The British Accreditation Council (BAC) and Bell English in the UK have both recently appointed new Chief Executive Officers. Both new appointees want to progress the respective organisations which they will lead and Bell has a strategic plan that foresees significant growth.
New immigration statistics in the UK reveal a 9% fall in Tier 4 student visas issued for the year ending March 2013, with a decline of 46% in the FE and language sectors and the HE sector untouched. FE it seems has borne the brunt, as the fall for language schools was offset by a rise in shorter term visa issuance.
The British Accreditation Council (BAC), one of the UK's leading quality assurance bodies for private higher and further education, has launched an ambitious scheme to accredit non-British providers based outside the UK. Any provider meeting the eligibility criteria may apply, suggesting huge scope for the scheme to expand.
A British education lawyer has called for an independent body to be set up to support international students facing unethical treatment by private UK education providers, with BAC backing the idea. Salima Mawji, a partner at Match Solicitors, said colleges were not adequately communicating terms and conditions.
The UK’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has commissioned research into the UK's private education sector to chart the actual size and USP of private education colleges. The aim is to give ministers a better picture of the HE/FE sector landscape, uncovering key statistics relating to international student population.