British Study Centres News October - December 2010
Student Visitor Visa Extended to 11 Months
Good news! The British government has today announced that from 10 January 2011, English language students wishing to attend English language courses in the UK will be able to apply for a student visitor visa allowing them to stay for up to 11 months. This is an increase from the current 6 months. The Extended Student Visitor visa will be available to applicants outside of the United Kingdom.
'This is tremendous news for our sector,' commented Andrew Roper, Managing Director of British Study Centres. 'I am delighted that the government has recognised the need for our clients to study beyond the current 6 months. I am sure that our partner agents around the world will be equally pleased. The important message from our government is that the UK welcomes international students and understands the importance of the industry to the UK economy.'
Please see here for the government's official announcement.
BSC Team Nominated for CIM Marketing Excellence Award 2010
It's fantastic news for the BSC marketing team who have been nominated for the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Marketing Excellence Award 2010! This nomination is in recognition for the brilliant work the team undertook in launching British Study Centres Bournemouth, making it a smashing success in its first year.
This nomination will put British Study Centres on the same billing as some of the big name businesses in the UK such as Barclaycard, Duplo UK, Shell UK and the Museum of London. As the leading professional body for marketing the CIM sets the standards for stand-out marketing practices and so what better way to receive recognition for the excellent work the marketing team did in filling BSC Bournemouth to capacity in its first summer and smashing all expectations? We are all thrilled!
Fingers crossed for 15 February when the winners will be announced at the glittering awards ceremony at the Grosvenor House hotel in London. For more information about the CIM Marketing Excellence Awards please visit the Chartered Institute of Marketing website.
Learning to Cook the Jamie Oliver Way
British Study Centres Brighton is delighted to announce a brand new innovative course for 2011. English plus cookery combines a 2 week general English course with 3 afternoons per week of cookery classes at Jamie Oliver's Recipease shop - a stone's throw away from the school. Students will undertake 20 lessons per week of general English in the morning and then on the designated cookery afternoons take part in themed cookery sessions; from learning the chopping skills of a chef to preparing special dishes such as Bouillabaisse.
Jamie Oliver is one of the UK's best loved chefs. His best selling books are becoming internationally renowned and his passion for reaching out to people and inspiring them to reach for their aprons and chopping boards is infectious.
The Recipease shop is a concept close to Jamie Oliver's heart. This shop is designed to be a buzzing community hub where everyone from novice to competent cook can get involved with food whether it's shopping, eating or learning to cook. The lessons are cleverly pitched so cooks from every level are empowered.
We at British Study Centres are thrilled to have teamed up with such a brilliant shop and we anticipate that this course will become extremely popular. So booking early is essential! Please click here for further details.
Bournemouth wins 'Purple Flag' for Safe Town Centre
Not only does Bournemouth have four blue flag beaches (not including Poole which has an additional four blue flags), but the town centre has now won a Purple Flag of its own for the town centre! One of six flags awarded across the UK, Bournemouth Town Centre has been recognised as being a safe place to go out in the evening. Along with assessing the Crime rates and the hygiene standards, the town had to show a good range of visitor attractions during the day as well as the evening.
Awarded by the Association for Town Centre Management, a scheme spokesman said: A scheme spokesman said: "To win Purple Flag status towns and cities must be welcoming to everyone, offer safe ways for visitors to travel home, provide a good mix of venues and attractions and be appealing not just at night but during the day too. Purple Flag towns can expect to benefit from lower crime and anti-social behaviour, and more visitors". Please click here for more information about this award.
Thank You for Supporting BSC "Pink Day"
Friday October 29th saw BSC London raising money for their annual breast cancer "pink day". Staff and students were requested to wear something pink for the day. We sold pink cakes in the school and tried to raise as much money as possible. We also held a raffle this year and one lucky person won two tickets to the Premiership football game, Chelsea v Fulham which were donated by the school. Thanks to everyone who took part in the event. We raised a total of £551.78 for our breast cancer charity.
BSC's Got Talent - Save Pakistan
At the end of August BSC Brighton staged a talent contest along the lines of the famous TV show 'Britain's Got Talent' in aid of the victims of the disastrous floods in Pakistan. A number of staff and students performed in front of up to 70 people and put their talents on display. The performances included, among other things, singing, break dancing, guitar plays and salsa dancing. Japanese student Kayoko won the hearts of the audience with a fantastic display of magic and flute and was the star of the day. Altogether, the competition raised more than £500 and John Veale, the school director, agreed to add another £500 to achieve a total donation in excess of £1,000. We hope this money will help alleviate the plight of a few people in Pakistan and make their life a little easier!