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NUS Denies Advising Students to 'Leave UK'

May 28 2009 11:29
Kirsty Patterson
The BBC reckons the NUS are backing government advice for students to leave the UK. The NUS reckons there is enough spin on the article that it's moment of inertia would be virtually negligible.
Yep, we can see your point, BBC...

A recent article on BBC News aroused Live!'s suspicion by stating that the government, backed by the NUS, was advising students to 'leave the UK' on graduation to take advantage of the global job market.

There are still jobs out there.
Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR)

The advice is allegedly contained in leaflets that will be available on campuses later this term. Live! has got hold of a copy and can find no evidence that the NUS or the Minister of State for Higher Education and Intellectual Property, Mr David Lammy, have advised students to do anything of the sort. The leaflet, entitled 'Life after Graduation' offers a balanced mix of advice on various sectors aswell as finding jobs in the UK and abroad. In direct contrast to the BBC's suggestion, the leaflet states in regard to working in UK: "a recent AGR survey has found that many top companies are still recruiting. Although some sectors have been hit harder by recession, some, for example retail, engineering, fast-moving consumer goods and the public sector, are offering even more graduate jobs."

Speaking to Live! Reporter, Lawrence Weetman, the President of the National Union of Students, Wes Streeting said "Unfortunately, the press coverage has given the impression that NUS says go abroad for a job - far from it!" Live! thought this was a bit of a shame because that would have given Imperial even more of an incentive to change their mind about proposed cuts to language courses.

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Discussion about “NUS Denies Advising Students to 'Leave UK'”

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May 28 2009 13:43

i love the first paragraph. "She shoots... she scores!"

May 28 2009 13:50

i suspect that the story on the bbc news website was broken, and then they changed the leaflet to avoid embarrassment.

May 28 2009 16:39

Then the graduates become more globalized, just like the scores of international students who leave their own country to pursue an education here. If Asians can come to Europe why British cannot go and work in Asia?

4. Hmm.   
May 28 2009 17:05

The advice on working abroad doesn't seem so bad- the tone is more "If you want to see the world, here's where to find some information". More worrying is the advice to go for "entry-level positions" in "retail or hospitality": how much more will it take for them to realise they're pushing too many people through higher education, if they're already encouraging graduates to work on a checkout or as a waitress (jobs where a degree won't even be advantageous when applying, only direct experience counts)?

5. haha   
May 28 2009 23:41

The ga im

You just lost it

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