Our Sponsors

Wonkfest is made possible by our sponsors, all of which have a strong interest in higher education.

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HSBC is one of the world's largest financial services organisations. In the UK it serves c.17 million customers offering them a range of personal and business banking services. Today, HSBC Commercial Banking serves businesses ranging from small enterprises focused primarily on their domestic markets through to corporates operating globally. Whether it is working capital, term loans, trade finance or payments and cash management solutions, we provide the tools and expertise that businesses need to thrive and give them access to a geographic network covering more than 90% of global trade and capital flows.

For further information please go HSBC's website.

The Guardian

The Guardian Higher Education Network provides the latest news, comment and analysis for university professionals from the world's leading liberal voice.

You can read more on The Guardian's website.


Communications Management

Communications Management is the consultancy for education and skills, addressing issues of reputation, influence and communications effectiveness.
Find our more on Communications Management’s website.


Minerva is an executive search and leadership advisory business offering services including headhunting, leadership assessment, governance review, cultural change projects and 360 degree reviews.
Find our more on Minerva’s website.

Shakespeare Martineau

Shakespeare Martineau has been advising education clients for well over a century and now has in excess of 100 clients within the education sector across England & Wales, including some of the biggest names in the sector.
Find our more on Shakespeare Martineau’s website.


SMRS partners with universities to tackle their marketing and branding challenges. From research and strategic advice to creative branding and campaign delivery, we can shape your institution’s message and get it out to the audiences you want to engage with – wherever in the world they are.
Find out more on the SMRS website.

The Hotcourses Group

The Hotcourses Group produces some of the world’s busiest education search websites including Whatuni, The Complete University Guide and Hotcourses Abroad, to help prospective students make the right study choices. More recently, it has developed an Insights suite of services including real-time demand data based on 66m annual prospective student searches to inform university planning, marketing and recruitment. Find out more on the Hotcourses Group website.

Unite Students

Unite Students is the UK’s largest and most established manager and developer of purpose-built student accommodation. It provides a home for around 50,000 students, in more than 140 properties, across 28 leading university cities across the UK. Unite works in partnership with more than 60 Higher Education institutions and since foundation in 1991 has housed more than half a million students.
Find our more on Unite Student’s website.



As a leading advisor to the University sector, KPMG brings together many years’ universities experience, a global perspective and good practice from other sectors to support our University clients. We bring this wide perspective to our 120+ university clients as well as experience from our work in Education more broadly: be it government; schools and colleges; as an employer ourselves or our extensive work on the wider skills agenda. It is this depth and breadth of experience that sets us apart.
Find out more on KPMG's website.


Pearson is the world’s learning company, with expertise in educational courseware and assessment, and a range of teaching and learning services powered by technology. Our mission is to help people make progress through access to better learning. We believe that learning opens up opportunities, creating fulfilling careers and better lives. Find out more at Pearson.com/UK and follow Pearson @Pearson_UK.

The British Academy

The British Academy is the UK's national body for the humanities and social sciences – the study of peoples, cultures and societies, past, present and future. We have three principal roles: as an independent Fellowship of world-leading scholars and researchers; a Funding Body that supports new research, nationally and internationally; and a Forum for debate and engagement – a voice that champions the humanities and social sciences.
Find out more on The British Academy's website.

Equality Challenge Unit

Equality Challenge Unite provides a central source of expertise, research, advice and leadership, supporting universities and colleges to build an inclusive culture that values the benefits of diversity, to remove barriers to progression and success for all staff and students, and to challenge and change unfair practices that disadvantage individuals or groups. Find out more on ECU's website.


Regeneris Consulting is an independent economics consultancy operating across the UK and internationally for private and public sector clients. We provide economic and social insight to help our clients make better decisions and have a positive impact on people, places and the economy. Our clients come to us with complex questions; and we deliver remarkable results, clearly articulated, based on an independent and rigorous assessment every time.

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The Chronicle of Higher Education

For over 50 years, The Chronicle of Higher Education has independently and intelligently delivered higher-education news and information to the faculty and staff of our world’s colleges and universities. Find out more on The Chronicle's website.

Global Academy Jobs

GA Jobs work together with Wonkhe to provide the latest career opportunities for the Wonkhe community as well as international jobs from global higher education. Find out more on the Wonkhe jobs board.

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If you are interested in becoming a Wonkfest sponsor please contact us on wonkfest@wonkhe.com or complete the contact form on our contact us page.