Free Online Resources for Educational Institutions


There are many different aspects involved in running a successful institution but thankfully with so many great resources out there, it need not be a complicated affair.  Below is just a small selection of great free online resources which can help you.


Resources for Institutions

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The Good Practice Guides from UKCISA provide detailed advice to institutions on many aspects of working with international students.  Topics include orientation, mentoring, managing accommodation, and Tier 4 compliance and are all free to download.

Adult English Teaching Resources

These resources from British Council and the BBC include lesson plans and activities for English language teachers of adults, business English students, and learners in tertiary education.  The site includes downloadable lesson plans, activity sheets, discussion ideas and audio clips at various levels, perfect for busy teachers looking for new ways to engage learners.


Student Support

Student Support

Prepare for Success

Prepare for Success is an interactive web learning tool for international students who are getting ready to come to the UK for study in further or higher education.  Developed by the University of Southampton and UKCISA this resource covers various aspects of academic life, study skills and adapting to cultural differences.  This is a great resource to share with your international students.

Ready to Rent

Ready to Rent is a tenant training program from the National Union of Students, with free resources and guidance to help students understand their rights and responsibilities as a tenant living in rented housing in the UK.  The site provides videos, checklists and tips on all aspects of renting including viewing accommodation, questions to consider, moving in and tenancy agreements.  These important tips can help both local and international students avoid many of the pitfalls involved in first time renting.  With downloadable information sheets and checklists for each stage of the process, students can be sure to be well prepared in their first student home.


Student Welfare

The Intervention Initiative

The Intervention Initiative is a free resource with an educational toolkit to be used by universities and colleges for the prevention of sexual coercion and domestic abuse in university settings.  The project is a bystander education program, aiming to empower students to act as prosocial citizens.  Developed by the University of the West of England, the program consists of eight facilitated sessions, each lasting for 60 to 90 minutes.  This is a great resource which can be useful in fostering a safe and supportive atmosphere on campus.


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