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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Halpin announces latest addition to their growing team of experts

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Halpin is delighted to announce the appointment of Rachel Killian as Senior Consultant.

Rachel is a higher education specialist with 20 years of marketing and recruitment experience gained in both university and agency settings. She applies the principles of marketing to the practicalities of student recruitment, employer branding and youth marketing. Rachel joins Halpin from people management experts Penna where she led their specialist higher education team, supporting universities with student marketing and talent attraction strategies.

Rachel Killian
Senior Consultant

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Unconditional offers. How to discount your reputation.

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The news from UCAS that over a third of students in England, Wales & Northern Ireland received an unconditional offer in the last cycle reminds us how many universities are scraping the bottom of the barrel.

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PA/Office Coordinator

Job Title: PA/Office Coordinator

Management Consultancy Halpin Partnership is in an exciting period of growth, and we are looking for a very special team-player to join our team as PA/Office Coordinator. You will be challenged and busy, with a varied and busy workload, but the career potential and rewards are high. The right candidate will benefit from the remote-working culture we adopt, with no daily commute and plenty of flexibility to fit in around family/personal life. This isn’t an ordinary 9-5; we are ambitious and tenacious and we’re looking for someone who is resilient, flexible, IT-savvy and not afraid of a full inbox.

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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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One in five British Universities is slowly dying. And it’s entirely reversible.

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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. And to read the Guardian and the Times Higher, you’d think this was due to factors beyond their control.

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How to engage stakeholders and give your research the impact it deserves

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Halpin recently worked with a university who wanted to engage with stakeholders in relation to their research in a more strategic, targeted way. This is perhaps not a brief that universities set for themselves often enough. We loved working with the team, helping them make links to stakeholders who they might have otherwise overlooked, or not had a natural contact with. We also supported the preparation of materials and events they could use to take the work forward.

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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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How safe can we make our universities?

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The university sector seems confused about what is meant by safeguarding, and how far universities should go to ‘take care’ of their students. The debate seems to be taking us beyond the letter of the law to make campuses as safe as possible for students who choose to invest their time, future life prospects and future debt with us.

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