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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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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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Martin Cook Scholarship for Humanities Students at University of Kent

A generous donation has been received by the University of Kent in memory of Martin Cook. The purpose of the gift is to help support one full-time undergraduate student in the humanities. The selected scholar will receive £2,000 per annum for the duration of their studies, (normally 3 or 4 years) subject to satisfactory academic progress.

Criteria

-Open to all full-time applicants who are UK residents paying Home tuition fees.
-Applicants must have accepted a place on a humanities undergraduate course at the University of Kent starting in September 2017 by the UCAS deadline of 30 June 2017.
-Applicants must obtain a minimum of AAB from 3 A Levels or equivalent, and must fulfil the normal entry requirements for their course.
-Applicants must demonstrate financial need and satisfy a range of socio-economic criteria
-Applicants must be willing to act as an 'ambassador' for the University, their subject and faculty and attend University events when requested, if not in conflict with either course attendance or classes being in session.
-Current students at the University of Kent are not eligible to apply.

How to apply

There is no application form to complete. Applicants will be chosen on the basis of
-Demonstration of financial hardship.
-A level results or equivalent.
-UCAS personal statement and reference.
The successful applicant will be informed in November 2017.

Deadline
By 30 June 2017 applicants must have accepted a place on a humanities undergraduate course at the University of Kent starting in September 2017.

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

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International Merit Undergraduate Scholarships at The University of Sheffield

Merit Undergraduate Scholarships are worth 50% of the annual undergraduate tuition fee.

Eligibility and Criteria

To be eligible for the scholarships, applicants must be a national of or permanently domiciled in one of the following:

Latin America: Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Mexico, Paraguay, Panama, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela
China
India

-Applicants must have applied for and been offered a study place at the University of Sheffield to be eligible to apply for the scholarship.
-Applicants must apply for a study place by Friday 16 June 2017 for entry in September 2017 to be eligible to apply for the scholarship.
-The scholarship will be awarded on the the basis of academic merit and the supporting statement. The final decision will be made by an academic panel.
-The scholarship is guaranteed in the first year of study and you can also receive this in each subsequent year of study, subject to achieving 60% or above in the previous academic year.
-You must be self-funding and classified as overseas for tuition fee purposes.
-The scholarships are for full-time and part-time students only.

Deadline of Application
The deadline for scholarship applications is Friday 23 June 2017. Scholarship results will be announced Friday 28 July 2017.

For full details about these scholarships, please click here.

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General English Standard Course at Language Teaching Centres

Language Teaching Centres UK is an independent English language school in Eastbourne. The school is accredited by the British Council, inspected and certified by the Independent Schools Inspectorate and members of English UK, the world’s largest professional language school association.

LTC Eastbourne currently offers General English Standard Course that helps you to improve all aspects of your English while you study and live in an English environment. It is available for elementary to advanced levels (CEFR strong A1-A2 to C1). The school English for international communication. The course will focus on speaking and listening to build your confidence and fluency, but will also help to develop your grammar, vocabulary, reading and writing. This is an economical option that leaves the afternoons free to study by yourself or explore the local area with friends.

You can study this course from a minimum of 1 week to a maximum of 48 weeks. Students can start any Monday or Tuesday in a week that begins with a public holiday.

The course prices are as follows:

1 - 4 weeks: £190/week
5 - 11 weeks: £177/week
12 - 23 weeks: £156/week
24 - 35 weeks: £140/week
36 - 48 weeks: £130/week

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

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Intensive Exam Preparation at Everest Language School

Everest Language School, located in Dublin, Ireland currently offers Intensive Exam Preparation course. The school specialise in preparing students for exams and help you achieve the highest marks in the FCE, CAE and IELTS exam. This course suits both exam students and General English students as it is about developing the necessary skills in an interactive way rather than simply filling in exam papers. Student can start any Monday or Tuesday and the course runs from Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 1.15 pm and has an extra two hour class from Tuesday to Thursday from 2 pm to 4.10 pm. The minimum English level required for this course is Elementary level. The course costs €194.25/week.

To know more information about this course, please visit the course page here.

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English Language Program at TASIS

TASIS England is an English school that has a lot to offer located in Thorpe, Surrey. They offer English language program for a 3-week session or a combined 6-week session. Students can choose to take the first or second session, or the full six-week session. Upon arrival, students takes a test to determine his/her level and placed in the appropriate class. The course will improve your grammar, speaking, writing, and reading. The minimum age requirement to study is from 10-17 years old and instructions are provided from elementary to advanced levels.

