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UK Government Responds to Tier 4 E-Petition

We previously posted about the e-petition urging the Government not to destroy one of its strongest export industries, the English language teaching sector. Today the Government have responded and as expected, they’ve said nothing in the 79 words they released in their statement.

The Government’s Response:

Thank you for taking the time and trouble to sign this e-petition.

As you may be aware, the Government is currently conducting a review of Tier 4 of the Points Based System, and we will respond fully in due course once the review is completed.  The aim of this review is to ensure that we continue to give genuine students access to education in the UK, to which the Government is strongly committed, whilst preventing abuse by economic migrants.

View the original here: http://www.number10.gov.uk/Page22219

Major Tier 4 Changes Could Affect Everyone

The Government is on the threshold of destroying one of its strongest export industries, the English language teaching sector, worth billions of pounds annually to the UK in visible and invisible exports. Tier 4 of The PBS, launched in April, brought sweeping changes to the int’l education sector. The gov’t’s aim was to rid the UK of bogus colleges, which were not just a security threat but also a blot on the UK’s unassailable reputation in education. This work has not been completed. A further aim was to streamline the issuing of study visas. Some changes were welcome, others serve only to turn bona fide students away from the UK. The gov’t now aims to further restrict int’l students from studying in the UK. That will devastate this vibrant and highly professional industry, leading to mass redundancies in language schools, secondary schools, colleges & universities, with huge losses to the economy and Treasury. The English language is a crown Jewel – let’s protect and nurture it!

As you may now be aware the government plans to hold a major review of the PBS system this December.  It will cover the below focus areas:

  • Should the minimum level of qualification that can be studied through the PBS be raised from NQF level 3?
  • Should the minimum level of English language qualification that can be studied in the UK through the PBS be raised from CEFR level A2?
  • Should English language testing be introduced for all courses of NQF level 5 and below, including English language courses, and if so, through what mechanism?
  • Should access to vocational courses be restricted?
  • Should we introduce a differential approach for countries which have historically been sources of illegal migration, raising the minimum level of qualification and introducing stricter tests for  individuals from those higher risk countries?
  • Should we restrict the work rights attached to student visas?
  • Should we place limits on the progression of students on courses up the qualifications scale without their returning to their home countries?

These particular points could have a significant and detrimental effect on both education providers and students across all areas.

We have been advised by English UK members that there is an e-petition which is available for all to sign online in order to demonstrate support for the sector.

The main aim for the e-petition is for it to reach the top 5 most-signed petitions in order for it to be taken seriously by the government, so do take a couple of minutes and add your support.

The Petition is now live at  http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/PBSReview/

Update on Student Tier 4 Applications

Student Tier 4 applications – maintenance funds must be in bank accounts for at least 28 days.

From 1 October 2009, for all points-based system Tier 4 applications made outside the UK, the amounts required to meet the maintenance criteria must be held in your personal or your parent(s)/ legal guardian(s) bank account for a minimum period of 28 days prior to making your visa application. The end of the 28 day period must not be more than 1 month before the date of your application, for which you must show bank statements/other evidence. The transitional arrangements that were in place allowing funds to be held on the date of application only will no longer apply to applications made outside the UK, on or after 1 October 2009.

Student Tier 4 applications – maintenance funds must be in bank accounts for at least 28 days. From 1 October 2009, for all points-based system Tier 4 applications made outside the UK, the amounts required to meet the maintenance criteria must be held in your personal or your parent(s)/ legal guardian(s) bank account for a minimum period of 28 days prior to making your visa application. The end of the 28 day period must not be more than 1 month before the date of your application, for which you must show bank statements/other evidence. The transitional arrangements that were in place allowing funds to be held on the date of application only will no longer apply to applications made outside the UK, on or after 1 October 2009.

Newcastle University Receives Royal Seal of Approval

PRINCESS Eugenie gave the region’s best-known party city the Royal seal of approval as she started her student life yesterday.

The Queen’s granddaughter joined thousands of fellow freshers for their first day at Newcastle University, where she has chosen to study her three-year degree.

