Getting started with Android Pay in the UK

UK bank Metro has finally signed up for Android’s contactless payment method, following the service’s launch in the UK in May last year. It joins TSB, which was the most recent addition in September, Royal Bank of Scotland, and NatWest (among others) and is open to customers with Android KitKat devices and above, as well owners of the new range of Android Wear 2.0 watches. A recent update in the US saw Android Pay being incorporated into existing banking apps, meaning customers no longer have to use two apps (Google’s…

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Reasons to Stay in the UK for Your Holiday This Year

There are plenty of wonderful travel destinations globally that offer visitors an exciting experience. From the Far East to beautiful Latin America, anyone who travels around the world can see diverse and interesting cultures, historical landmarks or simply relax on a sunny beach. However, a lot can also be said for spending your holiday where you live, especially if you live in the UK. With the Peak District, Snowdonia and National Parks, there is a lot to see and do in the United Kingdom. Even if you enjoy spending time…

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US PE firm invests £120m in UK student housing

The deal, Starwood’s first in the UK, totals 1,595 beds in England and Scotland, adding to the 6,855 student beds under Starwood management in the US. “We look forward to building on this transaction to establish a sizeable student housing platform in the UK” The “six modern, purpose-built, premium student accommodation assets” are in The Haymarket in Edinburgh, Chestnut House in Cambridge, The Walls in Southampton, St James House in Glasgow and Union Square and Stepney Yard, both in Newcastle. The ‘forward funded’ Newcastle development is slated be ready for the 2018/19 academic…

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UK HE: non-EU enrolments flatline as Indian students plummet

The figures from the Higher Education Statistics Authority, published today, show a 1% drop in first-year non-EU enrolments in 2015/16, with overall non-EU enrolments falling very slightly – by less than 1% – to total 310,575. “The UK could be doing much better than this” China remained far and away the biggest provider of non-EU students to UK higher education institutions, climbing to 91,215 in 2015/16. Meanwhile, Malaysia overtook both the US and India to become the UK’s second largest non-EU student source country, as Indian student numbers continued to drop. Indian…

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CES 2017: UK support to tech firms ‘an embarrassment’

The UK government’s lack of support for start-ups attending the CES tech show is a “source of embarrassment”, according to the event’s organiser. Gary Shapiro compared the country unfavourably with France, the Netherlands and Israel. The head of one British firm at the Las Vegas event said the criticism was well-founded. But the UK’s Department for International Trade said it was providing “targeted support”. CES is one of the tech calendar’s biggest fixtures and provides companies with a chance to meet and secure orders from retailers, as well as to…

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Four imprisoned over UK TOEIC fraud scandal

Harinder Kumar, Talal Chowdhury, Shaheen Ahmed and Mohammad Hasan were found guilty of trying to breach immigration law, in a scheme that made them more than £500,000 from students keen to extend their stay in the UK. “The defendants systematically and persistently used their knowledge of the system to make a significant amount of money” The fraudsters were paid large sums of money to read out the answers during examinations or find substitutes to sit tests on behalf of candidates, a jury at Southwark Crown Court in London heard. They…

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UK pushes ahead with sugar tax

The UK government has published draft legislation for a tax on sugar-sweetened drinks, which is set to begin from April 2018. There will be two bands – one for soft drinks with more than 5g of sugar per 100ml and a higher one for drinks with more than 8g per 100ml. Ministers hope it will help tackle the nation’s obesity problem. Many companies have already begun cutting the amount of sugar in their drinks. Pure fruit juices will be exempt – but health officials stress people should limit consumption of…

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UK: HE, schools comparison site launched

UK Education guide offers international students filtered search options based on metrics including tuition price, accommodation price, percentage of international students in the total student body and employability statistics. Co-founder Pat Moores said the site was created to help international students make more informed decisions when choosing to study in the UK. “Our aim is not to provide information about every provider-there are many sources that offer that- our aim has been to independently review the market” “The complexity of the decision making process for international families is staggering,” she told…

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Fall in UK commercial property values slows in August – IPD index

UK commercial property values fell less sharply in August than the month before, a closely-watched index showed on Thursday, suggesting concerns about the impact of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union on the sector may be easing. Overall property values for UK commercial assets fell 0.65 percent year-on-year in August, the IPD real estate index, compiled by MSCI, showed on Thursday. This compared with a 2.8 percent fall in July, which was the biggest slide since March 2009 and reflected a sharp drop in market confidence after the June…

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Universities UK presses for clarity on EU student admissions

President of UUK and vice chancellor of the University of Kent, Dame Julia Goodfellow, urged the government to take immediate action to reassure EU students applying to study in 2017 that they would pay the same fees and access the same financial support throughout their studies and, therefore, “prevent a likely sudden decline in EU student applications”. “This issue is urgent. UCAS applications opened yesterday for the 2017/18 intake and EU students are almost twice as likely as UK students to apply very early for those courses with October deadlines.”…

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