The University Guys are here to support students in exploring, preparing for and applying to universities all over the world.
As independent university specialists, some people think of us as a ‘top up’ service that goes beyond what your current school might offer and enables you to access world class universities in other countries.
Our team provides one-to-one tutoring and guidance to students and their families, helping them to get a place at the top university of their choice, and making the process of applications clear, manageable and successful.
David Hawkins, Founder
One of the world’s top independent college counselors, David Hawkins MA (Oxford), PGCE specialises in supporting families and students to enter some of the world’s best ranked universities and most importantly, helping students to work out which institutions are the best match for them.
Sheena Mehta, Director
As a former director at IE University, having worked on campus in Madrid and led the international office in London, Sheena has recruited students and organised events across three continents. At The University Guys, Sheena leads relationship work with international universities.
Melanie Moorhouse, Senior Consultant
Formerly the Head of Careers and Higher Education at Top UK and International School St. Clare’s, Oxford, Melanie has supported students studying IB, A-Level, BTEC, Art Foundation and University Foundation programs and worked with students from over 50 different nationalities with a wide range of pre-16 curriculums, giving her a secure understanding of how these qualifications work, how they develop students and how they are viewed by universities.
Holly Smith, Educational Consultant
A former senior international officer at a range of UK universities, Holly has worked for over a decade in international education.
Tom Whittaker, Educational Consultant
Tom’s international education experience spans three countries. Educated in the UK, Tom has worked for two different UK universities as well as the British Council.
Richard Judd, Associate
A former Head of University Guidance at a top UK school, Richard has supported students with applications to universities across the UK, USA and Europe. Richard has taught on A level, IBDP and BTEC programmes and so not only understands their distinctive learning paths but also how universities make offers to students from these different programmes.
Emma Reddy, Application Essay Specialist
Emma Reddy MA (Cambridge), PhD (Leicester) graduated from Cambridge with a First class degree in English Literature. She worked as a Corporate lawyer in London for several years before completing a Masters with Distinction in Modern Literature.
Brandy Fransen, Associate
Brandy Fransen has worked in international higher education and admissions for over sixteen years. She was raised a third-culture kid in Latin America before moving to the United States to attend art school. Brandy has a B.F.A in Graphic Design and worked as a designer before changing careers to international admission.
Dr Matthew Yeo, Associate
Matthew Yeo was born in Dublin, grew up in Birmingham, and took his undergraduate degree in Modern History at St Catherine’s College, University of Oxford and Princeton University.