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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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  • 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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