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list UKBA update & other visa news
 

Monitoring and reporting non-attendance / Visa fees from April 2013 / Pre-entry tuberculosis testing in the Philippines / Visa application updates for Brunei, Manila, Russia, Thailand and Vietnam.

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list Annual declarations and centre profiles - deadline Friday 1 March
 

Have you completed your online English UK Annual Declaration and Centre Profile 2013 yet? The deadline for completion is midnight on Friday 1 March 2013.

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list StudyWorld London 2013 – early bird deadline approaching
 

StudyWorld London 2013 takes place from Monday 2 – Wednesday 4 September at the Hilton London Metropole Hotel. Secure your place at the early bird rate by booking and paying for your table by Monday 25 March 2013.

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list English UK AGM and Annual Conference 2013 - bookings now open
 

Bookings are now open for this year's English UK Annual Conference and AGM, which is being held on 15 and 16 May at The Hotel Russell, London and will include a chance to socialise with your fellow delegates at a post-conference drinks reception on the Thursday evening.

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list The 2013 English UK Annual Conference & AGM - call for speakers
 

English UK is now accepting proposals for conference sessions at this year's Annual Conference, which will take place on 15-16 May at the Hotel Russell in London.

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list English UK publication - Estimate of the value of ELT to the UK’s towns, cities, counties & nations
 

When English UK members are lobbying MPs or trying to interest local media in the economic implications of the changes to the visa and accreditation systems, it is always helpful to provide an estimate of the monetary value centres bring to their area. We therefore compile these tables as a best estimate of the value of students to the UK's towns, cities, counties and nations, to be used in English UK members' campaigns.

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list The English UK Fairs, Beirut & Chiang Mai - book now at the Early Bird rate
 

If you would like to attend the English UK Fairs in Beirut and Chiang Mai, book now to secure your place at the discounted Early Bird rate. Network with agents from across the Middle East and North Africa in Beirut, and from the Asia Pacific region in Chiang Mai and really get to know the agents in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

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list Reminder to complete the VAT and Agent commissions survey - deadline Wednesday 6 March
 

The aim of the survey is to find out how many members are VAT registered and if so whether you are accounting for VAT on agent commissions or not. We have extended the deadline for completion of the 'VAT and Overseas Agent Commissions' survey to 5pm on 6 March 2013.

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list Upcoming training days in March
 

March sees the continuation of our training day programme, with days from Nigel Heritage, Adrian Underhill and more.

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list New member of staff at English UK
 

This month Matthias Hofmarcher joined English UK as International Assistant, to carry out his internship as part of his studies at the University of Applied Sciences in Krems, Austria. 

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list English UK's newest Partner Agencies
 

Since January, eight more agencies have successfully completed the steps to become recognised as English UK Partner Agencies. Find out who they are.

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list Partner Agency interview - Valerian Markarov from GOLDEN BRIDGE International Education Center
 

Dr Valerian Markarov is Managing Director of the GOLDEN BRIDGE International Education Center in Tbilisi, Georgia. Find out more about them and how becoming a partner agency has benefited the company.

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list Motion Picture Licence Company - English UK member discount
 

English UK has arranged a bulk licence for payment of Motion Picture License Company (MPLC) fees. The MPLC has offered a discount to English UK which we will pass on to our member centres.

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list Study UK elections strengthen representational clout for independent colleges
 

Study UK, the official membership association for accredited independent colleges of Further and Higher Education in the UK, is delighted to announce the election of three new members to its eight-strong Board of Directors.

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list Positive tourism figures released
 

In provisional figures released by VisitBritain, 2012 was the best year for UK tourism since 2008, and despite fears that the Olympics would seriously damage inbound tourism, there was a one per cent increase in visits compared with 2011.

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list News from Corporate Members
 

To find out more about the corporate members featured this month, click on the link below. The corporate members featured are IATEFL, White House Education, Learning Resource Network, Infospeed Ltd, Polar Choice, Western Union Business Solutions and TADS Media Ltd/e-test me.

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list New independent benchmarking and assessment company offering free services to educators
 

Verify-UK Ltd is a new independent benchmarking and assessment company for Education Recruitment Agents, wishing to work more successfully with UK Education sponsors. Their services are free for UK Education institutes and chargeable for Agents who wish to achieve a professional standard and be recommended to work with UK institutes.

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list Choices – an assisted voluntary return service
 

Choices is the UK's assisted voluntary return service and has been operating since April 2011. Jointly funded by the UK government and the European Returns Fund, their programmes assist families and individuals in the UK without regularised legal status (from outside the EU) who wish to return to their country.

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list UK-ASEAN Business Council event - Discovering & demystifying South East Asia
 

The first of the UK-ASEAN Business Council's regional events, 'Discovering & demystifying South East Asia', is taking place on Thursday 21 March at The Midland Hotel, Manchester.

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