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Best ever A-level results for Newton students at INTO UEA

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Best ever A-level results for Newton students at INTO UEA

It has been a record year for all those involved in the Newton A-level Programme at INTO University of East Anglia – an innovative, intensive, academically-focused study programme delivered on a UK university campus.

It has been a record year for all those involved in the Newton A-level Programme at INTO University of East Anglia – an innovative, intensive, academically-focused study programme delivered on a UK university campus. This summer, 88 per cent of the grades achieved by the students were either A* or A. In fact it was success all-round, as 100 per cent of the A-level results were A* to grade C and all six of the students who were recommended to study medicine have gained places at top UK medical schools. “I’d like to congratulate all of our Newton students on this fantastic set of results. Their achievements are made all the more special by the fact that they come as we celebrate our tenth year of partnership w… Read the full article
It has been a record year for all those involved in the Newton A-level Programme at INTO University of East Anglia – an innovative, intensive, academically-focused study programme delivered on a UK university campus.

This summer, 88 per cent of the grades achieved by the students were either A* or A. In fact it was success all-round, as 100 per cent of the A-level results were A* to grade C and all six of the students who were recommended to study medicine have gained places at top UK medical schools.

“I’d like to congratulate all of our Newton students on this fantastic set of results. Their achievements are made all the more special by the fact that they come as we celebrate our tenth year of partnership with the University of East Anglia,” said INTO UEA centre director Debbie Price.

The students are going on to study a range of subjects at leading institutions, including medicine at UEA; chemical engineering at The University of Bath; actuarial science at the London School of Economics; biochemistry at University College London; and computing science at Imperial College London.

“We’re also very pleased to see our students getting on to competitive courses at top UK universities, including medicine and dentistry. I would like to thank all of the teachers and staff for working so closely with them over the last two years to help them realise their full potential,” added Debbie.

Students on the Newton Programme not only receive excellent tuition from the dedicated team at INTO UEA, but access to all the facilities and academic, social, sporting and cultural opportunities you would expect to find at a leading university.

They can attend lectures and masterclasses from university academics, take part in visits to research establishments like the John Innes Centre at Norwich Research Park, and gain valuable volunteering and work experience at local hospitals, schools and businesses. They also receive support and help – such as practice interviews – throughout their university application procedure. 

“The Newton Programme offers much more than just a good level of education. We’ve had workshops with UEA academics, field trips, work experience for medical students, and I joined the UEA Karate and Volleyball teams,” said Mariia Akulich from Russia, whose A* A* A* A* score means she will be studying medicine at Newcastle University.

“These kinds of opportunities have helped our current A-level students achieve places on the most competitive courses at top universities,” says Newton A-Level Programme manager Bethan Gulliver.

“We’re immensely proud of every one of our students. Their results are testament to their hard work and dedication, and to the fantastic staff who have supported them throughout their A-level journey. We look forward to welcoming more students with the same kind of dedication and passion to our Newton A-Level Programme on the UEA campus over the coming years.”

For more about the Newton A-Level Programme, please watch our promotional video on YouTube or Youku.

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A behind-the-scenes look at launching a US center

Launching an INTO center is no simple feat. After tackling two in the last 12 months, the North America new center team offers insight on the elements needed for a successful launch. “It’s a true team effort,” explains Jonathan Rhodes, director of new center operations. “Being part of a launch requires strong attention to detail, a flexible attitude and the ability to solve problems as quick as they arise. Most importantly, it entails a level of dedication and teamwork that defies your average job expectations,” he says. Alden Williams, operations project manager, understands these above-and-beyond duties all too well. In February, Alden made the nearly 2,000-mile move from… Read the full article
Launching an INTO center is no simple feat. After tackling two in the last 12 months, the North America new center team offers insight on the elements needed for a successful launch.

“It’s a true team effort,” explains Jonathan Rhodes, director of new center operations. “Being part of a launch requires strong attention to detail, a flexible attitude and the ability to solve problems as quick as they arise. Most importantly, it entails a level of dedication and teamwork that defies your average job expectations,” he says.

Alden Williams, operations project manager, understands these above-and-beyond duties all too well. In February, Alden made the nearly 2,000-mile move from San Diego to Birmingham, Alabama, to help launch INTO’s newest US center. INTO University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), which joined the INTO family in December, welcomed its inaugural class this week. Around 120 new students from 18 countries arrived on the campus to start their Pathway and English language programs. While their journeys are just beginning, INTO UAB’s has been underway for more than eight months.

In addition to the Alden’s temporary relocation, preparing for the first intake involves many other moving parts. Staffing a new center is among the top priorities. From academics, finance, and technology to marketing, recruitment, enrollment and student services—the North America new center team has a member focused on each key area until INTO UAB staff is on board and fully trained.

Another important aspect of a launch is transitioning students from the university’s existing ESL programs. To help ease any confusion or anxiety those students experience, INTO UAB hosted town hall meetings for students to ask questions and learn more about the INTO UAB programs.

