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Excellence and access ‘not mutually exclusive’, says Exeter v-c…

Lisa Roberts highlights increasing state school admissions as a key priority and rejects the ‘death of the lecture’ strategy! One of the hallmarks of Sir Steve Smith’s 18-year reign at the University of Exeter was the institution’s meteoric rise up league tables. But such a strategy often came, according to critics, at the expense of widening access. The university’s new vice-chancellor, Lisa Roberts, who began the role in September, is looking to reconcile the two goals by pursuing research excellence and improving the institution’s record on state school admissions. “One of the things we’re determined to do is keep Exeter very much on that upwards [...]

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Leading black rights activist sees hope emerge in Canada…

After a decade tackling Indigenous mistreatment, the nation and its universities widening racial agenda, says Afua Cooper! After years of watching Canada and its academy start to make amends for the historical mistreatment of its Indigenous population, a leader of black empowerment sees the same reckoning finally coming along color lines. Afua Cooper, a professor of sociology and social anthropology at Dalhousie University, said that she looked with admiration at Canada’s willingness to hear its native populations and address its long-standing abuse of them. But for too long, black Canadians have had less luck, said Jamaican-born Professor Cooper, a poet whose 40 years [...]

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Indian students ‘positive’ about UK courses despite lockdown!

LONDON: Indian students remain positive about taking up their courses at UK universities this year despite the coronavirus lockdown and travel constraints, official data indicates. According to UK Home Office statistics released last week, the number of study visa grants to Indian nationals in the year ending March 2021 increased by 6,391, marking a 13 percent hike over the last year. It Indicates that most students are keen to take up their courses as they can return to university since lockdown eased further from May 17. Welcoming our students back in person is an important milestone in the UK’s COVID-19 recovery and a positive [...]

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Scotland includes international students in Covid vaccine rollout…

The move may put pressure on other sectors to follow suit! International students are to be included in Scotland’s coronavirus vaccination program, the Holyrood government has announced. Health secretary Humza Yousaf said overseas learners would be included in the vaccine rollout in line with guidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation for the coming academic year. The move will both protect incoming students during their studies and prevent possible further transmission, ministers said. “Based on the latest data, we estimate there could be around 65,000 international students studying in Scotland in the next academic year. I am pleased to confirm they [...]

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England’s lockdown easing on 21 June likely to be delayed by up to four weeks…

Monday’s announcement will come as coronavirus cases are rising at the fastest rate since the second wave. The lifting of all lockdown restrictions in England is likely to be delayed for up to a month from the planned date of 21 June, government sources have told the Guardian. It comes as coronavirus cases in England are rising at their fastest rate since the winter wave. Ahead of an announcement scheduled to be made by the prime minister on Monday, a “quad” meeting for Boris Johnson and three senior ministers has been penciled in over the weekend. The four – Johnson; the chancellor, Rishi [...]

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Universities will play a key role in building resilience and trust in this Covid decade…

The British Academy was commissioned by the government to think through the long-term impacts of Covid-19. Sarah Cowan explains how universities will be critical to national recovery efforts. We are in the midst of a global crisis threatening the health of millions of people. History has taught us that pandemics are just as much social and economic crises as they are medical and health ones. Lessons from the past also suggest that times of upheaval can be opportunities to reshape society. On 23 March 2021, the anniversary of the UK’s first lockdown, the British Academy – the UK’s national academy for [...]

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University partnerships will help UK build back better faster…

A new report is predicting that thousands of jobs, new businesses, and prosperity will be created across the UK through university collaborations with employers, local government, and other partners. Today’s report – ‘Universities and the UK’s economic recovery: an analysis of future impact’ – written by the National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education (NCEE) and published by Universities UK, predicts that over the next five years UK universities will provide:  £11.6 billion worth of support and services to small enterprises, businesses, and not-for-profits. 21,700 new companies and charities will be started because of universities. 191,000 nurses, 84,000 medical specialists, and 188,000 teachers will be trained at UK [...]

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Students in England call for 30% Covid discount on tuition fees…

University students propose rebate for coronavirus-affected tuition, funded by increased interest rates University students in England are offering to accept higher interest rates on their loans in exchange for an immediate £2,700 discount on their tuition fees as compensation for the disruption to their education caused by the Covid pandemic. A group of students unions led by the London School of Economics and the University of Sheffield has written to the education secretary, Gavin Williamson, and the universities minister, Michelle Donelan, to propose that the government funds a 30% tuition fee rebate for all students this year by increasing interest rates [...]

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Everything you need to know about IELTS computer based!

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is the world’s most widely recognized English proficiency test and accepted by universities worldwide. You can take an IELTS test on paper or a computer at one of the official test centers in Kuwait. Either way, you will be taking exactly the same IELTS test, with the same test content and structure. The only difference is that you can choose to type your answers or write them on paper – whichever suits you best. http://ukiedu.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Computer-delivered-IELTS-Introductory-Video-1.mp4 IELTS on the computer – You will answer the Listening, Reading, and Writing sections on a computer at one of our official test [...]

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Year in International Business, UK and Amsterdam!

Applications are now open for the Year in International Business in the academic year (2021/22). The Year in International Business Programme is an exciting new opportunity for current undergraduate students who would like to study at our Amsterdam campus. This opportunity is open to all non-business students and is designed to overcome some of the barriers known to deter some students from a period of international study. The Year in International Business also offers students an innovative and employability-enhancing exposure to business theory and practice. http://ukiedu.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Year-In-Amsterdam-1.mp4 This is a one-year award for Northumbria students of a non-business background who have completed Level 5 [...]

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