Students are more accountable for their university applications
Aloha College is an independent school based in Málaga, Spain, offering a British education that is also grounded in Spanish culture. At Key Stage 5/Sixth Form level, Aloha College teaches both the IB and A-level curricula. The vast majority of Aloha students apply to universities in the UK.
Kyra Kellawan arrived at Aloha College in August 2018 with some prior knowledge about BridgeU, having seen a demonstration of the platform in her previous role. She commenced her new position as Head of Careers when Aloha College was already signed up to BridgeU. However, upon her arrival, Kyra found that the first year group of students who had accounts weren’t making full use of the platform, with tasks and assignments still outstanding.
Kyra has found BridgeU to be an intuitive platform for students applying to the UK, with features such as the Strategy Adviser helping students plan and prepare their UCAS Personal Statement. She quickly integrated BridgeU into her university and careers guidance programme. Students were required to log in to the platform during their one-to-one meetings with Kyra and were set deadlines for compiling their final university shortlists within the platform. She explains how BridgeU’s ability to calculate chance of acceptance has helped students to be more realistic in their university shortlisting – “BridgeU has helped students to apply to more realistic target and insurance universities”.
Kyra also used BridgeU as part of the foundation of a policy document between the school and students, laying out expectations and deadlines to students during the university application process. Students are given ultimate responsibility for the completion of certain tasks within the platform, and are therefore encouraged to take ownership of their own applications.
Kyra was able to rely on the support of the BridgeU Customer Success team as she embedded BridgeU in the Aloha College guidance programme. She notes that the whole team have been ‘approachable and efficient’ whenever she’s needed help with the platform – for example, adding a cut off deadline for student’s university applications, so that they couldn’t shortlist any more universities after a certain date and time.