Hotcourses Group History

Founded in London in 1996 as an educational print magazine, The Hotcourses Group has grown exponentially over the years, expanding to encompass the entire globe. Find out how we did it by reading our timeline

Hotcourses Group History

Founded in London in 1996 as an educational print magazine, The Hotcourses Group has grown exponentially over the years, expanding to encompass the entire globe. Find out how we did it by reading our timeline

2017

The US advisory group was set up

2016

We set up the Insights Division to share our market intelligence and 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 the International advisory group set up

2015

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

2014

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

2013

In this year, we were appointed by the British Council as Development Partner for an enhanced Education UK site

2012

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

2011

In 2011, Hotcourses Marketplace launched to retail courses offering online booking and we expanded the US office set up in Boston, USA

2010

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

2009

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

2008

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.

2007

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

2006

In 2006, we opened our office in Chennai, India. We also delivered the UK Register of Learning Providers (UKRLP)

2005

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

2004

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

2003

An extension to the Education UK website, we launched the Education UK portfolio of publications for the British Council. We also acquired Schoolsnet.com

2002

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

2001

At this time, we were producing World Study Guides in eight languages and we also developed the UK governments official Careers Advice database of courses and websites

2000

We launched our first website, Hotcourses.com with 50,000 UK courses

1999

In 1999, we held the first International Student Festival, for international students in London looking for their next college or university in the UK

1998

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

1997

We launched the World Study Guide in association with Universities College Admissions Service (UCAS).

1996

This was when Hotcourses was first born, as a magazine for Londoners to search for fun and professional courses