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student s guide to the united kingdom

Student’s Guide to the United Kingdom

The top two universities of UK viz. the Cambridge and the Oxford are

some of the oldest higher learning institutions in existence and rank

among the top 5 universities in the world.

The public universities dominate the higher education sector

characterised by institutional autonomy thus allowing free investments

and strict adherence to best industry practices in course pedagogy. Some

of the best research-intensive institutions fund their operations by

partnering with private businesses. Overall student satisfaction at UK

higher institution is close to 84%. Notable programs include

engineering, medicine, computer science, education, business and

administrative studies.

in 2015 16 there were 162 higher education

In 2015-16, there were 162 higher education institutions in the UK in

receipt of public funding via one of the UK funding councils. The UK

lays strong emphasis on increasing the diversity of their staff, with the

initiative like the Athena SWAN charter and the race quality charter,

focusing on improving the representation, progression, working

environment, and learning experience.

The UK Masters and PhD programs are Bologna compatible which

means that there are recognition and equivalence between the UK

degrees and those of the 47 signatories of the Bologna process. Most

Masters programme involves 12 months of full-time study (90 ECTS).

Some programmes take 24 months (180ECTS); these are often offered

in collaboration with EU universities.

In May 2017, the Higher Education and Research Act 2017 (the Act)

was passed by parliament, representing the most significant changes to

higher education legislation in England since the Further and Higher

Education Act 1992. The Act introduces several changes that are likely

to impact on the trends in funding, students and staff at higher education

institutions including:

The Teaching Excellence Framework, which will award

institutions based on quantitative and qualitative assessments of

teaching quality;

A greater focus on encouraging the entry of new providers of

higher education, including the power to award degrees on a

probationary basis, and removing some restrictions on gaining

university title &reorganisation of the architecture overseeing

research funding and strategy.

The UK higher education sector can point to a number of past

successes over the period:

o student satisfaction has increased over

oStudent satisfaction has increased over the period, from 79.9% in

2006 to a new high of 86% during 2016 – 2017 &

oStrong and consistent demand for higher education across the UK,

with the number of young students from disadvantaged

backgrounds entering higher education reaching record levels in

2015 – 16.

According to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise,

it was found that 76% of work submitted by UK universities was

internationally excellent or world-leading. There has been a widespread

investment in creating internships and work placement opportunities for

students and a renewed focus on tailored careers advice. Universities

have embedded employability and enterprise in degree programmes and

taken steps to help students develop entrepreneurial skills. Many

universities are also encouraging volunteering, helping students to

recognize the value of developing their skills and experience during their


The UK offers work permit after course completion under its post-study

work visa guidelines. Under this scheme, one can stay in the UK after

completing graduation, if one holds a job offer with an annual salary of

at least GBP20800. Towards this end, one needs to apply in for a work

visa from the UK Border Agency and opt for either:

Tier 2 (General) Visa - Open to recent graduates holding a UK

recognized Bachelor's, Master's or PhD degree with a job offer

from a licensed employer paying a salary of at least £20,800


Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa - Open to students who are in process

of developing a world-class innovative idea and are sponsored by

their university.

under the national health service nhs students

Under the National Health Service (NHS) students enrolled in full-time

programs are eligible to receive free medical treatment in the UK.

The UK thus provides international students with an unparalleled

opportunity to receive an internationally sought-after degree from top

academic institutions served by some of the world’s best thinkers and

researchers. With a focus on facilitating a positive environment,

language and cultural differences do not act as barriers to learning and

career growth in a country that welcomes the international community in

its campuses.