Asked why she had chosen to study there, the 19-year-old princess told reporters: “It’s a great city.”

Her Royal Highness arrived with a friend at the university’s Armstrong Building for a student induction session.

The sixth in line to the throne joined fellow undergraduates to be offered advice on accommodation, finance and welfare, and information about swine flu.

During her first year, the Princess will live in £96-aweek halls of residence alongside other undergraduates.

Unlike fellow students, she will be followed everywhere by royal protection officers.

Newcastle University has proved popular with students from public school backgrounds in recent years.

Dan Coverdale, editor of the Courier student newspaper, said: “Maybe she has come up with quite a few friends from her school. I think the attraction is that it’s a good city up north and it is something different, but you do get quite a lot of southern students.

There is a great social life here, but the academic side of it is good too.”

Eugenie will study English literature, the history of art and politics.

She gained A grades in English and art, and a B in art history in her A-levels last year at Marlborough College, in Wiltshire, before she spent a gap year travelling with friends.

A student survey last year named Newcastle as the best city to live in, and it is widely known for its lively nightlife with hundreds of pubs, clubs and bars.

International Students in UK Double

The number of non-European foreign students studying at UK universities has almost doubled in less than ten years, research has found.

International students provided a bigger source of income for UK universities in 2007/08 than government grants for research, according to an annual trends report, published by Universities UK.

Students from outside the EU pay more for courses at UK universities than their European counterparts.

The report shows that one in ten enrolments in 2007/08, some 229,640 students were from outside the EU. This is compared to 117,290 students in 1998/99, an increase of 96%.

In total, £1.88 billion of UK universities income came from non-EU students in 2007/08, compared to £1.76 billion from government research grants.

China provides the most students to UK universities, with 19,385 enrolments for first degrees, and 21,990 enrolments for all post-graduate degrees.

The Patterns of Higher Education Institutions in the UK report also reveals a 3.7% drop in the number of part-time undergraduate students between 2006/07 and 2007/08.

It says: “This may be a cause for concern, as part-time study plays an increasingly important role in meeting the higher level skills agenda and to lifelong learning.

“Amongst the various factors that explain this decline may be the different systems for student support now available to full-time and part-time students.”

Professor Geoffrey Crossick, chair of Universities UK’s Longer Term Strategy Group, said: “This year’s Patterns highlights the success of UK universities in challenging their counterparts in Europe, particularly in research and development and in attracting international students.”

Is the UK’s University System Becoming Elitist Once Again?

It was announced this week by the CBI – the Confederation of British Industry – that UK domestic university students should pay more in tuition fees and student loan interest. Is this a measure that’s really needed, or one simply to bring back the elitist nature of higher education in the UK?

The Director General of the CBI, Richard Lambert, commented that the increase in tuition fees was justified to, “preserve the quality of university teaching and research”. He goes on to add that the report published by the CBI has found that if Government spending cuts are to be made, then they should be aimed at already generous levels of student support funding.

Or as one of my colleagues aptly translates: Penalise those who are most in need and ensure that an already elitist system further discriminates against those who need it most.

For the rich, who have historically been the majority of students attending university in the UK, cuts in Government funding would not affect them in the slightest; they need worry about neither tuition fee funding nor student loans. Regardless of their academic ability, they are often – quite unofficially of course – certain of a place at a top university by rights.

The CBI has been quite adamant to publicly state that they are not in favour of denying help to those that need it. Indeed, their argument relies heavily on giving more emphasis to means testing. However, it is the very fact that means-testing be given more weight which demonstrates exactly who will be hurt by this proposed change.

The proposals put forward by the CBI will make it so much harder for children of low income families to better themselves through education. University should be for the brightest and most able students, hungry for success, irrespective of class or wealth. The increased burden of higher tuition fees and more crippling, commercial rates of interest on student loans really will make university too expensive for some. This will only increase the gap between the haves and the have-nots in society, ensuring that success and wealth remains in the hands of few. Call me a cynic, but isn’t that exactly what the upper-classes want anyway?

