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What do you use to save money?

I am trying to find an app or various convenient ways to get discounts at local stores or restaurants. Anyone have any good ideas?

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CNPq Scholarship at University of Bradford

The National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) in Brazil offers scholarships to students who want to take a PhD overseas.

Eligibility criteria

Be a Brazilian citizen or a foreign national with a permanent visa in Brazil
Proficiency in the language required by the chosen university
This scholarship is not cumulative with others funded by the Brazilian Treasury

Applicable courses

PhDs in all areas

Eligible countries

Brazil

How to Apply

Apply to Brazil's Ministry of Science, Technology and Communications.

Closing Date

1 September 2017

For more details, please visit www.bradford.ac.uk

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International Baccalaureate Diploma Excellence Scholarship at University of Nottingham

The University of Nottingham is now currently offering scholarships of £2,500 to £6,000 (or more) towards tuition fees for high-achieving International Baccalaureate Diploma students.

Eligibility

International Baccalaureate Diploma Excellence Scholarships will be awarded to students who:

-are classed as an overseas student for fee purposes (from any country) AND
-attain the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a score of 40 points or above AND
-hold an offer to start a full-time undergraduate degree programme (excluding BMBS Medicine) at The University of Nottingham's UK Campuses in September 2017 AND
-respond to their offer and submit their IB Diploma results to the University by 1 August 2017.

Awarding of scholarships

No separate application is required. The International Office will award scholarships of £2,500 to £6,000 to eligible students, depending on the IB Diploma scores they achieve, and subject to availability. Scholarship funding is limited and priority will be given to students who have accepted The University of Nottingham as their firm choice in UCAS.

This scholarship will be deducted from the tuition fees charged in the first year of your course only.

This scholarship can also be combined with other undergraduate scholarships from The University of Nottingham.

To know more of this scholarship, please visit www.nottingham.ac.uk

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Access Opportunity Scholarship at University College London

UCL is pleased to announce the establishment of a new scholarship scheme for 2017-2018 academic year: the Access Opportunity Scholarship. The intention of the scholarship is to support those, who because of their immigration status are not able to secure student loans for their higher education.

UCL will be providing £500,000 in funding over three years for prospective students granted discretionary or limited leave to remain and those who may be seeking asylum.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants for the scholarship must be:

An asylum seeker holding an offer of a place on a UCL undergraduate programme, or/;
An offer-holder granted “limited” or “discretionary” leave to remain and;
Unable to access student finance (tuition fee or maintenance loan) because of your immigration status;
Able to prove your status, under one of the above categories;
Asylum seekers, children of asylum seekers, or unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and who are holding an offer for an undergraduate place at UCL will be eligible.

How to Apply

Complete applications and supporting documentations should be submitted by email to: studentfunding@ucl.ac.uk. Please visit the university's website to download the forms.

Application Deadline

The deadline of application is Friday, 28 July 2017 18:00 (UK time). Successful candidates can expect to be notified by email in early/mid-September.

For complete information about this scholarship, please go to www.ucl.ac.uk

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Civic Engagement Scholarship at University of East London

The Civic Engagement Scholarship supports outstanding all-round students at the University of East London. The scholarships are open to all full time international fee paying students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes. UEL’s vision in founding the Scholarship is to develop leaders with a keen sense of public duty. The following scholarships are available under this scheme:

UG Civic Engagement Scholarship – £3,000 (first year entry point only) PG Civic Engagement Scholarship – £2,500 (first year entry point only)

Criteria:

Character and Leadership Commitment to public service Good Grades Receiving a conditional or unconditional offer If you’re interested in applying, please fill out the online scholarship application form on university's website.

Remember: You must have filled out an application to study at UEL and have received a conditional or unconditional offer prior to applying for the scholarship (we will ask for your UEL application reference number – this is 7 digits long).

Deadline of Application:

The deadline for applications for September intake is on 31st July 2017.

All recipients will receive an updated Letter of Acceptance with the awarded scholarship.

For more details about these scholarships, please visit www.uel.ac.uk

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Business English For Executives at Slaney Language Centre

This 5 to 10 day course is designed for the modern business executive or professional who requires English in the workplace. The school offers training for a wide variety of management disciplines including Marketing, Human Resources, Production Control, Training, Quality Management, Technical Support, Planning and Communications. It focus on developing and upgrading your skills.

