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Recognition for the University Language Centre

20 April 2018

The University of Manchester is now the top ranked University Language Centre for English language courses in the UK, according to the EL Gazetteā€™s current Centres of Excellence rankings.

Following the British Council inspection in November 2017, the University Language Centre received ‘strengths’ in 13 out of a possible 14 areas.

To give this context, no other UK University has been judged to have as many strengths and no other Russell Group University has ever been awarded more than 11. Manchester was awarded eight in the previous inspection (2013).

The Director of the Centre, Gavin Dodsworth, said : “We’re making changes to the way that we approach and do things and for outsiders to come in and look around and say we’re on the right lines means everyone (and I mean everyone) should be really proud.

“You don’t do things just because someone will be inspecting you, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t happy. It’s a cliche, but the report is about everyone they saw at the University, from everyone in the Centre to the Head of School, from the cleaners to the Accommodation Office – they were impressed by both the Centre and also how we fit into the institution as a whole.”

Designed as a Quality Assurance scheme, Accreditation UK is run as a partnership by the British Council and English UK with all universities, colleges and schools eligible for the Scheme.

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