Enroly Advent calendar: 25 things we loved this year

Enroly Advent calendar: 25 things we loved this year

At Enroly, we're bauble-ing with pride over a stocking-load of achievements from the year!

From serving up exciting new features and services, to growing a fantastic team that would give Santa’s elves a run for their money: it’s been a year to remember.

Here’s our Advent calendar of 25 things we loved in the last 12 months.

1. One amazing conference: EnrolyCon23

The expert HE Leadership Panel was a highlight of EnrolyCon23

It was awesome to get so many of the Enroly community together in April. We left feeling inspired, energised and with a sack full of ideas to implement for the future. Thanks again to all our attendees and speakers. We'll see you at EnrolyCon24 in May next year!

2. We launched two popular new services: Interview Assessment & CAS processing

Our Interview Assessment service launched in early 2023, getting credibility interviews down from an average of 53 minutes to 30 seconds per student for our clients! 40% of our partners are now making the most of this service. We also now offer CAS processing service to our visa support clients, who can now benefit from end-to-end services on the platform. 

Kate Arnold, Head of International Operations & Administration, said, ‘Working with Enroly Services is the best decision I’ve ever made. Like many universities, we were facing insurmountable resourcing challenges when managing credibility interviews. Enroly’s fully-managed interview service has revolutionised our ability to do this work.’

Thanks Kate: hearing that warms our hearts like a cup of cocoa on a winter's night!

3. We won three awards from our partners at the University of South Wales

Team Enroly picking up one of three awards at USW.

We were chuffed to have won THREE categories at the University of South Wales Supplier Awards, picking up the Innovation Award, the Collaboration Award, and the USW Star Award.

USW is one of our original partners and the team has been a guiding star for us in the development of CAS Shield every step of the way, which made the recognition incredibly special!

4. Four fabulous company get-togethers

Enroly on tour.

As a fully remote team, our company get-togethers are an important way to celebrate recent achievements, welcome new team members, and make merry! After our successful escapades in Paris, Brighton, and London, it's time to wrap up the year with some festive fun at the Enroly Christmas Party.

5. Over 35,000 automated interviews completed

Our industry-leading interview technology helped universities conduct 35,228 credibility interviews this year. That’s a whole lot of students and staff getting a much smoother interview experience. Here's to that!

6. Six SITS Turnkey integrations

Our two-way integration with SITS:Vision facilitates a seamless flow of data and documents between the Enroly platform and your SITS student management system.

We’ve worked on delivering six of these integrations this year, resulting in an optimised platform experience for our users. 

Sensleightional work from our integration team!

7. One-in-three students onboarding with Enroly

One-in-three international students coming to the UK now onboard their CAS, visa and arrival on the Enroly platform.

We’re proud to be helping our partners service these students more effectively, giving them the best post-offer experience in the business!

8. 8,000+ staff and agent users used the platform in one day on 23rd August

The Enroly platform has such a large segment of users that student and staff platform usage reveals the heartbeat of the industry. The graph above shows daily staff and global agent users peaking at over 8,000 in August 2023.

Congrats to our university and agent colleagues for wrapping up a challenging intake with such success!

9. Nine million documents processed with smart automation

We automate the onboarding and arrival process for universities, their students and agents. We hit a milestone of nine million documents processed with smart automation this year. And you don't need to send them up the chimney: CAS Shield requests them for you.

10. 100,000+ student users on 1 August 2023

We’ve talked about our staff and agent users, but what about students? 100,000 of them used the Enroly platform on 1 August 2023 (yes, you read that right). All we want for Christmas is the best possible CAS, visa and arrival experience for every single one of our international students users.

11. Enroly Award winners

Yasin Ali collected the trophy for Oxford Brookes University, winning the award for acceptance-to-arrival service speed

One of the highlights of EnrolyCon23 was recognising the amazing achievements of our partners at the Enroly Awards. Congratulations to the eleven of our partners who picked up awards, along with many deserving runners up. We can’t wait to recognise more of your achievements in the New Year!

12. Intake reports

With hundreds of thousands of students flowing on the platform annually, Enroly has unique real-time data.

We’ve released three groundbreaking reports this year, representing the only reliable sources of live data on international students coming to the UK. Check out the latest one here, showing large falls of international students are expected for the coming January 2024 intake.

