Top cities to study in the UK

Top cities to study in the UK

Top cities to study in the UK

Top cities to study in the UK

Choosing where to study is a big decision, so it’s important you take your time and pick carefully. If you decide to study in the UK but are unsure of which University to study at, we’ve picked out our top five cities to study in. There are so many great courses offered by different institutions, it’s hard to pick the best one. Sometimes you just have to pick the University in the best city. We’ve sifted through the cities in the UK and found those which we think are the best. Here are our top five UK cities to study in.

  1. London
London

London

London is top of our list for places to study in the UK and for good reason; it is a fantastic place to study! If you choose to study in the capital of England, you’ll benefit from top tuition at some of the best universities in the world whilst being able to immerse yourself in the language and dive into the vibrant cultural life of England. If you’re a sports fan you’re never far from some of the most iconic sports grounds in the world including Wembley Stadium, Wimbledon and Lords Cricket Ground and due to London’s successful bid for the 2012 Olympics, many parts of the capital are being transformed with state of the art sports facilities and architecture. As well as all the galleries, museums and sporting events, London is packed full of music venues and world famous restaurants not to mention all the pubs and clubs and although it is the most expensive place to live in the UK, there is always something to do in London, even if you’re on a student budget; walking tours, world famous museums and galleries are all normally free.

  1. Newcastle
Newcastle

Newcastle

Newcastle is known for many things, from the incredible architecture of the Sage building to the star footballer, Alan Shearer. It’s also fast becoming one of the best student cities in the UK. The low cost of living and beautiful surroundings make it hard to resist universities such as Newcastle University, but when you add in the famous nightlife, incredible new architecture and local hospitality, it places Newcastle firmly in our top five list of places to study in the UK.

  1. Edinburgh
Edinburgh

Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a special place with a special history and touches almost everyone who visits it. The capital city of Scotland is the ideal place for many people wanting to study abroad. Students love the compact city center; its iconic castle stands proudly above the city, watching over as if it were guarding it still, whilst the Royal Mile provides an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, pubs and historical monuments. It’s history can almost be tasted in the air and seen dripping from every stone and once a year, when the insanity of the Edinburgh Festival takes over, there’s really nowhere else like it.

  1. Sheffield

Sheffield manages to provide all the buzz of city life, but none of the stress. Instead there’s a really friendly, laid-back feel, coupled with the great scenery of the seven hills it is built upon, Sheffield, as a city that is hard to beat. Whether you’re after a bit of culture or just want a fun place to live, it’s a great place to study. Studying in Sheffield at somewhere like The University of Sheffield gives you the best of both worlds.

  1. Nottingham

At the heart of the Midlands, Nottingham attracts a large amount of domestic and international students, creating a culturally diverse city that is an excellent destination. With many pubs, clubs and restaurants you’re also guaranteed a great night out on the town. If you want to live in a place with a great mix of recognisable shops and a few independents that you will grow to love then Nottingham has plenty on offer for you.

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Manitoba’s new Express Entry pathway invites its first candidates

Manitoba’s new Express Entry pathway invites its first candidates

Manitoba’s new Express Entry pathway invites its first candidates

Manitoba’s new Express Entry pathway invites its first candidates

Manitoba’s new Express Entry pathway invites its first candidates

155 Letters of Advice to Apply issued on January 11 draw

Manitoba’s new Express Entry-aligned pathway has invited 155 candidates to apply for a provincial nomination in its first-ever draw.

Conducted on Thursday, January 11, the draw saw the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) issue 155 Letters of Advice to Apply, or LAAs, to eligible candidates through the Manitoba Express Entry Pathway. In order to receive an LAA through this pathway, candidates needed a score of at least 565 under the province’s Expression of Interest system.

The Express Entry Pathway draw was one of three categories featured in the MPNP January 11 draw.  An additional 17 skilled workers were invited under the Skilled Worker Overseas Stream.

The province also invited 119 candidates in the Skilled Worker in Manitoba Stream to apply, with the lowest ranked candidate invited at a score of 520.

Express Entry Pathway requirements

To be considered for this pathway, candidates must have a valid profile in both Manitoba’s Expression of Interest pool and the federal Express Entry pool. They also need at least six months of recent experience in an occupation on Manitoba’s new In-Demand Occupation list.

