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Cohesion is critical, underline peak bodies at ALTO

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.

UK: ELT centres prioritise student experience

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.

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.