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list UKBA update & other visa news
 

Private foster care arrangements / Second Student Visitor Visa (SVV) given before first has expired / Tuberculosis (TB) testing / Changes to Tier 4 Sponsor and Student guidance / Visa application updates for Bangladesh, Malaysia and Singapore.

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list English UK annual declaration & centre profile
 

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 Last chance to book for the English UK ELT Marketing Conference
 

The English UK ELT Marketing Conference will take place on Friday 1 February and is the ideal event for professionals involved in marketing ELT programmes to international students. There is still time to book your place today via our online booking system.

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list Government creates new unit to support international education sector
 

English UK has welcomed the creation of a new Government unit to promote UK education to an international market, but expressed fears that the initiative may not go far enough.

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list Book now for English UK Fairs in Beirut and Chiang Mai
 

The English UK Fairs planned for autumn/winter 2013 are open for bookings. Register now to take advantage of the opportunity to meet agents from across the Middle East and North Africa in Beirut, and from the Asia Pacific region in Chiang Mai.

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list English UK's membership reaches a record high
 

At the English UK Board meeting this month, 11 centres were formally admitted into membership of the association, bringing English UK's membership to a record high.

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list The English UK 2013 Management Conference - provisional programme released
 

The English UK ELT Management Conference will take place from Friday 1 - Saturday 2 March 2013 at the University Arms, Cambridge. Register now and have the opportunity to network with the industry's most prominent movers and shakers and keep up-tp-date with the growing CPD agenda in the UK's ELT industry.

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list StudyWorld London 2013 – make your centre stand out
 

Over 120 educators are already booked to attend StudyWorld London 2013 and 75% of these are English UK members. Take advantage of your exclusive member discount and join colleagues at English UK's flagship event. Book and pay before Monday 25 March to secure your place at the early bird rate.

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list Showcase your centre and region – organise a StudyWorld Fam trip
 

Registration for StudyWorld London 2013 is well underway and agents are always keen to extend their experience by participating in a Fam trip. All educators interested in coordinating an official StudyWorld Fam trip in 2013 should contact Phoebe Allen. The submission deadline for application forms is Friday 15 February 2013.

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list Staff update at English UK
 

This month we said a fond farewell to Jonny Davis and Nathalie-Ann Donjon. We also welcome back Naadiya Rawat and Nuria Felip Puignou from their maternity leave.

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list Upcoming training days in February & March
 

English UK training days offer excellent, affordable professional development covering a wide range of topics, both in and outside the classroom. Here is the line-up for February and March.

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list Website profile translation service - deadline Friday 1 March
 

English UK has negotiated special discounted rates with Cicero Translations for members to have their unique centre descriptions on our website translated into up to 11 foreign languages. Update your data by Friday 1 March 2013.

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list English UK's newest Partner Agencies
 

Since December 2012, two 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 - Marie-Claude Saliba from Educom Overseas
 

Marie-Claude Saliba is the founder of Educom Overseas, based in Lebanon. Find out more about them and how becoming a partner agency has benefited the company.

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list Summary of responses to the VisitBritain Strategy Consultation
 

In the November 2012 edition of the English UK Newsflash, we featured English UK's response to the VisitBritain Strategy Consultation. Since then, VisitBritian has put together a summary of responses to the consultation, with a final version of the strategy being published in due course.

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list Bangladeshi rickshaw challenge for tigers
 

In February, Nathalie-Ann Donjon who recently provided maternity cover as Public Affairs, Policy & Research Manager at English UK, will be cycling 400km around Bangladesh on a rickshaw to raise money for the Charity 'WildTeam' which works in tiger conservation - any donations are welcome!

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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 Trinity College London, GSM International Ltd, Penningtons Solicitors LLP, London Nest Ltd and Study First Group.

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list New automated applications system for international students
 

An automated applications system for international students has been launched for language centres, universities and colleges.

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list Going Global 2013 - final programme announced
 

The 2013 British Council organised event, Going Global, will take place in Dubai, UAE on 4-6 March 2013 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The final programme has recently been announced and delegates can still register to attend - English UK members will receive £100 off the cost of registration.

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list New opportunities with Transport for London
 

VisitBritain has now taken on responsibility for the global promotion and distribution of Transport for London's Visitor Oyster card, and are offering businesses the opportunity to order in bulk or join their affiliate scheme.

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