Press releases

These releases cover all aspects of the Association's work, from commenting on government policy or new research through fairs and events promoting studying in the UK to training events and conferences. To keep things simple, only major releases are posted here: check our news section to find every story about us.

We are happy to help journalists with questions about UK ELT, please contact press relations manager Susan Young on susan@englishuk.com.

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  • Let's get thousands to sign our business rates petition to parliament
    12 August 2020

    It's taken over two months to be officially accepted as a Government petition, but this week our plea for business rates relief to be granted to all ELT centres finally went live.

    So – please share it! We need 10,000 signatures to get an official response, and 100,000 for a guaranteed Parliamentary debate. Signatories need to be resident in the UK, so please don't share with overseas partners, but friends, family, staff, colleagues and host families would be perfect.

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  • UK Government Minister welcomes ELT students back to the UK
    29 July 2020

    Exports Minister Graham Stuart has written an open letter to international ELT students, welcoming them back to UK classrooms and recognising English UK and its members work on focussing on student safety and latest government guidance. 

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  • English UK's 2020 Student Statistics Report: continuing rise in student numbers in 2019
    29 July 2020

    The UK welcomed 1% more students last year than in 2018, continuing from the market rebound of 2017.

    The proportion of juniors rose to 54% of the total, and a quarter of all weeks were spent in London. Central England saw a 21% spike in student weeks, while Northern England was the best performer, with student weeks rising to 25,877, a rise of 9%.

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  • English UK publishes roadmap for UK ELT's recovery after Covid-19
    22 July 2020

    English UK has today published a 14-step position paper outlining the government support required to kickstart the industry's recovery after Covid-19.

    The industry's needs fall into three main categories: short and medium-term business support, a supportive immigration system, and marketing promotion on a national scale.

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  • New study flexibility for UK visitors
    22 July 2020

    In December, the short-term study visa (STSV) route will close and anyone who wants to study here for six months or less can enter on a standard visitor visa.

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