Student Recruitment & Admissions has introduced a series of developments since Mike Nicholson, Director of Student Recruitment & Admissions, joined us in 2014.
The department took the opportunity to show Dame Glynis new work underway to support the University’s strategy for recruiting undergraduate and graduate students. After a brief introduction to section heads, Dame Glynis visited each one to find out more detail.
Florin Bisset, Head of Learning Partnerships, talked about developing our links with opportunities for research collaboration between the Department of Health and the Royal Academy of Dance, and launching the new International Foundation Year with Bath College. This provides a route for international students to progress to the University whilst remaining in the same city for the duration of their study.
Dame Glynis then met four of the almost 200 student ambassadors who help the department: Oliver Au-Yeung, Josh Bee, Hannah Crosby and Rebecca Cwiklinski. They explained how they talk to potential and new students at a variety of events including the On Track to Bath programme, encouraging and supporting students to apply to Bath who may not have done otherwise.
Robbie Pickles, Head of UK & EU Student Recruitment, took the VC from people to hard data with a snapshot of recent work mapping applicant outcomes by location and which will provide the basis for more targeted student recruitment activity in the coming year.
Former President of the SU and Bath Mathematics graduate David Howells, recently appointed as Head of Undergraduate Admissions, then introduced the Vice-Chancellor to the University’s own online paperless undergraduate admissions scheme. Kelly Lockheed, Senior Admissions Administrator, showed Dame Glynis the system in action and talked the Vice Chancellor through the process of making offers whilst ensuring fairness and consistency in admissions decisions.
Dame Glynis was able to share the news that VCG had just approved a proposal to develop the same system for graduate admissions.
The theme of graduate admissions continued with Kim Spencer, Admissions Manager, and Dr Bruce Rayton, School of Management Admissions. Kim described how the team support the graduate admissions process, and detailed the arrangements for the upcoming arrivals weekend to assist induction and create a positive experience for our international students.
Dame Glynis then spent time with department staff and the student ambassadors over lunch: “It’s been wonderful to see you in such good spirits and I’ve learned an enormous amount; it’s been really interesting.
“You are the dynamic heart of our University. Recruiting the right students for the right course with the right experience at the right time has been key to getting us to number 1 in the NSS.
“If you didn’t do what you do so well, we wouldn’t be where we are today.”