As Independent Educational Consultants, The University Guys work within the ethical guidelines of several professional bodies, which our team members have gained. They include:
- Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA)
- The Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA)
- The American Institute of Certified Educational Planners (AICEP)
- Career Development Institute (CDI)
These memberships evaluate our experience and assure our intentional and ongoing efforts to be aware of and maintain a high level of knowledge within the ever-changing world of higher education admissions. There is much information, changes and updates that we must work to find and digest to do our work to the best of our ability. We are so aware of the importance of responsibility and take it very seriously.
The IECA Principles of Good Practice list that “a member’s primary obligation is to assess, make recommendations for, and represent each student accurately and fairly based upon a professional evaluation of the circumstances, requirements of the case, and needs of the student.”
The University Guys organise recruitment events for international universities to support greater awareness of the options available to students; nevertheless, attendance at those events does not make it any more likely for these universities to feature on the university recommendations that we present to the students and families we work with than those who have never attended any of our events.
The University Guys is a trademark registered in the UK and owned by Hawkins Global Education Limited (company number 10556077). This is due to a requirement by UK law, which does not permit a company to use the word “University” in a company name other than by those who are universities.
Hawkins Global Education is owner-operated. It has two shareholders: Sheena Mehta and David Hawkins, the two directors, both of whom work full-time for the company.
We have no outside investors or other shareholders. Our profit funds three activities: the salaries, expenses and pensions of our staff, reinvestment into the company, and tax and legal obligations.