WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY
“I have been working with HelloUni team for the past few months and have gotten to know the team and the product pretty well. The team is very pleasant to work with and they are very responsive to our feedback and requirements, and being able to adjust the product development accordingly. Despite being a start-up, the team has a very rapid product development and is able to meet project milestones. We found the product to be the ‘first in the market’ and no other equivalent mobile solutions at this moment. In particularly, the founders of HelloUni were international students themselves and they bring unique insights about the behaviour and preferences of the international applicants into the design of the product.
The product, HelloUni, is a cross-platform mobile solution that helps universities engage and communicate with prospective applicants, which is in line with our current ‘ask a student’ programme and ‘student ambassador scheme’. At the University of Glasgow, we are endeavoring to expand and mobilise the ‘global ambassadors’ network’ to a new level and so as to match the preferences of the mobile-device generation of young applicants. We believe that HelloUni app would work well on domestic and international applicants in terms of increasing engagement and communications, consequently, more applications and better conversion rates. We are excited to see the product working in action and looking forward to be working with the HelloUni team on a long term basis.”
Alan Monteith- Senior Recruitment Marketing Officer
The University of Glasgow
“The ‘HelloUni’ App launch was held at the Welcoming Association’s office and training centre in central Edinburgh. and was a great success in attracting over 60 people.
The event brought together a wide range of the Welcoming’s migrant participants with invited specialist education practitioners and lecturers, from colleges and universities across Scotland.
They came together to discuss ways and solutions to improving access to further and higher education courses to enhance the employability and economic contribution of migrant professionals in a wide range of employment.
All the Welcoming staff team and the organisation’s migrant participants, that assisted in the delivery, and also took part in the launch, stated that it was a very well-organised, informative, useful and interesting event that provided achievable solutions to their needs and requirements in accessing further and higher education courses.”
Jon Busby – Project Director of the Welcoming Association.
The Welcoming Association, www.thewelcoming.org
“A few months ago, we were approached by the HelloUni team with the idea of developing an app for The Welcoming and we immediately agreed to it, clueless as to what to expect. The HelloUni team build our app very quickly and answered patiently to all our ignorant questions. They are always very considerate of our needs and the needs of our students and Welcoming app users, and designed the app in order to satisfy those needs. With it, our students have our up-to-date timetable always on hand and can check in and see who else is going to the class that day, or use our Newcomers Checklist to better prepare for their new life in Scotland. I especially like the Sticky Post feature, that HelloUni team developed for us in no time, and which gives the opportunity to customise the app to include all our one-off events & workshops without distracting the entire timetable. It feels amazing to ask for an app feature and have it realised so quickly by the developers!”
Christina Rizou – Admin Officer
The Welcoming Association, www.thewelcoming.org
WHAT OUR USERS SAY
“I really like the virtual campus tour as I was googling the campus of the university before I came, it would be nice to gain familiarity to the campus on my mobile.”- Diana (MSc in Marketing, 2014)
“I talked to the alumni of my course prior to applying to it, by talking to people who have been through similar experience helped me to confirm that coming to study a MBA is a good choice for me” -Dheeraj (MBA graduate, 2014)
“I like the fact that its a mobile app, as I do spent more time now on mobile phones than laptop. I would like to check the university information and receive notifications of updates of my enquiries on the go” – Wen Z (Msc in Accountancy and Finance, 2015)
I admit that working in a large company has enormous benefits. You will work with great, well qualified people but more importantly you will be working for a brand which in itself commands respect and considerable influence. However in my opinion companies like this have one considerable problem. At university students are given the freedom to be creative and change the direction of a project in whatever way they see fit. This exciting premise is why I personally enjoy the university atmosphere as much as I do. We are all trying different things and have our own ideas that will set us out from others. However when in a large company this freedom quickly dissipates. This is of course for good reason, in a large reputable company you have a large solution or service that will have to be managed by a large team for a large customer base. To compensate for this each programmer on the project is given less responsibility although the same work load to ensure that the project still progresses and remains competitive. This is the issue. No longer can the programmer see into the project and see his or hers ideas or innovation. Rather the work that is inserted into the project could have been done by anyone just as qualified and this is in a word demoralizing. Where once you would work on a project you believed in and seek to make it great with your own input now you find yourself making someone else’s project great rather than your own. You feel like you lack impact.