Manitoba says the Express Entry Pathway is for candidates demonstrating high so-called human capital values. Candidates must also have the confirmed support of a close friend or relative who has been a resident of Manitoba for at least one year.

To provide a sense of the kind of candidate who would have been invited to apply to the MPNP through its Express Entry Pathway in this round, here is a fictional example:

Shiva is a 33 year old, has demonstrated high-intermediate English language proficiency. He also has a bachelor’s degree, has obtained four years of work experience as a software engineer and has a profile in the Express Entry pool as a Federal Skilled Worker. Shiva has an uncle living in Manitoba and intends to reside in Manitoba, but outside of Winnipeg. Shiva’s ranking score of 610 would have been higher than the 565 needed to obtain an Invitation from Manitoba.

Eight provinces now have an Express Entry stream

The creation of the Express Entry Pathway and Manitoba’s In-Demand Occupation List was part of a sweeping overhaul of the MPNP that was unveiled November 15. Manitoba is now one of eight Canadian provinces with Express Entry-aligned Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) component, many of which do not require a family connection to the province.

Express Entry-aligned PNP streams allow a province to invite federal Express Entry candidates to apply for what’s known as an enhanced provincial nomination. Such a nomination provides an additional 600 points towards an Express Entry candidate’s Comprehensive Ranking System score, which is usually sufficient to trigger an Invitation to Apply in a subsequent round.

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Canadian job vacancies in third quarter of 2017 up 15% over previous year

Canadian job vacancies in third quarter of 2017 up 15% over previous year

Canadian job vacancies in third quarter of 2017 up 15% over previous year

Canadian job vacancies in third quarter of 2017 up 15% over previous year

Statistics Canada finds greatest year-over-year increases in Quebec, British Columbia

The number of job vacancies reported by Canadian employers in the third quarter of 2017 was up 15 percent over the same quarter in 2016, Statistics Canada reports.

Canadian businesses reported 468,000 job vacancies in the third quarter of 2017, an increase of 62,000 over the third quarter of 2016. A previous report by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business said job vacancies in the third quarter of 2017 were the highest in nearly a decade.

Permanent positions accounted for 80.2 percent of all job vacancies in the third quarter of 2017, Statistics Canada reports.

This was the fourth consecutive quarter with year-over-year increases in both the number of job vacancies in Canada and the job vacancy rate, which stood at 2.9 percent for the third quarter of 2017.

These year-over-year increases were “broadly based across the provinces, industrial sectors and occupations,” Statistics Canada says.

Job vacancy growth highest in Quebec, British Columbia

Quebec and British Columbia were found to have had the highest year-over-year increases in the number of job vacancies and the job vacancy rate for the third quarter of 2017. They were among nine Canadian provinces that saw a third quarter increase in the number of job vacancies over the same quarter in 2016.

Businesses in Quebec reported 87,000 job vacancies in the third quarter, an increase of 21,000, or 30.6 percent, over the same quarter in 2016. Statistics Canada says the increase was “widespread across sectors,” with manufacturing leading the way. Over this same period, employment in Quebec grew by 2.2 percent and the province’s unemployment rate fell by one percent, from seven to six percent.

Change in the number of job vacancies between the third quarter of 2016 and the third quarter of 2017, by province and territory

In British Columbia, job vacancies were up by 16,000, or 20.2 percent, over the third quarter of 2016. B.C.’s job vacancy rate stood at 4.2 percent in the third quarter of 2017 — the highest in the country. Statistic Canada reports that the biggest increase in job vacancies in B.C. was in transportation and warehousing.

Alberta posted a job vacancy increase of 9,400 jobs, an increase of 21.3 percent over the third quarter of 2016. The job sectors posting the highest increases were construction, transportation and warehousing, mining, quarrying and oil and gas extraction.

Canada’s most populous province, Ontario, had 11,000 more job vacancies over the third quarter of 2016, with the health care and social assistance and manufacturing sectors showing the greatest increase.

Newfoundland and Labrador was the only province to show a year-over-year decline in job vacancies over the third quarter of 2016, with 500 fewer vacancies.

Vacancies rise in 7 of 10 occupational categories

Compared to the third quarter of 2016, the number of job vacancies was up in seven of Statistics Canada’s 10 broad occupational categories. The categories with the greatest increases were trades, transport and equipment operators, and sales and service occupations.

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