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Arts & Culture

British Film Institute - For information about the BFI, its publications and library information services. Links to: BFI press releases, facts and figures, conferences and contacts; a virtual, interactive "Museum of the Moving Image"

Info exchange
Main page
Director's Welcome
BC Information Centre
Guide to Uzbekistan

AID & Development

Charitynet - The Internet site for UK charities and voluntary organisations

Department for International Development - Formely the Overseas Development Administration. Home page of the government department responsible for promoting, development and reducing poverty

OneWorld - News,discussions, campaigns and web sites related to aid, development and humanitarian causes. Links to development and aid organisations in the UK and world-wise.

Planet Britain - This Web site, created by FCO, provides extensive information on various aspects of Britain and its culture, including British education, business and industry, science and technology, sport, music, fashion, art, design and media

Top 50 UK Web Sites

UK Online/biggest resource for everything British

UK Statistics

UK Index

Mailbase: UK Discussion Lists

Politics & International Affairs

FCO Online - For latest news and keynote speechs relating to UK Governmental foreign policy, overseas relations and foreign affairs. Updated several times daily. Also includes information on key foreign policy themes, special events in the UK, Consular and visa services, commercial work overseas; a link to the reference library offering an extensive reference collection of information

Government Information Service - A site providing links to a range of information on UK national and local government. The "What's New" site is updated daily with latest happenings in Government. An organisational index providing links to relevant government organisations including local city councils;a functional index providing access to information on Arts of Parliament, Citizen's Charters, conferences etc

UK Parliament Bills

Houses of Parliament - The site for current information about the UK parliament, the House of Lords and House of Commons. Provides a link to the House of Commons, Select Committees and Parliamenttary Office of Scince and Technology. Links to the parliamentary bookshop and the searchable parliamentary publications database: Order papers, Hansard House of Commons debates, selected Public Bills, some Select Committee reports and others

The Charity Commission - The Charity Commission is the government department which exists to help charities use their resources more effectively and to ensure that the public's trust in charities continues to be justified. The Commission both supports and supervises charities

Explore Parliament - Parliamentary Education Unit home page, especially good for English language teachers to use in the classroom

Number 10 Downing Street - Offers a virtual tour of No. 10 Downing Street. Lists Cabinet Minister's names and titles. Is the home for the Queen's speech and Prime Minister's biographies. Links to other UK Government departments

British Monarchy - The official web site of the monarchy in Britain. Covers the monarcht's role today; the monarchy through the ages; the Royal Family and their biographies. Lists press releases issued by Buckingham Palace along with links to other governmental press notices. Provides tourist information on the Royal Palaces and the Royal Collection

British Royal Family - The unofficial web site for news on Royal Family. Lists successions, birthdays and anniversaries, the Queen's Christmas speech

Regions and Cities

Scottish Office - Covers a wide range of issues, inc. devolution, Scottish parliament

Scottish Arts Council - Online guide to information and publications about craft, drama, dance, literature, music and visual arts; news updated and links to the arts in Scotland

Welsh Office - Wide range of issues, including devolution, the Welsh assembly, Welsh language teaching

Northern Ireland Internet Directory - Comprehensive index to information on Northern Ireland. Includes current news, arts, business, education, government and politics, religion, sport and leisure, and tourism

Northern Ireland Office - Matters relating to governance of Northern Ireland with links to other agencies

Travel and Tourism

UK Travel Guide

Maps of the UK - An interactive map finder of most of the UK - currently does not have maps of Northern Ireland, but they will have soon. Can search by placename or postcode or telephone number

UK Travel Guide - Well-orginized guide giving advice about travel in the UK. Includes links to timetables, street maps, tourist attractions, city web sites and travel books

British Tourist Authority - The site provides a ealth of interactive tourist information from practical advice and information on where to go to places to stay; what to see and what to do with booking details for travel and holidays over Britain

British Tourist Authority

London Guide

Britannia Internet Magazine - This on-line magazine provides into British history and culture

