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MSc Robotics and MSc Embedded Systems Introduced at Sheffield Hallam; University Closure Dates Out For The Month!

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Sheffield Hallam University in UK just made some striking announcements. Check out below to match them with your application schedule!

Undergraduate course closures for UK and EU students
Due to a large number of applications, a number of the university’s undergraduate courses are now closed to UK and EU students.

The majority of these courses and others across the university are still open to international students.
One can check out the whole list at the university’s official website.

Update from the Faculty of Arts, Computing, Engineering and Sciences
The Faculty of ACES are now offering 2 new postgraduate courses for September 2011 entry – MSc Robotics and MSc Embedded Systems.

MSc Robotics
Robotics integrates the disciplines of control, mechanics, software and signal processing. This course provides an integrated set of modules that will provide you with the ability to design and exploit robotic systems in a range of manufacturing and industrial applications alongside staff from the Centre for Automation and Robotics Research (CARR) at Sheffield Hallam University.

Tuition fees – Home and EU students are typically £4,320 and International students are typically £10,080

English Language requirements– at least IELTS 6.0

MSc Embedded Systems
Embedded systems are designed to operate within and interact with the physical world, often with a real-time operating constraint. Typical application areas for such systems include consumer electronics, aerospace and automotive engineering as well as medical equipment. This course will equip you with a deep understanding of the underpinning technologies allowing you to select the most appropriate implementation technologies for a particular application.

Tuition fees – Home and EU students are typically £4,320 and International students are typically £10,080

English Language requirements– at least IELTS 6.0

Visa Information Update
The government has recently published changes to the immigration rules for students and their dependants. The new rules come into force on April 21st 2011.

Also, further to the previous Agent Bulletin, CAS statements have now been amended to include further information, such as full name, passport info, and level of study to assist with the applicants’ visa.

Free Airport Pick Up Service
Sheffield Hallam University now offers a free airport pick up service for students from Manchester Airport. The pre-booked service pick-up service dates and times are as follows-

Pre-sessional English courses starting on 4th July – a pick up service will be provided between 2nd and 3rd July from 9:00am until 5:00pm

Pre-sessional English courses starting on 8th August – a pick up service will be provided between 6th and 7th August from 9:00am until 5:00pm

There will also be services available for courses starting in September between Monday 5th September and Tuesday 13th September from 9.00am until 5.00pm.

This free service will make the students’ arrival in the United Kingdom much easier; they will also meet other new students and be taken directly to their accommodation.

It is important that students register for the service at least one week prior to their arrival by using the online registration form which is available at the university website!

University Closure
Please note that the university is closed for Easter holidays, a Royal wedding and May Day as follows in April and May:

22nd April Good Friday
25th and 26th April Easter Monday and Tuesday
29th April Royal Wedding
2nd May May Day

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Thames Valley Changes Its Avatar – Now Becomes ‘The University Of West London’

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Recently Thames Valley University announced that it has changed its name to ‘The University of West London’. The new name highlights a strategic shift for the University, with a repositioning of their operations onto the Ealing and Brentford sites at West London campus.

It also emphasizes the university’s mission which is to raise aspiration through the pursuit of excellence, underpinned by a value proposition that has touted it as the ‘University for creative

Approval for the name change came from the Privy Council last year and since then Thames Valley University has been undertaking the careful process of re branding the University for the future, and are now rolling out a new logo as part of their visual identity.

This is a new name and there has been no change of legal identity. These changes come during an academic year that will see The University of West London welcome its new Chancellor- Laurence Geller. Laurence is currently President and CEO of Strategic Hotels and Resorts and one of the most distinguished alumni of the university. He will take up his term of office on 12 May.

With this new name comes a continuing commitment to all the partnerships of the university, along with the added value that the new ‘West London’ name will bring. In addition, the university plans to continue to work productively with businesses, cultural organizations, and the voluntary sector while taking the opportunity to rebrand their visual identity in a way that reinforces our long-standing and ongoing partnerships in the region.