Studying in the UK a Great Choice

Choosing to study in the UK means a world of learning opportunities is open to you. You’ll be challenged to think critically and independently and explore topics for analysis and debate. You’ll develop excellent team-working skills through group activities, and if your course includes a practical element, you’ll gain valuable hands-on experience.

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World-renowned libraries, outstanding professors and innovative research will all help you reach your potential, both in and out of the classroom. Your time in the UK will do wonders for your English language skills. English is acknowledged as the international language of business, science, IT and the internet, so this will be a great advantage to your career prospects.

UK degree courses are comparatively short because they’re intensive, which means you’ll be committing less time and less money to your studies. There are some great opportunities to earn extra money while you’re in the UK, too. Current regulations allow international students to work for up to 20 hours a week during term time, and full time during holiday periods.

Scholarship Opportunities

Studying in the UK continues to offer good value for money for international students – the quality of teaching is high, as is the international status of UK qualifications. However, for those who need financial help there are an increasing number of scholarships you can apply for to help you study in the UK.

Age no Barrier

The age range of students in the UK continues to grow. In 2008, there was a 20 per cent increase in undergraduate applications from students over 25, proving age is no barrier to improvement. At the same time, the application numbers for students under 20 also rose. What these figures indicate is a greater range of ages than ever are now studying in the UK.

Streamlined Visa

The UK Government has introduced a simpler, safer and fairer visa application process for international students in 2009. The new points-based system is designed to make it easier for you to see in advance what you need to have in order to achieve a successful application.

To find out more about studying in the UK, contact Advice For You for all your study abroad needs.

Scholarship opportunities
Studying in the UK continues to offer good value for money for international students – the quality of teaching is high, as is the international status of UK qualifications. However, for those who need financial help there are an increasing number of scholarships you can apply for to help you study in the UK.

UK Language Schools Attract an Impressive Mix of Nationalities

A breakdown of respondents in a survey investigating nationalities of students at UK language schoolsA recent survey was carried out in May 2008 which wanted to investigate the current mix of nationalities at UK language schools. Several aspects of UK language schools were looked at, from student nationality and reasons for studying, to the standard of schools and how students enrolled on their course. It was found that their is a very healthy mix of nationalities at UK language schools, with no one nationality dominating, providing an ideal environment for learning English as a foreign language. In fact, many students will choose a UK language school that has a small number of students from their own country.

Nationality Mix at UK Language Schools

The study found that students at UK language schools represented a total of 32 different nationalities. This number has dropped compared to 2007, when a total of 40 nationalities were represented. However, the mix of nationalities has continued to remain diverse, with no one nationality accounting for more than 9%.

A more significant finding was a significant fall in students from the Middle East. In fact, in 2007 Libya was the 4th most popular nationality, with 6.5% of the student population. Middle Eastern students together accounted for 15% of all students in 2007, but only 2% this year. We wouldn’t like to make any suggestions as to why, but perhaps the current political climate has had an effect.

A breakdown showing the top nationalities of students at UK language schools

This year, students from Thailand replaced Chinese students as the joint-top nationality with 9% of the total population. Thai students shared top-spot with students from Korea. 2008 saw a significant drop in the numbers of Chinese students, down from 7% in 2007 to just 1% in 2008.

Types of Student at UK Language Schools

Having looked at what nationalities are represented at UK language schools, we now turn our attention to their reasons for studying in the first place. Specifically, what types of student are they and how long are they studying for?

Over 37% of students who took part in the survey described themselves as being full time students. However, this is down considerably from the 53% who described themselves as students in 2007. The rest of the respondents were described as professionals – such as doctors and lawyers for example – at 19% and business people at 9%. Despite the drop in numbers of full time students, the average length of study at UK language schools actually increased from 15.9 weeks in 2007 to 23 weeks in 2008. The majority of students – 38% – are studying for between 20 and 39 weeks and a total of 14% of students are studying for 40 weeks or more.

