who would like to experience its fantastic benefits.

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Recent Graduates Combat Credit Crunch with Pizza

Now couldn’t be a worse time to be a graduate looking for a job. As the financial crisis continues, unemployment among young people just seems to continue rising. Having watched a countless number of friends and acquaintances being rejected from numerous employment ‘opportunities’ in the City and other lucrative sectors, two old school friends, Josh Magidson and Edward Green, decided to set up their own company in the glamourous industry of student takeaway food. And despite the doom and gloom, which allows students to locate their local takeaway restaurants and order online, is going from strength to strength.