The programme content is tailored to meet your specific needs. One-to-one tuition, intensive teaching methods and a supportive approach are offered. Rapid progress is ensured as we enable you to use English with increased confidence and effectiveness in your working environment. A similar programme for small groups is also available to companies.

The course fee is €1,722 per week for 40 one-to-one lessons. Price includes level assessment test, weekly progress tests, certification, airport transfer and detail progress report.

To apply for this course, please visit the course page here.

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Ladies Only English Course 15 at Celtic English Academy

Study English in the beautiful city of Cardiff, the capital city of Wales. Celtic English Academy is located in the heart of Cardiff. They have several General English courses. One of which is the Ladies Only English Course 15 is a great option for female students if you wish to improve your everyday use of English and can sense extra respect has been taken towards their privacy and customs. You will still be able to benefit from our small class sizes with a maximum of just 10 students in each Ladies-only class.

You will follow an integrated skills programme which covers the areas of reading, writing, speaking, listening, grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. By focusing on these skills, we will help you improve your all-round English ability. Our aim is to increase your confidence in your day-to-day use of the language and to bridge the gap between the classroom and the real world.

Course price starts at £215 per week, Discount applies if study for more weeks,

For more details about this course, you can read more information here.

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Academic Year Programme (AY2) at Killarney School of English

Looking for an English school in Ireland? Killarney School of English located in the beautiful Kingdom of Kerry is a small family-run school located next to the Killarney National Park, one of the most magnificent settings in Ireland.

The school offers various English programs such as Academic Year Programme (AY2). This programme is designed for students who have more time at their disposal to learn English and who wish to become proficient in English by being immersed in the language and in the culture for a long period of time. Before arrival, students are tested and a specific study programme is created for them taking into account their level of English, their aim for the term of the programme and the length of time they are going to study.

The minimum language requirement for this program is Beginner English level and the minimum age requirement is 18 years old. The program runs for 25 weeks and the price is €120 per week. All course materials and books, preparation towards Cambridge FCE and CAE examinations if desired (enrolment fee not included), A certificate of attendance and achievement on course completion are some of the inclusions in the course price.

To apply for this course, please go here.

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English Unlimited at Twin English Centres

This course is great for students who wants to save and study General English, IELTS Preparation, English for Work and take Conversation classes for one great price. You will have the freedom to study as much as you like by signing up for the lessons that you want to attend each week. The English Unlimited programme means that you can get up to 31 hours of tuition per week for one set price, making this course excellent value for money.

To book each course individually, it would cost £345 per week. By choosing English Unlimited, you can save up to £95 per week!

The minimum language requirement to enroll is A2 (Pre-Intermediate) level. And the age requirement are as follows:

Up to 30 hours - 16+
Up to 34 hours - 18+

This course is being offered at Twin school in London and the course price is £250 per week.

To know more information about this course, you can view the course information here.

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Chevening Scholarships at The University of Nottingham

The University of Nottingham is a popular destination for Chevening Scholars and is proud to support Chevening Scholarships, the UK's global masters scholarship programme for outstanding scholars with leadership potential.

Who are eligible to apply?

To apply for a Chevening Scholarships you must have:

a degree of a good standard at least two years' work experience (including voluntary experience) a high standard of English language leadership and networking skills commitment to work in your home country for at least two years after completing your masters degree

Deadline of Application

Application deadline for Chevening Scholarships in 2018/19:

Tuesday 7 November 2017 at 12:00 GMT (midday UK time)

For more information, please visit www.nottingham.ac.uk

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MBA Deadline Application 2018 at Brunel University London: December 1, 2017

The MBA Programme from Brunel Business School, Brunel University London is an intensive, research-led MBA designed to maximise students' investment in a global executive career. The Brunel MBA is a 1-year full-time programme, or 2-year part-time programme commencing twice a year in January and September offering three pathways. Intensive and research led, the Brunel MBA is conveniently located in Uxbridge, West London, minutes from major transport outlets such as Uxbridge tube station, Heathrow Airport and M25 motorway. Entry Requirements for the Brunel MBA are normally a minimum of three years full-time work experience at managerial or professional level following your degree.

Entry Requirements:

Academic and Work Experience Requirements

A 2.1 (or above) UK Honours degree or international equivalent A minimum of three years' full time work experience at managerial or professional level in managing people, budget or other resources following a degree. It is important for candidates to clarify that they have significant / focused sector experience with responsibility for people, budget or other resources which is supportable by official documentary evidence.

English Language Requirements

IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas). Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores). BrunELT 65% (min 60% in all areas).

Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accept a range of other language courses. We also have a range of Pre-sessional English language courses, for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English.

Deadline of Application:

If you’re looking to start the Brunel MBA in January 2018, the MBA application deadline is Friday 1st December 2017.

For more information, kindly visit the official website of Brunel MBA here.

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Which ones are worth doing?
Management Diplomas

@GeorgeSmith Ive done some more research (Economist website has some good info on EMBA). Cranfield seem to have well respected programs and be located in a nice area.

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Ten unusual apprenticeships you can apply for

Ever wonder what unusual apprenticeships you have never heard of? The Telegraph have listed them on their website. Here are the following:

Trainee crime scene photographer Technical illustrator Radio plugger Fashion and textiles technician Fish Husbandry Pathology Support Worker Tunnelling Operative Playworker Diamond Mounter Building Energy Management Systems Installation Technician

Read the full details at telegraph.co.uk

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How to get a well-paid graduate job in 2016

According to a new study of the UK's top 100 employers - as chosen by students - the number of graduate vacancies is expected to increase by 7.5 per cent this year - taking recruitment to its highest ever level - so you already have an increased chance of finding something, simply because you are looking now. Here are a few suggestions to landing your ideal graduate role:

Study at one of the top 10 'most targeted' universities by top employers Target an industry with the most graduate vacancies in 2016 Get some work experience under your belt in your chosen sector Choose an 'in demand' role Be prepared to move to London Pick an industry with a high median salary Be really 'choosy' and pick these companies

Read the complete article here.

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Could you pass the 'world's hardest test' from Oxford University?

It was believed that the the entrance exam for fellowship at All Soul's College at the University of Oxford has been the world's trickiest. This is because the exam cannot be revise, consists of abstract questions and there are no right and wrong answers. The tests are mostly for humanities and social science disciplines.

One of the examiner told the Independent, "All the best candidates demonstrate a strong command of their subjects, and make compelling arguments in clear prose. The scripts that really stand out usually have something more that is striking: flashes of wit, sensitivity to detail, argumentative force. A significant challenge is to strike a balance between playing to your strengths and stretching beyond your comfort zone."

Some of the sample questions are:

Did the left or right win the twentieth century? "Secure people dare". Do they? Should intellectuals tweet? Should prisoners be allowed to watch television? How can words be beautiful?

Read the full article at telegraph.co.uk

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Cambridge 'to bring back entry tests'

Cambridge University has been reported to have plans on bringing a universal entry test to identify the brightest students amidst a rise in those obtaining top A-level grades.

According to Barbara Sahakian, professor of experimental psychiatry, “What people are concerned about is whether the A-level exam results still mean quite the same thing as they used to mean. There are a lot of students getting very high grades but not all of them would have got those grades in the past, so it is hard to discriminate between candidates.”

Nonetheless, there are few concerns that this new test would be a disadvantage for students as they are less likely get the right training to prepare for it in contrast to their privately educated peers. Though in recent times, there has been an increased in admission of pupils from state schools to the top university with the numbers rising from rapproximately 50 percent to 62.2 percent.

As of now, according to a university spokesperson, there are no decisions yet and the university is considering all the options. More importantly, regardless of the decision, all applicants will be evaluated holistically.

Read the full article here.

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Lily Allen on Desert Island Discs

@Audie it's still online. I thought it would have vanished. Love her.

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Spielberg Killed a Dinosaur!

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10 books on leadership to read in 2016

Adam Grant, a professor in Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania wrote an article on newly released books that he found thought-provoking and are interesting to read this 2016. The following are:

TED Talks by Chris Anderson (May 3) Grit by Angela Duckworth (May 3) The Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffington (April 5) The Third Wave by Steve Case (April 5) Under New Management by David Burkus (March 15) What Works by Iris Bohnet (March 8) The Industries of the Future by Alec Ross (February 2) The Confidence Game by Maria Konnikova (January 12) The Geography of Genius by Eric Weiner (January 5) Originals by Adam Grant (February 2)

Read more about this article here.

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This is how to be more productive in 2016

These are 13 things you should stop doing right now to become more productive this 2016 according to a recent article posted by Agenda:

Impulsive web browsing Multitasking Checking email throughout the day Moral licensing Putting off your most important work until later in the day Taking too many meetings Sitting all day Hitting the snooze button Failing to prioritize Over-planning Under-planning Keeping your phone next to your bed Perfectionism

Read the full article at agenda.weforum.org

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