The British pages - A private Web site dedicated to Britain. Provides links to Government information, news, the monarchy, tourist information as well as British arts and culture

English Heritage - Conservation, education, ancient monuments and historic properties


Official British Olympic Association - History of British involvement in the Olympics, news and results from the British Olympic Association

Sports Online - A gateway to many other sport industry web sites in the UK

UK Sport - Responsible for elite performance, international relations and major events and ethics in UK sport, including anti-doping

Science and Technology

Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) - This is an office of both UK Houses of Parliament, charged with providing balanced and objective analysis of the science and technology based issues that are relevant to parliament


Trade Partners UK - Formerly the Export Market Information Centre. Its aim is to assist British business success overseas. The site details available services, country by country industry information, and database of websites for exporters

UK Fund-raising

Trade UK - Contains British Trade International's National Exporters Database of UK Suppliers. and Export Sales Leaders Service. Trade UK has been designed for Posts 'commercial sections' source of supply enquiries and for getting sales leads to UK exporters. The site also offers services to International Buyers Direct and UK exporters

National Trust - Information on places of historic interest or natural beauty of England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Education and training

BBC Learning Zone - Details of the BBC's record-and-play service covering many topics such as languages and computing. Links to other BBC educational sites plus an excellent web guide to independent sites on a variety of subjects

National Foundation for Educational Research - An independent body undertaking research and development projects in all sectors of the public education system

Times Higher Educational Supplement - The Internet version of the THES provides access to the job pages and summaries of the stories contained within each issue of the paper. You have to register first but it is free

Online English practice tests


IELTS practice tests

British Universities (Virtual Campus)

English language schools worldwide

Open University - General introduction; studying; addresses

Distance Learning - Distance learning in association with The Open University, contains details of international distance and open education and training. Gives access to largest Global Database of Distance and Open Learning courses

Education Policy

Quality Assessment of Teaching - Including results and subject specific quality reports

Quality Assurance Agency - General information, including press release, publications and audit reports. The functions of HEQC were transferred to the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education on 1 August 1997

First degrees and Higher Diplomas/Certificates/Application procedures

UCAS - Information about UCAS and the application process; access to 250 university and college web sites. During clearing, the site will include by the minute vacancy listings

Further and continual education

Teacher Training Agency (TTA) - Site of the main government agency for teacher training in the UK giving information on routes into teaching, qualifications etc.

Postgraduate courses and Research

AGCAS (Assosiation of Graduate Advisory Services) - Provides links to a comprehensive postgraduate courses database giving full course and contact details; entry qualifications and funding information

CSU - Higher Education Careers Services Unit - The official graduate careers site. Has information on employers and jobs; career choice and a database of postgraduate courses and research in the UK

School education

EduWeb - Useful links to primary, secondary, higher and further education institution and Local Education Authority (LEA) centres

National Curriculum - Complete subject guide to the National Curriculum giving details of all requirements at the various key stages

UK Schools on the Internet


National Information Services and Systems (NISS) - Provides a focal point for the UK education and research communities to access information resources world-wide, linking users to a wide range of services on the Internet and other networks

Higher Education

Undergraduate courses - Universities and Colleges Admissions Service for the UK (UCAS)

Postgraduate courses

Teacher Training Agency - scholarship programmes and career opportunities

Through other eyes - Over the last two years the British Council has commissioned a major research study in thirty countries to find out what young professionals and postgraduates think of the UK. The data is used to put together programmes that will capture the interest and imagination of young people around the world and challenge outdated and negative perceptions of the UK

Montage Plus - a diverse educational programme of:
- Internet-based curriculim projects
- Professional development activities
- Educational exchange and resource development
using the latest information communication technology for teaching and learning

Youth Activities

YouthNet - Opportunity for Young People

The Equal Opportunities Commission - The expert body in Great Britain on equality between men and women. Contains information on Employment Practice, Sex Discrimination and Equal Pay Acts plus Press Releases and Publications