An interesting finding of the study was that the numbers of students who were already using English at either work or higher education are equal, at 38% showing that many people have chosen to study at UK language schools to further their professional or educational development. Considering that the length of study has increased significantly, it is surprising to note that only 20% of respondents were studying for the purposes of going on to further education. 43% of students were studying English in order to better their current or future employment opportunities.

How have Students Chosen their English Language Schools?

A breakdown showing if UK students knew where they wanted to study

While the use of education agents was down this year against 2007 a significant number of students still found agents a useful and reassuring method for finding a UK language school. This year 36% of students said they found their language school through an agent as opposed to 53.5% in 2007. Clearly, students appear to be carrying out their own research on UK language schools before approaching an agent to make the booking for them. 50% of students booked their place through an agent this year, down slightly from 60% in 2007. Most interestingly, there has been significant growth in the recommendation of UK language schools by friends and family as a means of finding a school, up from 26% in 2007 to 36% this year.

What do Students Think of UK Language Schools?

Despite a wide range of class sizes from 4 to 16 students, an average of 10.6, 20% of respondents expressed their opinion that class sizes were too large. And even more surprisingly, despite the rich diversity of nationalities at UK language schools, 9% of students polled complained that there were too many students from their own country at their school. Students from Turkey, Korea, Japan, Columbia and Thailand were the most likely to pick up on this issue.

What do you Think?

What do you think about these recent findings? Please do share your comments with us.

Studying in the UK What to Expect

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The UK is the second most popular place in the World for international students to study. In fact, the UK accounts for more than 20% of the world’s international students; over 340,000 international students come to the UK each year. If you are thinking about coming to the UK to study there are many things you’re surely considering: Where will I live? What’s the country like? What should I bring? To help you begin your research we will tell you a little about the UK and British culture. We’ll give you a brief rundown on what to expect as an international student studying in the UK.

The Country

The UK is made up of three countries, England, Scotland and Wales and of the Universities in the Good University Guide 2009, 90 can be found in England, Scotland has 14, there are 8 in Wales and finally 2 in Northern Ireland. It is apparent why the UK is an educational leader and why it is so popular with international students.

Follow the devolvement of power from London and the creation of a Parliament in Scotland and an Assembly in Wales, many policies governing universities have been changed. In Scotland, for example, students from the European Union do not have to pay tuition fees – but students from England do! Ah, the gold old North/South divide! Unsurprisingly, Scottish universities have seen large increases in the numbers of international student applications. Scotland has also benefited from being in the spotlight following Prince William’s years of study in early 2000.

The Culture

The UK has a wonderfully rich and diverse culture made up of Indian, Middle Eastern, African and West Indian cultures to name but a few. Following the creation and expansion of the European Union many eastern Europeans have now come to the UK. All of this is so apparent when you travel around London and you can hear a whole host of languages being spoken.

British people are globally known for tolerance and fair play. People are polite and well mannered. In fact, “please” and “thank you” are some of the first words children are taught in the UK and everybody uses them in everyday life. This also extends to our fascination with punctuality. British people consider lateness rude and it is very important to be on time. The Brits are also well known for their sense of humour although it is often subtle and can be difficult to understand! But after spending some time in the UK, international students can soon understand the nuances of British culture.

There is so much to do in terms of sport and things to see. International students should really make the effort to get involved at every opportunity, to be able to fully immerse themselves in British culture and to get to know this fantastic country and language.

The Weather

I’m sure you’ve heard many things about the weather in the UK already: grey, rains a lot, what summer? To be honest it isn’t all that bad in the UK although most international students will obviously find the climate different. As you spend more time in the UK you’ll also come to realise that British people have an odd fascination with talking about the weather. Actually, the weather is pretty good: low humidity, warm summers and mild winters. While the days are long and there is sun in from June onwards (promise!) it does get quite cold from November to February. You will need to make sure you bring a range of clothes to suit the weather. Don’t worry if you can’t bring everything as there are plenty of bargains to be had everywhere. Yes, rain is the biggest threat and so it’s always a good idea to be prepared.