Monday, 31 March 2014

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:: University of Chester at a glance !

At Chester, students can get involved in a number of fantastic volunteering opportunities, Chester students have been involved in activities such as planning and managing charity events, mentoring young people and giving advice at the Citizens Advice Bureau. Student Ambassador and Global Guide schemes are very popular with many of Chester international students. What do they do? They act as tour guides at University Open Days; represent Chester at external events such as UCAS Fairs, assist at airport pick-ups and orientation events for new international students.

Students with good interpersonal skills can apply for a Hall Warden position. This is a sought after role for high calibre students and can be a highlight on any CV.

At Chester, international students can work up to 20 hours/week during term time and full-time during holidays, the City is ideal to fish for jobs. Chester Business Park is one of the North West’s largest and most prestigious business locations- homes to a number of multinational companies such as Bank of America (MBNA) and Marks and Spencer Money. In addition, companies such as Airbus, HBOS, Coca Cola Schweppes, GM Motors and Electronic Arts Technologies have large scale operations based in the immediate vicinity of the University. On top of that, Manchester and Liverpool can be reached by a 1 hour train journey.

:: Why study at the University of Chester?

  • Highest ranked university in the North West of the UK for students securing a graduate level job after completing their course (The Complete University Guide 2013).
  • Careers and Employability Department declared “world class” and awarded 5 stars by British Quality Foundation.
  • Excellent record of employment for our graduates with a success rate of 92%.
  • University Job: recruitment bank of paid positions at the University for students.
  • Each year UoC find work placements for over 1,000 undergraduate students
  • A wide portfolio of undergraduate sandwich business courses with 1 year placement.
  • Between 90 and 100 employers visit the University each year for various purposes.
  • Work relevant courses. Professionals from companies such as TATA, Bank of America, Marks and Spencer sit on the Chester Business School advisory board and help us design the curriculum.
  • A number of jobs and volunteering fairs are organised throughout the year.

For further info visit University of Chester – www.chester.ac.uk

Friday, 6 September 2013

UK immigration has 'stopped trying to catch illegal immigrants'

The UK's opposition Labour Party has accused the government of presiding over an immigration system in chaos. The shadow home secretary, Yvette Cooper, told the House of Commons that the government was complacent and said that the government's 'only answer to illegal immigration is to get a man in a van to drive round in circles with a poster asking if they'd mind going home'.

Ms Cooper was speaking in parliament after the UK's National Audit Office (NAO) released a report into the working of the UK's Border Force; the body with responsibility for policing the UK's 138 ports, airports and international rail termini.

The report stated that the Border Force had had its staff cut by 6% between 2010 and 2013 by the Coalition government. It stated that this had resulted in the Border Force having to make difficult choices in its policing of the border.

Passport queues down

The report stated that a new 'real-time staff deployment model' at Heathrow had allowed staff to be deployed to areas where they were needed quickly. It said that other innovations had also resulted in a significantly reduced the amount of time visitors wait in passport queues at UK rail, air and sea ports.

In 2012, 99% of people arriving at UK ports and airports cleared passport control within the target time of 25 minutes. This had improved from only 81% in the previous year. This improvement was made even though the UK played host to the Olympics and the Paralympic Games in the summer of 2012.

However, the report stated that this had meant that the Border Force had had to cut back on other checks. Louise Bladen, the director of the NAO, told The BBC Radio 4 Today Programme that there was a danger that the country was less safe as a result.

'Secondary controls' compromised

She said 'I think the Border Force may find it hard to say what may be coming into the country as a result of not being able to fully do the duties that they need to do on secondary controls [such as carrying out checks for illegal immigrants and contraband]'.

The report states that, on a visit to Calais to inspect the work of the Border Force post there, 'we observed officers being taken off controls to detect clandestine illegal entrants to the UK concealed in lorries in order to deal with passenger queues'.

Ms Bladen told the BBC that the Border Force had focused on the length of passport queues at the expense of other equally important work because some in the Border Force mistakenly thought that this was what the Home Office wanted.

She said that the Border Force seems to have focused on passport queues as their major priority because they had to report on this subject once a week directly to the Home Secretary. This gave management the impression that passport queues were a higher priority than other duties, such as checking for contraband or illegal stowaways.

Other matters treated as lesser priorities

While Border Force had to report on these matters too, they had to do so less frequently and the figures were given to civil servants, not to the minister. They therefore treated these other matters as lesser priorities. The report says that the Border Force is suffering from low morale, underfunding and suffers from 'a culture of fear'. It also said that the UK's Warnings Index, the computerised passport database used to trace potentially dangerous arrivals at UK ports, is out of date and 'at risk of collapsing'.

But Immigration Minister Mark Harper said that the UK has one of the safest borders in the world. He said ', Border Force will continue to build on its many areas of excellence. We have recruited more Border Force staff, established command centres to deploy those staff more flexibly and effectively and are reforming working practices'.



Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Tighter rules for student visas could cost UK £2.4bn in a decade

Research suggests more students are choosing to study in the US and Canada and that the change cannot easily be reversed.

The government’s hardening of international student visa rules could cause long-term damage to Britain’s universities and cost £2.4bn over the next decade, a study claims.

Research by Universities UK, which lobbies on behalf of British higher education, warns that the visa restrictions may mean many more overseas students choose to study in the US and Canada rather than the UK, taking £350m a year in lost revenue with them.


“Such a change would not be easily reversed and, as seen in other higher education systems, the effects can endure across several academic years,” the group says in its annual report, published on Wednesday.

The research cites the recent experience of Australia tightening its student visa rules, with the value of Australia’s higher education earnings falling 5% between 2010 and 2011.

“This could put the UK’s strong position within the global education market at risk and lead to a reduction in exports to the value of £2.4bn across the entire [UK] education sector between 2012-13 and 2024-25,” the report concludes.

The government introduced a series of curbs on student visa applications, which started from 2011 and were aimed at making visas harder to obtain for foreign students on multiyear courses.

The additional checks brought in included harder English language requirements and the imposition of “credibility check” interviews from 2013. About 100,000 interviews are expected to be carried out this year.

Last year, the Home Office reported that student applications for visas to study at institutions outside of higher education – such as further education colleges – had fallen considerably. That suggests the total loss to the UK economy in foregone fees and lost spending could be even worse than predicted.

Immigration minister Mark Harper disputed the report’s conclusions, pointing out that the latest figures show the number of international students applying for visas to attend UK universities has increased.

“Last week’s Ucas statistics show applications from international students are up 5.5% compared to this time last year, and latest figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency show the total number of non-EU students at our universities continues to rise,” Harper said.

“However, Universities UK continue to criticise the government policies it initially supported. The UK remains open for business to the brightest and best international students: there is no limit on the number of international students who can come here and graduates can stay and work in the UK if they get a graduate level job.”

The Universities UK report, The Funding Environment for Universities, surveyed individual universities and found that, while the total number of overseas students from outside the EU enrolled rose by 1.5% in 2013, first-year numbers had fallen.

The biggest falls in overseas recruitment involved students from India, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

Saudi student enrolment numbers fell by 31% in 2011-12. Yet at the same time Saudi enrolment at US universities grew by 50% annually.

The report also surveyed universities to gauge the impact of higher fees for UK students.
It found that the number of young applicants to full-time undergraduate courses fell by 5.7%, with mature applicants experiencing a larger fall of 9%.

“This is bad news for fair access – you’re more likely to be studying part-time or be a mature student of over 21 if you’re from a disadvantaged background,” said Les Ebdon, the director of Fair Access to Higher Education.


Source:
Richard Adams, education editor
The Guardian, Wednesday 5 June 2013