How to widen HE access for forced migrants

Blog for members
18 October 2019

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Katya Ivanova is a Graduate Admissions Selector at the London School of Economics. She received her PhD in European Studies from the LSE European Institute in 2016. Katya’s experience and interests focus on widening access to under-represented grou...

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"If I could travel back in time, I would be more proud of my cultural background"

Blog for students
09 October 2019

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The following is an account from Sha Zhou, international student at King’s College London, about studying in the UK, accessing counselling and overcoming isolation. "It was in September 2014 when I first set foot in Britain at the age of 24. Com...

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Moving to the UK was like moving to Mars: navigating culture shock

Blog for members
25 September 2019

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Written by Wahida Ashiq, Founder of Great British Mag. The UK’s only weekly, digital magazine for international students. An international student once explained to me that moving to the UK felt like moving to Mars. Everything was alien, doing the...

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Our Chief Exec’s thoughts on the reintroduction of a post study work visa

From our Chief Executive
19 September 2019

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It’s been a tumultuous week since we received the news that the government was reintroducing a competitive post study work visa for international students. The sector has been united in campaigning for this reversal since Theresa May introduced it,...

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Tier 4 to Tier 2: no more tears?

Blog for students
10 September 2019

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First published 5 September 2019 Last updated 10 September 2019: section 3 added about the 1 October 2019 change to when a Tier 2 applicant can start work. Securing your first graduate job can be difficult and stressful, esp...

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All answers correct at the time of recording

From our Chief Executive
05 September 2019

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Fans of the BBC’s early evening quiz show, Pointless, will note this disclaimer on the credits of every episode. It might be worth including this disclaimer on everything we produce right now, not just quiz shows. The political context in which we ...

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Switching to Tier 2: some common problems

Blog for students
05 September 2019

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Adviser and trainer Andrew Humphrey looks at some of the common problems around securing a job with Tier 2 visa sponsorship. Some aspects of switching from a Tier 4 student visa to a Tier 2 work visa have become more straightforward recently, especi...

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The PGCert ISAS: Are you ready for it?

Blog for members
15 August 2019

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2019-20 is the final year of the UKCISA/ Nottingham University PG Cert in International Student Advice and Support will run. We talked to Echo Zhou who graduated from the PG Cert ISAS in 2018. She has worked as an International Student Adviser at th...

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Day three: international student ambassadors, GDPR, digital messaging and meet our new Chief Exec!

Blog for members
05 July 2019

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Couldn't make it to conference this year? Just want to refresh your memory? Web and Communications Manager, Jane McCarthy, shares her thoughts on the final day. Please add any comments below!  After a self-guided walk around campus, we’re...

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Day two: Immigration White Paper, coaching techniques, EU settlement scheme and intercultural training

Blog for members
04 July 2019

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Couldn't make it to conference this year? Just want to refresh your memory? Web and Communications Manager, Jane McCarthy, shares her thoughts on the second day. Please add any comments below!  A full day of learning today with 31 parallel sess...

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