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Passion, brilliance and opportunities add up to A-Level success at INTO UEA

The Newton Programme - the only A-Level course taught on a UK university campus – has once again yielded the best results in the region.

The Newton Programme - the only A-Level course taught on a UK university campus – has once again yielded the best results in the region. Seventy-one per cent of the students who attended the programme at the INTO centre at the University of East Anglia achieved A* to A grades in their exams, and 96 per cent attained grades A* to C. This compares to 78 per cent of students achieving A* to C nationally. The talents of the 33 students were able to shine due to both excellent teaching and small class sizes, while their enthusiasms and interests were encouraged flourish through access to UEA’s hundreds of clubs and societies, and wor… Read the full article
The Newton Programme - the only A-Level course taught on a UK university campus – has once again yielded the best results in the region.

 Seventy-one per cent of the students who attended the programme at the INTO centre at the University of East Anglia achieved A* to A grades in their exams, and 96 per cent attained grades A* to C. This compares to 78 per cent of students achieving A* to C nationally.

The talents of the 33 students were able to shine due to both excellent teaching and small class sizes, while their enthusiasms and interests were encouraged flourish through access to UEA’s hundreds of clubs and societies, and world-leading facilities like the 24-hour library and Sportspark.

All of which has added up to extremely bright futures for them as they join challenging degree programmes in such subjects as medicine, pharmacy, physics, psychology, engineering, economics and biology at top UK universities including The University of East Anglia, Imperial College London, University College London, Bristol and Warwick. One student is even heading for a medical degree at the University of New South Wales in Australia!

“Our students are passionate and brilliant – and on the Newton Programme, they’re given the academic, cultural, social and professional opportunities they need to broaden their horizons and achieve places on the most competitive courses at top universities,” said INTO UEA Centre Director Debbie Price.

“Congratulations to our Newton students on achieving these outstanding A-Level results, and thanks to the teachers and support staff for working so closely with these young people, and for helping them to realise their full potential,” she added.

Eve Hing, who is from the United Kingdom, achieved A* A* A* A in her exams, and has received a conditional offer to study Medicine at Queen Mary, University of London, said: “The Newton Programme provided me with a lot of opportunities. I went to lectures at UEA and had a hospital placement which was a key moment for me in choosing to study Medicine.”

Hospital placements are just one of the extra features offered to students on The Newton Programme. During their intensive two years of study, among other things, they can attend lectures and masterclasses from university academics; enter competitions like the UK Senior Team Maths Challenge; attend practice interviews and university admissions test preparation sessions; go on visits to the Norwich Research Park, Wellcome Sanger Institute and Bletchley; and volunteer at local schools.

The location and facilities were what attracted Georgy, from Russia.  “I wanted to join the Newton Programme because INTO UEA had all the perks of being on the UEA campus while doing my A-Levels, like the campus facilities, the 24-hour library and the huge SportsPark,” said Georgy, who received A* A* A* A and holds a conditional offer to study Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College.

UEA Vice-Chancellor David Richardson described this year’s results as ‘fantastic’. “Very well done to the all students and to the staff who have taught them so well,” he said.

 “I am immensely proud of what our students have achieved this year, not just academically, but also as individuals who have developed over their two years with us, into confident young people, ready for life at many top universities. I wish them all the very best and look forward to welcoming our next cohort of Newton students,” added Newton A-level Programme Manager Jodi Kent

For more about A-Levels on the Newton Programme, visit INTO Study, and for an inside view of life on the programme, see YouTube or Youku.

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iGive helps fund young dancers’ dreams - and INTO Giving projects

Four highly-talented Irish dancers have raised funds for the Kelly Hendry School of Irish Dancing, and are increasing these donations by using the iGive scheme to support INTO Giving education projects. Read the full article
Four highly-talented Irish dancers have raised funds for the Kelly Hendry School of Irish Dancing, and are increasing these donations by using the iGive scheme to support INTO Giving education projects.
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INTO Washington State University welcomes over 150 students

There was an air of excitement at INTO Washington State University, as the Center welcomed 150 students, even more than in its first year of operation. The second fall wave of students, who had travelled to Pullman from 19 countries ranging from China, to Pakistan and Turkey, is now settling into their new lives on campus. Friendly INTO employees, plus volunteers from the YMCA of the Palouse greeted each new arrival at the airport, and accompanied them to their new homes - those living in the residence halls found their beds already made and snacks left in their rooms. The first week on campus included five days of orientation, during which the… Read the full article
There was an air of excitement at INTO Washington State University, as the Center welcomed 150 students, even more than in its first year of operation.

The second fall wave of students, who had travelled to Pullman from 19 countries ranging from China, to Pakistan and Turkey, is now settling into their new lives on campus. Friendly INTO employees, plus volunteers from the YMCA of the Palouse greeted each new arrival at the airport, and accompanied them to their new homes - those living in the residence halls found their beds already made and snacks left in their rooms.

The first week on campus included five days of orientation, during which the students had a chance to familiarize themselves with the campus and its surroundings, meet one another and complete all of the paperwork.

