Education consultancy firm William Clarence partners with AEGIS

25 May 2018

William Clarence Education has confirmed a new partnership with educational guardianship organisation, AEGIS. The education consultancy will collaborate in order to offer new guidance for parents of international children studying in Britain.

William Clarence Education is an education advisory and consultancy service based in the UK. With the private and state educational landscape shifting rapidly over the past few years, the consultancy has been looking to boost its offering in recent months. In the last quarter of 2017, this saw Robin Badham-Thornhill join as School Placement Advisor, while Ian Hunt took a position with the London-based firm as Commercial and Partnership Advisor.

Now, William Clarence which helps and advises families from around the world to gain access to the very best of UK education has strengthened its international student offering, having struck a new partnership with the Association for the Education and Guardianship of International Students (AEGIS). AEGIS is an independent organisation, comprised of 80 schools and colleges, and over 40 guardianship organisations, which inspects and accredits reputable guardianship organisations throughout the UK, and its members belong to many professional bodies. With the redefinition of borders underway for Brexit, a growing number of British-based students are likely to fall under the term ‘international’, meaning they require a UK-based educational guardian, and placing AEGIS under an increased demand.

Education consultancy firm William Clarence partners with AEGIS

Educational guardians oversee the welfare of international students outside of term time, when some students may be unable to return home, attend important parents’ meetings, and keep in contact with parents. It is their job to ensure the safety and wellbeing of international students, and provide a vital line of communication with parents. This, according to William Clarence Managing Director Stephen Spriggs, means that appointing an accredited guardian from a reputable organisation is of the highest importantance. The new partnership will see William Clarence clients provided with fresh insight into the important between top guardianship opportunities in the UK.

Spriggs argued, “Educational guardianship is well worth investing in. Parents will naturally want to protect the investment they are making in their child’s education by ensuring that their child is happy, safe, and well looked after. The ideal scenario, obviously, would be for the parents or a family member to assume the role of educational guardian, but this can be impractical for some for various reasons – location, lifestyle, and other time commitments. This is where we, with the help of organisations such as AEGIS, can step in and provide reassurance and peace of mind.”

Yasemin Wigglesworth, Executive Officer at AEGIS, meanwhile commented, “We are grateful that William Clarence has recognised the work of AEGIS and is willing to recommend AEGIS accredited guardians to overseas parents. For international students to reach their full potential, their safety and happiness are key. Ultimately, what we share is a commitment to great quality in supporting international students in their experience in the UK.”


Grey Consulting and Makerversity announce strategic partnership

05 April 2019

Grey Consulting has forged a new alliance with Makerversity, a 500-strong community of the brightest creative innovators, headquartered at Somerset House, London. The partnership hopes to tap into the experimental community to develop pioneering solutions for Grey Consulting’s clients.

In August 2018, one of the world’s largest design agencies surprised the business world by launching a dedicated consulting outfit. The news came as the two industries continued on their trajectory towards a historic synthesis. The consulting industry has been engaged in a pitched battle with the advertising and design space for the past few years, as the former increasingly encroaches on the territory of the latter via a protracted campaign of mergers and acquisitions; but there had been little traffic moving in the other direction.

At its launch, Grey Consulting was not billed as a direct competitor to established consultancies. However, the firm behind the new entity hopes that its creative experience will give it a competitive edge in winning consulting business from its existing clients. The Grey Group is a global advertising and marketing agency with headquarters in New York City, and 432 offices in 96 countries, operating in 154 cities. Grey Consulting opened its doors with a view to aiding clients within the areas of business and brand design, innovation and digital transformations.Grey Consulting and Makerversity announce strategic partnership

Now, as the firm looks to further expand its footprint in the market, Grey Consulting has unveiled details of a ground-breaking new alliance with Makerversity, a 500-strong community of creative innovators headquartered at Somerset House, London. The alignment with Makerversity is hoped to unlock the potential of collaborating with one of the world’s most experimental communities.

Makerversity curates and convenes the best talent across product design, fashion, art and experimental architecture, sustainable materials, IoT, digital manufacturing, and coding. It provides spaces and workshops for professional makers to develop and create their work, supported by Somerset House Trust. The alliance is expected to enable Grey Consulting to develop pioneering solutions for its clients, together with innovators who make something amazing for a living, every day. 

Leo Rayman, Grey Consulting CEO, commented, “This gives our clients the potential to access a network of some of the most diverse and innovative individuals in the world today. Being so tightly connected to a community of makers means we don’t just develop transformational strategies but can quickly realise them in three dimensions. This sets Grey Consulting apart from the pure play strategy houses who are sometimes criticised for not making their thinking real at the pace modern businesses require.” 

Fiona Dent, CEO of Makerversity, added, “Makerversity acts as a catalyst for unexpected encounters, fostering collaborations between an incredible range of the brightest leading creators and innovators. Our experimental approach and engaged members, whose own practice is defining our world, create highly original new outcomes. We are delighted to bring this philosophy to a wider audience and generate interesting projects for Makerversity members through our partnership with Grey Consulting.”