Welcome to UKEducationGuide’s December Newsletter!
Growth of Free online education offered by top UK universities
Some interesting developments in online / distance learning this month. For the first time the University of Oxford is offering a MOOC course. MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) are free to access. There are many universities that now offer MOOCs. MOOC’s are slowly becoming more and more influential in higher education. For example, a growing number of Universities, including University of Leeds are highlighting successful completion of specific MOOCs as a good way of preparing students for University entry to related degree courses.
Next month we will do offer a full review of MOOC’s available from top universities across the UK.
#weareinternational campaign now being promoted by over 100 universities and organisations
Started by the University of Sheffield this campaign champions internationalism within UK education and wants to show, post Brexit, that the UK is still a place that welcomes international students and faculty members.
Deadline for UCAS applications coming round fast…
The deadline for undergraduate applications for entry in Autumn 2017 is 15th January. Our section on Applications & VISAS helps guide you through this process, but the things that take longest to prepare are always; Personal statement, and checking the equivalency of overseas qualifications and making sure they meet the University entrance requirements needed. NARIC is a really useful site to help you check qualifications and there is a good guide on our site to writing a stand out personal statement.
Our Student guide to London - the highlights and hidden gems
We have spent some time this month talking to international students in Leicester and most head to London for shopping and sightseeing when they have time or when friends and family visit them-so we thought we would start our Student City Guides in London.
Joe Thomas is a writer from the UK living in London. He really enjoyed putting this guide together for us as he loves experiencing the endless activities, and finding the hidden gems around the city, where most people won’t look to go.
We hope you like it! This month the focus is on the ‘must see’ sights around the city. Next month the focus will be on London’s shopping & cultural scene…
London - The highlights & hidden gems
Every visitor wants something a little different from their stay in the capital. While some will want to follow the tourist trail; others are seeking culture; while yet another group wants to visit the best pubs and restaurants on the map. You might even try to include a little of everything into your visit whether you are coming for a day or a much longer stay.
However, whatever you want from your visit there is something for everyone and this guide will help you find your way around and guide you to the best on offer.
Top Tourist Spots
There are so many tourist attractions to see in London that it is best to plan out what you want to visit ahead of time, so you miss nothing. Then plot your route either on an Underground map, a street map or decide which open-topped bus you will hop on to see as much as possible, in the shortest time.
It’s often best to group attractions together, so for example if you are heading to the South Bank you can take in Tower Bridge, The London Eye, the London Aquarium and then move on to the Palace of Westminster and Big Ben. St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum are all worth a visit as are Trafalgar Square, Kensington Palace, Buckingham Palace and the Globe Theatre. You can choose which of them you are just going to view from the outside and which you will spend longer touring.
Here’s a Checklist for you, so you don’t miss anything: