Transport for London has agreed to supply English UK and its affiliates with discounted group travel tickets after the MD of Stafford House Study Holidays claimed victory in a complaint about rising public transportation fees.
British Council-accredited schools voiced concerns over quality provision, price wars and challenges around satisfying group leaders of the Italian MoE’s PON scholarship scheme at an event held by the British Council, English UK and Trinity College this week.
Chief Executive at English UK, Eddie Byers, has stated that the UK's ELT sector needs to work harder to make the government understand it is a "key feed" into the HE sector. And English Australia's Sue Blundell wowed ALTO delegates with data illustrating Australia's growth and grasp of stats.
As the UK's ELT market continues to become more competitive and tighter policy restrictions loom, providers are taking a holistic approach to the student experience as a way to maintain student numbers. This month, over 70 UK-based non-academic language school staff attended English UK's first 'Student Experience' conference since 2007.
More changes are looming for the UK’s Tier 4 visa system as the government finetunes its new Immigration Act. Speaking at StudyWorld this week, UKVI's Bharat Pamnani said the government is planning on consolidating visitor visa categories and is considering offering a cheaper Premium Service for smaller providers.
A damning parliamentary committee report shows that around 19,000 EU and 400,000 English graduates are in arrears on their student loan payments or have no earnings information available, and that the "continued existence" of the student loans system is under threat.
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.
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.