A Middle Ground
However there are many companies where this isn’t a problem. Small, medium business and more exclusively start-ups present an environment that demands innovation and dedication while giving creative freedom. In companies like this and certainly like in HelloUni you are given the space to greatly contribute to the product and help push it down the road to greater success and it is one of the most gratifying experiences that I have come across in the start of my career. The point of this blog wasn’t to slate larger companies as any successful start-up will transition into a larger company. But rather to point out the size of the company will often determine your influences and role in shaping its product. Now of course this is my view as it stands in May and this may change as time progresses and opinions should always be swapped for better ones when they are presented to us. But as it stands when I start working with Morgan Stanley this June which is an opportunity I am more than delighted with I will still be working part time over the weekends at HelloUni because when you work on something that you have seen shaped by your ideas you want it to succeed. You will often be more willing to push it forward into the realm of relative success and be more determined than ever to see the product through to the end.
This is the greatest aspect of working in a start-up and it’s something I would encourage anyone to try at least once to see how with influences you can shape your company and its future.
published on the 8th of May 2015 by timesofindia Original post click here
LONDON: The Scottish National Party (SNP) tsunami that rocked British politics on Friday will bring a loud cheer among Indian students wanting to study in Britain.
Calling India a priority country, SNP had announced in its election manifesto that getting Indian students back into Scottish university campuses was its top agenda.
It had clearly announced that the party would get Westminster to re-introduce the post study work visa for Indian students as a priority allowing Indian students to work at least for two years after they finish their education degree in Scotland – something that Britain had junked.
After recording a landslide victory at the general elections on Friday, wiping out Labour Party from Scotland and winning 55 of the 58 seats – 50 seats more than the previous election, the Scottish MPs are bound to push through the legislation.
Labour is now left with just one MP in Scotland – losing 40 seats, while the Liberal Democrats lost 10 seats.
SNP which is now the third largest party in the UK has benefited greatly from the Indian vote thanks to the Indian Sikh population. The majority of the Indian diaspora in UK are Sikhs and the Sikh Federation had openly announced its support for the SNP.
Data had shown that after the Conservative Party came into power in 2010 and the junked the post study work visa, new entrants to Scottish Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) from India fell by 63% between 2010-11 and 2013-14.
SNP said that Scotland’s universities experienced a “substantial, cumulative decline in enrolment of students from key overseas markets”.
SNP feels that the current four months given to international students at the end of their studies is insufficient time for most to find skilled employment and to transition to a Tier 2 visa.
SNP supremo Nicola Sturgeon said “In comparison to UK, key competitor countries who offer more attractive post study work opportunities have seen a rise in their numbers of international students. The UK’s current post study work offer is not sufficient to meet the needs of Scottish employers and impacts on the education sector”.
Sturgeon added “As a priority, we will seek the reintroduction of the post study work visa, so that those we have helped educate are able, if they so choose, to make a contribution to our economy. There is clear support across business and education in Scotland for the reintroduction of a post study work scheme. It would assist in attracting international students to Scotland, who add immeasurable benefit to the culture and academic life of Scottish universities but also contribute financially through their fees and spending in local economies”.
By 2024, one in every three outbound higher education students across the globe is expected to be from India and China. By 2024, it is expected that there will be 3.85 million outbound mobile higher education students globally. India and China will contribute 35% of global growth during this period. Indian students will be the second highest chunk with 3.76 lakh of them travelling to enroll in foreign universities.
Calling their performance in the elections, including winning all seven seats in Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city “an historic watershed,” Sturgeon declared “The political firmament, the tectonic plates in Scottish politics have shifted. What we are seeing is a historic watershed. Whatever the government is that emerges at Westminster, they cannot ignore what has happened in Scotland”.
Vice chancellor at British university recognises increased competition for international applicants
Article by Jennifer Ngo, original post click here
A total of 31,195 mainland Chinese students entered postgraduate programmes in England. Photo: Reuters
Attracting more mainland students is crucial for diversity in the increasingly competitive world of tertiary education, an influential UK figure in the sector has said.
However, Julia Goodfellow said the University of Kent, where she is vice chancellor, is not looking to increase its number of mainland students – also for the sake of diversity.
“Universities [in] Germany, and France are now providing postgraduate courses in English, which means there is more competition [for international students],” said Goodfellow, who was in Hong Kong to meet with alumni to celebrate the university’s 50-year anniversary.
Goodfellow, who will begin her two-year term as head of the Universities of UK – an umbrella group representing heads of higher education bodies in the UK – in August, added: “It’s about maintaining [current mainland students] … but also the international student body [not] being dominated by one nationality.”
Her view may offer some insight to local universities on how to sharpen their competitive edge – by maintaining the intake of mainland students, as well as looking for more international students.
