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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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Strathclyde Excellence Scholarship at University of Strathclyde

The University of Strathclyde offers the Strathclyde Excellence Scholarship for undergraduate students who are paying a tuition fee of £9,250 per year and achieve AAB or above at A Level (or equivalent) will receive £1,000 in each year of study at the University.

Value of the scholarship
£1,000

Eligibility

-The scholarship is awarded to new undergraduate students who enter the University in the current academic year and achieve AAB or above at A Level (or equivalent)
-pay a tuition fee of £9,250 per year

How to apply
You do not have to apply for the scholarship you will be identified automatically during your application to the University. An email will be sent to you confirming the award and when it will be paid.

Deadline
31 July 2018

For more details about this scholarship, please click here.

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Coventry Academic Performance Scholarship at University of Coventry

Coventry Academic Performance Scholarship (CAPS), previously known as the Merit Scholarship Scheme is available to all international students applying for full-time undergraduate programmes who have submitted an application for study on 30th June 2017 for the September 2017 entry. The value of this scholarship is worth up to £2000.

Who are eligible?

Applicants must hold the following:
Specific academic qualifications (at least two of three A-levels at grade A or equivalent qualifications)
Understanding of course and motivation to study at Coventry
Extra-curricular or work experience

For more details about this scholarship, visit the Coventry University's official website here.

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The Denys Holland Scholarship at University College London

The Denys Holland Scholarship is a scholarship that aims to support undergraduate students from any country, who without the support of the scholarship would be unable to secure the funding required to study at UCL, and who can demonstrate their intention to make full use of the activities offered by UCL and the Student Union.

Who are eligible?

Applicants should be:
-holding an offer of admission to UCL for full-time undergraduate study in any department;
-in financial hardship, and be able to demonstrate that without the scholarship they would be unable to study at UCL;
-preferably aged 25 or below at the time of commencing their studies;
-able to demonstrate that they have broad interests and intend to be actively involved in and contribute to the life of the university.

Value of scholarship
The scholarship is worth £9,000 per year for three years, subject to satisfactory academic progress and scholars may choose to use all or part of the scholarship to cover fees. Any remainder is paid to the scholar as a maintenance stipend.

How to apply for the scholarship?
Complete applications and supporting documentations and submit them by email. Please click here for the required documents.

Deadline of application
Friday, 7 July 2017 at 5pm (UK time)

For full details about this scholarship, please go to www.ucl.ac.uk

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Sussex Excellence Scholarships at University of Sussex

The Sussex Excellence Scholarship is a merit-based award recognising, and rewarding, undergraduate students who achieved excellent academic performance before joining the University.

The Sussex Excellence Scholarship is worth £3,000 in Year One of a three or four year undergraduate degree:

£1,000 cash award and £2,000 rent reduction if you are living in University-managed accommodation *
or

£3,000 cash award if you are not living in University-managed accommodation *

Please note Abacus House is not University managed.

Eligibility

You will automatically be awarded the Sussex Excellence Scholarship if you have achieved the required scholarship threshold in one of the eligible academic qualifications.

How to Apply

If your qualification is listed here and you achieve the minimum grades listed you will be automatically awarded the Sussex Excellence Scholarship. Applications will open on Wednesday 1st February 2017 and the deadline for applying is Monday 3rd April 2017. An online application will be available on University of Sussex's official page.

For full details about these scholarships, please click here.

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English for Specific Purposes at The Burlington School

The Burlington School of English, located in an affluent residential area of Fulham in south-west London, offers English for Specific Purposes. The courses are designed for people who want to improve their English in the context of their profession or area of study. They are suitable for experienced professionals, people preparing for their first job in an English-speaking environment, students preparing for related courses and people who want to improve their career prospects. Courses consist of 15 lessons General English and 5 lessons tuition in your specialist topic, on a one-to-one or a small group basis. Students can start any Monday and the course fee is £365/week.

For further details about these courses, please go here.

