Our Commercial Members

Independent HE Commercial Members

Cairneagle is a boutique strategy consultancy focused on education, media and technology that has built a strong reputation for delivering rigorous, data-driven analysis and excellent value for money since our establishment in 2001.

Our strategy of building an education practice alongside our media & technology capability was rewarded as we were recognised at the 2015 and 2016 Educational Investor Awards with the award for best consultant to the private sector against stiff competition from the incumbent and the accounting firms.

We work on growth strategy and performance improvement in the UK and internationally for a wide variety of educational institutions, companies providing services to them and private equity firms.

Carnegie Dartlet is the only communications firm that generates unprecedented human connection through psychometric marketing and team integration. We are leaders and innovators in higher education marketing, offering ground-breaking services in the areas of research, strategy, creative, digital, lead generation, and team building to create clarity and connection inside and outside of institutions.

CELCAT is a market-leading software house with nearly 40 years’ experience working in the education sector. We offer the most comprehensive and easy-to-integrate products on the market, specifically designed to encourage engagement with the timetable and enhance student and staff experience.

We are the architects of the popular Timetabler product used by hundreds of universities and colleges worldwide. We provide intuitive, feature-rich solutions for creating and publishing timetables, monitoring student attendance, managing room bookings, generating pay claims, reporting and much more.

Communications Management is a specialist strategic communications, public relations and public affairs consultancy for the HE sector. We help client institutions with positioning, differentiation, reputation, reach and influence. We provide strategic counsel, creative campaigns and retainer programmes. We operate in the UK and internationally through our network of HE associate agencies. We’ve worked in the sector for 30 years and our consultants tend to be recruited from in house HE backgrounds and other relevant industries. Independent HE clients have included GSM London, Met Film School and London Institute of Banking and Finance.

Ellucian is the world’s leading provider of software and services higher education institutions need to help students succeed. More than 2,400 institutions in over 40 countries rely on Ellucian to help enable the mission of higher education for over 18 million students. Ellucian provides students information systems (SIS), finance and HR, recruiting, retention, analytics, and advancement software solutions. With more than 1,400 institutions subscribing to Ellucian’s cloud services and SaaS offerings, the company is one of the largest providers of cloud-based solutions. Ellucian also supports the higher education community with a range of professional services such as application software implementation, training, education and management consulting.

EY provides specialist tax, assurance, legal and advisory services to the UK education sector, with particular focus on the delivery of strategic tax and compliance services to commercial education providers. EY’s “Five Golden Rules” for commercial education providers highlight that tax, like all costs in a business, can be mitigated through an effective tax strategy.

  1. Get the basics right:  Timely, accurate compliance can reduce unforeseen tax costs, interest and penalties, and fosters a healthy relationship with HMRC.
  2. Use real estate assets strategically:  Tax efficient design and space allocation at the design phase  can significantly reduce debt requirements associated with real estate development and operation..
  3. Tax Transformation:  Maximising use of IT and automation within the compliance function can heavily reduce resource time; whilst increasing scope to identify and mitigate tax risk in the business.
  4. Review your international strategy:  For both inbound recruitment and expansion overseas,, consider both the UK and international tax implications to avoid tax leakage when developing the optimum global delivery platform.
  5. Confirm your tax status:  HMRC and BIS continue to challenge the tax status of commercial higher education providers in the sector.  Failure to understand your status can impact on pricing, cash flow and solvency.
Kortext is a world-leading digital textbook and personal study platform providing access to etextbooks, OER content, coursepacks and more. The platform’s built-in smart tools also allow students to annotate, view interactive content and collaborate with peers.

Kortext also provides analytics dashboards, which give insights into learning habits, inform decision making and help create personalised learning paths.

The platform is being adopted worldwide, from a single-course to the whole institution, to help learners study anytime, anywhere.

FPP EDU Media offers global student recruitment services through fairs, virtual fairs, webinars, social media and networking workshops. FPP’s most recognised events, EDUEXPOS & The Student World (student recruitment fairs) are held in over 40 cities and 20 countries throughout Latin America, Europe, Asia, India and the Middle East.

In Latin America, the British Council attends EDUEXPOS to promote UK education, the Canadian and New Zealand governments partner with FPP to organise their official education fairs, and the Australian government has signed an agreement with FPP to be their official partner in Latin America for 2016.

FPP has a huge online reach with over 1.5 million likes on its student-facing Facebook page, EduFindMe. Whether you are looking to recruit from Latin America or any other region, FPP can help you reach your recruitment goals.

Jisc is the UK higher, further education and skills sectors’ not-for-profit organisation for digital services and solutions. We:

• Operate shared digital infrastructure and services
• Negotiate sector-wide deals with IT vendors and commercial publishers and
• Provide trusted advice and practical assistance for universities, colleges and learning providers.

The multi-disciplinary team at Penningtons Manches understands the issues faced by education establishments in today’s market. With a pragmatic and innovative approach, we are able to support FE and HE providers around the country by offering advice on:

  • general consumer protection law, data protection compliance and audits.
  • immigration compliance, sponsor licensing, bespoke training and risk management
  • Home Office enquiries and investigations
  • partnering and collaboration agreements
  • governance and charity
  • employment  and pensions issues
  • finance and banking arrangements
  • restructuring, amalgamations and take-overs
  • property, development, student accommodation and planning issues
  • academy conversions
  • educational oversight and regulatory issues

For further information please visit www.penningtons.co.uk/Sectors/Education

IHE members receive a free initial consultation and preferential rate on services from Penningtons Manches. Please contact us for more information.

Pinsent Masons is a global 100 law firm with an international higher education practice. Our market leading team includes over 150 lawyers based in our UK, Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Australian offices and provides a full service offering to the sector, advising universities, higher education institutions, pathways providers and new entrants to the market. Our global footprint enables us to advise both UK and overseas clients on their responsibilities to the challenges and opportunities of an increasingly global market. Through our international network of 22 offices, we regularly advise on overseas projects ranging from the establishment of branch campuses, academic collaborations and international recruitment arrangements.

Our grounding in higher education governance and policy means that we can offer clear and practical advice for independent higher education providers on the acquisition of degree awarding powers and university title and the regulatory regime beyond.

Our approach is pragmatic and commercial, and clients say that we are ‘exceptionally responsive and proactive’.

Tribal Group plc is a pioneering world-leader of education software and services. Its portfolio includes Student Information Systems and app technology; a broad range of education services covering quality assurance, peer review, benchmarking and improvement; and student surveys. Working with Higher Education, Further and Tertiary Education, schools, Government and State bodies, training providers and employers, in over 55 countries; Tribal Group’s mission is to empower the world of education with products and services that underpin student success.

Please note that Independent HE takes no responsibility for the services provided by Commercial Members.


For more information on commercial membership please get in touch with us at info@independenthe.com or on 020 3929 3370.