Kitty Jones

Kitty Jones

Study UK Communications Manager

Location London, UK

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    Thanks so much for your feedback everyone. In addition to the poll above, please do take our online survey about the course: https://survey.alchemer.eu/s3/90427280/survey?type=EA

  • Thanks so much everyone for taking this course. In addition to this poll, we'd really like your thoughts on the course so we can continue to improve it for future participants. Please could you take our online survey? It should take no more than 10 minutes to complete: https://survey.alchemer.eu/s3/90427280/survey?type=EA

  • Thanks so much everyone for taking this course. We'd like to continue to improve the course for future participants - please could you take our 'A Guide for Education Agents' online survey? It should take no more than 10 minutes to complete: https://survey.alchemer.eu/s3/90427280/survey?type=EA

  • Thanks so much everyone for taking this course. We'd like to continue to improve the course for future participants - please could you take our 'A Guide for Education Agents' online survey? It should take no more than 10 minutes to complete: https://survey.alchemer.eu/s3/90427280/survey?type=EA

  • It's important to encourage students to make the most of their time in the UK, outside of the classroom. Some may be nervous to explore an unfamiliar country, but extra-curricular activities are an important part of student experience in the UK - and helps them to become a more confident person. How do you approach this topic with students?

  • There are lots of ways universities, the British Council and Study UK help students prepare - it's just a question of knowing what's out there. How do you help your students prepare for arrival to the UK?

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    A UK education is about so much more than what you learn in the classroom. The UK offers amazing cultural experiences and a warm and welcoming way of life. And with over 500,000 international students choosing to study here every year, students are likely to make friends from all over the world.

  • In week one, we looked at why students choose the UK and what they expect from a UK education. This week, we'll be looking at how actual student experience compares to these expectations. Of course, the past couple of years have meant a different type of experience for many students - but the enduring benefits of a UK education remain: quality of teaching,...

  • Remember to reflect on what you've learnt in this section. Are you still keeping your reflective journal, or do you find there's a better way for you to keep track of what you've learnt?

  • Building relationships is an important part of being an education agent or recruitment adviser. Have you had any experience in contacting UK institutions? What advice would you offer other agents looking to make these connections?

  • How do you approach meeting with a university? What do you think are the key things they're looking for in their work with agents? Share your thoughts in the comments with other learners.

  • We hope this video is a helpful overview of how institutions want to work with their agents. Head to the next step for more information on how you can make contact with UK institutions. Remember to keep marking your steps as 'complete' once you've finished them :)

  • Great work on all your slides, everyone! It's really interesting to see how different people approach this (and there's no right or wrong answer). Take a look at the padlet to browse everyone's work and share your thoughts in the comments. https://padlet.com/studyuk/ztbfld4q4itizzrd

  • The Study UK website has lots of information about studying medicine in the UK, including a video on how to apply: https://study-uk.britishcouncil.org/find/subject-areas/medicine

  • Do you feel comfortable advising students about specialist entry? Share your thoughts with other learners using the comments.

  • It's important to always refer to an individual university's guidance on the evidence required for English language, as universities can set their own requirements.

  • Do students ask you about opportunities to work in the UK after studies? Have they found the new Graduate Route is a helpful option? Share your thoughts with other learners.

  • Do you find it difficult to advise on visas? Remember to always point students to the right sources of information, and don't give advice unless you're qualified to do so.

  • Hi Chituru, thanks for your comment.
    1. Yes, you can of course use the certificate as evidence of taking the course and share this with the university you apply to. We just wanted to make it clear that this course does not qualify as official agent training that accredits you as an agent.
    2. There's information on this here:...

  • Very helpful insight, thanks Sarah!

  • Thanks to everyone who joined this session. Here are some links for further information on what was covered in the session:

    Study UK updates:
    Study UK website: https://study-uk.britishcouncil.org/
    Toolkit for Agents: https://study-uk.britishcouncil.org/toolkit-agents
    Scholarships information:...

  • Do you deal directly with students, or do you also talk to their families? What are the differences in requirements? Have a think about this, along with the questions above, in your comments.

  • Do you ask your clients for feedback? How do you go about this, and do you use client feedback to inform your work? Share your process with other advisors.

  • Did you pick up any tips or lessons from this video?

  • What are the main things you need to know in order to advise students? Use the comments to share your thoughts, and don't forget to look at what others are saying, too.

  • I think you'd find the coffee scene has changed a lot - there are so many cafes in major cities serving real coffee :) Thanks for sharing!

  • Hi Chukwuemeka, you receive a certificate at the end of the course, once you have marked 90% of the steps as complete. However, please note this is not an official qualification, just a recognition of your participation in this course.

