Success at the NCUK Student Counsellor Conference 2022


Last week, NCUK celebrated the second edition of the online NCUK Student Counsellor Conference, an event that took place over three half days and that welcomed over 500 attendees across the 12 sessions delivered.


The Conference opened with a welcome message by NCUK’s CEO, Stuart Smith and was followed by a range of sessions facilitated by NCUK’s Student Support team, NCUK Universities and NCUK Delivery Partners.

There were many popular topics that the speakers presented at this event including an overview of NCUK study destinations and university application processes; tips on how to write a personal statement presented by The University of Manchester; guidance on how to support students with their university decision-making process and a full session around medical degrees at Aston University, The University of New South Wales and the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

NCUK’s Student Support teams also shared valuable information around the support that NCUK has to offer, including the Student Counsellor Course, which allows Student Counsellors to further develop their skills, knowledge and professional development.

One of the most popular sessions of the week was the NCUK Student Ambassador Panel, moderated by NCUK’s Student Support team. This was a fantastic opportunity for delegates across the NCUK Global Network to learn all about the Ambassador’s experience of studying abroad, why they chose their current universities and what keeps them motivated whilst living away from home. Student Ambassadors also reflected on how studying an NCUK qualification equipped them with the skills they needed to succeed at university.

A lot of the skills I gained studying the International Foundation Year I was able to transfer to university. Even in terms of the topics I was taught, I had an advantage over my peers at university. A professional would be talking about a topic in class, and I had already covered it in the International Foundation Year. The shift from my Study Centre to university was not drastic; honestly, it really helped me

Anjola Fadayomi, NCUK Student Ambassador

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Other sessions provided opportunities for attendees to engage directly with NCUK University Partners. The ‘Meet the Universities’ sessions took place on days 1 and 3 and allowed delegates to visit several virtual rooms in which universities were offering valuable information about their courses, employability prospects and wonderful facilities as well as being available to answer all the questions our delegates had.

The conference closed with a session hosted by NCUK’s Associate Director: Student Support, Ruth Jones, who was joined by representatives from some of our University Partners to discuss what happens once students submit their university applications and the possible outcomes.

The Student Counsellor Conference has again highlighted the importance of having a strong worldwide network and has shown the power of collaboration. The outstanding work we do together, the team at NCUK, our colleagues at our Study Centres and Universities is what enables us to continue to support students in their journey to university

Ruth Jones, NCUK Associate Director: Student Support


NCUK works with more than 90 Study Centres across 30 countries worldwide and has partnerships with over 45 Universities in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA. Our pathway qualifications allow students to gain all the academic skills they need to succeed at a university abroad and beyond. If you would also like to be part of the NCUK Global Network, click here.