Welcome to UKEducationGuide’s March Newsletter!
Best cities for International Students
QS has announced the top cities in the world for international students. The UK has 8 cities in the top 100; London, 3rd and Edinburgh 18th and Manchester 23rd rank highest. No 1 is Montreal. Details of all cities featured here
UK Government announces new 2 year degree initiative
UK Universities will be encouraged to provide two-year degrees in return for the right to raise tuition fees, possibly up to £14,000 a year from the current cap of £9,250. Overall tuition fees may not reduce, but students will be able to save on 1 year’s living costs. Holidays will be significantly reduced to increase study time in the proposed 2 year program. More information here
Introduction of new ‘T level’ qualifications in UK
There will be new money made available to support the development of T-technical qualifications in UK that will mainly be offered by Further Education Colleges in the UK. The T level qualifications will be aimed at 16 year olds as an alternative to A levels and some of the 15 routes will be available only via Apprenticeships. The 15 routes outlined include vocational subjects like; Construction, Engineering, Catering and hospitality and business fields such as; Sales Marketing and Procurement. More here
Last call for our online Questionnaire
Thanks to everyone who has completed the Questionnaire on the site so far. We will draw the 2 winners of the Trinity ISE I and ISE II Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening Exam Preparation & Practice Test packs next month and announce the winners in the April newsletter.
The response to the questionnaire so far has highlighted your main concerns about finding information relate to VISA requirements-so we will be looking at ways we can improve the information on the site and will update on this subject in next month’s newsletter…
Leicester Guide for the uninitiated!
Following on from our London Guide we are pleased to present our student guide to Leicester. Most of us who work on UK Education Guide are based in and around Leicester, and love the city. It is also home to 2 universities; University of Leicester and De Montfort University, so over 10% of the city’s population are university students.
So, some basic facts to get us started; Leicester, in the East Midlands, is a city of around 383,000 people, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in content!
Top Tourist spots
Leicester Market- located in the heart of the city, Leicester’s covered market, is an institution with an 800-year history. People from all backgrounds shop here, and you can even find native English speaking stall-keepers who can sell in Gujarati. Here is a picture of the market taken in 1936.
There are also some amazing religious buildings to see dotted around the city and in the surrounding villages; Saxon and Norman churches and more recent additions such as mosques, mandirs and gurdwaras that are more evident in the city centre.
Leicester Castle is an 11th-century Norman motte and bailey with a mound, a church and great hall. Nestled in an obscure part of the city centre, the castle precinct and the accompanying Castle Park make you feel like you’re in a completely different era.
The Guildhall is hidden away in the centre of the city. It started life in 1390 and has had various uses over the centuries; as a town hall, a theatre, a police station and a school. It’s now a museum and event space. The building itself is a classic timber-framed medieval building with numerous secretive rooms off the main hall. It’s a perfect little oasis of medieval England right in the middle of the city.
Museums and Culture
Leicester has a good choice of museums and places to visit including;
New Walk museum (pictured below) is a 10 minute walk from Highcross Shopping centre and is well worth a visit and a good place to stop for a drink or lunch.
The National Space Centre, situated about a 10 minute drive from the city centre, is a great venue and a popular place to take visiting friends and family. It is one of the UK’s leading visitor attractions and houses the UK’s largest planetarium.
Other museums include; Newark Houses Museum and the Jewry Wall Museum.
However, perhaps the highlight of Leicester’s cultural offerings is the Richard the Third Visitor Centre. The 15th century King’s remains were found in 2012 by a team led by archaeologists from the University of Leicester. The king was killed nearby during the Battle of Bosworth and until 2012 the whereabouts of his remains was a mystery…