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Author: David Hawkins

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Discussion and interviews about everything to do with university admissions, offering an international perspective, from David Hawkins aka The University Guy.
66 Episodes
So many students wish to study in London, but what's the experience really like. Join us as we discuss the student experience with Jo Philips, Director, Recruitment & Admissions at Regent's University London and Dr Jonathan Wilson, Professor of Brand Strategy & Culture
Join David as he discussed the various different 'pathway' options to UK universities, with Simon Fitch. Simon is the Centre Director of the University of East London International Study Centre.
Join us as we explore the ways in which IB Diploma Courses can be used for entry to UK universities and hear from Amy Durrant, College & Careers Counsellor at the International School of Brussels, Alizee Cordes from York St John University, and Peter Fidczuk from the IB.
Today's guest is Mike Nicholson,  Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach at the University of Bath. We reflect back on his career in higher education and the changes he has seen across the sector in that time.
Jack Shull, a highly-experienced international school college counselor reflects on the past, present and future of the profession.
Join David as he discussed healthcare options at US universities for international students, with Megan Mankerian-Stem of Creighton University
As we hit application season, hear Parke Muth, formerly Director of International Admission at the University of Virginia, give an insight into the inner workings of a US university admissions office.
Caitlin Fairfield Hasson of Boston College joins this episode, to explore the world of Catholic colleges in the United States.
In this episode, Rhian John of Norwich University of the Arts joins the podcast, to explore the world of UK art schools. Creative Skillset, mentioned in the podcast, has now changed its name to Screen Skills with a website at Also check out the NUA Instagram page at 
Kieron Broadhead from the University of Southampton joins me to discuss what a UK university experience will be like in the 2020-21 academic year.
Mark Stacey of the International School of Brussels shares his expertise as an IB and A Level examiner, exploring how both exam systems have been graded this year and passing on advice to college counselors and admissions officers.
Across the USA, there are huge varieties in the educational experience available to students. Some universities, such as Bennington College, offer a hugely personalised curriculum, which students can tailor to themselves. Francesca Edwards from Bennington explains more.
Stephen Helliwell of Student Safety UK joins David to discuss how best to prepare students to be safe while attending university in the UK, and also the particular challenges that faced him and his team in helping students in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Jason Smith of UES Education returns to the podcast to examine the international perspective for the changed situation with US standardized testing.In addition to his comments in the interview, Jason adds later that, "The ACT will not be introducing at-home testing for international students until 2021. They will be concentrating on rolling this out for US students in fall or early spring. There is no guidance as yet on the likelihood of the at-home SAT being available for international students this year."
Akil Bello of Fair Test and I discuss what's going on with US standardized testing in the US context, as well as the history of test-optional admissions.
In this episode, we explore a niche of US Higher Education which may not be immediately apparent to an international audience: the Christian university sector. Kristi Griem, of KC360, outlines the options available to students and how to find out more.One of these ways could be the upcoming KC360 virtual fair:Students and families are cordially invited to participate on May 19-20, 2020 in the KC360 Virtual College Fair. Students register for the Fair here. Registration and attendance to the Fair are free. Christian based universities will engage with students and families in 15 minute increments, so it will be a fast, fun event, slated to cover as many time zones as possible.The Virtual College Fair will be hosted via Facebook Live on the KC360 Facebook page and through Zoom (link will be to students who register) featuring over 20 Christian based universities and colleges looking to connect with your students at the following times:May 19: 8:00am CST - 10am CST USAMay 19 6:00pm CST - 8:00pm CST USAMay 20: 8:00am - 10:00am CST USAMay 20 6:00pm CST - 8:00pm CST USA
To mark episode 50, the tables are turned, as a new co-host decides to shake things up.
Anna Boyd, of Frankfurt International School, joins me to discuss the process of applying to universities in Germany.For more information and resources provided by Anna, please click here
Ankur Vohra, of O.P. Jindal Global University in New Delhi, India, joins me to discuss the new wave of Indian universities that have disrupted the traditional forms of university study in that country, and which now offer a great opportunity for students.To find out more about JGU, this YouTube video gives an overview.Other universities mentioned in the episode include:Ashoka UniversityBennett UniversityFlame UniversityKREA University
Deirbhle O'Reilly of Trinity College Dublin joins me to discuss all the opportunities available to students who choose to study at a university in the Republic of Ireland.To contact Deirbhle, email Deirbhle.OReilly@tcd.ieUseful links – for info on the CAO - for info on UG and PG courses, applications – for information on all of the Irish institutions.
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