University of Technology Sydney

A UNIVERSITY (@UTSEngage) with a vision to be a leading public university of technology recognised for its global impact has engaged with a London-based edtech firm to help it achieve worldwide reach and growth.

The international team at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) appointed The Access Platform (TAP) to enhance their recruitment strategy.

TAP’s technology enables prospective students of UTS to engage in a virtual space with ambassadors who are already studying at UTS or have graduated, as well as key staff.

Prospective students can ask questions about life on campus and in the city, and also have access to TAPs extensive bank of ambassador-generated video content which tackles the many aspects of university and student life.

International Marketing Manager at UTS, Irene Chung said:

“Choosing the right university is one of the most important decisions in one’s life, particularly for overseas students who do not have much first-hand knowledge of what it takes and what it is like studying in a university in a foreign country.

“We’re very pleased to be able to be among the first universities to leverage TAP to enable prospective students to chat to our students, alumni and staff directly to support them in their decision journey.”

Universities in Australia - and indeed globally - are facing a number of challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. One of the most profound is engaging meaningfully with overseas students.

Traditional open days, student visits and recruitment fairs have been cancelled, instead, being replaced by virtual events. Establishing TAP earlier in 2020, has enabled UTS to use TAP technology to quickly address the cancellation of live events.

But it is the platform’s ability to connect students in an online space, whenever, and wherever they may be in the world, that UTS sees as a key strand of their new recruitment strategy.

TAP is being used by around 100 universities across four continents with thousands of ambassadors and students live on the platform.

It counts colleges at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, as well as UTS among its valued users.

British higher education expert and TAP co-founder Nik Higgins said:

“Days of physically visiting universities on Open Days in a bid to experience student life are pretty much depleted due to the coronavirus.

“But modern technology can enable prospective students to gain a real insight into university life from the comfort of their own home. With the ongoing pandemic and continued border closures, our software is doing exactly this.

“The Access Platform is working with educational institutions across the globe to help potential students find the university that suits their needs.

“UTS, along with a number of universities across Australia, are keen to use innovative technology to play a crucial role in bridging the gap between prospective students and a formal application to study.” 

TAP’s technology gives prospective students a new way to create a conversation at the touch of a button. They can gain a real insight into university life by chatting to student and graduate ambassadors.

Since April 2020, more than 46,000 messages have been exchanged on the UTS platform between potential students and student ambassadors from the university. Around 170 content posts and close to 50 FAQ answers have been published so far.

UTS Insearch, the university’s pathway college, has also signed up to the platform.

The Access Platform currently supports 27 higher education and university partners across Australia and New Zealand.

You may also be interested in these articles:

Sponsored Video

Register, Login or Login with your Social Media account:


Upcoming FE Events

Advertiser Skyscrapers

Newsroom Activity

Is a 'love of learning' far from common among tutors/students,
and (Love being blind, madness, a...

AELP Webinar Team added a new event 2 days ago

Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers – Refresh 2021

Overview It has been nearly two years since the ESFA refreshed the current Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers, therefore it is time for...

  • Thursday, 14 October 2021 10:00 AM
  • Online

Latest Education News

Further Education News

The FE News Channel gives you the latest education news and updates on emerging education strategies and the #FutureofEducation and the #FutureofWork.

Providing trustworthy and positive Further Education news and views since 2003, we are a digital news channel with a mixture of written word articles, podcasts and videos. Our specialisation is providing you with a mixture of the latest education news, our stance is always positive, sector building and sharing different perspectives and views from thought leaders, to provide you with a think tank of new ideas and solutions to bring the education sector together and come up with new innovative solutions and ideas.

FE News publish exclusive peer to peer thought leadership articles from our feature writers, as well as user generated content across our network of over 3000 Newsrooms, offering multiple sources of the latest education news across the Education and Employability sectors.

FE News also broadcast live events, podcasts with leading experts and thought leaders, webinars, video interviews and Further Education news bulletins so you receive the latest developments in Skills News and across the Apprenticeship, Further Education and Employability sectors.

