Winning the dash to the UCAS deadline (and the race to the summer)

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The UCAS deadline provides an intense pressure point for marketing and admissions teams – and this year the stakes are high. Fewer 18-year-olds, intense competition, the Auger review, political uncertainty…

The good news is that whilst there has to be a final dash towards the UCAS deadline, the race isn’t necessarily won or lost on that date.

At this pressured time of year, you can position yourselves to be in pole position for the next few months by taking a few simple steps:

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Value for money in HE – denial is not an option

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The recent report by the House of Commons Education Committee ‘Value for money in higher education’ offers vital insight into the prevailing winds in HE, and how the concept of value for money for students is going to shape universities over the coming years.

So what is the report signalling, and what should universities be doing right now?

Here are some of the key messages in the report, and some suggestions as to how you might act now to reshape your plans for 2018/19 and beyond.

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One in 5 British Universities is slowly dying. These five steps might just save them.

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More than 20% of British Universities are slowly dying.  They are post-92 institutions who have seen their recruitment numbers fall every year since 2011. To read the Guardian and the Times Higher, you’d think this was all due to factors beyond their control.

The truth is that their decline is completely reversible because contrary to what the doom-mongers allege, the factors causing it are entirely within their control. Here are five steps which many other post-92 universities have taken with great success.

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8 signs consultancy might be right for you

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Have you ever wondered whether being a consultant is the right move for you? Having led two consultancy firms and worked as a consultant at various times in my career I think there are some key traits shared by all good consultants. I’ve come up with eight, but fellow consultants out there might have more to add.

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We’re celebrating our first birthday!

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We are 1, we are 50, we are 1100!

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Desperation. Or Reputation?

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A seriously depressing article appeared in the Sunday Times last weekend (22nd July) on how a number of British universities are resorting to desperation tactics in order to attract the brightest students. This in a year when the number of student applicants is down to its lowest level in a decade.

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The shortcut to empowered communications

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I recently facilitated a discussion at ‘Inspiring Women, Inspiring Women’: a networking and learning event in Devon skillfully organised by Clair Wellsbury-Nye. An impressive, diverse collective of around 15 women attended, and I’ve been mulling over elements of that conversation ever since.

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How much do Teaching Excellence awards and badges matter?

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Are teaching excellence awards and badges just for the feel-good factor, or are they vital information for students to hone their consumer persona and ‘wise choice’ skills?

As we approach another glittering award ceremony, it gives me cause to pause and think about what ‘excellence’ means.

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Fundraising lessons from Gareth Southgate

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Let’s face it, who isn’t just a little bit in love with Gareth Southgate right now? Who wouldn’t be impressed by his focus, modesty, attention to detail, attitude and waistcoats.

As we all reflect on an extraordinary match, I think there are some interesting lessons for fundraisers.

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