But before orientation could begin, the 150 students were broken into Super Hero groups based on their program, which allowed for more specialized attention. The use of comic book characters made for some entertaining exchanges. “I am Spider-Man! Who are you?” students exclaimed to one another after receiving their name tags and schedules. “I am Superman! I am better,” others responded.

The more formal aspects of orientation included welcome speeches from Pullman Mayor Glenn Johnson, Vice President of International Programs Asif Chaudhry and other prominent people. There was also plenty of time for some fun in the form of campus tours, games and a social media scavenger hunt. Not to mention the chance to try out new experiences and tastes at The Rotary Club of Pullman International Welcome Barbeque.

During this highly popular event held in a sunny park just off campus, international students from all over the university came together for barbeque dinner served by Rotary members, followed by the coolest experience of that sultry night – a chance to try WSU’s own Ferdinand’s Ice Cream for the first time.

But who would have thought that the highlight of the week would be based around a humble legume? The annual National Lentil Festival held in Pullman offered a feast of festivities to those students brave enough to venture downtown on the Friday evening to sample some spicy lentil chili cooked up in the large community cauldron.

The celebrations continued on Saturday morning, when INTO WSU took part in the Lentil Festival Grand Parade. The Centre was well-represented, with over 15 students walking alongside the float holding signs, waving flags, and handing out candy. The float, made in partnership with the WSU Office of International Programs, even won the Mayor’s Award.

All-in-all, there was plenty to talk about, and a sense of great anticipation and inspiration among both students and teachers when they met up on the Monday morning, ready to start their international study adventure.

See facebook photos of the Lentil Festival and the Welcome Barbeque, plus a video of the Lentil Festival Grand Parade.

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Roll up, Roll up! INTO UOG celebrates five years with fab fair

INTO the University of Gloucestershire recently marked its fifth birthday with a typically English summer fair, jam-packed with quirks and traditions, and festooned with bunting and decorations. Teachers and employees ran tombola, hook-a-duck and coconut shy stalls, and laid on games for the students and others at Cornerways garden. ‘Soak-the-teacher’ was, predictably, a particular hit with the students, who found hurling dripping sponges at INTO UOG Academic Director Piers Wall and Head of Student Experience Mark Sharrock a right laugh. Entertainment was traditional, too, as the students were treated to a performance by Morris dancers, and got to have a go themselves! And everyone enjo… Read the full article
INTO the University of Gloucestershire recently marked its fifth birthday with a typically English summer fair, jam-packed with quirks and traditions, and festooned with bunting and decorations.

Teachers and employees ran tombola, hook-a-duck and coconut shy stalls, and laid on games for the students and others at Cornerways garden. ‘Soak-the-teacher’ was, predictably, a particular hit with the students, who found hurling dripping sponges at INTO UOG Academic Director Piers Wall and Head of Student Experience Mark Sharrock a right laugh.

Entertainment was traditional, too, as the students were treated to a performance by Morris dancers, and got to have a go themselves! And everyone enjoyed the sweet treats from the cake sale, which generated over £50 for Macmillan Cancer support - over £80 was also collected for INTO Giving during the afternoon.

Centre Director Rhona McDonald thanked her PA Dorothy Tomalin for co-ordinating and organising the event, and said: "It was wonderful to celebrate our five-year anniversary with all our fantastic students and staff. The summer fair was filled with laughter, music and fun!" 

It’s set to be an exciting year for students in Gloucestershire, with the University opening a brand new Design Centre and Business School this autumn. Look out for more about this soon, and for photos of the summer fair, please visit facebook

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INTO USF alumnus on finding the perfect career

INTO USF alumnus Max Chang has kept very busy since graduating from the University of South Florida with a Master of Science in Engineering Management. Max, who is originally from Taiwan, not only completed his graduate pathway program at USF, but met his wife there. He now works in Bangkok as Assistant to the CEO at China Travel Services, China’s largest travel and tourism company. The organization works closely with the Thai government and private companies on major infrastructure projects which support Thailand’s tourism industry. He has this advice for students when job-hunting: “You have to make your CV very strong… and you have to researc… Read the full article
INTO USF alumnus Max Chang has kept very busy since graduating from the University of South Florida with a Master of Science in Engineering Management.

Max, who is originally from Taiwan, not only completed his graduate pathway program at USF, but met his wife there. He now works in Bangkok as Assistant to the CEO at China Travel Services, China’s largest travel and tourism company. The organization works closely with the Thai government and private companies on major infrastructure projects which support Thailand’s tourism industry.

He has this advice for students when job-hunting: “You have to make your CV very strong… and you have to research the company, to find out what the company wants and what they want to do in the future, so that you can help them to achieve better results.”

Max had a great experience at both INTO USF and the university. “The teachers, the advisors, they helped a lot,” he said. “The first thing is the campus is so huge. The students there are willing to help each other.”

 

He has now settled into his new life in the Thai capital, and could not be happier with how things have turned out. “I never imagined that I would be working in Thailand for China’s largest travel and tourism company. But here I am. Thank you, USF.”

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