The response to the name change has been overwhelmingly positive amongst all the current and prospective student bodies of Thames Valley University and the university anticipates that this will be reflected in their recruitment figures moving forward.

The university is now in the fortunate position of being recognized both nationally and internationally, which alongside their London location and continuing strong partnerships, makes them proud of their past but also really excited about the future.

As the Thames Valley University has been saying ‘Our proud heritage of over 150 years in teaching and professional education’, the ideologies remain the same just the names changes to The University Of West London!

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Scholarships for Offer at Queen’s University of Belfast for September 2011 Intake

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Queen’s University of Belfast in Belfast, UK has announced scholarships to the value of £1500, £2000 and £3000 for the students holding conditional or Unconditional offer for Sept 2011 intake.

The deadline for sending the scholarship application is 31st May, 2011.

Queen’s University Belfast has announced the availability of central scholarships for current international applicants holding an unconditional or conditional offer for a full-time postgraduate taught Masters Course starting in September 2011.

The scholarships to the value of £1,500, £2,000 or £3,000 are payable towards course tuition fees. They will be awarded to selected applicants on the basis of academic merit, Queen’s regional priorities, and the course applied for. Preference for an award of £2,000 or £3,000 will be given to applicants intending to study courses at Band 2 or Band 3 tuition fee level.

Queen’s University Belfast
As a Russell Group University, it is one of the UK’s 20 leading universities, providing world-class education underpinned by world-class research. The university offers quality courses that are recognized globally, with 22 subjects ranked in the top 20 in the UK (Times Good University Guide 2011).

Criteria for the awards
•To apply for a scholarship you must hold an unconditional or conditional offer for a full-time postgraduate taught course starting in September 2011.
•You must intend to enroll for your course in September 2011. Scholarships cannot be deferred.
You must be regarded as an overseas student for fees purposes.
•You must be self-funding.
•You must satisfy the academic merit criteria for the award of a scholarship.
•A scholarship may not be held in conjunction with another Queen’s University tuition fee reduction or scholarship.

How to Apply
If you hold a conditional or unconditional offer for a postgraduate taught Masters course at Queen’s, download and complete the Scholarship Application Form available at the university’s website before 31st May 2011!

The closing date is 31 May 2011.

Note- The scholarships are not open to students progressing to Queen’s through partnership arrangements.

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Find Your Choice of Foundation and Pre Masters Courses for May 2011 in UK

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If you wish to study in UK, then you perhaps would be familiar with the concept of foundation courses and pre masters courses in UK. These courses are taken by those students who have studied in anon British study curriculum but would like to earn their degree from UK.

Foundation study programmes are for students wishing to join graduate programmes in UK while pre masters courses are to prepare the students wishing to enroll onto master study programmes in UK.

The list is out for such courses for the month of May 2011.

The below listed Foundation and Pre Masters Courses are offered in May 2011

Courses available for the May intake 2011

Sheffield International College

FC Science & Engineering (Maths & Science) 3 Term
GD Business, Law, Social Sciences 3 Term

Liverpool International College
FC Business, Law, Social Sciences/ Science & Engineering (Maths and Science) 3 Term
GD Business, Law, Social Sciences/ Science & Engineering 3 Term

Kaplan International College Bournemouth
International Foundation Certificate (Business)
Pre-masters/ Pre-MBA

Glasgow International College
Pre-Masters Business, Social Sciences, Law/ Science & 3 Term

Kaplan International College London
FC Business, Law, Social Sciences/ Science & Engineering 3 Term
GD Business, Law, Social Sciences 2 Term (progression to business degrees at
Westminster only) – Fast track option!
GD Business Law, Social Sciences 3 Term
GD Science & Engineering 3 Term

Nottingham Trent International College
FC Business, Law, Social Sciences/ Art & Design/ Computing/Media &
Communications 3 Term
Diploma Business/ Computing 3 Term – Fast track option!
GD Business/ Computing/ Gallery Museum & Heritage Management/ International
Relations/ Journalism, Media & Communications / Legal Studies

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University Of Liverpool –Four New Programmes, IELTS Requirement Changes & Better Opportunities!

