02 Jul

Whole Student Lifecycle approach endorsed by new Minister

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Yesterday the new Minister for Universities and Science Jo Johnson made his first major, and much anticipated speech, about higher education.

The title of the speech ‘Teaching at the heart of the system’ signals his overall thinking and policy ideas about the future of the sector.  At Hobsons we are excited to see that the Minister has reinforced the need for a whole student lifecycle approach, an approach that we’ve been taking for sometime with our advising and admissions solutions.

You can read the full speech here and we think that as usual there is some particularly good analysis from Mark at wonkhe!

We were most interested to hear the Minister say that universities must continue to provide, and look to meet, student’s value for money expectations.  He also said that students should be able to make informed choices and that he will push for more data to be available.  We are big believers in more effective use of data!

We were also pleased to see a renewed commitment to teaching excellence including that institutions should admit students from a range of backgrounds and support their retention and progression to further study or a graduate job and, critically, that there should be clear set of outcome-focused criteria and metrics to support this.

We’ve been digesting and examining what it means for Hobsons and our clients and we think it means three main things:

One: Institutions that we work with are increasingly making better use of tools like Radius CRM to provide their prospective students with a joined up experience and timely, targeted and personalised communications.

Two: We’ve seen the institutions we work with really start to leverage systems, particularly at key times in the year like the lead up to clearing, to stand out in an increasingly crowded market.

Three: We are increasingly hearing from institutions that want to enhance their student success and retention initiatives and support students achieve their academic goals.

We are excited that later this year we will be providing the opportunity for more UK universities to access the Starfish Student Success solution and I’m personally looking forward to talking to delegates at the AMOSSHE conference next week about the impact it has already had for some institutions.

21 Apr

Malaysia Higher Education Blueprint 2015-2025

On 7 April 2015 the Malaysian Ministry of Education published a comprehensive blueprint for the development and growth of the higher education sector over the coming decade.  It sets out a series of ambitious goals for the sector and an aspiration “to create a higher education system that ranks among the world’s leading higher education systems and enables Malaysia to compete globally.”

The MHEB 2015-2015 has been under development for two years and draws upon input from Malaysian and international education experts as well as global institutions such as UNESCO and the OECD. It forms part of a national plan to be become a developed country by 2020 and represents an outcome of a concerted effort by government to promote higher education.

The Malaysian Higher Education Blueprint 2015-2025 follows the Malaysian Education Blueprint 2013-2025 which set out a similar roadmap for pre-school, primary and secondary education.

The blueprint speaks of a need for “a fundamental transformation of how the higher education system and higher learning institutions (HLIs) current operate” in order for the sector to stay ahead of global trends.

This is articulated through five key aspirations and eight key targets for the sector. Read More

06 Oct

ICO Data Protection Conference

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Here at Hobsons we deal with a lot of data.  Our EMEA office alone works with over 60 institutions and it’s our job to keep all of that data secure and make sure that we are fully compliant.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) have been running data protection workshops across the UK, and they landed in London on Tuesday 23rd September.  Our dedicated Data Protection Officer Idris Mensa-Bonsu went to catch up with the latest developments. Here are his key highlights.

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22 May

Graduate employability key to how international students see UK Universities

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Our universities are respected worldwide. Four of our universities are in the global top ten. As such, Higher Education is a major export market for the UK, with hundreds and thousands of students from across the globe applying to and attending British Universities each year. It is estimated that international students contribute £14 billion to the UK economy.

But, after a 29-year period of a sustained rise in the number of international students registered on full-time programmes at Higher Education institutions, in 2012-13 the UK saw a drop in the number of international applicants. In particular, 2012-13 saw a decline in applicants from within the EU and from the Indian subcontinent.

In order to understand this change, we surveyed 18,393 students from over 195 countries.
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