Welcome to UKEducationGuide’s February Newsletter!
Since the Brexit vote the value of UK currency has dropped approximately 12 %, this has made a real difference to the current affordability of UK education. No one can predict what will happen to currency levels in the coming years, but Brexit uncertainty will make the currency markets volatile for a significant period to come and this may result in the value of the pound staying at a relatively low level versus other international currencies.
What’s new on the site? Chinese translations!
Thanks to help from Yuanyuan we are adding mandarin translations to the site. Some key pages of the site are now translated and the summary information about all Universities featured on the site is now translated here.
What happens when you fill in a form on our site requesting information from a University or Boarding school?
Thanks to Chingching for asking us to clarify this!
When you fill in a request for more information, we will email you back checking exactly what you want to know. We will then email the right admissions department at your chosen university and ensure that the university emails you back directly; copying us in on the email-so we know it has been done. If the university does not give you the information you need-tell us and we will follow up again on your behalf. We have also made this process clearer on the site.
UK & EU Undergraduate applications down in 2017.
UK UCAS applications for undergraduate study in 2017 are down 5% overall year on year. The Brexit vote has almost certainly affected the level of EU applicants, also down 7%.
Final instalment of our guide to London below - next month Leicester!!
LONDON TRAVEL GUIDE
London is packed full of world-renowned department stores such as Harrods, Liberty, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and Hamleys and if you are visiting close to the Christmas season the window displays are not to be missed.
However, where should you head if you enjoy smaller boutique shopping?
Camden Passage: This is probably one of the most well known and loved centres of independent stores and it hosts a selection of shops and cafes. Many of the shops are catered towards vintage so this is definitely the place to head in London if you want to pick up something unique.
Little Venice: Little Venice is on the Thames and is a collection of waterside shops and cafes. What’s makes it even more fun is you can even hop on a canal boat and head off to your next destination, almost like being in Italy.
LET'S GET OUTSIDE
It’s not just the urban buzz that attracts people to London. What makes it so special is there is so much opportunity to get outside and experience green spaces in the fresh air.
The Thames Path: This stretches all the way from the Thames Barrier across the country to Cirencester. There are many shorter routes you can take within London to see the sights and if you head out by bike you could even make it to Windsor to visit the Castle. Stop off at any of the many pubs along the way for a hearty lunch to keep you going.
Japanese Roof Garden at the School of Oriental and African Studies: If you want the perfect place to relax then head to this garden which was built during the 2001 Japan Celebrations at the college. The theme here is Forgiveness, and this is summed up by the Kanji character engraved on the granite water basin in the garden.
Postman’s Park: This park is home to The Watts Memorial to Heroic Self-Sacrifice. It was built in 1900 by George Frederick Watts and celebrates the heroism of individuals who gave their lives to save others. The park acquired its name because it used to be the place where workers from the old General Post Office ate their lunch.
Street Food: Shoreditch is a great place to experience a wide array of street food. It holds many food festivals and markets, most notably the Urban Food Fest which happens every Saturday. This includes many street food stalls plus a changing selection of craft beers, wines and even cocktails.
Another street food destination is Borough Market and this offers both food which is ready to eat straight away plus fresh produce. A foodies dream to find everything under one roof. In Fact there are many amazing spots dotted all around London, so wherever you are, there shouldn’t be one too far away from you.
Restaurants: There are so many restaurants to choose from in London that before you head out, it’s best to narrow your search down by deciding what kind of food you are in the mood for.
If you are craving ice-cream then Chin Chin Labs in Camden takes this sweet treat to a whole other level through the application of liquid nitrogen.
A trip to London wouldn’t be complete without that traditional trip to the pie and mash shop. You can even try the local delicacy jellied eels, but be warned it isn’t for the faint-hearted.
One of the latest trends in London restaurants has been the upsurge in venues which are tucked away and offer seclusion. Back in 5 Minutes, Freud, Four O Nine and Old Tom and English all make it on to this list, but remember most will need early reservation.