13. New team members

What a team! We’ve been delighted to grow the organisation again this year with thirteen new fantastic members of staff, with a special shout-out to our Services team which has expanded to offer a wide range of first-class on-platform services for our partners.

14. Major product improvements

There’ve been fourteen of them! And hundreds more smaller changes to make the Enroly platform more usable. 

From introducing facial recognition technology to determine students’ identity in interviews, to adding industry comparisons and competitor segments in Data Insights, our product and technology teams have been busy in the workshop all year, to give you the best possible tools.

15. Thousands of golf balls hit

Thanks to everyone who came to our pre-BUILA crazy golf event. It was tee-rrific.

It was a big year for crazy-golf at Enroly. From the arches of Battersea Power Station before the BUILA conference, to the shores of Brighton Beach, we putt in the hours on the course. Thanks to all the partners that joined us for BUILA - we’ll see you there next year!

16. 162 of our users got accredited this year!

We launched a new Data Insights Accredited User Scheme.

162 agents and university users got Enroly accreditation this year. Congratulations to every one of you!

But wait, there’s more under the Enroly Christmas tree. We also launched a new Data Insights accreditation for Data Insights users in 2023. You can check it out here >

Our Accreditation for Agents and for CAS Shield Users are also available to those looking to hone their platoform knowledge.

17. Seventeen croissants eaten in Paris

Did we mention going to Paris? We forgot about the croissants, so they get their own section. Here's some of the team living La Vie Enroly.

18. Some of the things our partners said about us this year

‘Enroly Services have been a fantastic support during our peak period. Their experienced team stepped in to deliver high volumes of interview assessments for us at short notice, taking the strain off our staff during a hugely popular September intake.’

Alistair Logan, Acting Director - Admissions, Advice and Immigration at Coventry University

‘The interview technology has had an incredibly positive impact on our India team, enabling them to work much more sociable hours due to efficiencies the automation has brought to our processes.

Nigel Armitage, Compliance Manager, University of Leicester

'Today was an exciting day in International Admissions at the University of Cumbria - our Enroly CAS Shield system went live and within half an hour we were seeing documents being uploaded!  I'm really excited to be working with such great colleagues at Enroly to develop our processes for September 2023 entry and beyond!’

Sharon Blaylock, Admissions Manager, University of Cumbria

19. We were a finalist for several industry awards

From the PIE and the GoTech Awards: we were pleased to be recognised for our work and be nominated among some fantastic peers.

20. We gave hundreds of students top-notch visa support

Our specialist visa solicitors provided 769 direct students with visa support this year!

Proactive conversion during pre-arrival helps institutions enrol up to 24% more students. Students really love the service, rating us 4.9 out of 5 TrustPilot.

21. We ran 21 agent training sessions

Sian Healy, Account Manager for Agents, visited Hoque Consultancy in 2023.

We always love visiting agent partners and this year was no exception. We also ran 21 agent training sessions. 

Are you one of our agent users? Ho-ho-hope to see you at our next training session. Sign up here >

22. New partners

Enroly is really snowballing! Here’s just a selection of the 22 new partners that have joined us this year.

23. Memorable Partnerships

As we enter the holiday season, it feels apt to reflect on our partnership with our friends at the wonderful industry podcast Tales From the Departure Lounge.

We were proud to support the podcast for several weeks in 2023, with our very own Saph Williams repping for Enroly on one episode.

24. Enroly data used in report into the economic impact of international students

The economic benefits international students brought to the UK economy was an estimated £42bn in 2021/2, according to a new report from London Economics.

The analysis for the Higher Education Policy Institute, Universities UK International, and Kaplan International Pathways estimated the total benefit from 2021/22 first-year international students over the duration of their studies was approximately £41.9bn, while the estimated total costs were £4.4bn: a benefit to-cost ratio of 9.4.

Enroly contributed data for the report to assist in the analysis on dependants, helping economists at London Economics better understand the breakdown between adult and child dependants, and estimate the costs associated with the cohort more accurately.

25. Partner visits!

There was only one way to finish this festive round up, and that’s with our partners. We visited 31 up and down the country in 2023, from Swansea to Aberdeen!

We wish each and every one of you a wonderful Christmas break!

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