Welcome to our December 2018 Newsletter!
First all we want to wish you a very happy and healthy 2019 and thank you for your support of UK Education Guide in 2018. We welcome any feedback on the site and how it can be improved to better serve international families. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
As 2018 draws to a close, we also want to highlight 1 excellent charity - United World Schools.
Every child has dreams. Help more children make theirs a reality.
Education transforms lives. United World Schools (UWS) works in some of the world's poorest regions to give every child access to free education. The charity partners with local communities and supporters around the world to teach the unreached.
By the end of this year, UWS will have sent 25,000 of the world's poorest children to school. These children are learning the skills they need to follow their dreams. But more than 61 million children around the world still don't have this opportunity, and by supporting UWS, you can help change that.
Find out more about the work of UWS here, where you can also donate to their Christmas appeal and help bring a child's dreams to life.
UK Education Guide in the news this month
Published in The PIE
The changing face of Foundation courses...
The Foundation course has long been an important bridge for international students wishing to enter the UK higher education system. Traditionally, these foundation courses have been offered by international colleges that are often aligned to 1 University, indeed many of these international colleges are located on University campuses and there is a seamless link between completion of an International Year 1 or Foundation year and access to a degree programme on the same campus.
In our blog post for The PIE, we look at the different models offered by these traditional 'pathway' providers and schools now providing foundation programmes on top of their traditional GCSE, A level and IBacc offerings. Additionally, we review how online education provision and credit bearing MOOC's (Massive Open Online Courses) are really starting to shake things up and changing both foundation and degree programme offerings.
The rise of the 'Panda Mom' in China.
Nancy Xu, a product herself of the well documented 'tiger mum' approach to education, is taking a different path with her own business. The phrase ‘Tiger Mothers’ has been used to refer to parents who monitor children closely with high pressure to succeed. But now, there’s a new class of parents in China who describe themselves with a softer label: Panda Moms. Xu says that means encouraging more creativity and self-exploration. She argues that the current generation of parents in China is rejecting the pure focus on success in the highly competitive gaokao exam as the only measure of educational success and is opting for a broader view of education.
This new approach is opening up new opportunities in China and is questioning parent's focus on school rankings as the main criteria for selecting overseas schools for their children...
The scourge of essay mills...
Every day at UK Education Guide we get posts promoting essay writing services added to the site, which we remove. We also refuse countless offers of Advertising revenue from promotion of these services.
Advertising for these companies is ubiquitous on modern campuses, popping up on noticeboards and in lavatory stalls, and often using logos uncannily similar to those of institutions themselves. In 2017, a number of essay mill adverts were plastered over the London Underground, and, earlier this year, the BBC uncovered hundreds of YouTube stars who were being paid to advertise EduBirdie, a Ukrainian essay mill.
Action is urgently needed to ban these companies to ensure the integrity of degrees worldwide and Australia is the latest country to consider legislation
Proposal to levy employers, not students, to reduce UK student fees
Instead of students borrowing money to pay for tuition, businesses should pay a levy for each graduate they employ, according to the outline of a radical new approach to funding higher education, published by the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) in the United Kingdom. The amounts employers would pay would be equivalent to the student loan repayments made under the current funding system in England. Revenue from graduate levies would be paid directly to the higher education institution where each graduate studied.
Degree grade inflation-devaluing a top UK degree?
Three subject areas that together represented almost a third of all bachelor’s degrees awarded in 2016-17: business and administrative studies; subjects allied to medicine (a large part of which is nursing courses); and computer science have seen significant increases in the number of first class honours being awarded. There is strong criticism of the UK higher education sector for making top degrees too easy to attain, therefore devaluing the achievement and making it harder for employers to differentiate skill levels in graduate applicants.
We are delighted to present Oxford this month!
Oxford is home to the University of Oxford, Oxford Brookes University and also d’Overbroeck’s school.
Thanks to the team at d’Overbroeck’s for providing this insider’s guide to Oxford.
d'Overbroeck's is a selective, highly ranked day and boarding school for students aged 11-18.
Introduction to Oxford
Oxford is known as the “City of Spires” because of its beautiful skyline of Gothic towers and steeples. Famous for having the oldest university in England, Oxford has always been a magnet for academics and is at the forefront of much technological research and development (did you know that some of the instruments on Nasa's InSight probe which recently landed on Mars were developed in Oxford?). On top of all this, there are plenty of cultural, gastronomic and recreational experiences for both visitors and local residents to take part in.
Places to shop in Oxford:
Oxford has a really wide variety of interesting shops. The City centre boasts the new Westgate Shopping Centre and the Clarendon Shopping Centre where you can find a host of retail shops. There is also the Covered Market where you could find a bargain or two.
We would also recommend exploring Cowley Road, Jericho and Summertown where you can find an array of individual shops that will suit everyone’s needs.
There is also Oxford’s very own, famous Bicester Village outlet shopping centre with designer shops and it is only 30 minutes from the city centre, by bus. A treat for anyone at any time of the year.
Places to stay in Oxford:
There is a great selection of hotels to choose from when visiting Oxford from Luxury hotels to Country house hotels. Alternatively, for those looking for home comforts there are cottage and farm stays. These can all be found via the link below:
Best places to eat in Oxford:
Oxford is full of many places to eat. In fact, it is a culinary gem! There are student friendly places to eat for when you are on a budget but also places for those occasional splurges. See the list below of selection of eateries we have chosen.
On a student budget:
The Tick Tock Café
For a more expensive palate, we have chosen the following:
More next month on places to visit in Oxford and where to punt!