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University Of Liverpool one of the top 20 research led universities of UK has introduced four new courses under its University of Liverpool Management School and Computer Science Department citing the rising popularity of such business management courses amongst international students. The university which is known for its world class location and plethora of career opportunities is offering students four new courses starting this September in 2011.

All those students who wish to excel in the corporate world can really benefit a lot from this sling of new courses namely.

  • MSc Economics and Finance
  • MSc International Business
  • MSc Entrepreneurship
  • MSc Computation and Game Theory

Three new MSc programmes under University of Liverpool Management School for 2011 entry, which are:-

MSc Economics and Finance

Core- Theoretical as well practical knowledge about economics and finance and its practices.

Duration– One year [full time] , two years [ part time]

MSc International Business

Core- Theoretical as well practical knowledge about international business and its practices.

Duration- One year [full time], two years [part time]

MSc Entrepreneurship

Core- Theoretical as well practical knowledge about entrepreneurship and its practices.

Duration- One year [full time], two years [part time]


MSc Finance – Currently closed for 2011/12

The admissions for MSc in Finance from University Of Liverpool for the September intake 2011 are closed. The Management School has received a very large volume application for MSc Finance this year, so the School has decided to stop recruiting for 2011 entry. New applicants will be given choices of 2012 entry or entry into MSc Economics and Finance this year.

IELTS entry requirement changes to certain postgraduate programmes

As proposed by the new UK student visa rules declared on 6th April 2011, here are the revised IELTS entry criteria for various post graduate programmes

  • MA TESOL: IELTS 7.0 with no band below 6.5
  • All postgraduate taught programmes in Management School: IELTS
    6.5 with no band below 6.0
  • LLM at Law School: IELTS 6.5 with no band below 6.0
  • Postgraduate programmes at Politics department:  IELTS 6.5 with
    no band below 6.0
  • Pre-sessional EAP (English for Academic Purpose) courses are available if
    students do not reach the above level of English.


MSc Computation and Game Theory – new for 2011 entry

Core- Advanced knowledge about the applications and theories of Algorithmic Game Theory which is at an intersection between computer and economics.

Duration- One Year [Full Time]

TOEFL test & UK visa

Please note that the only approved UKBA TOEFL test is the iBT test. The
paper-based test is not accredited.


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UK Announces Visa Cuts for Non EU Students-The Competition Rises for Indian Aspirants

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In an announcement that was as expected as it was the monsoon rains, UK government declared that it would be cutting down the number of Visa issued to Non EU students coming to study in UK. The government would bring down the student visas issued by a large amount up to 80,000 an year.

This decision has come in light of the rise in abuse of study in UK route as an easy method of migration into the country. This has caused serious reasons of worry to the British government since quite some time now.

It had made its concerns public earlier too on various occasions and this decision in visa cuts for Non EUs was dreaded by many especially India and China who are going to be most affected by it.

According to Indian stats, there are around 34,000 students pursuing studies in UK at present. British data which takes into account sub-graduates also show more than 50,000 Indian students studying in UK, the second largest after the population of Chinese students in UK.

The UK government has made its target quite clear. It wants to ensure that only serious students get admission into genuine colleges of UK and put a stop to all the bogus degree awarding institutions of the country.

This would also reflect in the work permit granted to post graduate students. Only those Non EU students who posses offer of skilled jobs from sponsoring employers will be allowed to stay back in UK.

The number of studying opportunities for Indian students will in indeed become limited after the decision came out on last Tuesday. Indian government though apprehensive about this decision has shown its full support to the British government.

Home Secretary Theresa May affirmed that they too like UK wants to maintain the quality of education. The students should be able to go to UK colleges but only those with a fair chance who wish to study in genuine courses.

UK government is hoping to bring down the number of Non EU immigrants from 2, 00,000 [in 2010] to tens of thousands by the year 2015.

Not surprisingly enough, UK universities have shown their disapproval over this decision. After all, it would cut down into their annual income of rupees 30 trillion amounting from foreign students alone.

