'My strategy for fighting for my rights was to take up a course in law'. Photo: British Council.

'My strategy for fighting for my rights was to take up a course in law'. Photo: British Council.

'My strategy for fighting for my rights was to take up a course in law'. Photo: British Council.

Despite receiving a 'not guilty' verdict, Peter Ouku was sentenced to death in 2009 for the murder of his wife. Determined to fight for his rights and find purpose in life in prison, he studied for a diploma in law with the University of London. He tells us about his journey from being a death row inmate to his graduation last

"Bats use echolocation to hunt small, fast-moving insects in the dark." (Photo by e_monk under Creative Commons license)

"Bats use echolocation to hunt small, fast-moving insects in the dark." (Photo by e_monk under Creative Commons license)

"Bats use echolocation to hunt small, fast-moving insects in the dark." (Photo by e_monk under Creative Commons license)

Dr Michael Antoniou, an expert in radar and remote sensing at the University of Birmingham, explains how humans use similar cognitive techniques as bats and dolphins to 'see' using sound. His team's international research is funded by the Global Innovation Initiative, which opens a second call for proposals today.

'The six-week programme is aimed at intermediate-level English language learners with a general interest in English language and culture.' Photo by Christopher Phin under Creative Commons licence.

'The six-week programme is aimed at intermediate-level English language learners with a general interest in English language and culture.' Photo by Christopher Phin under Creative Commons licence.

'The six-week programme is aimed at intermediate-level English language learners with a general interest in English language and culture.' Photo by Christopher Phin under Creative Commons licence.

From 1 September 2014, you can learn English through our first massive open online course (MOOC), ‘Exploring English: language and culture’ on FutureLearn. Irene Lavington of the British Council's English product development team explains how it works and why we are adding this new dimension to our English teaching.

More than two million people have fled Syria since the beginning of the conflict in 2011. Photo by Marc Veraart under Creative Commons licence.

More than two million people have fled Syria since the beginning of the conflict in 2011. Photo by Marc Veraart under Creative Commons licence.

More than two million people have fled Syria since the beginning of the conflict in 2011. Photo by Marc Veraart under Creative Commons licence.

When a country is at war, what happens to its universities? And why does it matter to its young citizens? The British Council's Sally Ward describes the heartbreak facing the young Syrians who wish to educate themselves and rebuild their country.

'Many are familiar with the story of how more Indian and Chinese students came to the UK as their countries’ economies grew.' Still from the British Council's animated infographic on student mobility

'Many are familiar with the story of how more Indian and Chinese students came to the UK as their countries’ economies grew.' Still from the British Council's animated infographic on student mobility

'Many are familiar with the story of how more Indian and Chinese students came to the UK as their countries’ economies grew.' Still from the British Council's animated infographic on student mobility

September is when the UK will be welcoming new and returning students from all over the world, while sending out a few of its own. The British Council's Michael Peak runs us through the trends in recent years (link to data visualisation), as UCAS releases figures