The University Guy

The University Guy
Discussion and interviews about everything to do with university admissions, offering an international perspective, from David Hawkins aka The University Guy.

31: Pearson College London and Degree Apprenticeships, with Caroline Cox
Nov 11 • 24 min
UCAS has a wealth of specialist institutions available to students, and Pearson College London is one of my favourites. In this episode, I discuss their unique offerings as well as the wider world of degree apprenticeships with Caroline Cox, their Head of…
30: A new world of US admissions? Discussing the NACAC rule changes with Steve Thomas
Nov 4 • 18 min
In September 2019, the US National Association for College Admission Counseling, under pressure from the Department of Justice, was forced to change three key rules that govern how US admissions works. In this episode, I discuss the possible impact of…
29: The IB Diploma and the UK
Jun 12 • 52 min
In this longer episode, I explore the IB Diploma and the context of UK schools and UK universities. Speaking with Pippa Gibbs from Oakham School, Joanna Shearer from ACS Cobham, Mark Stacey from the International School of Brussels and Peter Fidczuk from…
28: New English GCSEs, with Dr Andy Kemp
Apr 7 • 23 min
In this episode I interview Dr Andy Kemp, Head of Senior School at Wells Cathedral School. Our focus is the new suite of GCSEs, giving information that should prove useful to admissions officers assessing these qualifications.
27: Do you need to use UCAS to apply to UK universities?
Apr 3 • 23 min
Though the vast majority of students will apply to UK universities using UCAS, from time too time other routes seem possible. In this episode I explore the topic with Paul Teulon of King’s College London, James Seymour of the University of Buckingham, and…
26: In Conversation with Nancy Beane
Mar 28 • 31 min
It was a great privilege to interview Nancy Beane, former NACAC President and a college counselor in Georgia, about her work, our profession, and her career in the field.
25: The New IB Maths & UK University Entry
Mar 20 • 28 min
An overview of how the changes to IB Maths may impact entry to UK universities, with discussion from Melanie Moorhouse of St Clare’s School in Oxford, Charlie Pybus of the University of Bristol and Peter Fidczuk of the IB Organisation.
24: Alex Kelly, the Unifrog story
Mar 17 • 26 min
I take time out of our busy schedules to catch up with Alex Kelly, founder of Unifrog, a university and careers advice platform which has revolutionised school provision in the UK and increasingly internationally.
23: The US College Admissions Scandal - what exactly has happened?
Mar 13 • 16 min
In this episode, I try to provide a summary of what exactly makes the scandal in US college admissions so bad, aimed at explaining things to those not intimately familiar with how US college admissions works.
22: ‘Colleges that Change Lives’, with Reon Sines-Sheaff of the College of Wooster
Mar 10 • 27 min
Reon and I discuss the Colleges that Change Lives, an amazing group of US colleges, as well as her own college, the College of Wooster.