Thursday 18 February 2016


The British Council is pleased to announce it has extended its contract with Hotcourses Ltd to provide key web-based services for the Education UK website, used by over two million prospective international students researching their UK study options in 2015.

The current services provided by Hotcourses Ltd will continue as usual for our customers and clients throughout 2016, ending on 31st January 2017.

In February 2017, the British Council will launch a new non-commercial Education UK digital approach to provide objective information about UK Education. This new approach will provide a wide range of digital channels to reflect the strong global interest in the many aspects of UK Education from overseas governments and institutions, as well as potential students and their influencers, including education agents.

The British Council will continue to work with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and to consult with all parts of the sector, together with the Education UK Advisory Group, to ensure this new digital approach is objective and continues to support the needs of the diverse UK education sector. 

Notes to Editor

For more information contact: Anna Brosnan in the British Council Press Office on 0207 389 4775 / Out-of-hours 07469 375160.

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide.

We work in more than 100 countries and our 8,000 staff – including 2,000 teachers – work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year by teaching English, sharing the arts and delivering education and society programmes. 

We are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter. A core publicly-funded grant provides 20 per cent of our turnover which last year was £864 million. The rest of our revenues are earned from services which customers around the world pay for, such as English classes and taking UK examinations, and also through education and development contracts and from partnerships with public and private organisations. All our work is in pursuit of our charitable purpose and supports prosperity and security for the UK and globally.

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