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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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Undergraduate Funding and Access Awards at University College London (UCL)

The aim of these awards is to enable UK/EU prospective undergraduate students to take up their offer of study at UCL, regardless of their background, by relieving financial pressures for those in need.

Application Procedure

Online applications to the Undergraduate Funding and Access Awards will open from February 2018. Please read the guidance notes before submitting your online application. You need to hold an offer of a place at UCL for academic year 2018-2019, in order to apply online for the Undergraduate Funding and Access Awards. Please use the Student Finance Online Calculator before completing an online application. It is highly recommended you apply to Student Finance/SAAS as early as possible to prevent delays in funding. You do not need to wait for the outcome from Student Finance before submitting your scholarship application. During the Student Finance application process, you should request an income-assessed maintenance loan (apply for max) so we are able to see your household income. Furthermore, you must ensure you and your sponsor(s) (parents/guardians) give consent to share as part of the Student Finance application process.

Deadline of Application

The deadline for the application is: Friday, 6 July 2018 at 5pm (UK time).

For the complete list of the funding schemes, please visit www.ucl.ac.uk

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Chevening Scholarship (2018) at University of Sussex

Chevening is the UK government's international awards scheme aimed at developing global leaders. Funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations, Chevening offers two types of award - Chevening Scholarships and Chevening Fellowships - the recipients of which are personally selected by British Embassies and High Commissions throughout the world.

Chevening offers a unique opportunity for future leaders, influencers, and decision-makers from all over the world to develop professionally and academically, network extensively, experience UK culture, and build lasting positive relationships with the UK.


To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

be a citizen of a Chevening-eligible country (for the complete list of eligible countries, please proceed here)
have an undergraduate degree
have at least two years' work experience
have received an unconditional offer on an eligible Masters by July 2018 (it is possible to apply for the scholarship before receiving an offer of a place)
meet the Chevening English language requirement by July 2018
return to your country of citizenship for a minimum of two years after your award has ended
Application Deadline

7 November 2017

To apply for this scholarship, please visit www.sussex.ac.uk

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BA (Hons) Economics and Management at The University of Portsmouth - Clearing places are open

The subjects of economics and business management work well together. With less of a technical and mathematical focus than our three BSc (Econ) (Hons) economic programmes, this course has an industry-relevant focus on the application of economics.

If you don’t know whether to choose a traditional business or economics degree, this course offers the best of both worlds. Through this highly ranked course (ranked 15 out of 70 universities for economics in the Guardian League Table 2018), you can be confident you will be taught by experts and fully prepared for a career in business and management.

This course is in clearing. If you're interested, you can call the clearing hotline on 023 9284 8090.

Visit our course page here to know more information about this course or The University of Portsmouth's official website.

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Children's Nursing BSc (Hons) at London South Bank University - Clearing Places are still Available

Children's nurses, in collaboration with other professionals, strive to promote health in children and young people to ensure they enter into adulthood in good health.

This degree course covers...

The course enhances employability by emphasising a vocational approach to teaching, and prepares you for a career in a range of rewarding children's nursing opportunities across primary care, specialist and intensive care children's units. It also develops your abilities as a student nurse to consider the wider aspects influencing children's health needs, preparing you for future leadership in an ever-changing health care system.

There's still time to apply... This course is in clearing. All Home and EU students who want to start an undergraduate course this October 2017 have until 5pm on 11 October 2017 to apply to LSBU. Before applying to LSBU you need to have:

all your exam results already applied with UCAS know the course you're interested in studying - complete a course search

When you're ready call 0800 923 8888 or apply online through Clearing.

For more information you can visit our course page here or the official website of London South Bank University

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Fast-Track CAE Exam Preparation at Bell Cambridge

This fast-track course prepares students to take the Cambridge English: Advanced certificate (CAE), which demonstrates language ability to schools and employers worldwide. The course is available in Bell Cambridge and new students can start on June 24, 2018.

This course is perfect for learners who want a shorter, more intensive, course to gain a lifelong and internationally-recognised qualification to demonstrate upper intermediate language ability for work or study. The minimum English language requirement is Upper Intermediate (B2) level.

The course price is £575 for 5 weeks of study and the student will receive 25 hours of Fast-Track CAE Exam Preparation lessons.

For more details, please click here.

