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BAC Newsletter

July 2016
A message from Paul Fear,
 
Well, the waiting is over, we are leaving the European Union (EU).  The big question now is what it means for educational institutions. And to help to try and answer this, we thought we might try a few predictions of our own.
 
Domestic Student Recruitment:  given the level of political uncertainty and the potential loss of open access to the EU single market, we will almost certainly see a drop off in investment and a fall in consumer confidence.  The knock on effect of this could well  be a slowdown in economic growth and a recession. So how might this affect student recruitment?  Typically, education and training expenditure holds up well in tough economic times but will students be willing to take on high levels of debt if the jobs market isn’t as strong as it has been?  All other things being equal, it seems likely there will be an adverse effect on student recruitment.  The real question here is how the government might react to an economic slowdown?  Stimulus or more austerity?
 
International student recruitment might suffer more than domestic recruitment.  In the short term, and perhaps counterintuitively, student recruitment might actually rise as the pound falls in value.  In the longer term EU students might have to apply for a visa to come and study in the UK.  How willing students might be to do this remains to be seen but it is hard to see how this could have anything but a negative effect on recruitment.   
 
The good news is that British education is held in high regard.  Demand is high with UK universities, awarding bodies and training providers working with a range of partners overseas.  Whilst the visa regime has reduced demand for UK based provision by students requiring Tier 4 visas demand for short course provision remains strong. 
 
A new government would send a clear message of support for the sector by removing students from the immigration figures.  That really would show that Britain is open for business.
BAC Webinars
June 2016

 
BAC is organising 2 webinars in July that you may find of interest. Please click on the topic to register.

13 July 2016
2pm - 2.30pm

Preparing your application for BAC Accreditation

22 July 2016
2pm - 2.30pm

Q&A with BAC

Cost: Free for all BAC accredited institutions; £60 for non BAC accredited institutions.
BAC accredited institutions need to email
events@the-bac.org to ask for their discount code if they have not yet received it.

GOVERNMENT AND POLICY NEWS

"EU students who are eligible under current rules to receive loans and grants from the Student Loans Company will continue to do so for courses they are currently enrolled on or about to start this coming year."
"The referendum result does not affect students studying in the EU, beneficiaries of Erasmus+ or those considering applying in 2017."
(Source: Statement from Jo Johnson following the EU referendum; 28 June 2016)
Please go to the UK Government website for more information.

The Skills Funding Agency published on 17 June 2016 a set of statistical data: FE Choices: performance indicators. (the indicators include success rates, learner destinations, learner satisfaction and employer satisfaction).
To view the reports please go to the Skills and Funding Agency website.

The skills funding agency published on 16 June 2016 reports related to the FE Choices learner satisfaction survey 2015 to 2016.
To view the reports please go to the Skills Funding Agency website.

"UCAS has launched a brand new service on ucas.com that enables students to search for postgraduate courses in the UK, and access information and advice about postgraduate study."
(Source: UCAS; 8 June 2016)
For more information please go to the UCAS website.

"The Government is to propose new powers to protect children following an investigation by The Independent which revealed thousands of children are attending illegal faith schools in the UK where they are at risk of abuse."
(Source: The independent; 4 June 2016).
For more information please go to the Independent website.
UK INDUSTRY NEWS
"More applicants from outside the FE and skills sector should be encouraged to apply for leadership roles within it in order to introduce talent, increasing challenge and bring different thinking."
(Source: Press Release from AELP; 27 June 2016)

"The latest statistical release from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) shows that overall participation in adult further education and skills fell by 315,900 (10.8%) between 2013/14 and 2014/15."
(Source: University College and Union; 23 June 2016)
For more information please go to the University College and Union website.

"New data from English UK reports an 8% decline in English Language Training (ELT) student numbers between 2014 and 2015, and a 13% decline in student weeks.
The association attributes the declining numbers for 2015 to the strong British pound, increasing competition, British visa policy, and softening global demand.
Among sending markets that grew last year, notable gainers include Czech Republic, China, Kuwait, Oman, and Chile."
(Source: ICEF; 22 June 2016)
Please go to the ICEF website for more information.

Edudemic provided a guide a teacher’s guide to long distance tutoring.
The applications that they recommend are:
Skype
Scribblar
Quickhelp
Varsity Tutor
Khan Academy
To read the full guide please go to the Edudemic website.

"The Education and Training Foundation published on 17 June 2016 its annual series of reports on the FE and training sector workforce in England, across all provider types.  These latest reports describe the workforce during 2014-15."
(Source: The Education and Training Foundation; 17 June 2016)
For more details please go to the ETF website.

"According to the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, 80% of all UK universities are involved in transnational activity in the form of top-up degree courses, joint degree programmes, franchises and international branch campuses."
Since 2010, TNE enrolments have grown 32% among UK providers, compared to just 10% for Australian educators and 11-12% for German TNE.
Overseas partnerships for UK institutions are on the rise but there is a risk that inadequate quality assurance, low TNE student outcomes and financial inexperience could choke growth."
(Source: The Pie News; 15 June 2016)
for more information please go to the Pie News website.

