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  • UKTI Event: Capability-building workshop focused on the Gulf, 6 July Dear member, UKTI Education and Clyde and Co. have requested that we extend to you their invitation to a half-day capability-building seminar, focused around education and training opportunities in the Gulf. Event:  UKTI Education and Clyde & Co: Capability-building workshop focused on the GulfDate:  Monday 6 July 2015Time:  Registration and coffee: 09:00-09:30 | Presentations: 09:30-12:30 | Lunch and networking: 12:30 onwardsLocation:  Central London The seminar will cover: The education and training market in the Gulf and high value opportunities Regulatory, legal and business model considerations in the Gulf Commercial considerations How to put together a good bid Financial support from the UK Government Click here for the full agenda and speaker information. Please register your interest by sending your name, organisation and job title and name of the event to uktieducation@ukti.gsi.gov.uk. If you have any questions about this event or other matters relating to UKTI Education’s work in the Gulf then please contact Hedd Megchild (hedd.megchild@ukti.gsi.gov.uk). If you would like to speak to Clyde and Co. then please contact Ross Barfoot (Ross.Barfoot@clydeco.ae).   Best regards,   Jane Jane MarshMembership Services Manager    
  • Study UK launches manifesto of recommendations to the next Government Study UK, the leading association of independent education providers of further and higher education, has launched its Manifesto 2015 (recommendations to the next Government) with a reception in the House of Commons. The Study UK Manifesto 2015 presents ten key policy recommendations to support the development of an efficient and innovative education sector, where the positive contribution of independent providers to student choice, employability, value and quality is acknowledged and properly supported. The recommendations outlined in the manifesto emphasise the need: To drive quality and innovation in higher education, by encouraging healthy competition within the sector To challenge the traditional UK model of a three-year, single discipline university degree, by supporting a modern mix of well-funded and valued qualifications To support the UK's strong position as the global home of education, with an attractive and globally competitive policy on international students The Study UK Manifesto 2015 also calls for a Higher Education Bill to be passed by 2017. Study UK believes that legislation is urgently required to establish the effective regulation of an increasingly diverse and dynamic sector and to enhance quality and value for both students and the taxpayer. Independent providers have long played an important part in the UK's education sector. Thanks to their unique subject focus, invaluable proximity to particular vocations, and an unparalleled commitment to the student experience, independent providers are proving overwhelmingly to be a catalyst for positive change in the sector. Alex Proudfoot, Chief Executive, Study UK said: “Independent providers play a vital role in equipping students with the knowledge and skills needed to meet the challenges of the 21st century. It is important that these providers are encouraged to grow and to thrive over the next five years and beyond. The current patchwork of regulation in higher education offers too much uncertainty for both students and providers, and it places a heavy administrative burden on the institutions Study UK represents. The Study UK Manifesto 2015 therefore calls for a new legislative framework to be established, with fairness, access and equitable treatment at its core. This framework should provide a clear route for new providers to enter the sector, should encourage innovation while protecting our reputation for quality, and should empower students to choose where and what to study with confidence.”
  • New rules for independent providers announced by Greg Clark MP Study UK responded to the announcement by Greg Clark, the Universities and Science Minister, of new rules for alternative higher education providers designated for student support. The measures include greater consistency in quality assurance, stronger admissions processes, and new data collection and publication requirements. He also confirmed that student numbers on degree courses at alternative providers would be allowed to increase by 20% in 2015-16, with further growth in 2016-17 to be based on performance. Alex Proudfoot, Chief Executive of Study UK, said: “These are thoughtful proposals which will help strengthen the UK’s already world-class higher education sector. Greg Clark rightly recognises the exceptionally high levels of student satisfaction and graduate employability in many independent providers, and their success in these areas will be amply demonstrated by the collection of new public information announced today. It is also great news that independent providers will be able to welcome more students onto their degree programmes this autumn. Study UK will work closely with the Minister's team on the implementation of these changes, and we look forward to helping prospective students choose confidently from the growing range of fantastic courses available in the UK." Study UK will be meeting with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) to explore some of the changes in more detail and discuss the timetable for implementation. We will also ask for clarification of the proposed annual renewal of designation, and will seek assurances that prospective students will not be disadvantaged by any strengthening of the existing annual monitoring process. It is of course essential that any student making their choice of undergraduate programme according to the standard UCAS timetable can feel confident in the availability of loans funding for the start of their course the followng year. 
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