In addition to the 15 hours of intensive English language instruction and the four-hours-and-ten minutes of an elective course each week, students are assigned 5-6 hours of homework each week.

The 3-week session costs £1,265 per week while the 6-week session costs £1,063.33 per week.

The course will start on the following dates: 24 June 17 and 17 July 17.

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

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Intensive English – Morning Program at Southern States University

This course consists of 3 hour core and 1.5 hour topic class per day. “Core classes” focus on mastering the skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking as well as understanding the language systems like grammar and vocabulary. Courses often incorporate real world materials like newspapers and magazines, video and internet content, guest speakers and field trips to help students with practical, everyday English communications. The course is perfect for beginner to advanced English learners. It is available in for Newport Beach, Fashion Valley and La Jolla Campuses. The course price for 4-12 weeks is $87.5 per week.

To book this course, please contact us here.

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Getting a Masters?
Full-Time MBA Closing Dates at Leeds University Business School - June 30 and August 31, 2017

The full-time MBA programme (Financial Times Global MBA Rankings, 2016) not only integrates business and management theory with practice, but it also puts great emphasis on your personal and professional development.

The full-time programme features a set of challenges that allow you to apply what you have learned to significant business issues and for many of our students the MBA Project is the most exciting and rewarding part of their MBA experience.

You will gain an international outlook and build connections - helping you to become a global leader with cross cultural work groups and our MBA international study tours. There is also plenty of opportunity to get to know your MBA colleagues socially.

Entry Requirements:

Academic

A good bachelor degree awarded by a UK university or overseas equivalent, or an acceptable professional qualification.

Work experience

At least three years' postgraduate work experience is required before you apply. This should include appropriate management experience and show some career progression.

If you don't have a formal or professional qualification we may ask for a satisfactory Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score to support your application (GMAT scores should be valid for the year of entry). If you don't have a formal academic or professional qualification, we will consider your application based on your management experience. In this case you should hold at least five years' experience, which must include evidence of significant progression and management responsibility.

English language

For more details, please read the English language requirements here.

Application Checklist:

Your application should include:

-A completed application form
-Two references (one academic and one professional)
-Copies of degree transcripts and certificates
-A full curriculum vitae
-Your GMAT score report (if applicable)
-Your approved English Language test* (if applicable)

*Applicants who have not yet completed an approved English language test may apply for the Leeds MBA prior to taking a test.

Your application will not be considered until all documents are received.

Closing Dates:

Places for the full-time Leeds MBA programme are limited so you are advised to apply early.

Our closing dates for 2017 entry are:

-International applicants - 30 June 2017
-UK/EU applicants - 31 August 2017

To apply for this programme, please proceed here.

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MBA Application Deadline at Kingston University London

Whatever you are currently doing – from working as part of a large international organisation to laying the groundwork for your first business startup – a Kingston MBA will accelerate your career, giving you the cutting-edge tools you need to succeed at a price you can afford.

The Kingston MBA is a generalist course that is offered as a full-time and a part-time (executive) programme.

Full-time MBA programme:

12 months duration
Start in September or January
Weekday daytime classes with some weekend sessions, depending on your choice of elective modules

Part-time (executive) MBA:

Two years duration
Start in January or September
Weekends and a maximum of four working days during the two years
-Part 1: All day Saturday and Sunday
-Part 2: All day Saturday and/or Sunday

Entry Criteria

Academic:
First degree or recognised equivalent from a professional body.
We also consider applications from individuals with considerable management experience but no first degree.

Work experience:
Minimum of three years' relevant work experience for the full-time programme or five years' managerial experience for the executive programme.

English proficiency:
Very proficient written and spoken English.

Motivation:
The MBA is a big commitment. We need to know you have thought about the opportunity and the consequences of studying.

Application deadlines

We strongly suggest that applicants who require a visa to study in the UK ensure that their application and supporting documentation reach us by the first week of August 2017, although we may still accept applications after this date.

All other applicants should ideally apply before the first week of September 2017, although we may still accept applications after this date.

All applicants applying for the January intake should ideally apply by the first week of December 2017.

For full details on how to apply for this programme, please visit www.kingston.ac.uk

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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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