The term 'private education' tends to conjure up images of £30,000-a-year institutions, only accessible to the biggest of spenders. However, there are plenty of schools across Britain that offer top-class education for a significantly more manageable price. Academically, most of these schools compete results-wise with their more expensive counterparts, as well as offering much the same array of extra-curricular options and sporting prowess. And even with the lower fees, there are still generous bursaries and scholarships available at many of these options, and even two schools from London make the list. The focus here is on day schools, and all of these come in at under £18,000 annually (fees for day pupils at Westminster, by contrast, are £28,809 this year). This is a list rather than a top 10 countdown, and schools are spread across the country, with a mixture of boys', girls' and co-educational secondary schools. King Edward VI High School for Girls, … [Read more...] about 10 of the best value private schools in the UK
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Having a beautiful campus shouldn’t be the only criteria for choosing your university, but it certainly helps. Here’s a countdown to the most beautiful places to study. 10. Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University, Kaliningrad Although the Baltic Federal University’s predecessor campus, the Germany University of Konigsberg, was badly damaged during WWII, many of its original structures remain intact. Much like the rest of Kaliningrad, a stroll through the university can give the feeling of being in Imperial Prussia. Website: eng.kantiana.ru 9. Innopolis University Russia’s newest university in the pristine new village of Innopolis, Tatarstan, is as futuristic as they come. Located along the Volga and not far from Kazan, this establishment, which opened in 2015, is looking to be a driving force behind Russia’s forthcoming IT and robotic science industries. Innopolis’ crystal-clear glass façade is spectacularly spaceship-like. When looked at … [Read more...] about The 10 most breathtaking universities in Russia
Formal body of advisers to the sovereign in the United Kingdom Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council, usually known simply as the Privy Council of the United Kingdom or just the Privy Council, is a formal body of advisers to the Sovereign of the United Kingdom. Its membership mainly comprises senior politicians who are current or former members of either the House of Commons or the House of Lords. The Privy Council formally advises the sovereign on the exercise of the Royal Prerogative, and corporately (as Queen-in-Council) it issues executive instruments known as Orders in Council, which among other powers enact Acts of Parliament. The Council also holds the delegated authority to issue Orders of Council, mostly used to regulate certain public institutions. The Council advises the sovereign on the issuing of Royal Charters, which are used to grant special status to incorporated bodies, and city or borough status to local authorities. Otherwise, the Privy Council's powers have … [Read more...] about Privy Council of the United Kingdom
(CNN)Men in white fur caps proudly ride horses across the steppe, rows of modern machinery glisten, Barbie-pink flamingos strut before clear blue skies and a white yacht cuts through the turquoise waters of the Caspian Sea. These are idyllic scenes from a one-minute video promoting the inaugural Caspian Economic Forum, which between August 11 and 12 will see heads of state from Iran, Russia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan descend on Awaza, a new resort town that has been touted by Turkmenistan's Foreign Ministry as the country's Las Vegas. The footage paints the picture of a happy, prosperous nation. But the reality for the 5.85 million people who live in this authoritarian hermit nation is different. Strict media controls mean that information trickles out of the country, but human rights abuses are commonplace, activists often disappear, and forced labor is a concern, according to Human Rights Watch. Read More As a hermit nation, it rivals North Korea. Just over 6,000 people … [Read more...] about Is the hermit nation of Turkmenistan on the brink of collapse?
The manager for the Welsh ladies football team has been chosen as one of dozens of Welshmen and women to be named in the Queen’s birthday honours. Award-winning author Sarah Walters, TV star Griff Rhys Jones and former Welsh rugby player Nigel Walker are just some of the inspirational figures listed for recognition for the Queen’s 93rd birthday. Here is the full list of the people across the country who have been thanked for their tireless work. Knight's Bachelor David Willoughby Pountney, CBE. Director. For services to Opera. Sir David Pountney, artistic director of the Welsh National Opera (WNO), took up the position in 2011 but has been collaborating with the company since 1975 when he directed a ground-breaking Janácek cycle of operas. Since 2011, Sir David has made a significant contribution to the wider arts scene in Wales and encouraged partnership working between arts organisations. While continuing to work around the world as a freelance opera director, David … [Read more...] about The full list of Welsh people in Queen’s Birthday Honours List