In January 2017 Hotcourses Group was acquired by IDP Education, thereby offering a seamless digital and offline journey that connects millions of students around the world with exceptional education opportunities.
In September 2017, Hotcourses Group launched a mobile app aimed at prospective domestic students researching undergraduate university courses in the UK. Whatuni app provides a chatbot service whereby students can customise their search options according to granular preferences.
The US advisory group was set up
We set up our Insights tool, which tracks the search trends of millions of prospective students, and enables institutions to access market intelligence. We also launched HDI (Hotcourses Diversity Index), showing which nationalities pick which universities. In addition, we managed 405 enrolments through our Virtual Agency in India, and we launched the International advisory group.
This was the year the Hotcourses Group acquired the Complete University Guide and at the same time, we published our final printed guide. We also launched our enrolment matching tool to give our customers a clear idea of how their enquiries through us translate to enrolments.
In 2014 the Whatuni advisory group was set up and we held the first WUSCAs (Whatuni Student Choice Awards) live award ceremony. This was also the year we launched our Virtual Agency business in India – placing students in universities abroad.
In this year, we were appointed by the British Council as Development Partner for an enhanced Education UK site.
This was a time that marked 30,000 courses available to book online and also when we were listed on the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies Survey for the 2nd time.
In 2011, Hotcourses Marketplace launched to retail courses offering online booking and we expanded the US office set up in Boston, USA.
We were appointed development partner for Next Step Course Directory around this time and the UKRLP & Unistats contracts were extended. As well as this, the Lawson High School, run by the Hotcourses Foundation, opened in Kitui, Kenya, with an initial intake of 60 children.
In 2009, Hotcourses International launched, including 21 sites in local languages. This also meant the launch of Hotcoursesabroad.com, our main international site, with course data for UK, USA, Australia and Singapore. We also began our content management system, Myhotcourses.com as we reached the landmark of listing 1 million courses in England.
At this time, Hotcourses joined the National Skills Forum and the government’s Skills Commission. We also opened an office in Sydney, Australia. Prof Michael Arthur (Vice Chancellor of the University of Leeds at the time, now Provost and President of UCL) joined the Hotcourses Advisory Board around this time too.
A busy year for launches, with Whatuni.com, unistats.com (for Higher Education Funding Council for England) and Uniguru.co.in (for Indian students) coming to fruition.
In 2006, we opened our office in Chennai, India. We also delivered the UK Register of Learning Providers (UKRLP).
This was the year we acquired and launched our first edition of Floodlight – a magazine and website promoting short courses that was originally launched in the 1930’s.
We began the Hotcourses Foundation in 2004, a charity to provide education to children in the developing world. We also won the UK Register of Learning Providers Contract, and published the first Hotcourses newspaper.
An extension to the Education UK website, we launched the Education UK portfolio of publications for the British Council. We also acquired Schoolsnet.com.
We launched the Education UK website for the British Council, supporting the Prime Minister’s Initiative to increase the number of international students studying in the UK.
At this time, we were producing World Study Guides in eight languages and we also developed the UK government’s official Careers Advice database of courses and websites.
We launched our first website, Hotcourses.com with 50,000 UK courses.
In 1999, we held the first International Student Festival, for international students in London looking for their next college or university in the UK.
In this year, we launched the University and College Guide in association with UCAS. This retail guide contained a mix of ranking, editorial and lifestyle information for prospective students.
We launched the World Study Guide in association with Universities College Admissions Service (UCAS).
This was when Hotcourses was first born, as a magazine for Londoners to search for fun and professional courses.
In 1996, Mike Elms co-founded the company with the belief that every student should be able to make the right education choice for their future.