Many of the best practices deployed at INTO UAB resulted from lessons learned at INTO Saint Louis University’s first intake in January 2016. “Each new partner helps us improve our processes, and offer new resources and best practices to incoming students and university staff,” explains Jonathan.

At INTO SLU, the inaugural class primarily consisted of students from SLU’s existing English Language Institute. In coordination with the university’s advisors and faculty, the New Center team is responsible for getting those students accustomed to the new structure, from how they sign up for classes to who to contact with questions.

“It’s important to approach that transition from every angle to ensure the student’s experience is as seamless as possible,” explains Emily Lawton, operations project manager.

Like Alden, Emily relocated from San Diego to St Louis, Missouri, for four months and played a key role in the launch of INTO SLU. “From the terminology the faculty and staff are using to the updating of marketing materials, it’s the details that determine how smoothly the launch goes,” she says.

For example, prior to the formation of the INTO partnership, the university may have used different terms to explain its English language programs. Helping staff and faculty adopt the INTO terms such as Academic English when speaking with students makes for an easier transition for all.

When it comes to orientation week, staff adaptability is essential. Students will show up early, get lost, miss their arrival date or forget their belongings. Staff are called upon to drive buses, find those who may have gotten lost and even provide personal cell phone numbers all in an effort to help. Tim Hercules, INTO SLU’s executive director, found himself at the St. Louis airport near midnight in January to pick up a student whose plane had landed outside of designated airport pick-up times.

“As a new center, we’re really lucky to have a flexible and excited team,” says Annie Rosenkranz, director of student experience at INTO SLU. “We certainly strive to exceed the expectations of our students.”

This month, INTO SLU welcomed its first fall cohort of students to its newly renovated home in Beracha Hall. “For this particular Orientation, we were faced with many unknowns and had to navigate a lot of changing plans. We found ourselves practicing the same sense of resiliency, flexibility and adaptability we want to support in our students,” says Annie.

The INTO SLU staff’s commitment to creating a great first impression matters. “The introduction week was totally fun,” says Alejandro Garduno, who arrived from Mexico to begin the MBA Graduate Pathway program.

“It showed me the people that I may contact most of the time and where I'll be taking my classes. In addition, it provided me the introduction for a totally new world - readings, places to eat, spiritual areas, places to work out, classrooms and so on. What a great welcome!”

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OSU’s Study Abroad in London programme ‘helps students grow’

The chance to spend three weeks in England, immersing yourself in the atmosphere, familiarising yourself with one of the world’s greatest cities and getting a taste of how it feels to study in London. All in all, what’s not to like about the Study Abroad in London programme, delivered by OSU faculty at the INTO City University London centre? The third, and final, of this summer’s cohorts – 21 students from The Honors College at Oregon State University (OSU) – were certainly not ones to argue, as their intensive Study Abroad experience began last week. According to project manager Lianne Robson: “The programme kicked off on Sunday with a long-boat tour from Little Venice to Camden, which was t… Read the full article
The chance to spend three weeks in England, immersing yourself in the atmosphere, familiarising yourself with one of the world’s greatest cities and getting a taste of how it feels to study in London.

All in all, what’s not to like about the Study Abroad in London programme, delivered by OSU faculty at the INTO City University London centre? The third, and final, of this summer’s cohorts – 21 students from The Honors College at Oregon State University (OSU) – were certainly not ones to argue, as their intensive Study Abroad experience began last week.

According to project manager Lianne Robson: “The programme kicked off on Sunday with a long-boat tour from Little Venice to Camden, which was the perfect way for the students to relax, shake off the jet lag and get to know one another before classes started on the Monday.”

Across the three weeks, the Honors College students will be attending their OSU classes in London, with a focus on English, Medieval & Modern London, Natural Hazards Engineering and Newton, for their university credits.   

Having spent their first week sightseeing, including a spin on the London Eye; in the coming weeks the students will have day outings to Cambridge, Canterbury and Hampton, and the chance to see A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Shakespeare’s Globe on London’s South Bank, as well as a wealth of private tours and other exciting excursions!

The students’ London study experience, meanwhile, is brought to life through attending classes at the INTO premises in Middlesex Street right in the heart of London’s financial district; staying in Scape Mile End; and commuting to class each day on the ‘tube’ (aka London Underground).

Now in its third year, The Study Abroad programme has so far been taken up by a total of 125 students from OSU and earlier this summer, INTO City welcomed students from three other OSU colleges - Business, Liberal Arts and Public Health.

“Having been a part of the Study Abroad programme since its inception in 2014, it has been wonderful to see the OSU students grow during their brief time in London, gaining more confidence and independence,” says Lianne:

“Study Abroad is a wonderful opportunity for the OSU students to experience life in a big City, and for three weeks, they do become students of London. It is always a great experience for us, too, and we are really looking forward to meeting more students again in 2017.”

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