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Part time General English at Twin English Centres

This course is exclusive to Twin English Centre in London. The school offers a range of courses in both the morning and the afternoon, allowing you to choose the time that is the most convenient for you. The main aim is to improve your key English skills; reading, writing, speaking and listening, and improve your confidence when using English outside the classroom.

This course is ideal for students who can’t commit to full time study and need flexibility in their timetable. The minimum language required is Elementary level, You can study from a minimum of 1 week to maximum of 50 weeks. The course fee is £80 per week with 6 hours of General English lessons included.

For more details about this course, please visit the course page here.

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English Language Academic Year Programme at Slaney Language Centre

Slaney Language Centre is an English school located in Wexford, Ireland. They are offering various English courses. The ‘English Language Academic Year Programme is a 25 week English language course which combines General English Tuition with Exam Preparation for the TIE (test of interactive English). Booking this course entitles Non-EU students to an eight months visa. It allows Non-EU students to take up part time employment of up to 20 hours per weekend for the duration of the English language course.

The minimum language requirement to book this course is A1 level. The course costs €183 per week and the student can start any Monday.

To book this course, please click here.

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UK Course - Intensive Course at Kings Education

Intensive Course of Kings Education is one of the most popular courses across their eight locations.

It has the right balance of hours of study to maximise fluency in a short period of time. Aside from the hours of General English, you will be able to choose from a range of Special Interest Groups.

There are 21 hours or 28 lessons per week of General English and 8 lessons per week in Special Interest Groups. Plus for courses of 12 weeks or more - up to 4 guided/facilitated self-study sessions each week.

This course is perfect for people who wants to improve their fluency in English language and the minimum English level requirement is Kings Level 1 (Beginner).

The course is available at Kings London, Kings Bournemouth and Kings Oxford. Course price starts from £316 for 2 weeks length of study.

For more details on prices and to apply for this course, please go here.

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Getting a Masters?
Full-time MBA Deadline Application at Alliance Manchester Business School - Round 7: May 18, 2018

The Manchester Full-time MBA programme offers personalised careers support, live client projects, an international network, six global centres, the flexibility to customise your MBA and more. It will change the way you do business, forever. All candidates follow the same core programme - the rest is up to you. Plus, you can complete the MBA in 18, 15 or 12 months.

Entry Requirements

Good undergraduate degree or international equivalent
Satisfactory GMAT® and GRE® or MAT score
Minimum of three years’ post-graduation work experience with strong, consistent career progression and achievement
Professional skills and competencies
International exposure (valued)
Entrepreneurial experience (valued)
Strong team player
Excellent communication skills
Emotional intelligence and personal qualities
Proof of English competency (excludes nationals of English speaking countries / Bachelors from English speaking countries)

Programme start date: 28th August 2018

Application Process

Review entry requirements Review deadlines and key dates Complete the online application form. Interview Final decision Accepting your place

Deadline of Application

The deadline of application for Round 7 applicants is on Friday 18th May 2018. Interview period is on 28th May - 15th June 2018 and final decision period will be on 25th - 29th June 2018.

For complete details about this programme, please visit the university's official website here.

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Developing Solutions Masters Scholarship at University of Nottingham

Do you want to make a difference to the development of your home country? Founded in 2001, Developing Solutions is The University of Nottingham's flagship international scholarship programme for postgraduate masters courses.

105 scholarships are available for 2018 entry:
30 x 100% tuition fee
75 x 50% of tuition fees

You can apply for this scholarship if you:

are a national of (or permanently domiciled in) Africa, India, OR one of the countries of the Commonwealth listed below* AND
are classed as an overseas student for fee purposes AND
have not already studied outside of your home country** AND
are not currently studying at a University of Nottingham campus or are not a University of Nottingham graduate AND
hold an offer to start a full-time masters degree programme, including MRes, at Nottingham for September 2018 in an area of study within the:

Faculty of Engineering,
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences,
Faculty of Science,
Faculty of Social Sciences

*Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Kiribati, Malaysia, Maldives, Montserrat, Nauru, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, St Helena, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tristan da Cunha, Turks and Caicos Islands, Tuvalu, Vanuatu.

**Priority is given to candidates who have not previously studied outside of their home country. Students currently studying in the UK are not eligible to apply.

Application closing date is on 23 March 2018.

For full details about this scholarship, please go to www.nottingham.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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Preparation, techniques and ways to cope
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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