Study UK elections strengthen representational clout for independent colleges

Study UK is delighted to announce the election of three new members to its eight-strong Board of Directors, who bring with them a wealth of knowledge and experience in the fields of national and international business and education.

Sue Edwards has an unrivalled record in promoting the UK as the destination of choice for international students, having worked for over 20 years with two of the industry's biggest names, Aspect Education and Kaplan International Colleges, and currently serving as Chair of Study UK's sister association English UK. Sue will be representing Study UK's providers of international foundation year programmes on the Board.

William Hunt started Greenwich School of Management with his brother in 1973 and has led it through four decades of growth to reach its current position as one of the country's largest independent providers of higher education, delivering a wide portfolio of specialist courses across three sites in London. William assumes representative duties for the association's independent higher education institutions.

Paul Kirkham was inspired to take his successful career in business in a new direction after taking a course at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance during a sabbatical break. Having acquired the Institute in 2003, he has overseen a programme of investment and development that has seen the organisation more than quadruple in size over the last five years. Paul becomes Study UK's first director of communications, leading on its new public engagement and information strategy.

Sue Hindley, Study UK Chair, said: "We are delighted to have three such tremendously talented and highly respected figures from the sector join our cause. Their outstanding combination of skills, experience and commitment will help to advance the cause of high-quality independent education everywhere, and to cement Study UK's position as the national representative body for the UK's independent sector. I am confident that we now have an association and an executive team that truly reflects the diversity and depth of provision available at non-traditional institutions, and the Board is looking forward to working with our growing membership in the months ahead to demonstrate the value and importance of the independent education sector to a wide range of national and international stakeholders."

Study UK is the official membership association for accredited independent colleges of Further and Higher Education in the UK. Please visit the Study UK website for more information.


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