We have been involved with a number of key stakeholders recently from NARIC, AoC, ICEF Berlin and ALTO to the launch of the EF EP Index in Westminster. English UK was also at the recent celebration of International Students' Day hosted by the APPG in Westminster, and on another occasion, at a policy forum of post Brexit trade.
The ELT working group hosted by DIT met and made some very positive decisions for promoting ELT, which will be revealed in the new year.
The headline this month is the imminent Migration Advisory Committee enquiry...
MAC: the Migration Advisory Committee enquiry
The MAC enquiry is an open consultation on the economic and social impact of international students, and is such a significant opportunity to put across UK ELT's case that we have brought forward the planned update to our Economic Impact Report of 2015.
StudentMarketing are working with Capital Economics, authors of our first economic impact report, to produce a truly up to date and much more comprehensive piece of work, which we will present as the core of our submission. It will have life well beyond that though; we will use it in all our national and regional public affairs work.
This time we will be surveying students directly to ascertain their spend on top of tuition, and we will need your help with this please, but all you have to do is pass on the link to current and as many past students as you have information for. StudentMarketing will do the rest.
There will also be a questionnaire for each member centre to complete – we would be grateful if you could spare a few minutes to fill it in. Watch out for an email call to action on this in the next week!
100 MPs support removal of students from net migration
You will hopefully have seen the recent letter signed by well over 100 MPs to the Prime Minister to support the removal of students from net migration. With the Home Secretary also urging this, and although this does not affect most of our students, it is indeed a very positive and welcome sign.
On the Government front, we attended the regular Education Sector forum hosted by the Home Office, which had no major news, not surprisingly, as we are still waiting for the Immigration White Paper. One piece of news though is that Bharat Pamnami is moving on and will be replaced by David Ramsbotham.
A free place at the annual conference and other developments
We ran our first joint event with IATEFL, specifically with their SIG for Inclusive Practices and Special Educational Needs. This was in direct response to requests from you and the session was very well attended. We plan to develop this relationship further
Finally, save the date of Thursday 17 May 2018, when we will be welcoming you to the English UK Annual Conference & AGM 2018 in London. There is one free place for every member centre, so we are expecting very high numbers!
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