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Venue: Kingston Hill campus, Kingston Hill, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT2 7LB
Speaker(s): Please refer to the programme
Kingston University will play host to the 17th annual International Convention for Student Quality Circles (ISCQC), welcoming more than 250 students and staff from institutions around the world who are dedicated to ensuring students are at the core of their learning journey.
Chris Ford, convenor of the International Convention for Student Quality Circles invites you to attend:
"Having been involved in the Student Quality Circle movement for six years, I am very excited to invite you to the 17th ICSQC at Kingston University, London in June 2014. We hope that this landmark event will bring people together from across the world to discuss and engage in student quality circles.
Kingston is the first university to host the convention, following the pilot experience with schools in many countries.
The conference theme is 'empowering responsible citizens' in the heart of students' learning and local community.
Empowering students to engage in practical and self-managed projects fits well with Kingston's priorities of engagement, internationalisation and employability. Student quality circles remind us that learning is led by students, and we have a lot to learn from one another as responsible citizens both in and out of the classroom.
As social media and new technology begins to dominate the way in which students are taught and learn from one another, there is an increasing demand and need to embrace the core skills people need to get by, and which sometimes technology hinders people from doing. These include core employability skills such as communication, leadership, negotiation and confidence building. True education is training of both the head and the heart.
We understand that obtaining visas to the UK and flights are expensive, therefore are exploring ways in which to make the conference virtual and inclusive for everyone. On behalf of the organisers, we cordially invite you to take part in this historic event. ICSQC 2014 is a must for all those who think students are the most precious asset we have and who want to contribute to and share their vision, ideas and methodology for the development and growth of students as quality citizens."
The convention programme, traditional in the SQC movement, will consist of the following:
Please note, this programme is subject to change.
Theme: 'Empowering responsible citizens'
Themes: 'Empowering responsible citizens' and 'Strength through diversity'
Themes: 'Responsible citizens need to comply with rules if they are to be empowered through Quality' and 'The central function of Education is to empower future citizens'
Theme: 'Empowering responsible citizens'
Themes: 'Compliance and Empowerment: two approaches to Quality' and 'Students are encouraged to use themes from folk stories'
23 – 28 June 2014 (inclusive) with five night's accommodation.
The 17th ICSQC is being held at the Kingston University Kingston Hill campus.
£463.50 per person.
Unfortunately we are unable to provide accommodation for those of you who wish to arrive early or extend your stay. There are lots of hotels and guest houses close by, which you can book yourself. Though please remember to let us know if you wish to do this so that we are aware of your whereabouts. Remember the conference begins at 9.30am sharp on 24 June 2014. Check out from the accommodation is 12.00noon on 28 June 2014.
We have ensured that you have sufficient time to head out and explore London for yourselves. Kingston is situated only 20 minutes by train to central London and the cost of a one day travel card is only £10 (currently). and with so much to do and see, it would be difficult for us to arrange something for everyone.
A maximum of 18 students. Per six students a minimum of one teachers should accompany them. In total your school should bring no more than 21 people (18 students and three teachers). This is not negotiable.
Through the UK Home Office website. We will provide you with a PDF letter from the University to help with your application, though we have no more power than you to obtain a visa. As Kingston University is a 'highly trusted sponsor' your visa being refused is at low risk, but we cannot be held responsible for any visa which is not issued from the UK Border Agency (Home Office).
You should apply for your visa as soon as you receive the PDF invitation letter from us (once you have registered and the payment has been successfully made and normally within 10 working days of this). If your visa is refused by noon on 23 May 2014, we will refund the cost of the registration fee, minus a £50 administration fee. If your visa is refused after this time, no refund can be given.
Full refunds, minus a £50 administration fee will be issued provided that this is requested by noon on 23 May 2014. Refunds after this date unfortunately cannot be issued as by the 7 June most things will have had to have been paid for which means that the convention will run at a loss and could have to be cancelled.
The only way to book onto this conference and be issued with a visa support letter is by booking on to and paying the full conference fee and staying at our accommodation. At the moment there are no day delegate fees for international visitors. Sorry for any disappointment!
Your stay in a single en-suite bedroom, breakfast, lunch, snacks, break refreshments and dinner (apart from those days that you are sightseeing) and a full conference programme. Transportation is not included in the price, to keep costs down. Kingston is easily serviced by local buses (takes 30 minutes). The 111 from Heathrow airport will take you into Kingston. The cost of a bus per person is no more than £3 (whereas coach travel is at least £50 per person). Taxis are also readily available from the airport.
Unfortunately not, as we are not making a profit, and everything that we are spending is to make sure the conference goes ahead we are unable to give any discounts or free places.
We will send you an email with a form to complete to each team leader. You will then be able to register your entry into the competitions you wish to take part in. This will not happen until April time. Remember, in London, everyone is a winner!
The streams available are as follows:
There will be a cultural programme at the opening ceremony. We will have some British Culture to share with you and are looking for a cultural dance/exhibit per country. Please speak to your director general. Each country will have a five-minute slot.
Rooms are for single use only. Each with one single bed and washing facilities.
The easiest thing to do is to get a taxi. These are much more affordable than us putting coaches on.
Alternatively you can get a bus from the airports. More information can be found on the Transport for London website. Just pop in the Kingston Hill postcode (KT2 7LB) and it will give you details of how to get to us.
London, is iconic and very popular for its sightseeing. To get the best deals, its advisable you book early to avoid disappointment. More information on what to do and see in London can be found at Visit London.
The conference programme (when you arrive we will give you one), will have train and bus timetables for you and some more information about what you can see and do whilst you're here!
Yes, unfortunately everyone has to pay, we are not making a profit from the convention and running everything at cost price, just to make it happen.
Flights should not be booked until you have been issued and obtained a visa.
For further information about this event:
Contact: Chris Ford
Directions to Kingston Hill campus, Kingston Hill, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT2 7LB: