Once the kids of year 4-6 at Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School had got used to our new faces, the second session of SOLE got underway. They told us that they had really enjoyed last week’s exploration with Nicola and Alistair of how long society would last without electricity, and many seemed keen to volunteer to be the ‘police officers’. This week Stephanie and Samuel helped us out in this much coveted role and got to work handing out the iPads, posters and pens.
Yesterday we had the pleasure of presenting a workshop at the annual Study UK Conference in London. Attended by over 150 delegates the conference heard from a stellar line up of speakers including Rt Hon David Hanson MP, Shadow Minister for Immigration. The engaged audience of independent providers heard that immigration is good for Britain and that if there was a change of government students would not be part of the net migration target and his party would look for ways to increase clarity around Tier 4, access to work and volunteering opportunities.
Our afternoon session looked at the findings of our second international student survey Beyond the Data: Influencing International Student Decision Making. The audience heard how international students decide where to study and what the most important factors are in their decision making. For those that would like a copy of the presentation you can download it here.
Thanks again to Study UK and conference attendees for a great day!
On October 6th, the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) Radius tenant became the first of its kind created and hosted in the EMEA market. UCA is now blazing the trail for all other EMEA Radius migrations by being our first Connect to Radius migration. This is a big step for both Hobsons and the UCA team as we both continue forward with a Radius solution that is focused on putting the student at the centre of the recruitment experience.
This week we re-launched the SOLE project with Sacred Heart Catholic School in Highbury. We met with our school contact Jamie Harvey to coordinate the sessions with children from Years 4-6 (ages 9-11). Jamie was very excited to start the project, and his enthusiasm was reflected in the huge interest from the students.
On Thursday last week Hobsons were delighted to deliver two workshops at the annual UCISA CISG Conference. Our sessions delivered to two full rooms were on going beyond traditional crm with student lifecycle management. It was a great opportunity to discuss Radius and all the additional benefits that it brings with existing partners and potential new partners.
Last month, Hobsons attended a joint conference between the Home Affairs Select Committee, and Regent’s University London surrounding student visas. The main themes covered included the administration of student visas and the processes surrounding obtaining one, the impact of UK student visa policy on the future of the UK knowledge economy, and the opinion of businesses on the post-graduation employment of international students. The conference was co-hosted by Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP, Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, and Professor Aldwyn Cooper, Vice Chancellor of Regents University, also including a keynote speech from the Minister for Security and Immigration, James Brokenshire MP.
Since the start of the year Hobsons has been partnering with local primary schools in the Old street/ Islington area to bring Self Organised Learning into the classroom.
As student needs and expectations change, there’s a growing demand for determining how to best respond and support students. In an effort to better understand how current HE relationship management tools are supporting students through the entire life cycle of their education, the Hobsons team in the USA have partnered with the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), to produce a new report on the use of CRM among HE institutions.