English UK Summit

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English UK summit: working together to rebuild and succeed

Monday 14 – Wednesday 16 September 2020
Online event

This focused online UK ELT event was a chance for English UK members and international partners to discuss how to best rebuild the UK ELT industry. The event combined online one-to-one business meetings to connect with agents and partners with expert seminars and panel discussions on UK ELT.

The English UK Summit aimed to help the industry recover in an affordable way for our members. In a series of free seminar sessions, UK policy makers, government representatives and international education experts talked about how the UK will mitigate the risks of Covid-19 as students begin to travel again. Panel-led discussions discussed strategies on market and business development, and one-to-one meetings helped delegates to secure the relationships needed to put these strategies into action.

Together we can ensure international students can safely enjoy the immersion, quality and adventure of learning English in the UK.

This online event was exclusively for English UK member centres, corporate members and reference-checked agents and international partners.

"The responsiveness of English UK was most impressive. You have identified the ELT industry's need at this difficult time and responded brilliantly" – Linda Walker, Nottingham Language Academy

Many thanks to our English UK Summit sponsors:

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The English UK Summit ran across three days, starting with a day of free seminars and panel discussions, followed by morning and afternoon meeting sessions to enable delegates to meet across different time zones. 

Monday 14 September: seminar programme

08:00 - 18:15   Seminars and panel discussions. See timetable.

Tuesday 15 September: morning one-to-one business meetings

(ideal for meetings between the UK, Asia Pacific, Europe and MENA)

07:00 - 12:00    One-to-one meetings 

Wednesday 16 September: afternoon one-to-one buiness meetings

(ideal for meetings between the UK, Latin America, Europe and MENA)

14:00 - 19:00    One-to-one meetings 


Virtual one-to-one business meetings

The Summit was a great opportunity for members to connect with agents and partners from the convenience of your own desk/home. In a private virtual meeting space delegates discussed how your businesses will work together and support one another to ensure English language students have an excellent and safe learning experience in the UK.

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Expert seminars and panel discussions

On Monday 14 September we ran a free programme of seminars and panel discussions for English UK members and agents across three topics: the adapted UK ELT student experience, exploring market opportunities and understanding regulation. The day ended with a plenary looking at future trends for ELT with Foresight Factory and Visit Britain.

To request access to the seminar recordings please contact the English UK team.

The UK ELT student experience

Topics included:

  • Covid-19 Secure: how are English UK members reopening their classrooms safely
  • The student experience - learning in school and online
  • The student experience - social programme
  • The student experience - accommodation
  • Accreditation UK developments, the agent perspective

Read more about The UK ELT student experience sessions +

Exploring market opportunities

Topics included:

  • Current market sentiment in East Asia
  • ELT market focus sessions on MENA, Spain, Italy, Russia, Latin America
  • EMI and EME partnership opportunities with HE in China
Read more about Exploring market opportunities +

Understanding regulations

 Topics included:

  • Upcoming visa changes and student mobility
  • UKVI support for students during the Covid-19 pandemic with UK Visas and Immigration
  • Accreditation UK developments, the language centre perspective
  • Updates to exams and SELTS
  • Legal agreements - a firm footing
  • What does the new point based immigration system mean for students?

Read more about the understanding regulations sessions +

Plenary - travel in flux: how youth travel experiences are adapting to the post-Covid next normal 

Laura Van Eeckhout, Foresight Factory | 16:15 - 17:15, Monday 14 September

In this plenary session Laura Van Eeckhout of Foresight Factory explored how the needs of young travellers in particular have changed during these unprecedented times. She looked at how young people can be attracted through experiences that are adapted to the next normal, yet as exciting and inspiring as ever.

Read more+



Prices and booking

Agents and international partners

Attendance was free for agents, education consultants and overseas institutions. 

English UK members and corporate members

English UK members and corporate members booking one-to-one meeting schedules were asked for a small donation to cover the direct costs of running the event. We recommend a minimum of £150. Any contribution made will be deducted from bookings for StudyWorld, which has been postponed to January 2021.

The seminar sessions were free for members to attend.




Thank you to all our partners for supporting the event and UK ELT. If you would like to support other English UK events and activities contact Business Development Director Tim Barker.