Our Commercial Suppliers

Independent HE Commercial Partners

Applied Inspiration is a global facing advisory firm providing capability development to people, teams and institutions in the education sector and those who see education as empowerment. We work with education providers, government agencies, communities and corporations to review, develop, design and deliver programmes which are empowering, innovative, engaging, experiential and client-focused.

Our team includes a highly respected higher education leaders, including former Vice-Chancellors, DVC Academic and HE Senior Executives, Academics and Researchers, as well as extensive management consulting and legal experience, enabling us to provide a contextually relevant, independent assessment and solutions.

Brand & Reputation is a specialist consultancy firm focusing on high-level brand, marketing and communications audit, review and strategy development in the education, public and cultural sectors. With a range of high profile national and international clients, Brand & Reputation offers senior consultant experience and expertise which delivers exceptional results and value for money.

Carter Thomas Solicitors is a leading specialist immigration law firm ranked by both The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners.

We advise higher and further education providers, English language centres and independent schools and are regarded as having ‘an unparalleled reputation in the sponsor licensing sphere‘ (The Legal 500).

Working with numerous organisations including UKCISA, ICN, London Higher, Independent HE, British Council, English UK, AISA, StudyWorld, the Independent Schools Council, the Boarding Schools’ Association and Westminster Higher Education Forum on key issues affecting the sector, we are often invited to speak at conferences and/or provide high level training in addition to our regular client work.

Our clients are based across the UK and benefit from our unique contacts within the Home Office, our ability to resolve potential issues at an early stage and our discreet approach.

Communications Management is a communications and reputation consultancy for the higher education sector. The company has worked with more than 120 universities, business schools and specialist colleges during its 30 year history and its Chief Higher Education Consultant, Justin Shaw, is a former in-house head of media and communications for the University of Hertfordshire. Communications Management carries out: perceptions  and reputation research; reviews of communications teams, channels and performance/impact; media coverage and social media analysis; student engagement and student communications research; internal communications assessments; community relations and public engagement reviews. It also devises and delivers PR and media coverage  campaigns – and works with ExpertFile (a Toronto-based channel) to generate international awareness and to stimulate demand for academics and the application of their expertise for commercial income.

Contact: Justin Shaw, Chief HE Consultant – via email to:  justin@communicationsmanagement.co.uk or telephone 01438 861611

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.

Nous Group is an international management consultancy operating across the UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. For over 20 years we have been partnering with leaders to shape world-class businesses, effective governments and empowered communities. Nous Group is a leader in higher education with rich global expertise.

A strong higher education sector is essential to the UK’s future. Nous is committed to partnering with institutions to solve strategic challenges, drive performance and build capability with our dynamic team of experts. Our offer includes university and faculty strategy; research focus and productivity; educational direction; student experience; organisational and system performance and major transformation projects.

Please contact us to explore how we can help you with the opportunities and challenges your institution faces nousuk@nousgroup.com | 020 3687 2500 | nousgroup.com

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’.

At Protocol, the last 26 years have seen us provide thousands of lecturers, managers, coaches, assessors and other non-academic staff to training providers, colleges and universities across the UK.

We have a deep understanding of the challenges faced by universities. Because of our experience and longevity, we can help you to source candidates quickly and effectively, not only in teaching but also professional, support and research roles. We’ve helped clients recruit candidates in all areas of further and higher education in temporary, permanent and interim roles.

Whether you need a candidate with extensive academic experience, or someone who can bring practical industry experience to your organisation; we’ll take the time to understand exactly what you’re looking for.

Shakespeare Martineau is a leading law firm, ranked 52 in the top 100 that combines creativity, commerciality and clarity. We work with blue-chip companies, leading organisations, high street brands and individuals across the country. Our multi-disciplinary team delivers a broad range of specialist legal services, and particularly stands out for its expertise within Education, including Independent Providers, Higher Education, Further Education, Academies and Independent Schools. We pride ourselves on protecting and growing businesses and personal wealth. Our approach goes beyond just legal solutions: clients trust us to advise on what’s possible, what’s prudent and what’s coming around the corner.

