#NoGunCulture@UK

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October 11, 2012
Students studying at Queens University Belfast

Students studying at Queens University Belfast

Students studying at Queens University Belfast

John Worne, Director of Corporate HQ for the British Council, blogs about the results of a recent international study by the British Council and The Student Room which shows that students worldwide believe the UK is the safest place to study.

There are things you take for granted and things you need to be reminded of…

Yes people get shot at where I live – earlier in the year 200 yards down my street. Yes my local park was taped off as a ‘crime scene’ this morning with police cars parked at both ends, but… thankfully guns are still pretty rare in the UK.

And this is a real positive in world student perceptions (160,000+ students from 80+ countries) which is one of the factors which leads them to rank the UK number 1 as the ‘world’s safest place to study’

In our own British Council research the UK beats other countries like perennial world ‘table-toppers’ Canada (Canada always comes top in world popularity polls) and world number one student destination the USA.

Why? Because of a diverse, welcoming multicultural society, good universal healthcare (our beloved NHS) and the fact in the main we don’t carry guns in the UK.

I tweeted this earlier – as world rank number two student destination, the UK’s reputation for safety matters. All crime feels vivid and horrid up close – but the UK is supremely fortunate not to have a gun culture.

Long may that last.