Record Year for recruitment and a New Agents Portal!

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A Record Year for Recruitment!
A huge thank you to all of our representative around the world for their fantastic efforts in helping make 2010 the best year yet for international student enrolments at the University of Bath.  The admissions data shows that we enrolled 150 more overseas students than last year, with most of the growth being at the Masters level.  In total over 1150 new full-time, non-EU students joined the University of Bath this September. 

If you have yet to submit details of the students you referred to us please do so immediately.  In the first instance it is best to send a list to Graham Waton (, so that he may check the registration details on our database.  Once Graham has verified that the students are in attendance an invoice can be submitted.

We have very fond memories of the agent conference this time last year and hope you feel, that like us, this has made our partnerships stronger and encouraged us all to move forward as a team during 2010, with great results for everyone.  Congratulations!  The development of the agent portal is another step forward in offering our support to you.

With Very Best Wishes for the recruitment cycle 2010/11,

Andy, Graham, Jo, Virginia,and Zoe

2011 Masters Applications now Open
On 1st November our on-line application portal for Masters applications opened.  This includes a new suite of Finance programmes within the School of Managment that we will showcase in the December newsletter. Details are available at

We will continue to offer an entirely electronic application route onto our postgraduate programmes via our Study web pages.  Please be sure to remind applicants to include the details of your organisation when they are completing the application, so we know that the application has come through your office.  Supporting documents, such as transcripts, references and English test scores can be uploaded with the application or at a later date using the Applicant Tracker facility.  There is a 2MB file size limit for an attached document, so just be aware that super high resolution attachments may not make it through and any such docs should be saved to a smaller file size.

Internal changes to the Admissions Process – Postgraduate and Undergraduate

The 2011 application cycle also sees some internal changes to our admissions processing.  The new Graduate Schools will process Masters and research applications themselves, rather than our central Admissions Office.  This is intended to streamline the application procedure, since postgraduate admissions decisions have always been made in academic departments and now the Faculties themselves will both review applications and make the decision as to whether to offer a place on one of their programmes.  As far as the students are concerned there is no discernable change to be aware of - the process of application remains the same. 

Whilst postgraduate applications are being dealt with by Graduate Schools, we are moving towards greater centralisation of undergraduate admissions and the Admissions Office will be responsible for making more admissions decisions for UCAS candidates in the year ahead.  The Admissions Office will retain responsibility for issuing CASs to all unconditional firm degree programme applicants, both undergraduates and postgraduates.

Agents’ Portal
Following (unanimous!) feedback from the Agents’ Conference last November we have completed the next phase of the Application Tracker project that will enable our representatives to see summary data of the application status of all of their students that have applied to the University of Bath.  This should replace the need to email individual country managers regarding the status of an application.

The Agents’ Portal links directly to SAMIS, our admissions database. As well as giving you real-time information on the status of all of your applicants it will allow you to see a copy of any offer letter and the clearance checklist for individual candidates, so you can see which conditions have been met or remain outstanding, and whether the visa CAS has been issued in the case of students holding an unconditional offer.

You will shortly receive the unique username and password for your organisation from your dedicated country manager within the International Office that will allow you to access the Agents’ Portal. In the case of representatives with more than one office in a particular country the username and password will allow you to access data for ALL of your applicants. 

Please ensure that postgraduate applicants use the drop-down menu in the on-line application to verify that they have used your services, as the portal relies upon this to link the student to you.

 In the case of undergraduate students applying through UCAS or postgraduate students who omitted to tell us at the time of application that they have used your services we can add this information retrospectively upon receiving an email ( from the student concerned verifying that they wish to have you as their representative and have used your services. This email should follow the format you have agreed with the country manager and have put into practice in previous application cycles.  As always, please ensure that the student’s application number is stated clearly in any correspondence!

The Agents’ Portal is a ‘view only’ facility, so the onus will remain upon the students to access their personal details through Application Tracker to do things such as upload further documents or accept an offer of admission.

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