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Mental Health focus
This month we have launched a series of articles focusing on mental health within the UK Boarding school sector.
We focus on different approaches schools and colleges are taking to deal with the challenge of securing good mental health for international boarding school pupils. There is some great work out there and some really innovative approaches and we will focus on more feedback from the sector next month.
2 articles have been published so far and are available to read here:
The Unique mental health challenges facing international student studying in the UK
A whole school approach to the issue of mental health…
Also, on a more light-hearted note, we also highlight the popular appeal of the ‘therapy dog’ both sides of the Atlantic. One beloved campus therapy dog, Reggie Bee, has become a a student presidential hopeful in elections at the University of Michigan
Rules have prohibited Reggie from officially being listed on the ballot. However, Reggie’s campaign on Facebook urges students to write in his name instead. The Facebook page claims that Reggie is the most liked candidate in the race.
Tables turned as China seeks to attract 500,000 international students
Chinese universities are now actively recruiting UK students to study in China.
China is currently the third most popular destination for mobile study, after the US and UK. Additionally, the Ministry of Education recently declared that it would aim for 500,000 foreign students in the HE system by 2020.
The difference between paying £9,250 a year in the UK, and £1,500 in China, may tempt UK students to travel for study.
42% students in the UK do not expect to pay off their student loans
A major report, commissioned by the new universities regulator, the Office for Students, analysed the views of 6,000 young people about value for money in higher education. Just 10% of school leavers thought they would be unable to pay back their loan within 30 years, which rose to 28% of university students. Among recent graduates, 42% said they do not expect to repay their loans in full.
International student applications boost University applications for Sept 2018
Applications to go to university in the UK this autumn are down by 11,000 on last year despite a surge in interest from overseas students, according to figures from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (Ucas). The overall decline of 2% is explained largely by the fact there are fewer 18-year-olds in the population available to go to university. However, there has also been a sharp drop in the number of older students applying to go to university, in particular to study nursing, which has seen a 10% decline in applications on last year.
City Guide to Bath
The city of Bath in South West England was founded in the 1st century AD by the Romans who used the natural hot springs as a thermal spa. It became an important centre for the wool industry in the Middle Ages but in the 18th century under the reigns of George l, ll and III it developed into an elegant spa city, famed in literature and art.
Bath is a UNECSO world heritage site.
Places to visit:
The Roman remains, especially the Temple of Sulis Minerva and the baths complex (based around the hot springs at the heart of the Roman town of Aquae Sulis, which have remained at the heart of the City’s development ever since) are amongst the most famous and important Roman remains north of the Alps, and marked the beginning of Bath’s history as a spa town.
An experience not to be missed is the chance to bathe in the roman baths in the centre of Bath. There are some age restrictions on access to the Baths, but it is a unique experience.
The famous Bath crescent is also worth visiting. It is a short walk up hill from the city centre and is the most famous example of Bath’s Georgian architecture.
The Georgian city reflects the ambitions of John Wood Senior (1704-1754), Ralph Allen (1693-1764) and Richard “Beau” Nash (1674-1761) to make Bath into one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.
On the way up the hill to the Crescent you can also stop off and visit the Jane Austen Centre. From 1801 to 1806 Bath was Jane Austen’s home. It also provides the backdrop to two of her novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, and features in her other novels and in the collection of letters to her sister, Cassandra.
Also, a visit to Bath would not be complete without a visit to Bath Abbey. Three different churches have occupied the site of today’s Abbey since 757 AD. First, an Anglo-Saxon monastery which was pulled down by the Norman conquerors of England; then a massive Norman cathedral which was begun about 1090 but lay in ruins by late 15th century; and finally, the present Abbey Church as we now know it.