New Mobile Apps Aim to Make Choosing the Right University Easier

Universities Minister Chris Skidmore has announced the two winning tech companies, who will create mobile apps to level the playing field for all students, by giving them access to graduate outcomes data at their fingertips.

The two contracts have been awarded to the winners of the Open Data Competition, which was launched via Innovate UK’s Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) for companies to develop digital tools that allow prospective students to access and compare earnings and employment outcomes from different degrees.

Two contracts worth £150,000 each have been awarded to AccessEd, which offers students a ‘personalised careers assistant’, and The Profs who will create a game format for players to understand the consequences of their decisions through simulations of graduate career paths.

Universities Minister Chris Skidmore said:

Going to university can provide a wealth of opportunities and benefits for graduates, but we know that what you study and where you study really matters, so students need to see all of that information to get value for money.

These new digital tools will help to give power back to students and transform their choices, so that no matter their background they can choose the right course for them that will help them to succeed in their future careers.

AccessEd is a social enterprise. Their ThinkUni app, will offer students a ‘personalised careers assistant’ bringing together cutting-edge data on universities, courses and financial outcomes in a tailored and accessible way.

The Profs is an award-winning tuition company. Their digital tool, The Way Up, offer prospective students the chance to simulate a range of different graduate career paths through an innovative game.

AccessEd and The Profs will launch a public beta for prospective students to start using by the end of March 2019.

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