Welcome to our Summer 2019 Newsletter!
It passed us by, but June 2019 was the 30th edition of the UK Education Guide Newsletter and so we thought it was time to freshen things up in time for the new Academic year ahead.
In future we will focus on more News that is relevant to most of our readers.
So, we will have 4 sections
UK Education Guide in the News
Published articles and blog posts from the previous month. All these feature contributions from those of you who actively support the site, so we thank you again for your insights - these comments get your institutions featured in international publications and obviously make our articles more relevant and newsworthy.
Any member of the site can, at any time, send us school news to feature in the Newsletter.
International education news round-up
We pick the top stories from the previous month to highlight in the newsletter, so you don’t miss out on news that might affect your institution.
International recruitment Events
We are adding an overview of key recruitment Shows. We will focus on B2C shows to allow you direct access to families across the globe who are looking for high quality UK education providers.
UK Education Guide in the News
Why food really matters to international student well-being
Most of us happily take it for granted that we will be able to buy the food we like, when we want to. This is not always the case for international students, so schools and colleges that see the true importance of food as a way to; ease homesickness, increase social interaction and improve general well-being should be applauded.
We highlight some of the best school initiatives in the UK in this article for The PIE...
Burgess Hill Sixth Formers have won second place in a prestigious national Accountancy competition-run by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales The BASE competition is designed to give school and college students a taste of what it’s like to work as a chartered accountant. Since its launch a decade ago, more than 18,000 students have taken part.
Millfield Prep Netballers win unique World Schools Netball Cup experience. Ten Millfield Prep Netball players won the once-in-a-lifetime chance to open the first ever World Schools Netball Cup, which was hosted at Loughborough University in June. The school was voted for by members of the public on social media to open the tournament by playing in one of the opening exhibition matches in front of a crowd of hundreds.
International Education Round-up
British Council Annual conference
The British Council is actively looking for proposals from Boarding schools and relevant schools organisations to speak at their Annual Conference in Edinburgh in December more details here
New report highlights a lack of preparation for UK University life amongst Asian and Chinese students-many questioning their choice of University and Course.
The 13th annual Student Academic Engagement Survey has just been published, after interviews with over 14,000 full time, undergraduate students studying in the UK.
Chinese students are reported to be the least prepared demographic group, 29% of whom felt unprepared for their UK University life compared to an average of 22%. Also, Chinese students were less likely than average to report that they had learnt a lot and hence a perceived lack of preparation may be a contributing factor.
Also, only 55% of Chinese and 54% of Asian students said they were happy with the university course they had chosen and 33% of Asian and 36% of Chinese students said they would choose a different institution or course if they had their time again...
The need for online tutoring providers to have clear guidelines on child safety
A recent article in EdSurge & Wired has highlighted the corporal punishment of some children by a parent/guardian whilst receiving online tutoring. This raises profound challenges for this growing industry which, according to the Chinese market research firm Yiou Intelligence, will be worth $11.4 billion by 2022.
At the very least a statement should be read out by every tutor before every lesson starts to state that if the tutor sees or hears a child being threatened, then the lesson will be immediately terminated and the money for the session will not be refunded. It is up to the companies concerned to then have a clear, published policy on how to follow up such incidents.
International student survey published today seen as 'final evidence' in favour of easing Visa regime in UK
A total of 16,199 international graduates from 58 UK institutions, of 189 nationalities, participated in the survey, making it the “first report of its kind” to examine the medium-term outcomes of overseas graduates on such a scale.
The results suggest that overseas graduates from UK universities go on to successful and satisfying careers – 69 per cent said that they progressed more quickly in their career than peers educated elsewhere, 82 per cent that their degree was worth the investment and 83 per cent that it helped them get their job.
The results also show that international graduates are valuable “ambassadors” for the UK – 77 per cent said that they are more likely to do business with the UK after studying here and 88 per cent plan to visit for holidays or leisure.
Jo Johnson is now back as Universities Minister and it is expected that a relaxation to post study Visas allowing overseas students to stay in the UK for a longer period of time, post-graduation, will be announced soon.
Legal bid to outlaw essay mills in England and Wales
A bill, being laid before Parliament by Lord Storey, the Liberal Democrat education spokesman in the House of Lords, would “make it an offence to provide or advertise cheating services for higher education assessments” for financial gain.
Essay mills, companies that write assessments for students for a fee, have become a growing global problem for education providers. A 2018 study found that as many as one in seven students worldwide admitted to using contract cheating services and that the numbers were increasing.
Some territories have already moved to outlaw essay mills, including New Zealand and several US states. The Republic of Ireland has proposed similar legislation.
International Recruitment Events
Selected B2C global recruitment Events aimed at international families looking for UK Boarding school opportunities
UK Education Guide has never promoted a commercial event before, but we are drawing attention to this BMI Event in Vietnam, as it is a B2C event endorsed by the Vietnamese Government.
Also, BMI, to thank us for our support, is offering a substantial discount for recipients of our Newsletter, so if you use the code provided via the link below, you will receive a 15% discount on a stand at both the Shows in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. (UK Education Guide is receiving no payment from BMI for this promotion).
It is expected that 800-1,000 people will attend the 2 shows and there are a maximum of 20 stands at each Show. There will also be schools from other countries represented at the Show.
Vietnam is the 3rd largest source of international K12 students in the USA, the 5th for Canada. BMI believes that British schools can increase recruitment from this market and so they have offered an introductory 15% discount for any UEG schools looking to expand their Vietnamese enrollment. Please use "UEGVietnam2019" at checkout: https://bmiglobaled.com/recruit-students/vietnam-global-boarding-high-school-fair
British Council Events:
Log in to the British Council web site will be needed to access the links below
Study UK Thailand Specialist event for pre-University/Boarding schools - October 5th
Study UK Hong Kong Schools and Colleges Fair - October 13th
Study UK Malaysia Parents open evening - October 13th
Study UK - Japan exhibition open to the public 12.30-6.00pm - October 19th
Wishing you all a great Summer!