Inspiration on TAP
The state of international education, with The PIE’s Amy Baker

The state of international education, with The PIE’s Amy Baker

December 5, 2019

What’s your favourite type of pie? Apple? Pork? American? Something else all together?

 

If you work in international education, there’s a chance your favourite pie isn’t encrusted in pastry, but still fills you with delicious knowledge and insight.

 

We're talking, of course, about The PIE – the hub of everything for Professionals in International Education. It’s an independent media, recruitment and events company for professionals everywhere working in international education and is one of the most influential voices in the sector.

 

Our guest this week is Amy Baker - the PIE’s CEO and co-founder, and an international education expert with over 20 years’ experience in the industry. She’s been passionate about international education since studying abroad for a year as part of her degree and is now a key voice on the international education scene.

 

In this episode, Amy reflects on what’s gone down on the international education scene this year, what we should be looking out for in 2020 and tries to pick out what international students might want next year.

 

Follow Amy on Twitter. Read The PIE online.

 

Inspiration in TAP is hosted by Dave Musson and is brought to you by The Access Platform, a peer recruitment tool that enables universities to connect their Student Ambassadors with prospective students wherever they are in the world. Find out more on our website or come and say hi on Twitter.

In conversation with Staffordshire University’s Student Ambassadors

In conversation with Staffordshire University’s Student Ambassadors

November 28, 2019

The student communications ambassador scheme at Staffordshire University in the UK is one of the best around. Their ambassadors create amazing vlogs, host live streams and awards ceremonies and generally do wonderful stuff. Their content is cool, compelling and has serious cut through, and is a clear pointer to the value of working with student ambassadors to power your peer recruitment efforts.

 

In this episode, we’re going to learn more about Staffordshire’s student communications ambassador scheme, with the help of Staffs' Digital Communications Manager Laura Allen. Not only that, we’re also going to hear from a trio of those ambassadors - Hayley, Nom and Maxie - to understand what skills they’ve built up, what sort of things they’ve worked on and, simply, why they do it.

 

Check out Staffordshire University's student vlogs playlist on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvIR_x7A7kk&list=PLkHj6Jg646IXpbFeQe9BJpDeLxGM_akfc

 

Find Laura Allen on LinkedIn or follow her on Twitter.

 

Inspiration in TAP is hosted by Dave Musson and is brought to you by The Access Platform, a peer recruitment tool that enables universities to connect their Student Ambassadors with prospective students wherever they are in the world. Find out more on our website or come and say hi on Twitter.

Understanding Gen Z, with Thread & Fable’s Rebecca Roberts

Understanding Gen Z, with Thread & Fable’s Rebecca Roberts

November 21, 2019

Gen Z. They're the generation everyone wants to know about, the generation that has heads turning and the generation that anyone working in higher education today has to understand. but, where to start? Well, this episode is a pretty good place!

 

Rebecca Roberts has become something of an expert on Gen Z this year, after sifting through 50 different reports about today’s youth and pulling out common trends, interesting facts and a bunch of stats you really can’t ignore into a behemoth report of her own. Basically, she’s done loads of reading, thinking and analysing about today’s young people and left you with loads of useful stuff to act upon.

 

In this episode, Rebecca will take you through her findings, offer some action points for you to work on and explain how to get real cut-through with your target audience.

 

Read Rebecca's report at: https://threadandfable.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/engaging-youth-2019-thread-fable.pdf

 

Find out more about the Helping Not Helping campaign at: https://www.helpingnothelping.org/

 

Find Rebecca on LinkedIn, and follow Thread & Fable on Twitter.

 

Inspiration in TAP is hosted by Dave Musson and is brought to you by The Access Platform, a peer recruitment tool that enables universities to connect their Student Ambassadors with prospective students wherever they are in the world. Find out more on our website or come and say hi on Twitter.

Why is Australia so good at international education & international recruitment?

Why is Australia so good at international education & international recruitment?

November 14, 2019

We kick off season 2 of our podcast with a trip Down Under to understand why Australia is just so good when it comes to international education and international student recruitment - there is a lot of learning to be had in this episode!

 

Our guest and source of knowledge on all things Australian higher ed is Mark Pettitt - a regular speaker at education conferences and the founder of the consultancy Edified. 

 

Mark offers us an overview of the Australian scene, brings plenty of stats to highlight what a good job they're doing when it comes to international education and we discuss what challenges might be on the horizon.

 

Find Mark on LinkedIn and learn more about Edified on their website.

 

Inspiration in TAP is hosted by Dave Musson and is brought to you by The Access Platform, a peer recruitment tool that enables universities to connect their Student Ambassadors with prospective students wherever they are in the world. Find out more on our website or come and say hi on Twitter.

The University of Bantshire speaks - and answers your questions!

The University of Bantshire speaks - and answers your questions!

September 25, 2019

It's the episode you've all been waiting for...we're joined by the Twitter account taking the higher education sector by storm - the University of Bantshire!

 

We find out more about Bantshire and how they approach their marketing efforts. We also put *your* questions to Bantshire. We also try, and fail, to find out who exactly is behind this brilliant account.