Julia Goodfellow, vice chancellor of the University of Kent, spoke in Hong Kong as part of the university’s 50-year anniversary celebrations. Photo: SCMP PicturesMainland students are the biggest group of foreign students in the University of Kent’s population – with the majority joining taught postgraduate classes, said Goodfellow.
China accounts for 37 per cent of all international postgraduate entrants in England in the year 2013-14 – compared with 25 per cent in 2010 – according to a report by the Higher Education Funding Council for England. A total of 31,195 mainland Chinese students entered postgraduate programmes in England.
“We have noticed that most mainland students come to [the University of Kent] for our postgraduate courses … our Hong Kong students tend to be in the undergraduate section,” she said.
In the year 2013-14, the number of Hong Kong students increased by 13 per cent from the previous year. There were a total of 54,250 new international undergraduate students entering English universities in 2013.
The University of Kent’s vice chancellor said she had not noticed any particular difference between students graduating in A-levels, which Hong Kong stopped using in 2012, and those who graduated under the Diploma of Secondary Education.
“We deal with students from over 50 countries with different education systems. Even if one of the countries changes their system, we’ve been able to cope with it,” she said.
While many universities have capitalised on their university name brands and opened schools overseas, Goodfellow said the University of Kent has no such plans, preferring to form partnerships with local universities and schools instead.
1 May 2015
Higher education is a matter substantially devolved to the Scottish Parliament, the Welsh Assembly and the Northern Ireland Assembly, but decisions made at Westminster can continue to have an impact on the whole of the UK higher education sector as was demonstrated by the change in tuition fees policy in the aftermath of the 2010 General Election.
In the 2015 General Election, higher education funding in England is again a point of divergence between the two largest parties’ policy platforms, with Labour proposing to lower tuition fees to £6,000 per annum and the Conservatives sticking to the current levels. In the event of another hung parliament, the votes of Scottish MPs might well determine the policy outcome.
The SNP leader and First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, is committed to free undergraduate university education in Scotland, as is Scottish Labour’s leader, Jim Murphy. MPs elected from both parties, which opinion polls show will win the vast majority of Scotland’s 59 seats in Westminster, will support lowering tuition fees to £6,000 per annum in England.
How universities are funded is a political decision. It is the job of Universities Scotland (and UUK and UW) to argue that however we are funded, that funding comes at a level which can provide learners with a world-class education, support cutting-edge research, maintain our competitiveness and be sustainable. Any reduction in tuition fee income in England, therefore, must be replaced by UK Government spend, and in Scotland we would call on the Scottish Government to pass on the Barnett consequentials to the sector, so that our institutions continue to nurture home talent and compete for international talent and investment at home and abroad.
On attracting international talent, there is cross-party support in the Scottish Parliament for the reintroduction of a post-study work route for international students. The Smith Commission on further powers for Scotland made the recommendation that the Scottish and UK governments should to work together to “explore the possibility of introducing formal schemes to allow international higher education students graduating from Scottish further and higher education institutions to remain in Scotland and contribute to economic activity for a defined period of time”. This may increase the pressure on a post-election UK Government to reintroduce a post-study work entitlement for the whole UK.
The SNP and Scottish Liberal Democrat 2015 manifestos make specific commitments on a post study work route for Scotland whilst all five main Scottish Parties’ manifestos commit to delivering the Smith Commission proposals. So we are hopeful that post-election this issue will be picked up again with renewed momentum and with the support of all new and returning Scottish MPs, we will see this delivered for Scotland. However, we are pragmatic about how this policy goal is achieved and we would be equally welcoming of a change in policy in Westminster post-election for the benefit of all UK universities. In that vein, it is worth noting that the UK Labour Party manifesto talks about welcoming overseas university students in the context changing how the immigration system is controlled and managed so it is fair.
Commitments made in the manifestos can help the sector deliver benefits for the UK’s society and economy. This includes support and investment, including capital spending, for universities’ research and innovation – investment that can see UK universities build on the results of the 2014 research excellence framework – as well as no rises in VAT or National Insurance.
Other manifesto commitments present challenges for the UK higher education sector to rise up to and respond, including on widening access, fair work and gender representation on boards. Scottish university leaders have already made important commitments on widening access, fair work, and on gender equality on governing bodies.
The greatest challenge of all might be informing the public debate ahead of an in/out referendum on EU membership; Universities UK has already explained the potential adverse consequences of a UK withdrawal.
Whatever the outcome of the 2015 General Election, universities will need the support of all those elected to Parliament in order to deliver world-class higher education.