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Kate Pepper English School: An Overview

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Kate Pepper English School which goes by the name of The English Language Centre is located in Reading a town just 25 minutes drives away from London. It is a small language school which caters to the needs of over 100 international students per batch throughout the year.

The year is divided into three terms and one can choose from a variety of English language courses starting from the intermediate to advanced level.

The school which was set up in the year 1984 has been accredited by Accreditation Body for Language Services (ABLS), a member of the Association of British Language Schools and is Grade A Tier 4 Sponsor licensed. It can be searched in the UK Border Agency Register of Sponsors.

Located in the quaint conservation area in the centre of reading town, it is just a 5 minute walk away from the Oracle Central shopping area. The English Language Centre or TELC College is an accredited centre for University of Cambridge ESOL examinations that are held by the college for their own as well students from various other language centers in Berkshire and nearby areas! The maximum class size is 18 students.

The English Language Centre by Kate Pepper is the examination centre for following exams
• Business English
• BEC Preliminary (Intermediate)
• BEC Vantage (First Certificate)
• BEC Higher (Advanced/Proficiency)

• 2 storyed building with grade II listing
• 4 classrooms
• 8 member staff of experienced teachers
• Internet access in all the study rooms
• TV/Video
• Kitchen
• Flexible private tuitions for individuals or small groups on request
• Language tuition classes for local businessmen from intermediate to proficient level

The school offers to provide assistance to its students in the form of
• Homestay [ from 2 weeks to one year]
• Renting house
• Flat sharing
• Hotels

London Gatewick Airport– direct 1 ½ hours train service from airport to Reading station.

London Heathrow Airport– ½ hour RailAir bus service to Reading.

London Stansted Airport-train from airport to Liverpool Station, then underground train to Paddington station and finally the train to Reading station. It takes about 2 ¼ hours.

Enrollment is free in the college. One can book their course through email to the college and fill put the requisite details into their application form. Fee payment structure varies from part time to full time students.

• General English
• Business English
• DELTA diploma [ teacher training]
• CELTA [ teacher training]

students are awarded certificates at the end of their course completion. In addition, University of Cambridge awards its certificate upon the completion of its examinations mentioned above.

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University Tutorial College: An Overview

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University Tutorial College is located on Friar Street just few minutes’ walk away from the railways station in the Reading Town near to London.

The college is a self acclaimed training and education centre for acquiring British professional qualifications like the Association of Business Executives (ABE), Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Pitman Qualifications, City & Guilds, International Air Transport Association (IATA), British Computer Society (BCS), Virgin Atlantic.

In addition to it, the college also prepares students for various university degrees at both bachelor’s as well master’s level. University Tutorial College offers courses which cater to specialized professional, vocational and language fields. UTC in reading UK is accredited by British Accreditation Council [BAC] as well as on Department for Education and Skills [DfES] register of tuition providers implying UTC is a bona fide private education institute.

•Experienced staff
•Systematic monitoring of courses
•Up to date theories and study materials
•Modern computing facilities
•Availability of University Tutorial College intranet for students and professors on campus as well as off campus accessible through UTC email id
•Tuotor’s notes, handouts for various courses, discussion boards, photo gallery etc. available through UTC Intranet
•Well equipped library
•Small class size
•Exam oriented tuitions
•Equality of opportunities

Appropriate accommodation facilities for students who come from all over the world.

The college is just few minutes walk away from the Reading Central railway Station.

Send the application form after filling it up with supporting documents to the college through post. One can also download the form and check for prospectus and term dates on the college’s website. The overseas students are expected to pay their fees in two installments.


Professional courses

Business Studies & Marketing
•Business Studies

•BCS Professional Examination
•Business Information Systems [BIS]

Travel & Tourism
•Virginia Atlantic Fares & Ticketing
•Reservation Systems

Vocational courses
Computing & Computer Technology
•Diploma for IT Users
•Diploma for Software Developers
•ICT Systems Support CompTIA A+ IT Technician
•Advanced Diploma for IT Users
•Advanced Diploma for Software Developers
•Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP, MCSE, MCSE, MCDBA)

Language courses
•English as a foreign language

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ELC College: An Overview!

