Welcome to UKEducationGuide’s April Newsletter!
FutureLearn ties up with overseas universities to offer more MOOC’s
FutureLearn, the social learning platform owned by the Open University here in the UK, has announced that it is expanding into the US with five initial university partners: American University, Colorado State University, Pennsylvania State University, Purdue University and the University of Virginia, Darden School of Business. The universities will all offer non-credit courses on the platform this year, and more US based institutions are expected to join them.
There is a live feed to FutureLearn MOOC’s on our site. MOOC’s are Massive Open Online Courses and there is a growing trend for these courses, which are free to access, to offer a good platform for entry into higher education courses in the UK and beyond…
Recent survey shows a drop in International applications to US universities.
Nearly 40 percent of U.S. colleges are seeing declines in applications from international students, and international student recruitment professionals report “a great deal of concern” from students and their families about visas and perceptions of a less welcoming climate in the U.S., according to a survey conducted in February by six higher education groups.
More than 250 American colleges and universities responded to the survey. More details here
More information about VISA’s
As promised last month, we are keen to offer more information about VISA’s as this is a particular area of interest to many of you. We have turned to our friends at The Pie to help us here and Sara Custer, their editor has just written a long article about VISA processing in top study destinations, so we are happy to link to the article and have added it to the site too on our VISA’s and applications page.
Congratulations to Yuanyuan Dong and A. Skarzhinskaya who have won the 2 Trinity Language packs.
New feature next month
We will be starting a Skills Gap feature. Each month we will explore skill gaps within the global economy and highlight the types of degrees that fill these gaps.
Next instalment of our Leicester City Guide!
There’s always time to shop
The biggest shopping centre with over 150 stores is the Highcross Centre. The Centre has department stores like John Lewis and Debenhams alongside smaller fashion stores like Superdry and All Saints.
Also in the city centre is the smaller Haymarket indoor shopping centre and about 3 miles out of town is Fosse Park which has a range of larger stores including major electrical and homewares retailers, selling everything from saucepans to carpets and washing machines.
Let’s get outside
Leicester itself has several large open, green spaces parks and probably the pick of these parks is Bradgate park. It measures over 830 acres and has roaming peacocks and red deer. Bradgate was once the home to Lady Jane Grey who ruled Britain for 9 days in 1553-the ruins of the castle still stand in the grounds and the river Lin runs through the park. It is a stunning place for a walk at any time of year.
In Leicestershire there are many beautiful villages and the opportunity for country walks are limitless.
Also, I visited Abbey park last week just a mile from the city centre which was beautiful. It has a lovely boating lake, tennis courts, a sensory garden and a pretty little Chinese garden too-and I took these photos while I was there.
There are lots of excellent and highly rated restaurants in Leicester, but for a truly international experience, a visit to mile long Narborough road, located near both the city’s universities, is essential. It was recently named the most multi cultural high street in the UK with shopkeepers from 23 different countries and many cuisines to sample including; Turkish, Indian, Japanese, Chinese and Italian.
Other highly ranked restaurants include Kayal Restaurants a small group of family owned restaurants with a focus on Kerala seafood and Maiyango offering an international cuisine and a boutique 4 star hotel too…