Independent HE Commercial Supporters

B3sixty are independent specialists in workplace investigation and dispute resolution with considerable experience of Higher Education. Founded in 2010, we have over the past decade  undertaken successful assignments in over 40 HEIs.  Our team of trained investigators and dispute resolvers, with backgrounds in senior management, human resources and finance, are able quickly to understand client needs and deal with the full range of complex and difficult employment relations issues. We pride ourselves on prompt and highquality service, a systematic project approach to every assignment and our ability to be “thoughtful practitioners”. 

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. 

 Visit our website to discover more.

EdAd Solutions – Specialists in education admissions operations and strategy

EdAd Ltd is a leading educational consultancy that provides strategic insight and support for managing successful admissions systems for colleges, universities and trainer provider organisations operating in UK and international markets.

EdAd is made up of four experienced practitioners, Dr Liz Bell, Paul Featonby, Andrea Robertson and Rachel Wallace, who have a wealth of expertise in admissions and in the related commercial, policy, operational and technological fields of the UK higher and further education sector.  The team’s collective expertise will ensure that Independent HE members will benefit from multifaceted and results-driven business support.

We can offer support to your organisation for your strategic, operational and regulatory requirements including analysis of admissions processes, detailed investigation of the student journey, assessment of CMA compliance, and policy and governance reviews. We also provide student recruitment and admissions strategic support, including course portfolio reviews and competitor analyses to help your student recruitment strategy.

Please feel free to contact Andrea Robertson for further information or to arrange a chat.

Eversheds Sutherland is an international law firm with 74 offices in 35 countries. According to Legal 500, we are “widely considered the market leader in the higher education field”.

We know that providers need legal advisers who fully understand the HE sector and the unique challenges it faces. Our dedicated team of specialist education lawyers advise private and publicly funded HE providers, both in the UK and overseas, across a full range of domestic and international legal, HE governance and regulatory matters. Issues on which we are currently supporting providers include equality, diversity and inclusion (including combatting sexual harassment), registration and regulatory issues, student and staff immigration, student accommodation, consumer law and the CMA, establishment of overseas operations, and joint ventures and collaborations.

Flywire has been solving complex payment problems for students and education institutions since 2011. Today, we continue to remove boundaries by connecting millions of students with thousands of institutions and hundreds of education agents and partners to improve the payment experience worldwide.

Flywire’s comprehensive receivables solution and powerful global payment network delivers on life’s most important moments by enabling institutions to seamlessly receive and reconcile payments from anyone, anywhere in the world–at any time. Visit edu.flywire.com or email learnmore@flywire.com to experience the Flywire difference

Intersol Global train, qualify, advise, and conduct investigations and investigative interviewing within HE.

Poor investigation ruins lives, careers and reputations with all associated costs.

We train and qualify you to better conduct low-risk volume investigations and support you by conducting the  more serious and complex whilst ensuring you remain in control.

Supporting over 30 HEI’s with commissioned and retained services, our diverse team has successfully delivered over 50 complex investigations and trained over 1000 staff across all sectors.

Investigation advice is free, don’t leave it to chance, invest to save.

Find out more here.

Jisc is a not-for-profit organisation providing world-class digital solutions for education and research. For over 30 years, Jisc has pushed boundaries, encouraging organisations to adopt and use cutting-edge digital technologies.

Our cloud, cyber security and connectivity services enable you to enhance the digital experience of your staff, whilst more importantly, allowing you to focus on the learner experience.  As an impartial provider, Jisc reinvests profit to support the public good, providing services, advice and support, always putting our customer’s needs first.

Skills for English: SELT is a UKVI-approved English test for visa and immigration applications. Through PSI’s UK office, we work closely with the Home Office and the Department for International Trade (DIT), supporting their missions of developing closer collaboration and forging new economic and educational ties with strategic partner countries. One of the recent successes is the opening of a Skills for English Test Centre in Libya, the first new SELT test centre in many years.

Skills for English: Global offers the same level-specific content and external validation as our SELT tests and is available online ‘at home’ through PSI’s highly secure, proprietary software as well as in test centres, allowing candidates access to high-stakes tests no matter where they are located.

Both Skills for English: SELT and Skills for English: Global are approved by the Irish Government for study visa purposes.

These robust and secure tests are created and validated by experienced experts and are delivered using top tier platforms and facilities.

Our dedicated team of language assessment experts and psychometricians ensure our tests fully align to the CEFR, train content developers, and oversee an ongoing rigorous process for item development and review, test assembly based on specifications, and setting pass marks based on performance level expectations and requirements.

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.

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