English UK news
  • Have your say on TfL plans to withdraw Day Travelcards
    26 May 2023

    The Mayor of London is considering the option of withdrawing Day Travelcards as part of cost-saving efforts following the pandemic. There is a consultation open until on 6 June. we encourage members to submit questions to ensure TfL re-consider this option.

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  • Turkish visa refusals: productive meetings with embassy staff and ETOs
    25 May 2023

    We have taken first steps to address the issue of high visa refusal rates in Turkey reported by English UK members and educational tour operators.

    Our membership director Huan Japes visited Istanbul on 16 – 18 May to gain insight into the issue, supported by members of the English UK board of trustees. There were discussions and information-sharing sessions with British consulate staff and representatives from Turkish agent associations and British Council Turkey.

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  • What we learned at our 2023 Members' Conference
    24 May 2023

    Our annual Members' Conference and AGM took place in London and online on Friday 12 May. 

    Despite the train strike, members came from as far away as Canada, Cardiff, Devon and York. Over 70 joined in person with up to 47 at any one time online.

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  • StudyWorld returns to London in January 2024, followed by Manchester event in 2025
    24 May 2023

    We're excited to announce plans for our coming StudyWorld events as we continue to connect UK English language centres and other accredited UK international course providers with study abroad agents and partners from around the world.

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  • English UK response to changes to the student visa route
    23 May 2023

    The Home Office has announced changes to the student visa route which will mean that postgraduate students on non-research courses can no longer bring dependents with them to the UK. 

    Although this will not impact ELT students studying at our member centres, we are concerned that any curbs on the rights of international students in the UK have the potential to damage our attractiveness as a destination in an already challenging global international education market. 

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  • UK events in May: King’s Coronation to the Eurovision Song Contest
    19 May 2023

    The world has been watching celebrations in the UK this month, with major events raising the profile of two of our most exciting cities: the Coronation of King Charles III in London and the Eurovision Song Contest in Liverpool.

    International students joined in the celebrations and language schools around the country organised activities to help everyone get involved.

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  • How the government can help ELT: English UK position paper launched in Parliament
    17 May 2023

    MPs, a Lord, English UK members and stakeholders joined us for a very positive reception in the House of Commons on Thursday 11 May 2023 for the launch of our new position paper: 'Help us become the world's premier ELT destination again'.

    The Terrace Pavilion overlooking the Thames was packed with well over 100 people, including many of our members. MPs who attended included Stephen Hammond, Selaine Saxby, Sir Peter Bottomley, Sally-Anne Hart, Diane Johnson, Munira Wilson, Kerry McCarthy and Kevin Hollinrake. 

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  • New student statistics report: "UK ELT's slow but steady recovery could accelerate with the right support"
    12 May 2023

    The UK ELT sector's post-pandemic recovery accelerated in 2022, with a doubling of student weeks and an "impressive" three-fold rise in numbers, according to our 2023 Student Statistics Report. 

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  • Our annual China Roadshow is back
    10 May 2023

    We are delighted to confirm we will return to China, to Beijing and Shenzhen, in November 2023.

    Now that China has re-opened its borders to visitors and is issuing visas after a three-year break, we are excited to return to China and help members rebuild relationships in this important market.

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  • Work at an international summer school in 2023
    2 May 2023

    Interested in helping to deliver a great summer experience for students learning English in the UK this summer?

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