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IELTS Examination Course (IELTS 28) at Studio Cambridge

Studio Cambridge is the oldest school in Cambridge. The school is accredited by the British Council, a member of English UK and a member of the British government's 'Education UK' initiative. They offer English courses for students who wants to prepare for English exams such as IELTS. IELTS Examination Course (IELTS 28) offers full-time IELTS preparation for set course periods of 4 or 6 weeks. In total it contains 28 lessons (21 hours) of IELTS tuition, preparation and practice per week, plus free social activity options after class. The start of classes are as follows: 29 May 2017, 03 July 2017, 31 July 2017, 04 September 2017, 18 September 2017, 16 October 2017 and 30 October 2017. The course is for students who have levels 4-6 of English language proficiency.

The course prices are the following: £270/week for 4 weeks and £285/week for 6 weeks of booking.

Want to know more information about this course, please go here.

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English For Work - UK Course at Language in Group

Language in Group schools are in Ireland (Dublin) and England (London, Totnes) and are open all year. They offer English For Work courses to prepare students to be successful using English in their work place. The full programme lasts four weeks and you can start on any Monday. Some of the students join for one, two or three weeks and others for a month. This is up to you. If you are from the EU and interested in a Work Experience placement then this is the ideal course to take before doing that. The course is suitable for students with Intermediate to Advanced (minimum B1) level of English.

The course is available in Language in Group London. The course price in this location are as follows: 1 week - £310 per week, 2 - 4 weeks - £300 per week, 5 - 8 weeks - £270 per week. It is also available in Language In Group Totnes. The course price in this location are as follows: 1 week - £270 per week, 2 - 4 weeks - £260 per week, 5 - 8 weeks - £245 per week.

To book this course, please click here.

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One-to-One Coaching 10 at at Basil Paterson

Basil Paterson is an English school in the heart of Edinburgh with over 50 years' experience in teaching. They offer various English programs for students including individual courses. If you are looking for a more personalised, intensive English language programme, One to One English training is the perfect option for you. One-to-One Coaching 10 include 10 hours of One-to-One lessons with your own teacher.

One-to-One topics include:

a. Business English
b. Academic English
c. Scientific English
d. Legal English
e. Exam Preparation

The course is suitable for beginners and has a minimum age of 16 years old in order to enrol in this course. Course cost starts at £882/week, £792/week for 2-3 weeks and £762/week for 4-7 weeks of booking.

To book this course, please visit this page.

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Getting a Masters?
Full-Time MBA Application Deadline at Imperial College Business School - (Round 6: June 23, 2017)

The full-Time MBA programme at Imperial College Business School will commence on September 2017. On this one year programme you will study core modules to build your foundation in business, and then shape your own elective and project portfolio to suit your personal academic and career ambitions.

The entry requirements for the Full-Time MBA programme are:
3 years’ relevant postgraduate work experience
A good undergraduate degree or recognised professional qualification
GMAT or GRE scores at our required level
English language test results (if applicable)

The admissions process for the MBA has three main parts:

Apply online Interviews Decision

Deadline of Application:
The final deadline for Round 6 application will be on 23rd of June 2017. The interview date will be on 5th of July 2017 and the notification of decisions will be on 12th of July 2017.

Want to know more information? Please visit Imperial College Business School's official website here.

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Westminster International Scholarship at University of Westminster

University of Westminster is currently offering international scholarships for students from developing countries who wish to study a full-time academic programme in January 2018 at the University.

Amount
Full tuition fee award, accommodation, living expenses and flights to and from London.

Eligibility
You must be an international student from a developing country and hold an offer for a full-time Masters at the University. For scholarship purposes, the term ‘developing’ includes middle income countries.

All countries with the exception of the following are considered ‘developing countries’:

Andorra
Australia
Austria
Belgium
Bulgaria
Canada
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Gibraltar
Greece
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Japan
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malta
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Romania
San Marino
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
United Kingdom
USA
Vatican City

Criteria
Equivalent to a UK First Class Honours degree, financial need and development potential.

Deadline
13 October 2017

Click here for more information on how to apply for this scholarship.

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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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