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No face-to-face UK NARIC conference in 2020; webinar places in exchange

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There will be no physical, face-to-face UK NARIC conference this year. Social distancing requirements would have made it impossible to run the event at the usual size and scale, even in the large QEII Centre venue.

Our conference, which had been scheduled for 3 and 4 November, will instead return to the QEII in Westminster, London in Autumn 2021.

Members will be able to exchange any pre-paid 2020 conference place they have for two places at any chargeable live webinars or recorded webinars in 2020.

Your choice of webinars includes upcoming sessions on education in Ghana, Nigeria and China as well as How to use our International Grade Comparisons database.

These are all part of our newly announced Autumn Series of webinars. The Autumn Series offers weekly webinars on a range of topics through September, October, and November.

Keep an eye on our training schedule web page for further updates on webinars you or your colleagues may be interested in attending.

You can also choose any recording from our list of previous paid-for webinars as part of the conference exchange offer.

The conference exchange offer should be taken up either before the end of 2020 or before the expiry of your membership package, whichever comes first.

For further information or for help in booking places, please contact your account manager.

17/08/2020 11:36:00
More recorded webinars now available for viewing

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Recordings of training webinars held in August have been added to the list of webinars available for viewing any time.

These recordings are - Clearing special: how to get the most out of UK NARIC's services and Pakistan: when is a Bachelor a Bachelor, and when is a Master's a Master's?

The list of all of our recorded webinars from 2020 can be viewed online.

Simply select and register for any of the free or paid-for webinars you want to see.

Over 1,200 people from more than 37 countries have registered for our training webinars so far in 2020, with excellent feedback from attendees.

You can find more information about the content of each of the webinars at the following links - Combating education fraud: how to spot fake qualifications giving access to undergraduate programmes – an interactive webinar; The online learning regulatory landscape in Malaysia and Dubai; Briefing on standardised test in the USA education system; Briefing on the long-cycle programmes in the French education system; Evaluating international qualifications; Combating education fraud; Briefing on the non-traditional qualifications used for entry in higher education in the UK; Briefing on the Indian secondary education system; Briefing on Chinese school and undergraduate educationMaking the most of your UK NARIC membership and Charting the impact of COVID-19 on education internationally - an interactive Q&A with UK NARIC experts.

If you have any queries about the recorded webinars, or need help with booking, please contact your account manager, or email us at

17/08/2020 11:36:00
Charting the impact of COVID-19 on education

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The UK NARIC research team continues to track announcements on school closures and exam arrangements worldwide, and to publish these as announcements are made on the UK NARIC blog.

At the time of writing this news story - 24 August - the latest figures from UNESCO indicated that 103 countries have closed schools and universities at a national level. At the peak in April, 193 countries were affected by closures.

Our latest update shows that the start of the academic year in the Philippines has now been pushed back until October; representing the second postponement in just two months. Schools were originally meant to reopen in June before that was delayed until August.

In India, it has been announced that any remaining university exams should be taken by the end of September with students able to sit them in-person, online or a hybrid mode of these.  

There has also been an update in Nigeria with the National Examinations Council (NECO) announcing that exams for the Senior School Certificate will now be held in October and November.

For more details country-by-country, and for the latest up-to-date information, visit our blog page Charting the impact of COVID-19.

We are gathering more information on each country and exam boards on an ongoing basis. So, check our blog regularly, or follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn to be notified when we post new updates.

If you have any queries or would like to contribute information about a country, please contact us at

17/08/2020 11:36:00
Autumn Series of online training starts 9 September

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UK NARIC’s new Autumn Series of online training sessions launches on 9 September. Zoom-based sessions will take place at the same time each week through to December (10:00am UK time on Wednesdays). These training sessions will cover a wide range of topics including education in specific countries, transnational education (TNE) and how to make the most of UK NARIC resources.

All of these sessions can be booked through the training schedule web page.

Members may use their pre-paid places for this online training; contact your account manager for details. Non-members can email to book places.

The first of these sessions will focus on Upper secondary and higher education in Ghana on 9 September before a session on Undergraduate education in China a week later (16 September).

The following session on 23 September will provide information on How to compare grades using UK NARIC's International Grade Comparisons, which is a particularly useful tool for those looking to clarify the level of a student’s achievement using their individual grading rather than the overall comparability.

Future webinars in the autumn series will include sessions on Nigeria and Indonesia as well as further webinars focusing on transnational education (TNE).

Further training session topics will be confirmed soon. Keep an eye on our training schedule web page for updates on webinars which may be of interest to you or your colleagues.

If you have any queries about the Autumn Series, or need help with booking, please contact your account manager.

17/08/2020 11:34:00
UK NARIC website switchover this weekend

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A completely redesigned and recoded UK NARIC website will launch this weekend, on 30 August.

The public-facing web pages, the application portal for individuals, the Members' Hub and member areas, and all our online databases have been overhauled and improved.

All registered users have been emailed with a reminder of the coming change, including some points to watch out for in the revised Hub and member navigation.

For members and database users, benefits include: faster-loading pages; an enhanced search function; 3-click navigation for a more efficient user experience; adaptive display for mobiles and tablets; and refined, condensed content to support a cleaner design and site structure.

Member enquiries have been enhanced with a better and faster document upload facility.

We have taken account of member feedback in the website redesign and redevelopment. In particular, the search function is now more visible on the Members' Hub. Streamlining of navigation in the database pages makes it quicker to click through to the country file.

Extensive recoding in the background makes the new website on the whole faster and more responsive.

The changes overall will give a much improved user experience.

There are a couple of things to look out for when initially adjusting to the new Hub and member areas.
On the Members' Hub page, the ‘Submit a member enquiry’; ‘Manage my account’; ‘Verification services’; and ‘Training and events’ buttons are now located lower down the page - scroll down to see these. To access search, click on the horizontal blue bar ‘International Comparisons Search Options’ (under the large wide photo and above the small photos).
For account management - previously in ‘Manage my account’, options like ‘Logon reports’, the ‘Suspended users’ list and ‘Change password’ were all on the left hand menu. In the new website, they can be found in the ‘Account information’ drop down menu, at the top of the ‘Manage my account’ page.

The switchover from the old website to the new will take place on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 August. All of our websites and databases will be offline for a period while the switchover takes place.

All websites are works in progress and development is always ongoing. We will welcome feedback from members and users of the new site once they have had a chance to use it and experiment with it, and these comments will inform the next phases of development for the website and online resources.

17/08/2020 10:36:00