news & articles

Reinventing international higher education

May 05, 2020
Covid-19 has brought significant risks to international student mobility, but it also brings an opportunity to reinvent the business of international education. Dr Vicky Lewis discusses some of the ways that this could take place, based on issues raised at the 2020 International Higher Education Forum.

Can governance still be effective from a distance?

Apr 03, 2020
In these challenging times, the need for good governance practice is more essential than ever. Without careful management, a remote meeting can have lower levels of engagement, an inadequate level of debate and ultimately, ineffectual decision making. Our top ten tips can help ensure that your Board meeting maintains high levels of effectiveness.

Interview: Risk & Student Experience with Shakira Martin

Apr 02, 2020
Shakira Martin is Head of Student Experience at Rose Bruford College. Before that, she was President of the National Union of Students UK. She’s also a Consulting Fellow for Halpin and a member of our Advisory Group. A few weeks ago Olivia Dunn caught up with her to ask her about risks within student experience. Here’s what she had to say.

10 things HE marketeers can do from home

Mar 31, 2020
Remote working? Here are 10 things that higher education marketeers can do at home that will deliver some positive impact both now and in the future.

Remote working support

Mar 19, 2020
A number of our clients have asked us about the best way to approach remote working. For many employees, this is the first time they have worked from home, and circumstances mean people will appreciate guidance and reassurance. Active remote management at this time will be absolutely key for keeping people engaged and healthy, mentally and physically.

Equality and diversity in Higher Education

Mar 06, 2020


It is well documented that an ethnically diverse higher education workforce positively affects the ability of institutions to deliver core services to a diverse student population.

In a survey conducted by the NUS on ‘Race for Equality’ (2011), on the experiences of Black students in further and higher education it highlighted that Black students want a more representative workforce, diverse teaching practices and more Black role models.

Many Black workers in higher education struggle to progress their career in the sector and there is extensive evidence that Black staff are unde...

The risks of a homogeneous team

Mar 05, 2020
If diversity and inclusion is the norm, then so too is discomfort and tension. But managed correctly, with common goals and open communication, this discomfort and tension is the key to progressive, exciting – perhaps even magical - teamwork.

International student recruitment in a volatile landscape

Feb 12, 2020
We operate in a volatile global landscape where geopolitical and related factors present risks to some of our core activities. Global events can have an impact – sometimes almost overnight – on international relationships, with the effects cascading rapidly to HEIs and their students.