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English UK moves into direct student contact

For the first time, representative body English UK has ventured into direct student contact after 11 of its members took part in BMI’s Expo-Estudiante in Bogota following the EUK Fair in Cartagena in Colombia this month. The move marks a new direction for the organisation under incoming CEO Eddie Byers.

No return to pre-Olympic business levels for UK ELT

Student weeks at private UK English language providers increased by only 1.03% in 2013, showing that expected growth after 2012's Olympic malaise hasn't happened yet. State sector providers fared slightly better, but the incoming CEO wants to focus on growth and new ways to engage directly with students.

Gov must focus on fraud, say UK associations

Leaders of UK sector associations have called for the government to focus on existing fraud challenges in light of a recent TV documentary instead of increasing regulation for compliant schools. Accreditation UK has confirmed its remit does not include delivery of external examinations.

English UK appoints new Chief Exec

Leading language teaching association English UK has said it is "delighted" to appoint global marketing expert and former Managing Director of the British Council's Programmes and Projects arm Eddie Byers its new Chief Executive. Byers will take up the post in May.

UK: Action research scheme for ELT teachers

English UK, the world's leading language teaching association, has joined forces with Cambridge English Language Assessment to provide support for English language teachers working at its member centres who want to carry out action research into English language acquisition.

UK confirms Schengen visa link for Chinese

The UK has confirmed it is easing the visa process for visiting Chinese nationals. The changes could allow Chinese tourists – who under current laws have the right to study in the UK for up to 30 days – to apply for a UK visa and Schengen visa at the same time, enabling easier access to other European countries.