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Student Tuition Fees Protest Turns Violent

11 Nov

Protests in London yesterday turned violent as students marched against the proposed increase of university tuition fees.

It all started peacefully when an estimated 50,000 students and lecturers arrived in the capital from all over the country on Wednesday morning. They converged on Westminster to demonstrate against tuition fees rising to £9,000 a year and against plans to cut higher education funding by 40%.

However, violence broke out when a small group began to gather around the Conservative Party headquarters, burning placards and banners. This then quickly escalated as protesters began to force their way into the Conservative headquarters, smashing through the large glass front before destroying anything they could inside the building.

The police were heavily outnumbered and failed to cope with the sudden outbreak of violence which resulted in 14 injuries and 35 arrests.

The violence has been roundly condemned by politicians and student leaders. National Union of Students (NUS) president Aaron Porter (who helped organize the original demonstration) criticised the actions of the violent few, saying:

“we’re now having to spend time talking about the rights and wrongs of violence and criminal damage, so actually in many respects I think it undermines our argument rather than allowing us to concentrate on the devastation to our universities and colleges.”

Similarly, Prime Minister David Cameron slammed the attacks, whilst saving praise for the “brave” police officers. He insisted that the protests would not cause him to abandon the plans for increased tuition fees, arguing that the reforms would create “a more progressive system than the one that it will replace”.

Image: Manfred Werner on Wiki Commons

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‘Universities UK’ President Joins David Cameron in China

10 Nov


 

Relationships between British and Chinese universities are being strengthened this week as Professor Steve Smith- President of ‘Universities UK’, has joined senior figures from the UK government in Beijing.

Prime Minister David Cameron has spent the week in the Asian country with Vince Cable, George Osborne and Michael Gove among others, forging business relationships.

Steve Smith was full of praise for the growing relationship between the two countries, and particularly their higher education systems:

“There has been substantial progress in recent years in strengthening links between universities in the UK and China. Our research collaborations with China are increasing in number more quickly than with any other international partner. These partnerships are very important to the higher education sector in the UK…Education and research are central to our increasingly close relations.”

China already sends more students than any other country to come and study in the UK- with numbers reaching 47,000 in 2009- and judging by Steve Smith’s words, that number is going to continue increasing. Here at ForeignStudents.com we’re sure that it will continue to be to the mutual benefit of both countries, and to the students themselves.

Thinking of coming to the UK to study next year? Read our easy step-by-step guide to help you break it down into to simple, achievable stages.

Image: Francisco Diez on Flickr

Celebrities Turn Out to Turn On Christmas Lights

8 Nov

Rihanna turned on the Westfield Christmas lights.

‘Tis the season for celebrities to turn on the Christmas lights in towns and cities across the UK.

Over the coming weeks, this very British tradition will be ‘delighting’ crowds up and down the country who turn out to see their favourite actor speak, or their beloved band perform, or, more likely, a D-list ‘celebrity’ press a button. We’ve selected some of the highlights of the 2010 Christmas Lights Switch-On Ceremonies:

             –  Westfield Shopping Centre, London (4th November): Representing the truly A-list celebrities, Rihanna turned on the Christmas lights at Westfield after a performance that wowed her many fans. The bad news: if this is the first you’ve heard about this performance, then you missed it.

             Braehead Shopping Centre, Glasgow (4th November): Last week, Glasgow became the first of the cities to invite an X-Factor reject to turn on their lights, except there was a bonus…there were two X-Factor rejects turning on the lights! They were the ridiculous twins that call themselves Jedward.

             Regent Street, London (9th November): Continuing with the X-Factor theme, Regent Street has last year’s winner, Joe McElderry turning the lights on. He is fresh from doing absolutely nothing in the music charts for the last year so it should be a good show.    

            Cardiff City Centre (10th November): Cardiff has gone against the X-Factor trend by impressively snagging two real celebrities in Matt Smith and Karen Gillan. They are of course best known as Dr. Who and his red headed assistant.   

           Sheffield City Centre (21st November): And finally, possibly the most exciting of all the celebrity Christmas lights appearances, Sheffield have managed to persuade the Zingzillas (!) to perform at their ceremony. We don’t really know what they are but it sounds exciting doesn’t it?   

Impressed by any of these celebrity endorsements? Know any others in your area? Let us know below.

Learn all about the traditions of the various festivities in Britain with our Guide to British Celebrations.

Image: MiKeARB on Flickr.

Is British Food the Best in the World?

3 Nov


The Good Fashioned English Breakfast (Image: Avlxyz Flickr)

Traditionally British food has been mocked by other nationalities who see it as boring, unhealthy and badly cooked. However, over the last few decades there has been a revolution in British food and people from around the world are starting to realise that the days of overcooked meat, mushy veg and greasy side dishes are long gone.

VisitBritain recently did a survey asking 26,000 people from 36 countries about British food and the results show that perceptions of British food are starting to change.

When asked if they had always wanted to try that most classic of British dishes, the full English breakfast, the majority of nations answered with a resounding ‘yes’. The keenest were (quite randomly) the Russians, Brazilians and Indians who all started to salivate at just the thought of the eggs, bacon, sausages, hash browns, fried bread and whatever else you like to include in a good fry up.

They were also asked if they agreed with the statement “British food is very bad”, to which the vast majority said no. Here, those from Russia (again), Estonia and Egypt (the three well known foodie countries) were the most enthusiastic about British food, whilst Spain, Italy, Japan and France still have their doubts.

What do you think? Have you moved to the UK from abroad and love/hate the food? Let us know below.

Don’t know your Spotted Dick from your Bubble and Squeak? Have a look at our Guide to British Food and Drink.

Freshers Guide

22 Sep

Freshers

Have you…Waved good-bye to family and friends? Arrived in a distant land? Changed your Facebook location to the UK? If you answered yes – you must be a foreign student!

Arriving in a new country and beginning university can be an emotional and stressful time for any foreign student, luckily the team at Foreign Students has designed an easy to follow 11-step guide for those who have just arrived in the UK to start university.

The Guide 

We’ve searched the Internet for the latest deals and the best information for all your student needs, including; mobile phones, academic books, travel tickets, accommodation, bank accounts, jobs and insurance. Even more importantly we’ve set up an online community and started a large social network which we’d like to invite you to join.

View the full exclusive – Foreign Students – Freshers Guide.

 

Greetings foreign students!

17 Sep

Welcome to the Foreign Students Blog, we will be launching very soon, in the meantime you can connect with us via the following sites:

www.facebook.com/foreignstudents

www.twitter.com/foreignstudents

 

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