"A record number of access-to-higher education learners went on to study at a higher education institution last year, new figures reveal. The top five subjects studied in higher education by access-to-HE diploma students were medicine, biological sciences, social studies, business and administrative studies and education."
(Source: TES; 14 June 2016; TES)
For more information please go to the TES website.

"Two-thirds of students in England do not feel their degree represents good value for money, with overall satisfaction levels particularly low among students from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds, a survey has found."
(Source: The Guardian; 9 June 2016)
For more information please go to the Guardian website.

"The gap between the number of men and women entering higher education has reached "record levels", with women more likely to enter 90% of the UK's largest universities, new data released by Ucas reveals."
(Source: Mail online; 9 June 2016)
Please go to the Daily Mail website for more information.
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
"Indian universities and colleges having the highest grade of accreditation or threshold accreditation, will now be able to apply online to the University Grants Commission for starting twinning and collaborative arrangements with quality foreign educational institutions in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes leading to the award of a degree.” 
Statement from  the Indian Human Resource Development Ministry on 22 June.
(Source: University World News; 28 June 2016)
For more information please go to the
University World News website.

"Ghana is now the second-largest source of Sub-Saharan students in the US, after only Nigeria and after having edged out Kenya for the number two spot as of the 2014/15 academic year. More than half of all outbound students choose the US or UK, with the balance distributed among institutions in Canada or in Europe."
For more details please go to the
ICEF monitor website.

"A new survey shows that in some markets – Venezuela, Brazil, and Malaysia – students are particularly influenced by a lack of scholarships for a given school or destination.
Unfavourable shifts in currency exchange rates can also have a profound effect on students in some markets. In Brazil, Mexico, Malaysia, and Indonesia, large proportions have postponed plans to study abroad for this reason, while in Venezuela and Argentina, many students said they would abandon plans to go abroad altogether."
(Source: ICEF Monitor; 15 June 2016)
Please go to the
ICEF monitor website for more information.


"The 2016 Social Admissions Report: China Edition finds that nearly 70% of prospective Chinese students use a smart phone as their primary tool for researching study abroad options. The top search or research activities among these users include:

  • 85% checked school information online (e.g., ranking, programmes available, costs);
  • 38% watched a video from an institution or school;
  • 28% posted a question to a school representative on social media;
  • 27% participated in a live chat.

Overall, nearly 90% of prospective Chinese students indicate they will use social media when deciding on an institution or school."
(Source: ICEF Monitor; 14 June 2016)
For further information please go to the
ICEF monitor website.

OPPORTUNITIES

Promotional opportunities for UK institutions through the new publication, “An Easy Step Guide for Studying in the UK” aimed at the Thai market

As part of the Easy Step Guide for Studying in the UK, there will be sections dedicated to information on individual institutions. 
Deadline: 20 July 2016
For more information please email uraiwan.samolee@britishcouncil.or.th.
National Beijing education institute seeks UK partner for financial training centre

The university is looking for an UK counterpart to jointly set up a financial training centre. Preferably the UK companies will be experienced in delivering financial training to professional and high level participants and have previous international projects.
Deadline: 15/07/2016
Please go to the Exporting Is Great website for more details.
India - Opportunity for academic and strategic partnership with premier Indian educational institute
 
A premier footwear design and management institute is looking to explore collaboration and strategic partnership opportunities with UK universities to promote quality education, research & development.
Deadline: 15/07/2016
For more information please go to the Exporting Is Great website.
Brazil - Major private university group looks for partnership with UK educational institutions for distance learning.
 
One of the main university groups in Brazil is interested in partnering with UK universities or colleges to offer distance learning courses in the areas of Business, Marketing, Pedagogy, History, Accounts
Deadline: 1 August 2016
For more information please go to the Exporting Is Great website.
Russia - Education agent looking for partnering with British universities, colleges and schools

A leading education agent based in Ekaterinburg, Russia, is looking to expand its network of partners in the UK and establish relations with British universities, colleges and schools.
Deadline: 31 October 2016
For more information please go to the Exporting is Great website.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Reforms to science at GCSE and A-level: implementation, practical science and support for teachers and learners
London
5 July 2016
Organised by the Westminster Education forum

 
Delegates will discuss the content and the implementation of the new GCSEs, including the implications of removing modules, having a greater focus on scientific knowledge and the inclusion of mathematical content, ahead of the teaching of the qualifications in September 2016. 
For more information please go to the the Westminster Education Forum website.
The Scale and Scope of UK HE TNE
London
8 July 2016
10am - 3.30pm
Organised by HE Global

 
For more information please go to the HE Global website.
CVU Annual Conference 2016
University Partnerships in a Changing World

Portsmouth
22 - 23 September 2016
 
For more details and to book please go to the CVU website.
2016 BMI Fairs & Workshops
September 2016 - October 2016
(For international students recruitment)

 
September 10th to 20th 2016
Brazil – Salao do Estudante & Brazil Higher Education fairs – 6

September 25th to 28th 2016
The United Kingdom – Campus Global UK

September 26th to October 9th 2016
Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Panama - EXPO-Estudiante

October 1st to 9th 2016
India – Campus Global India

For more information please go to the BMI website.
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