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English Language Courses College in Reading is in existence since 1973. Although it was then established by principal Mr. S Mc Burning under the name The Language Learning Centre [ LLC]. Interestingly, the college was established in the same year as Britain joined European Union i.e. EU.

The college is accredited by ABLS [The Association of British Language Schools] and licensed by UKBA Tier 4 Grad rating.

The college offers English language courses ranging from General, Academic as well as Business English programmes. ELC claims proudly to prepare their students from 35 years for major examinations like Cambridge, London Chamber of Commerce along with TOEFL and IELTS preparation.

Students from over 1 different nationalities make ELC their home for mastering the art of English language. The college focuses on an overall development of the individual with the help of their accomplished band of teachers who are well qualified in latest methods, ideas and study materials!

While your stay at ELC one also can delve in the scenic beauty of this popular town and enjoy its various hang out spots like The Jazz Club, Utopia, The Oracle and many more.

The college provides accommodation with selected host families or offer guest houses, B&B, single or double rooms or even hotel accommodation.


From Heathrow airport
Direct service to Reading by rail/air. It takes just 45 minutes.
Or take a coach from Central Bus Station from airport only.

From Gatwick airport
Take a train under the airport. It takes 2.5 hours to reach reading

From London City Airport
It falls in the west part of England and not used often by students to reach reading.
Besides there is London Paddington train that drops you at Reading station in exactly 25 minutes.


General English Courses, Business English, Academic English courses
Levels– beginner to advanced/high intermediate
Classes– weekdays and special mornings and evening classes 2 days a week for part time students
Class size– average of 7 students per class

Graded certificate of attendance at the end of the course!

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NWC College- An Overview

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North West College in Reading near London is a private college specializing in course specific to business, IT, health and social welfare. Reading town which is located in south east England is just a 20 minutes drive away from London, the capital and one of the most bustling cities of England in UK.

The college claims to have a flexible schedule which can be easily adapted by the students according to their needs. As a matter of fact the college des offer multiple entry points which make it quite easier for you to access in England.

NWC is affiliated with Thames Valley, so one can be assured about earning a good degree and also a boost in research field if one intends to enter it later.

• Multiple entry points
• Easy connectivity by railways, airport and road.
• Flexible time tables
• Small class room for personalized study environment
• Multi culture association
• Happening social life round London
• Infrastructural support in the form of huge labs, wireless networking and resourceful libraries
• Up to date teaching methods
• Experienced teachers on faculty
• Internally recognized qualifications

Overseas students who wish to seek admission to the college can well apply for their temporary abode along with their fees submission. One can either pay in advance to book their accommodation through college. The college provides hostel rooms, single or shared rooms at fixed prices of £400 and £300 rates respectively.

By Railways- presence of high speed trains to and from London Paddington as well regular services to and from round whole UK.

Direct line to and from Heathrow and London Gatwick airports.


Business Management
•ABE Diploma in Business Management (QCF 4)
•Diploma in Business Management (Integrated Graduate) QCF 6
•Extended Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management (NQF 7)

Health & Social Welfare
•Post Graduate in Health and Social Care-NQF 7
•Information Technology
•ABE Diploma in Business Information Systems(QCF 4)
•BCS Diplomas in IT
•Diploma in Management Information System QCF6
•Post Graduate Diploma in Information Systems -NQF 7

Skill Development Unit
•Cambridge University ESOL-First Certificate (FCE)
•Cambridge University ESOL-Preliminary English(PET)

Travel Tourism & Hospitality
•ABE Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Management (QCF 4)
•Diploma in Travel Tourism & Hospitality Management L5
•Diploma in Travel, Tourism and Hospitality L6


One can apply by filing up the application form along with the requisite supporting documents. There is also the option to download the application form from the college website along with the prospectus.
Students can now also apply to the college online.

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