Statement on Review of EU Operational Strategy

Friday 23 January 2015

 

The British Council has reviewed its operations in Europe to ensure that our work continues to provide maximum benefit to participants in our programmes, to contribute to the UK’s international standing and remains value for money.   As a result of this review and in order to continue our cultural and education work on a sustainable basis we will no longer have a permanent physical presence in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.

Increasingly in the EU people are accessing our services such as English language teaching, exams and arts programmes online so we will continue our cultural relations work with people in these countries through our growing digital channels.  We will also hold a range of cultural and educational events and regular face to face meetings. These changes are coming into effect in the first quarter of 2015.
 
The British Council is a UK charity and public body committed to providing value for money. All our work is in pursuit of our charitable purpose and creates prosperity and security for the UK and the countries we work in all around the world.

Notes to Editor

For more information, please contact Alex Bratt in the British Council Press Office on +44 (0)207 389 4872 / +44 (0) 7798 840 876 or by emailing Alex.Bratt@britishcouncil.org 

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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