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October 2020 | Updates Vol. 2

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Welcome to our latest newsletter edition!

In this edition of the newsletter, we invite you to join our Study UK Europe online university fair to book meetings with UK universities and join webinars on essential topics for EU students.

Learn about free available online courses offered by UK Universities and attend Universities UK webinar on the UK’s new points-based immigration system. Also, find out how you can apply for our Alumni awards.

Check our wide range of preparation resources for IELTS test takers and English learners. We are sharing useful content for teachers and information on how you can get the CELTA qualification online with the British Council.

We also want to remind you to confirm your interest in participation for the 'Your World' global competition for students aged between 14 and 17, whose school or institute is a PSGN member.

Read some interesting articles related to our work in arts and society.

If you have any feedback, do let us know!

Best wishes,

British Council Cyprus



In this edition, you will find information on the following topics:

  1. Meet more than 60 UK universities at our first online Study UK fair
  2. Free online courses from UK universities and webinar from Universities UK
  3. Study UK Alumni Awards
  4. Preparation resources for IELTS test takers
  5. Only for PSGN members: Welcome to the sixth Your World global competition!
  6. English Online: 100% online teacher-led course
  7. Preparation resources for Cambridge English exams
  8. Free resources for teachers
  9. Get your CELTA qualification online with the British Council
  10. Our work in Arts and Society
  11. Join the Digital Library in Cyprus


1. Meet more than 60 UK universities at our first online Study UK fair

Study UK Europe: Gateway to the UK

Want to study in the UK? Register now for the British Council’s online higher education event dedicated to European students.

From 19 October – 13 November, we’ll be joined by more than 60 universities from across the United Kingdom – including 13 of Times Higher Education’s top 20 UK universities for 2021, the leading Welsh and Scottish universities, and many universities from the UK’s elite ‘Russell Group’.

You can book private online meetings with universities, attend talks about subjects and application processes, and find out about English language tests.

Plus, as the event is designed specifically for students from Europe, you’ll be able to find out new immigration processes for coming to the UK – and discover newly released scholarships and offers for EU students.

Whether it’s your first degree or you’re considering postgraduate studies, whether you know the subjects or universities you’re interested in or you’re just starting to think about your study plans – you’ll find everything you need here.

Register now


2. Free online courses from UK universities and webinar from Universities UK

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Study UK: Learn online with a UK university

Experience a new world of learning! Explore free online courses from UK universities and gain recognition for your hard work with a digital certificate.

From 5 October 2020 to 5 February 2021, learners worldwide can access more than 395 massive open online courses (MOOCs) from 40 UK universities for free.

The campaign - Study UK: Learn online with a UK university - covers a wide range of courses, including courses on poetry, anthropology, sustainability, human anatomy, mental health, the Covid-19 pandemic and much more. Learners can be sure to find courses that will match their interests.

Explore the available options
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Universities UK - Immigration rules in the UK from 1 January onwards: What universities and students need to know

From 01 January 2021, the UK’s new points-based immigration system will come into effect. In this webinar we will give an overview of the key changes coming into effect before running through some examples of what the new rules mean in practice for researchers; EU students coming the UK for full degree courses; short term study mobility and work placements through Erasmus+; as well as the situation for those in the UK wanting to study abroad.

The webinar will air live on Tuesday 3 November, from 14.00 – 14.45 GMT.

Register here


3. Study UK Alumni Awards

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Could you be an award winner in 2020-21? Get ready to share your success with the world…

The Alumni Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of alumni and showcase the impact and value of a UK higher education. Award winners and finalists are leaders in their fields who have used their experience of studying at a UK university to make a positive contribution to their communities, professions and countries.

Application deadline is 30 October 2020.

Find out more


4. Preparation resources for IELTS test takers

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New: IELTS extra practice tests

Preparing to take your IELTS test? We have added two new practice tests to the IELTS Prep app that you can purchase for £4.99 per test. You can also track your progress on any device through the new log in feature.

Get IELTS Prep app
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Free computer-delivered familiarisation test

Experience the computer-delivered IELTS test system before you sit the real test and know what to expect on the test day.

Register now
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Free IELTS Webinars

Our free weekly IELTS webinars cover a wide range of topics across all four IELTS skills. Each webinar is conducted by a qualified IELTS expert, who provides in-depth guidance on various aspects of the test and answers your questions to help your preparation.

These webinars have been a tremendous success with people participating from all around the world, and we have received excellent feedback from many of you.

Based on your feedback and suggestions, we have created a brand new series of topics for October. Every Thursday, you’ll get the opportunity to deep dive into different components of IELTS Writing, Reading and general Vocabulary.