 

We’ll be back later this year with the next full season of Inspiration on TAP. In the meantime, why not check out our previous episodes? Oh, and don’t forget to subscribe and leave us a rating and review.

 

Inspiration in TAP is hosted by Dave Musson and is brought to you by The Access Platform, a peer recruitment tool that enables universities to connect their Student Ambassadors with prospective students wherever they are in the world. Find out more on our website or come and say hi on Twitter.

BONUS: Behind the scenes at University Academy 92

BONUS: Behind the scenes at University Academy 92

September 18, 2019

Next week, something is happening in the UK higher education sector that doesn’t happen very often; a brand new higher education institute is opening its doors and welcoming its first class of students.

That institution is University Academy 92. Based a stone’s throw from Manchester city centre, UA92 is a partnership between Lancaster University and the Class of 92 – five former Manchester United footballers, namely Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Nicky Butt. UA92 plan to do things differently – with no exams, flexible entry points, and core modules that help prepare their students for life after graduation. Not only that, they also have widening access to higher education at the heart of what they do.

To mark this potentially game-changing moment for the UK higher education section, we’re delighted to welcome UA92’s Principal and CEO Professor Craig Gaskell for a special bonus episode of our podcast. He tells us what it’s been like to build a new university from scratch, how they’ve worked to craft an authentic student voice when they don’t have any students and why the world needs UA92.

We’ll be back later this year with the next full season of Inspiration on TAP. In the meantime, why not check out our previous episodes? Oh, and don’t forget to subscribe and leave us a rating and review.

Inspiration in TAP is hosted by Dave Musson and is brought to you by The Access Platform, a peer recruitment tool that enables universities to connect their Student Ambassadors with prospective students wherever they are in the world. Find out more on our website or come and say hi on Twitter.

The reddiquette of Reddit, with Imperial College London

The reddiquette of Reddit, with Imperial College London

June 27, 2019

Reddit has quite the fearsome reputation. It’s often seen as a place for trolls and quite a scary forum to enter. And, while that’s not entirely without justification, it also doesn’t tell the whole story – it’s also an incredibly engaged community that is really interested and values great content.

That part of the mix means it has great potential for Universities – something a few institutions have realised…one being Imperial College, London. In this, the final episode of this series of our show, we're joined by Andrew Youngson from Imperial to hear all about Reddit, Subreddits, Karma and AMAs.

Andrew is on Twitter @ACYoungson

Inspiration on TAP is a podcast brought to you by The Access Platform – an online tool that is redefining student recruitment by offering you an authentic connection to prospective students anywhere in the world. Find out more at http://theaccessplatform.com

Jog on you absolute units – what happens when you go viral? Part 2

Jog on you absolute units – what happens when you go viral? Part 2

June 20, 2019

In the conclusion of our chat with Tim Watkins from the University of Reading and Adam Koszary from the Museum of English Rural Life, we talk about what can be learned from going viral and what sort of things you might be able to do to get a boost on your own content.

If you missed part 1 last time out please go and check it out!

Tim is @_timwatkins on Twitter and Adam is @AdamKoszary.

Inspiration on TAP is a podcast brought to you by The Access Platform – an online tool that is redefining student recruitment by offering you an authentic connection to prospective students anywhere in the world. Find out more at http://theaccessplatform.com

Jog on you absolute units – what happens when you go viral? Part 1

Jog on you absolute units – what happens when you go viral? Part 1

June 13, 2019

In 2018, two buildings in the town of Reading sent tweets that went viral. The Museum of English Rural Life posted a picture of a big sheep, while the University slung a line from Hot Fuzz at racists and both blew up. It was sensational.

We managed to get the two geniuses behind those posts – Adam Koszary from the MERL and Tim Watkins from the University – in the same room, at the same time, to join the podcast and talk us through what happened and what it was like to go viral.

Join us for part 2 next week!

Tim is @_timwatkins on Twitter and Adam is @AdamKoszary.

Inspiration on TAP is a podcast brought to you by The Access Platform – an online tool that is redefining student recruitment by offering you an authentic connection to prospective students anywhere in the world. Find out more at http://theaccessplatform.com

All things content strategy, with Pickle Jar’s Tracy Playle

All things content strategy, with Pickle Jar’s Tracy Playle

June 6, 2019

This week, we’re taking a deep dive into content strategy with the sector’s leading light on that subject; the one and only Tracy Playle. The CEO and founder of Pickle Jar and driving force behind the fantastic ContentEd conference is the only person you need to speak to when it comes to content strategy, so it’s a pleasure to welcome her to the podcast.

We talk all things content strategy – what it is, why it’s important and who is doing it well. We also get excited about this summer’s ContentEd conference in Edinburgh, a conference being sponsored by your favourite people at The Access Platform no less!

Tracy is @tracyplayle on Twitter. You can also check out her website and that of ContentEd. Talking ContentEd, we’ll be there! If you fancy meeting up then let us know!

Inspiration on TAP is a podcast brought to you by The Access Platform – an online tool that is redefining student recruitment by offering you an authentic connection to prospective students anywhere in the world. Find out more at http://theaccessplatform.com