Every week FE News has over 200 articles and new pieces of content per week. We are a news channel providing the latest Further Education News, giving insight from multiple sources on the latest education policy developments, latest strategies, through to our thought leaders who provide blue sky thinking strategy, best practice and innovation to help look into the future developments for education and the future of work.

In Jan 2021, FE News had over 173,000 unique visitors according to Google Analytics and over 200 new pieces of news content every week, from thought leadership articles, to the latest education news via written word, podcasts, video to press releases from across the sector, putting us in the top 2,000 websites in the UK.

We thought it would be helpful to explain how we tier our latest education news content and how you can get involved and understand how you can read the latest daily Further Education news and how we structure our FE Week of content:

Main Features

Our main features are exclusive and are thought leadership articles and blue sky thinking with experts writing peer to peer news articles about the future of education and the future of work. The focus is solution led thought leadership, sharing best practice, innovation and emerging strategy. These are often articles about the future of education and the future of work, they often then create future education news articles. We limit our main features to a maximum of 20 per week, as they are often about new concepts and new thought processes. Our main features are also exclusive articles responding to the latest education news, maybe an insight from an expert into a policy announcement or response to an education think tank report or a white paper.

FE Voices

FE Voices was originally set up as a section on FE News to give a voice back to the sector. As we now have over 3,000 newsrooms and contributors, FE Voices are usually thought leadership articles, they don’t necessarily have to be exclusive, but usually are, they are slightly shorter than Main Features. FE Voices can include more mixed media with the Further Education News articles, such as embedded podcasts and videos. Our sector response articles asking for different comments and opinions to education policy announcements or responding to a report of white paper are usually held in the FE Voices section. If we have a live podcast in an evening or a radio show such as SkillsWorldLive radio show, the next morning we place the FE podcast recording in the FE Voices section.

Sector News

In sector news we have a blend of content from Press Releases, education resources, reports, education research, white papers from a range of contributors. We have a lot of positive education news articles from colleges, awarding organisations and Apprenticeship Training Providers, press releases from DfE to Think Tanks giving the overview of a report, through to helpful resources to help you with delivering education strategies to your learners and students.


We have a range of education podcasts on FE News, from hour long full production FE podcasts such as SkillsWorldLive in conjunction with the Federation of Awarding Bodies, to weekly podcasts from experts and thought leaders, providing advice and guidance to leaders. FE News also record podcasts at conferences and events, giving you one on one podcasts with education and skills experts on the latest strategies and developments.

We have over 150 education podcasts on FE News, ranging from EdTech podcasts with experts discussing Education 4.0 and how technology is complimenting and transforming education, to podcasts with experts discussing education research, the future of work, how to develop skills systems for jobs of the future to interviews with the Apprenticeship and Skills Minister.

We record our own exclusive FE News podcasts, work in conjunction with sector partners such as FAB to create weekly podcasts and daily education podcasts, through to working with sector leaders creating exclusive education news podcasts.

Education Video Interviews

FE News have over 700 FE Video interviews and have been recording education video interviews with experts for over 12 years. These are usually vox pop video interviews with experts across education and work, discussing blue sky thinking ideas and views about the future of education and work.


FE News has a free events calendar to check out the latest conferences, webinars and events to keep up to date with the latest education news and strategies.

FE Newsrooms

The FE Newsroom is home to your content if you are a FE News contributor. It also help the audience develop relationship with either you as an individual or your organisation as they can click through and ‘box set’ consume all of your previous thought leadership articles, latest education news press releases, videos and education podcasts.

Do you want to contribute, share your ideas or vision or share a press release?

If you want to write a thought leadership article, share your ideas and vision for the future of education or the future of work, write a press release sharing the latest education news or contribute to a podcast, first of all you need to set up a FE Newsroom login (which is free): once the team have approved your newsroom (all content, newsrooms are all approved by a member of the FE News team- no robots are used in this process!), you can then start adding content (again all articles, videos and podcasts are all approved by the FE News editorial team before they go live on FE News). As all newsrooms and content are approved by the FE News team, there will be a slight delay on the team being able to review and approve content.

 RSS IconRSS Feed Selection Page