Webinars will be held twice a day at 9:30 am and 3:00 pm UK time. So sign up and get ready for your IELTS test!

Sign up here
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Personal online IELTS tutoring

Prepare for IELTS with a British Council approved tutor. Take your first 30-minute IELTS lesson for only €1 and jointly develop a study plan to focus on the areas you need to improve.

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Join our virtual Study UK fair

Join our ‘Testing your English’ IELTS introduction webinar on 22 October from 09.00 – 10.00 UK time during the British Council’s online fair dedicated to European students planning to study in the UK. You can also meet more than 60 universities, find out about scholarships and get application advice.



5. Only for PSGN members: Welcome to the sixth Your World global competition!

Welcome to the sixth Your World global competition

This competition is for students (aged between 14 and 17) who take UK qualifications such as the IGCSE, O level and A level through the British Council.

Your World is a video competition where you provide a window on your world that will interest students from all over the world.

The theme for this year is ‘Building a brighter future’. Your short live action video or animated style video should highlight an issue for a defined community and suggests positive actions that people can take to bring about long term and sustainable change for the benefit of that community. This could be in your country, town or city, your school or a group of people large or small.

Only members to our Partner Schools Global Network (PSGN) are eligible to join this competition.

You can confirm your interest in participation by Friday 30 October.

Contact us to find more


6. English Online: 100% online teacher-led course

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Customise your learning, choose your lesson schedule, and work with British Council teachers and students from around the world. English Online has been expertly designed to improve your English language skills.

  • Customise your learning and set study goals.
  • Choose your lesson schedule and track your progress using our world-class learning platform.
  • Connect and engage with a global community of expert British Council teachers and students in 55-minute live online interactive lessons.
  • Certify your learning and receive a British Council certificate of achievement recognised by employers around the world.

Our courses are best suited for students with a Pre-intermediate level of English or above. If you're not sure of your current level, don't worry - you can take a free level test with English Online.

Find out more


7. Preparation resources for Cambridge English exams

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Practise your English skills

If you are looking to improve your individual test skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking) at different levels to prepare for a test, check out our LearnEnglish platform. The self-study lessons will help you improve your English at your own speed, whenever it's convenient for you.

Boost your skills
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Boost writing skills with Write & Improve

Cambridge’s Write & Improve tool helps learners practise their writing skills online. You can submit your work as often as you want and Write & Improve will score it on the CEFR scale (level A1 to C2).

Try Write & Improve
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Personalised online results for young learners

An update for parents of young learners: Cambridge is now offering learners at Pre-A1, A1 and A2 levels personalised feedback on strengths and focus areas.

Find out more


8. Free resources for teachers

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Panel discussion - The future of education

This panel discussion looks at different challenges that schools, teachers, and learners have faced around the world in the past six months, as well as exploring how education systems and learning is changing in response to these challenges. We discuss how the current changes may eventually inform longer-term strategies for schools and language learning in the future.

Find out more
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Evidence-based reflection and teacher development

Join us on 21 October at 12.00pm UK time for a one-hour webinar with Steve Walsh from Newcastle University, looking at evidence-based reflection and teacher development. During the webinar, a number of tools and procedures are presented with the aim of helping English language teachers to reflect on and improve their practice. In particular, I will use an app (SETTVEO) to demonstrate how professional development is enhanced when reflections are evidence-based by giving teachers something to reflect on and something to reflect with.

Learn more


9. Get your CELTA qualification online with the British Council

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If you’re looking to start a career as an English teacher, getting your CELTA qualification with the British Council is a great place to start.

CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) is an internationally recognised teacher training and certification programme moderated and accredited by Cambridge Assessment English (UK). For over 30 years, it has been offered worldwide in over 60 countries by over 300 schools and with over 12,000 graduates per year.

Learn more


10. Our work in Arts and Society

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Black History Month

Black History Month – celebrated in October in the UK – is about learning fully and fairly about our history and not just looking at it from one point of view. Read the article to find out more about how black history is an important part of British history for everyone, whatever their race or background.

Read the article
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How does adaptive technology affect our lives?

Software Engineer Paul Isaris tells us how adaptive technology helps us adapt to remote work, play games and communicate our needs.

Read the article
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Belfast International Arts Festival

The whole world is invited to Belfast International Arts Festival from 12 October to 1 November. Check out the fantastic programme with free, online events featuring dance, music, theatre and more.



11. Join the Digital Library in Cyprus

British Council Digital Library

The Digital Library offers learning and entertainment on the go. As a Digital Library member, you will have access to the very best online collections, enjoy best-selling books and audiobooks, popular magazines, premium academic resources and more.

The British Council Digital Library can be accessed via a browser or an app on the android and IOS devices.

Join the Digital Library today

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