Partners

Meet Wonkhe’s festival partners who help bring Wonkfest to life.

Adobe

Adobe empowers university faculty around the world to prepare students for the modern economy with Adobe Creative Cloud’s career-relevant digital tools for creative and persuasive communications, so that students across all disciplines can actively participate in the classroom and graduate with digital skills for the workplace. Adobe is committed to helping institutions incorporate digital tools into the curriculum with resources such as free professional development and teaching modules. We share best practices from our partner institutions and host discussions and forums for a wide range of higher education leaders.
Mark Andrews
Pedagogical Evangelist, Higher Education (EMEA), Adobe

Pearson

Pearson is the world’s leading learning company. Our unique insight and expertise comes from our long history of working closely with teachers, learners, researchers, authors and thought leaders. In partnership with institutions, we deliver scalable, supported and affordable solutions that help to create world-class learning experiences. Whether it’s by providing personalised interactive course resources, online programme management, institution-wide assessment or online tutoring services, our focus is on helping educators and students to get results.
Jo Corwood
Solutions Consultant

KPMG

As a leading advisor to the university sector, KPMG brings together many years’ universities experience, a global perspective and good practice from other sectors to support our university clients. We bring this wide perspective to our 120+ university clients as well as experience from our work in education more broadly: be it government; schools and colleges; as an employer ourselves or our extensive work on the wider skills agenda. It is this depth and breadth of experience that sets us apart.
Justine Andrew
Market Director, Education (UK)

UCAS

UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, is an independent charity, and the UK’s shared admissions service for higher education. Our services support young people making post-18 choices by providing information, advice, and admissions services to inspire and facilitate educational progression. We manage almost three million applications, from around 700,000 people each year, for full-time undergraduate courses at over 380 universities and colleges across the UK.
Rebecca Hopwood
Head of Sales

Solutionpath

In an increasingly diverse and digital learning environment engagement helps every student to reach their full potential. Solutionpath provides a unique approach to understanding student engagement across all aspects of academic learning using a simple. Using a universal measure of engagement the StREAM student engagement platform gives you a clear picture of student engagement so you can easily identify risk to progression and proactively support student retention, attainment, and well-being initiatives.
Richard Gascoigne
CEO

EAB

EAB harnesses the collective power of 1,900+ institutions across the primary, secondary, and tertiary educational spectrum to uncover proven solutions and transformative insights for the sector. We are data enthusiasts and dreamers, researchers and problem-solvers, technologists and innovators delivering a customised blend of research, technology, and services. Our network stretches around the globe in providing exceptional service, insight, and results you won’t find anywhere else.
John McMillian
Managing Director of EAB Global

dataHE

dataHE are deep experts in data and higher education with a simple mission: to help universities use data better. Our strategy is simple. Build the most intelligent, innovative and powerful set of data and analysis products for our customers. Our goal? A modern, efficient and successful university sector where everyone can find the right course in the right place for them.
Andrew Hargreaves
Founder

Unite Students

Unite Students is the UK’s largest owner, manager and developer of purpose-built student accommodation serving the country’s world-leading Higher Education sector. Unite Students’ insight has identified a significant gap between student expectations and reality. To support this leap, we have developed the Leapskills programme, helping to prepare prospective students for independent living. Unite is also the founder of and major donor to the Unite Foundation, a charitable trust established to support talented students facing challenging financial circumstances through the provision of free accommodation scholarships.
Darren Ellis​
Higher Education Engagement Director

Aula

Aula is the Learning Experience Platform for higher education. Our mission is to empower educators to make every learning experience truly engaging, by combining easy-to-use technology with evidence-informed learning design. We work with universities like Coventry, UWS, LSBU, and Chester to improve retention through the digital learning experience.
Sam Butcher
Partnerships Lead

Shakespeare Martineau

Further and higher education is one of our firm’s longest standing key sectors, attracting focus on investment in personnel, services and resources. We act for over 100 further and higher education institutions with a dedicated education group to service them, pooling expertise and ideas to add value. Our presence, profile and expertise in the sector continues to be recognised by Legal 500 which consistently ranked us as a Tier 1 firm for Higher Education.
Smita Jamdar
Partner & Head of Education

Handshake

Handshake is the industry leading early career network and career management platform connecting over 1000 universities, 500k employers, and 17 million students. Our mission is democratise opportunity. For universities, Handshake’s career management system engages more students, connects your team to more opportunity, and streamlines administrative tasks. From an integrated career fair app to sophisticated data and reporting capabilities, Handshake does it all.
David Shull
UK Country Founder & Head of Operations

UPP Foundation

The UPP Foundation is a registered charity that offers grants to universities, charities and other higher education bodies. We aim to tackle the biggest issues facing the higher education sector across the UK. The UPP Foundation was created in 2016 by University Partnerships Programme (UPP), the UK’s leading provider of on-campus residential and academic accommodation infrastructure.
Richard Brabner
Director

Public First

We help organisations understand and influence public opinion through research and targeted communications campaigns. And we help businesses craft policy ideas that governments can realistically apply to difficult issues. We have worked with a number of the world’s biggest businesses, for government departments and agencies, and for trade associations, think tanks and charities. 
Jonathan Simons
Director and Head of the Education Practice

Campaign Collective

Campaign Collective is a social enterprise helping universities, colleges, charities, social enterprises, public service organisations and other campaigners benefit from affordable professional communications advice and support. With all Members having over ten years’ experience in a range of communications skills, the Collective helps organisations create, build and deliver effective marketing campaigns. Profits are used to sponsor The Rooftop News, subsidise support for micro charities and community organisations as well as help develop the next generation of communications professionals.

Global Academy Jobs

Global Academy Jobs works with universities in over 60 countries to reduce the cost of online recruitment advertising, foster academic mobility and encourage international research collaboration. We help academic and research organisations around the world recruit from the global talent pool. We specialise in vacancies at every stage of the academic career path, from post doc and research positions to lecturer jobs, professorial appointments and president/vice chancellor roles.
Wendy Stone
Director