Record Numbers Attend Hobsons University 2017 Exploring the Strategic Issues Facing the Higher Education Sector

Hobsons today (Tuesday 21 February) hosted their annual London higher education conference, bringing together a record number of people from the UK, Europe and the Middle East.

The conference, which took place at the Inmarsat Conference Centre in London, gave delegates the opportunity to discuss the strategic issues faced by the sector – from Brexit to technological developments and how institutions can support students throughout their journey. The theme at this year’s conference was ‘Supporting students finish what they start’ and highlighted Hobsons expertise in providing solutions that enable educators to improve admissions and enrolment management, international student recruitment, student success and advising.

During the conference Hobsons trailed the initial findings of their global International Student Survey. The education specialists at Starfish by Hobsons outlined new insights and techniques around generating a sense of belonging amongst students, achieving a step change in student success, satisfaction and retention rates at institutions in the UK and the USA.

Speaking at the Conference, Jeremy Cooper, Managing Director of Hobsons said: “We are delighted that so many people from across the education sector were able to attend Hobsons University 2017. At Hobsons, we are striving to highlight how universities are helping students to feel a sense of belonging with our Starfish product. This year’s conference offered a valuable opportunity to hear the insights and share examples of best practice from across the sector.”

At the conference David Brack, Head of  Customer from UCAS provided delegates with insights from the 2017 application cycle highlighting the declines in both domestic and EU students.  A panel with Lucy Everest, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Director of Marketing, Middlesex University and Dr Alaric Rae, Director of Student Recruitment, University of Birmingham discussed the implications for the sector which included lowering entry thresholds, increased offer rates, conversion strategies, more places in clearing and dealing with volatility and uncertainty in student numbers.

Hobsons supports its Higher Education partners as they help students to identify their strengths, explore careers, create academic plans, match to best-fit educational opportunities, and finish what they start. Through their various solutions, Hobsons enables thousands of educational institutions to improve post-secondary and career planning, admissions and enrolment management, student success and advising for millions of students around the globe. These solutions by Hobsons include Agile.i, Starfish, Radius and Naviance.

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