The UK Hotcourses Advisory Group

The UK Hotcourses Advisory Group

The Whatuni advisory group was set up in 2014 to provide vital guidance for our products and services.  The expert group provides a crucial sector view as we respond to significant market changes, in order to help students make the right education decisions and to help universities and colleges recruit the right students. It has helped shape key initiatives including the Whatuni Student Choice Awards, Insights, Enrolment Matcher and careers advisor ‘Destination’ tools.  In 2016 the group was expanded with a widened remit to also cover our other International products and services.  This includes and our country sites.

Professor Michael Arthur – President and Provost, University College London

Professor Michael Arthur, President and Provost of UCL, is internationally renowned for his contribution to education and medical research. He studied medicine at Southampton, becoming a research fellow and a lecturer in medicine. He was appointed to the Chair of Medicine and was later appointed as Dean of Southampton’s Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences. Professor Arthur’s expertise in liver research is internationally acknowledged. He chairs the advisory group.

Other members

Professor Stephanie Marshall

Chief Executive

Higher Education Academy

Rachel Lister

Head of Student Recruitment and Information

University of Cambridge & HELOA

Rachel Sandison

Director, Marketing, Recruitment & International

University of Glasgow

Liam Owens

Director of Student Recruitment & Administration

Edge Hill University

Stuart Smith

Director of Student Recruitment and Marketing

University of East London

Donald McLeod

Deputy Director, Marketing and Communications

University of Hertfordshire & HEERA

James Frith

Founder and Chief Executive

All Together

Melanie Moorhouse

Careers and Higher Education Adviser

St. Clare’s, Oxford

Mark Leach



Vincenzo Raimo

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement)

University of Reading

Charlene Allen

Director of Student Recruitment and International Relations

University of Southampton & BUILA

Steve Phillips

Managing Director

British Study Centres & Chair of English UK

Alex Proudfoot

Chief Executive

Independent Higher Education

Lil Richard

International Commercial Director

‎BPP University


Student Advisory Board

The Whatuni Student Advisory Board is a panel of 27 students from across England and Wales who meet to chat and debate all things higher education. The board is made up of Year 12 and 13 sixth form/college students, university students and Students’ Union presidents who all applied for a position in 2017. The board boasts a real mix of educational backgrounds, career aspirations and current accolades, including course reps, student mentors, student ambassadors and a MENSA member.

Their feedback ensures that the student voice is presented and relevant, not only on our site, but in our day-to-day business. They keep us aware of the latest goings on, help us understand the current feelings and thoughts from students and ensure we’re always putting the student first in an ever-changing sector. The board’s feedback also helps the Advisory Group by providing valuable insight into both current and prospective student’s thoughts and ideas.

You can meet the current student advisory board, and watch a video of their first meeting here.