“When you get what you want in your struggle for self

And the world makes you king for a day

Just go to the mirror and look at yourself

And see what that man has to say.”

– Dale Wimbrow

Mark Ovens

Job summary/responsibilities:

Mark joined as the Senior Partnerships Director for the UK & Ireland in July 2022 as is primarily responsible for connecting with top universities to help them diversify and grow their international student body, as well as providing them challenging insights on international student mobility and ways to grow quality and retention of their international cohort

General introduction/background:

Mark has been working in International HE since 2011, starting at QAHE in Birmingham where he was an international officer for Africa and spent time travelling around the continent to recruit students to come and study in the UK. In 2014 he relocated to Portsmouth to look after their interests in the MENA region and then since 2017 ran the large global recruitment, marketing and admissions teams there for the University of Portsmouth, managing all pre-arrival activity for international students.

Key challenge:

Helping our partner institutions understand that Studyportals can deliver the best value-for-money for universities, as well as giving students the best possible information to help with their decision making- making education choices transparent.

Favourite Listed Programme:

As someone who grew up in a horse racing town and then went on to study in Liverpool and work at the Grand National, the University of Liverpool MBA in Thoroughbred Horseracing Industries is a personal favourite!