Issues and challenges in the University Application Process
Mike Nicholson - University of Bath
Mike joined the University of Bath in October 2014, having previously worked as Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach at the University of Oxford (2006-2014) and Head of Undergraduate Admissions and Student Recruitment at the University of Essex (1998-2006).
Mike heads the team responsible for managing undergraduate student admissions, student recruitment (UK and international), funding guidance, access and widening participation, and learning partnerships.
Mike is currently on the AQA Council, and co-Chaired the Social Mobility Practitioners’ Group established by Universities UK to advise the Minister for Higher Education on supporting progression from under-represented groups in society in 2016. He has recently joined the Evaluation Group for the Welsh Government’s Seren Programme. He was UK Chair of the Higher Education Liaison Officers’ Association from 2014-2017 and served as a member of the UCAS Council until January 2017. HE represented English universities on the Welsh Qualifications Reform stakeholder group, and was involved in the SPA National Expert Think Tank on Qualifications Reform in 2015.
Mike graduated in 1990 from the University of Sheffield with a degree in English and History. He also attended Allegheny College, Pennsylvania for a year as an exchange student.
The UK Higher Education sector faces many challenges and changes – demographic changes to the number of eighteen year olds in the UK; uncertainty over existing external markets, particularly in Europe; new higher providers and alternatives to traditional degrees with on-line provision and degree apprenticeships; changing approaches to offer-making, particularly the use of Unconditional offers; reviews of student tuition costs and funding mechanisms; and greater regulation through the Office for Students.
This workshop will examine the implications for applicants and those that advise them, particularly when making applications for highly competitive courses or institutions.
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