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English UK Newsflash February 2014
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UK visas & immigration news

Fee consultation response published / New immigration fees from 6 April 2014 / Changes to visa application centres overseas: Bogota; Buenos Aires; Santiago; Shanghai / Visitor visa applications in Moscow / New visa application centre charge in Taiwan / UKBA website has moved.

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Annual declarations and centre profiles - deadline Friday 28 February

Have you completed your online English UK Annual Declaration and Centre Profile 2014 yet? The deadline for completion is midnight on Friday 28 February 2014.

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English UK Management Conference - full programme available

 

Bookings are well underway for the 2014 English UK Management Conference, with over 100 places already sold. Held in the prestigious Bristol Marriot Royal Hotel, Bristol, on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 March, the conference is a well-established mix of quality sessions and excellent networking.

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Excellent opportunities in Colombia if you take time to understand the market, says new report

 

Almost 150 language centres and industry insiders braved the Tube strike in London to attend the launch of a new market report on Colombia.

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Additional training days added across the UK

 

English UK are pleased to announce the addition of six new training days across the UK, taking place in Edinburgh, Manchester, Totnes and Exeter. See what training days will be taking place from March till June.

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Prevent – protecting the UK against terrorism

English UK has been approached by Kent Police to help make members aware of the Prevent programme, which aims to protect the UK against terrorism. Kent Police have started forging links with the universities and language schools across East Kent, providing a basic explanation of Prevent and are keen to make this information available to all English UK members.

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The English UK Fairs, Kyoto & Antalya - book now at the Early Bird rate

 

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

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Get a marketing advantage: become an English UK core group (but you'd better be fast)

Good statistics underpin good marketing plans, which is why English UK runs a core group of members who share detailed sales figures four times a year. The core marketing group runs for three years at a time, and there's only one day left to join.

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Government-approved testing body should have spotted fraud, say accredited English Language centres

English UK, the organisation representing more than 470 fully-accredited English language teaching centres, has criticised an American-based exam body for not properly monitoring activities at a UK testing centre.

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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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Partner Agency interview - Orion Judge from SI-UK

 

Orion Judge is a director of SI UK, a multi-office agency which began in Japan and has now expanded into several other countries. Find out more about them and how becoming a partner agency has benefited the company.

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English UK newsletter - view our winter edition

The winter edition of our quarterly English UK newsletter was sent to our database of agents earlier this month. This newsletter is aimed at providing agents and educational consultants with the latest information on the UK ELT industry and to provide them with insights into the experiences of international students living and studying here.

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English UK membership update

At the English UK Board meeting this month, six centres were formally admitted into membership of the association and we also have one new corporate member.

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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 Infospeed Ltd, White House Guardianships, IATEFL, Polar Choice, Professionals UK, Western Union Business Solutions and The Stay Club.

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Events and training days from Study UK

 

Study UK, the official membership association for accredited independent providers of Further and Higher Education in the UK. See their workshops and training days taking place over the next couple of months, which are also open to English UK member centres.

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Government announcement on £10m assistance to SMEs

 

Earlier this month the Prime Minister announced a £10 million support package for SMEs (Small and medium enterprises) that have been flooded – or are in flood affected areas that have suffered 'significant loss of trade' since December 2013.

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BAC appoints new Chief Executive

 

The British Accreditation Council (BAC), the only registered charity in the UK dedicated to raising standards in private further and higher education, has appointed Mr Tony Evans as its Chief Executive, in succession to Dr Gina Hobson.

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