Education Advisers Limited is a major independent UK educational consultancy which has established an unrivalled reputation for offering a wide range of professional education services to parents, schools, colleges and universities. For Higher Education we have an experienced and highly professional team of consultants for both UK and international students wanting advice and guidance regarding entry to the top UK and USA universities and colleges at both undergraduate and post-graduate level. We offer students and their parents the advantage of bespoke professional advice, whether it is deciding:
- which courses to choose or,
- which universities to apply to or
- the best possible way to present a Personal Statement or
- conducting oneself in a demanding selection interview.
At Education Advisers we like to ensure that during the whole application cycle students and their families receive the fullest information and have all necessary support when it is needed.
What makes the difference is that from the very start the EA team work closely with the student and their family. We start with a no-obligation initial discussion and completion of a University Choice Questionnaire At this Review Meeting, we want to learn all about your current study, your achievements so far, and your ambitions for the future. We can then tell you more about the kinds of courses and range of universities that are right for you, guiding you to sources of information as you research your options.
Our consultants are on hand to help liaise with universities, whether this is:
- speaking to Admissions Tutors or teaching staff,
- arranging for visits on Open Days
- finding out about specific course requirements and whether or not students meet them
- providing shortlists of institutions and
- helping individuals make final application choices.
For some applicants additional help is required, especially if they wish to apply to highly specialised or very competitive courses, such as Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine, or to Oxford and Cambridge Universities, who often require candidates to take psychometric tests. Students applying for Art, Architecture, Drama or Music may need assistance with audition, interview and portfolio or other work that is in addition to A Level study. Last, but certainly not least, there is assistance in preparing the all-important draft for the Personal Statement. Helpful comments and guidance from an experienced consultant ensures that each candidate has a really strong application.
In recent years, among others, Education Advisers has helped students to gain entry to Oxford and Cambridge Universities, Imperial College, London, the London School of Economics, Kings College, London, University College, London, Bristol University, Warwick University, St Andrews University, Nottingham University, SOAS, Edinburgh University, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), Bristol Old Vic, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Central St Martin’s School of Art, Wimbledon College of Art and Ivy League Universities in the United States of America.
As well as dealing with individual cases, Education Advisers also runs workshops in schools and colleges in the UK and abroad for both students and staff, offering a full explanation of the UK and USA University admissions processes. Students are also trained on interview technique, especially for those applying for places at Oxford, Cambridge and Russell Group Universities or for courses in Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine. Education Advisers Limited is able to assist students who require help with their applications for courses in the Creative, Visual and Performing Arts, offering an unrivalled service of audition and portfolio preparation for those wanting to enter leading Drama Schools and Art Colleges in the UK and the USA.
Michael Fanya MA – Academic Director, Education Advisers Ltd
Michael was a founder and for over 20 years Senior Master of Hurtwood House School, the top co-educational boarding school in the UK. He has had extensive experience in senior management roles in both the state and independent sectors. He has been a Chief Examiner with the AQA Examining Board, a member of the University of Surrey Council and has written widely on educational matters, including books on A Level choices and school organisation. He is Governor of a Surrey Prep School and has organised educational conferences and worked closely with Universities in promoting Higher Education seminars. Michael has considerable experience in the field of international education having undertaken projects with Malaysia, Mauritius, Bahrain, Germany, China and Korea. He periodically acts as Director of Admissions for Hurtwood House School, and is Academic Director of Education Advises Limited, with responsibility for school and university placement enquiries. He is also integrally involved in school and marketing projects
Mary Murayama MA (Oxon) - Development Director, Education Advisers Ltd
Mary joined Education Advisers after many years as a teacher and leader of Modern Languages and international programmes at a large grammar school. She is responsible for both school placements and marketing within Education Advisers and divides her time between providing bespoke advice for parents on school choice and masterminding the company’s expansion. After reading German and History at Oxford, Mary spent several years in Japan where she taught English and advised Japanese students on study abroad programmes. She has undertaken projects in Europe and Africa for schools and parents. Mary has also recently become an equity shareholder.
Dr Timothy Seller BSc Hons, PhD – Senior Consultant for University Advice
Tim was for fourteen years Director of the International Office at Imperial College, London. During that time he gained extensive knowledge of overseas student affairs and recruitment and travelled a great deal particularly in Europe and South East Asia. Dr Seller is the author of some 25 published papers and books on animal physiology and ecology. He initiated, organised and participated in a programme of sponsored demonstration lectures for young people. A total of 38 series of lectures were presented in Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand and the USA. These involved over 300 lectures and teachers’ workshops and were delivered to a total of 80,000 students. In recent years Dr Seller has worked closely with the British Council on projects in India and also with the University of Reading.
Rob Butler MA University Advice Associate
Rob has personally directed the progress of hundreds of students through GCSE, and A level to university study, in a career spanning more than thirty years. The support, guidance and mentorship Rob has always offered, first as tutor then as Head of Department, Senior Director of Studies, and, for more than a decade, Vice Principal of one of the UK’s leading tutorial colleges has been greatly appreciated by families. Rob’s network of academic contacts, wide-ranging experience of UK universities and the intricacies of the application process has helped many young people find their true direction and thus grow in confidence. He has also designed and run many successful revision courses in Oxford, covering all academic disciplines, and working to ensure that students cement knowledge and technique in their quest for top grades at A level and GCSE. Rob has an extensive academic background having read Modern Languages at the Universities of Sheffield, Cardiff and at Wadham College, Oxford, where he taught French literature at undergraduate level. In a sabbatical year at the University of Caen in Normandy, he was able both to broaden his own academic experience by following an extensive range of studies, while also gaining his first experience of teaching and guiding the progress of students whose first language was not English. His knowledgeable and understanding approach is welcomed and appreciated by the students he guides through the complexities of the University system.
Andy Thompson MA (Cantab) – University Advice Associate
As Principal of one of Britain’s leading tutorial colleges for 12 years, Andy guided the institution through major change, including the restructuring of A levels into the two-part AS and A2. Andy has written extensively on A levels in the national and local press and has spoken on schools and university education at both national and international events. He has been a member of the executive body of the Council for Independent Education (the UK’s professional body for tutorial colleges), chairing the organization’s Academic Affairs Committee for several years. He has built a valuable network of contacts throughout the world of education, in the UK and overseas, through years of partnership with schools, colleges, universities, agents and guardians. An examiner at both GCSE and A level, he has worked on curriculum development for English A level coursework with the OCR Awarding body. Married with a daughter, (at whose school he enjoys helping the younger children with reading and literacy), Andy read English Literature at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, and finds time to write and to lecture in Oxford, most recently on the poets Auden and Milton.
Harry Guinness MA – University Advice Associate
Harry holds a degree in Linguistics from Yale University and a Master’s from Columbia University. He started tutoring in the UK in 2008 and he leads an experienced team of tutors who have a track-record of success with SAT and ACT ‘prepping’. They also have a wealth of experience about the American university system and can offer advice on courses and where to take them for those students wanting help with their USA applications.
Liz Kirk BA Hons – University Advice Associate
Liz Kirk graduated from Queen Mary College, London and after a number of years working as a qualified teacher and holding a Head of Department post she joined Education Advisers in 2012, specialising in the UK university application process and the courses available. She has an outstanding track record of success in helping students to get onto their first choice degree courses.