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The UK Welcomes Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama is currently in England on day three of his first UK state visit, and has already met the Queen, Prince William and David Cameron among many other top British figures.

Mr. and Mrs. Obama arrived in Ireland on Monday and although they were only there for less than 24 hours, they managed to fit a lot in. In Ireland’s capital, Dublin, the President made an already famous speech to re-affirm the ties between the US and Ireland. To huge cheers he started the speech in true rock star fashion:

"Hello Dublin! Hello Ireland! My name is Barack Obama of the Moneygall Obamas, and I've come home to find the apostrophe that we lost somewhere along the way."

He followed this by meeting with a distant cousin of his and then sampling a traditional Irish pint of Guinness, although there was one slight hiccup when the President’s armoured car (nicknamed ‘The Beast’) got stuck on a ramp when coming out of the US embassy in Dublin. You can see the (hilarious) video below this post. On Monday evening the Presidential party decided to leave Ireland a day early to fly to England over fears of the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud moving in on Tuesday.

UK government defeated on international student policy by House of Lords

The house of Lords voted to take international students out of the UK's net migration figures.

Peers backed an amendment tabled by Lord Hannay of Chiswick, stating that no student should be treated for public policy purposes as a long term migrant to the UK, for the duration of their studies.

The amendment passed with a large majority in favour 313 votes vs 219. The defeat is a set back for Downing street. Theresa May, who in her capacity as Home Secretary and most recently Prime Minister, did not support removing international students from net migration figures, which recent governments have pledge to bring down by "tens of thousands."

This policy has resulted in international numbers from certain countries reducing and UK institutions, loosing out to competitor countries, such as the US and Australia. The UK is currently second to the US as a provider of higher education. Lord Hannay warned that the UK is "loosing market share to our main competitors"

The Department of Education voiced its disappointment in the vote. However, the amendment will next be considered by MPs who may choose to accept or reject it. Should the bill pass, then the government would be forced into a situation where it has to encourage international students and cooperation between UK and overseas institutions. 

 

 

Accommodation Starter Kits

The new term is fast approaching. For many, it will be their first time moving away from home. Some will travel thousands of miles, in order to pursue a course at a chosen University, here in the UK.

 

For Some, Studying in the UK Just Got Cheaper!

Studying in the UK just became cheaper owing to the depreciation of the British pound, after last week's decision to leave the EU with the successful Brexit vote. Sterling fell to its lowest level against the US dollar since 1985.

Choosing Student Accommodation Online

Technology is increasingly helping would be or current students of all nationalities to find suitable student housing, online rather than face to face. There are plenty of options to consider when deciding on the right place to live and this can be booked online from your home country.

It's a big decision, as you'll be living there for at least a year. Research is key and is highly important when it comes to choosing a student room, in locations near to your university. You will find yourself looking at different accommodation types, ranging from student flats, home stays, shared houses, university halls and private student halls.  Budget is the biggest factor for most, travel costs and time also need to be weighed up. If you are opting for accommodation which requires the use of public transport, look at commute times of buses or tube to see whether you would be happy doing the commute on an ongoing basis.

Make sure you look at what's in the local area - such as a supermarket, a gym, or cinema. Some areas are nicer and safer than others and it's worth determining how far your housing will be from the tube or night bus - remember you need to stay safe!

You will have a choice of different options when it comes to your accommodation.

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