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Welcome to UKEducationGuide’s November Newsletter!

More on skills gaps… The value of being able to write well!


Programmers need to be able to write as well as programme...

Lem Diaz, a talent partner at Google Ventures (GV) references his experience helping companies such as Netflix, PayPal and even Google find tech talent. He says along with programming skills, the ability to write—and verbally convey ideas, processes and qualifications—is near the top of almost any company’s list of desirable qualifications.


Maintaining written skills in your native language…

“So often the focus for international students is to develop their competence of English, both written and verbal and, of course, this is really important, but maintaining native language written skills is important too. If these skills are not kept up to date written skills can become 'fossilised' and this can cause problems when international students seek jobs in their home countries-even when applying for technical or STEM jobs,” says, Caroline Nixon General secretary of BAISIS.


As BREXIT negotiations rumble on…

Student loans to be available for international students, post Brexit? Discussions are thought to have taken place on the idea – involving the creation of government-provided “commercial-style loans” for overseas students – between the Department for Education, Universities UK and the Student Loans Company. Sources with knowledge of the discussions said they arose out of the likelihood that, post-Brexit, European Union students will lose access to SLC funding and be charged the same full fees as non-EU students are at present, leading to a decline in numbers. Making loan access part of potential free trade agreements with foreign governments – including the EU if the UK and EU reach a trade deal – is seen as one way to address this.


Recent reports highlight the benefits of international students not only to the UK economy, but also to UK students…


First the numbers…

International students (on- and off-campus spending and that of their visitors) generated a total of £25.8 billion in gross output, and supported 250,000 jobs in the UK, according to figures just published by Universities UK for 2014-15.
Every international student generated £22,000-£35,000 gross value added or GVA, and £5,000-£9,000 in tax revenue.


Benefits to domestic students from interaction with international students 

A recent US paper reviewing alumni attitudes found that a significantly larger proportion of highly interactive (in terms of international student engagement) U.S. students in one cohort not only seriously questioned their political beliefs, but also challenged their beliefs about other religions, other races or ethnicities, and people with other sexual orientations, than did their non-interactive peers.


Manchester Guide continued


A real taste of Manchester life…

Greater Manchester is also the home to many independent breweries and to get a real taste of what the best independent breweries have to offer, many offer brewery tours.

Here are 5 worth a look


Shoppers’ Paradise

You will find all the main brands around Market Street or Trafford Centre but if you’re looking for shopping haunts with more of an indie or vintage vibe, head for ‘Afflecks Palace’, ‘Cow’ or ‘Junk Shop’.  Alternatively, head for Didsbury Village where great charity shops with vintage gear abound.


Off The Beaten Track

If you want to get out of town, the beautiful Peak District is only 45 minutes away by train.

Edale is easy to get to and The Old Nag’s Head in Edale does a great pub lunch.

Alternatively, the Lake District is about an hour and half away by car and has recently been awarded world heritage site status.

It is hard to pick just a few of the amazing places to visit in the Lake District, but for a bustling atmosphere with many shops and restaurants head to Bowness on Windermere. For great walks, the home of William Wordsworth and a more relaxed feel, head to Grasmere.


Museums and Galleries

Manchester was the world’s first industrial city and was at the very heart of the industrial revolution and there are some fantastic museums and galleries celebrating this era that are really worth visiting.


2 that stand out for us are:

The Museum of Science and Industry

It houses the world's oldest surviving passenger railway station and the world's first railway warehouse from 1830, which are located at the end of the museum site. On a visit to the museum, you will see amazing objects and learn about the men and women whose ideas changed the world forever. Daily demonstrations bring the museum's world class collection of textile and industrial machinery to life. There are interactive exhibits to explore and a regular programme of changing exhibitions to enjoy.

The Lowry

The Lowry is a complex of restaurants, a theatre and galleries, so it earns its place for its location at Salford Quays (also home to the Imperial war museum of the North-well worth a visit too), plus for its focus on probably Salford’s best known Artist, L.S Lowry. Salford is a separate city within Greater Manchester and has its own University and it proudly claims Lowry as its own! Lowry captures the images of industrial Manchester in a unique and memorable way…


Pat & the whole UKEducationGuide team

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