  • No, it's completely free :)

  • Hi Olayemi, there is no minimum time limit, but we'd encourage you to take your time to get the most out of the course. I'll be offering additional support between 7 - 27 March, aligning with the three weeks of the course.

  • That's great to hear, I hope you find the rest of the course as useful.

  • Please do let us know your thoughts on the first week's content. Did you find it useful? What would you have liked to see more of?

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    If boarding schools are of interest to your work, there's some more information on the Study UK website: https://study-uk.britishcouncil.org/find/study-options/boarding

  • Eligibility criteria depends on the individual school. You can find out more on the Study UK website: https://study-uk.britishcouncil.org/find/study-options/boarding

  • The UK is the home of the English language and with its reputation for academic excellence, it is the perfect destination to learn English. Is this important to the students you work with? Share your thoughts.

  • There's some more information on studying English in the UK on the Study UK website: https://study-uk.britishcouncil.org/find/study-options/study-english-uk

  • Education in the UK is held to strict standards. Share your thoughts on the questions in this step using the comments, and find out more about this on the Study UK website: https://study-uk.britishcouncil.org/why-study/higher-standard-education

  • Which UK universities do you know the most about, and why? Do you have connections to a particular university, or a particular part of the UK? Do you know the differences in the education systems of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (the four nations of the UK)?

  • Great summary, thanks for sharing Ranjit.

  • Rankings are important to so many students when thinking about their options. They're a good place to start, but they aren't everything. Let us know how you advise your students on using rankings using the comments!

  • UK universities are international environments. 20 per cent of academic staff in the UK are from overseas, meaning students will be connecting with people from all over the world, no matter what they choose to study. But a UK education goes beyond interacting with different people. How else do you feel UK universities prepare students to become global...

  • There is plenty of support on offer to students at universities in the UK: from dedicated international offices, to wellbeing services, to academic support. This is one of the reasons students feel able to get the best from their studies in the UK. Share your thoughts in the comments.

  • Thanks for your comment, Ranjit. There is plenty of support available to international students in the UK - from dedicated international officers, to academic tutors, to student wellbeing services. If students are struggling with their course or studies, they should speak to their academic tutor in the first instance. Their tutor will help them to address the...

  • Great summary, Kenneth. The teacher-student ratio will really vary depending on the university, the type of course and the method of study. Many courses are taught in different formats - with a mix of lectures and seminars - so teacher to student ratios will vary across the board.

  • Definitely, Madhuranthiny. It's all about offering them guidance, and helping them to do their own research.

  • Good point, Yakubu. One-to-one advice is very different from group advice. Thanks for sharing.

  • Some helpful tips here, thanks Zafar!

  • This is a really methodological approach, Ranjit, thanks for sharing such helpful advice for other agents/counsellors.

  • Advising students about their study options is all about helping them find the right course/location/university for them. How do you approach this in your work? How do you help students choose what's right for them?

  • Please note this video was filmed before the Covid-19 pandemic. What do you think will be the biggest changes that have impacted students' decision making since the pandemic?

  • One-year master's courses in the UK are indeed a big pull factor, good value for money and quicker entry into employment. Thanks for sharing, Kenneth!

  • Thanks for sharing, Prabin - a good overview of some of the key points!

  • Thanks for sharing, Ranjit - excellent explanation of some of the key reasons students choose the UK.

  • Some great points here, Ogo!

  • Good point about the new Graduate Route - I think this is a big pull for some students :)

  • Did you know that over 500,000 international students choose to study in the UK every year? They may have a range of different reasons that brought them here. Have a think about some of the reasons students choose the UK over other destinations. You may find Study UK's 'why study in the UK' pages useful: https://study-uk.britishcouncil.org/why-study

  • Whether you are based in the UK or elsewhere, let us know what you think the common perceptions of the UK are among international students.

  • This poll helps us to understand who is taking the course, and how we can help tailor future runs. Let us know what your role is, and if you want to add anything further about your work in the comments, please do.

  • Everyone learns in different ways. Do you think you'll keep a reflective journal? If not, how else do you plan to reflect on your work? Share your tips with other participants.

  • Yes, as long as you mark 90% of the steps in the course as 'complete'

  • To get the certificate, you must mark 90% of steps in the course as 'complete'.

  • We hope this step will help you to get the most out of this course. Do you have any other tips for your fellow participants? Share them in the comments.

  • Hi Mohsin, it will be an online video webinar. You can sign up to join, then you will hear from myself and Helen (an immigration advisor). You will get the chance to ask questions in a Q&A. The recording will be posted in the course content after, for all those that can't make it. Hope to see you there!

  • Kitty Jones made a comment

    Welcome to the course everyone! Please use the comments to introduce yourself - let us know where you're based, and what you're hoping to get out of the course.
    Don't forget to sign up to our free Teams Live event: https://forms.office.com/r/nYADY9zMUH