Governance & Public Administration

Civil Services - Civil service management, issues and links

Foreign & Commonwealth Office - Homepage of the FCO. Includes latest news, foreign policy, speeches, travel advice , details of British representation abroad, and recruitment information

Foreign Affairs Committee - Homepage of the Foreign Affairs Committee. Contains a list of members. FAC Reports, press notices, and an index to all the select committees

HM Treasury - Daily news releases, economic forecasts and briefings, ministers speeches, and budget information

Home Office - Contains information on constitutional issues, crime and immigration. Also, press-releases, Home Office legislation and a link to the Passport Agency. Has an A-Z index and a search engine

House of Commons - Publications including Hansard and order Papers, Select Committees and information about the House

House of Lords - Access to Hansard and other publications, Select committees and forthcoming business. Information about the House

Human Rights in Foreign Policy - The web site of the FCO' s Human Rights policy Department. Contains news, reports, projects and links

Inforoute - The Government's gateway to information held by UK Government Departments by way of the information Asset Register. Site still under construction at present

Labour Party - News, views, information and search option. Demands the acceptance of numerous "cookies"

Liberal Democrats - Policy, news, campaigns and information about the Party and its MPs

UK Parliament Web - Information about the Houses of Parliament. Useful and comprehensive index facility

UKState - UKState is divided into the headings "your life", "your government" , "your business" and "your bookstore". Run by The Stationery Office, it aims to provide easy access to official information concerning day-to-day life, business and government


UK Directory - links to thousands of companies

Health & Safety

Medic Direct - Quality health information on a wide range of topics including diseases, operations, travel afvice and lifestyle. Includes an interactive facility, an A-Z index and a link to the Medline database

Net Doctor - Well laid out site offering independent health advice. Sections include medical information, an interactive section including "ask the doctor" and discussion groups, a special features section and much more

News and media

Media UK Internet Directory - UK newspapers, magazines, television and radio links

UK Multimedia Handbook

NewsNow - latest news updated every five minutes

BBC Online

BBC World Service

UK TV Guide - listings for 60 channels

UK Newspapers

The Guardian - One of the best UK newspaper sites with an excellent Archive of all the articles. Requires registration (free)

The Daily Telegraph - Full contents of the Telegraph newspaper with a searchable archive. Registration required

The Independent

The Times and the Sunday Times

Financial Times - Though you have to register for the full access, over four million archived articles from over 3,000 world newspapers, together with constant updates, make it a worthy place for any business researcher

Daily Mirror

Daily Star

The Sun


British and Irish Legal Information Institute - Contains UK legislation and cases in England and Wales in the Court of Appeal and High Court from 1996

Legal Resources in the UK and Ireland - Comprehensive site of links to legal resources. Divided into 3 broad categories: free legal information for individuals, free legal information for companies and information for lawyers. Includes section of immigration, human rights and government

UK legislation

Language Learning & Teaching

Assosiation of Recognised English Language Services (ARELS) A list of private English Language schools recognised by The British Council and in membership of ARELS

Accredited English Language - Searchable database of English language courses at accredited centres in the UK. Part of the English in Britain suite, which includes the English in Britain guide and Coursefinder CD-ROM

British Assosiation for State English Language Teaching (BALEAP) - Site include information about their accreditation scheme for English for Academic Purposes courses which is run with the support of the British Council

Library & Information Management

ASLIB (Association for Information Management) - Provides consultancy, information services, professional development training, conferences, specialist recruitment and publications

British Library Research and Innovation Center

Library Association - Promotes and defends libraries for those who work in them and for people who use them. Site includes information on jobs, publications, events, membership, careers and professional qualifications and associated organisations

Book Trust - The Book Trust an independent charity which does not represent any specific organisation nor commercial interest in the book world. Its aim is to promote books in a variety of ways and to help readers of all ages to discover books through the administration of literary prizes

UK and European English Language Publishers

WWW Libraries in the UK

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