Commercial partners and supporters

Working alongside IHE provides access to the UK's largest network of independent higher education providers. Becoming an IHE Commercial Supporter or Partner signals to our members that you are committed to delivering high-quality products and services tailored to suit the needs of the independent higher education sector. 

Our standard Commercial Supporter package offers a unique set of opportunities to promote your products and services to IHE members and help you develop links with the independent higher education sector.

Commercial Partnership offers deeper engagement with IHE members. Using our unique knowledge of and insights into the needs of our members, we work with Commercial Partners to produce packages of services and tailored deliverables to our members.

Current commercial partners


Advance HE logo

Advance HE helps all kinds of higher education organisations be the best they can be, by unlocking the potential of their people. We are from the sector, not for profit and our work is driven by our belief in the transformative power of higher education for people, places and society. We are higher education experts with a particular focus on teaching and learning, governance, leadership, and EDI.

Our membership provides a range of research, knowledge and resources exclusive for members, as well as accreditation for teaching and learning and equality charters that aim to advance gender and race equality in higher education and research.


Applied Inspiration logo

Applied Inspiration is a global facing advisory firm providing capability development to people, teams and institutions in the education sector. We work with education providers, government agencies, communities and corporations to review, develop, design and deliver programmes which are empowering, innovative, engaging, experiential and client-focused. Our team includes highly respected higher education leaders, including former Vice-Chancellors, DVCs, senior HE executives, academics and researchers, as well as extensive management consulting and legal experience.


Brand and Reputation logo

We are a specialist international consultancy firm focusing on high-level brand, marketing and communications audit, review and strategy development in the education, public and cultural sectors. With a range of high profile national and international clients, we offer extensive global experience across leadership, strategy, brand, engagement, and reputation which delivers exceptional results and value for money.


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Coole Insight Ltd is the home of students’ union development, driving sector improvement through collaboration, expertise, and insight. We work hard in our pursuit of getting the right thing done by people, and by organisations. We embody the transformational power of the student movement, and share our lived and work experience of this power to maximise the potential of elected student leaders, professional staff teams, and students’ unions as organisations.


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Eversheds Sutherland is an international law firm with 74 offices in 35 countries. Our dedicated team of specialist education lawyers advise private and publicly funded HE providers across a full range of domestic and international legal, HE governance and regulatory matters. Issues on which we currently support providers include EDI (including combatting sexual harassment), registration and regulation, student and staff immigration, student accommodation, consumer law and the CMA, establishment of overseas operations, and joint ventures and collaborations.


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Jisc is a not-for-profit organisation providing world-class digital solutions for education and research. For over 30 years, Jisc has pushed boundaries, encouraging organisations to adopt and use cutting-edge digital technologies.

Our cloud, cyber security and connectivity services enable you to enhance the digital experience of your staff,  allowing you to focus on the learner experience.  As an impartial provider, Jisc reinvests profit to support the public good, providing services, advice and support, always putting our customer’s needs first.


Lightcast logo

We connect people with jobs by providing businesses, communities, and education institutions with the best labour market data possible. Our data-driven insight enables better, faster decisions. Formerly Emsi Burning Glass, Lightcast has over two decades of experience in finding solutions and delivering the competitive edge our clients demand. Our ultimate goal is connecting individuals with the right skills and right jobs in the right places. People are at the heart of everything we do, and we want to create a job market that works for everyone.


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Established in 2009,  Peridot Partners is a values-led company committed to developing the leadership of socially focused organisations through executive search and board recruitment. The strength of our organisation comes from our cross-functional networks, our exceptional research team and our experience of attracting people from all sectors. In the Education Practice, we provide a bespoke and personal approach towards the recruitment of executive, academic and professional services leaders and non-executive directors to organisations across the UK higher education sector.


Pinsent Masons logo

Pinsent Masons is a global 100 law firm with an international HE practice. Our market leading team includes over 150 lawyers based in our UK, Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Australian offices and provides a full service to the sector, advising universities, HE institutions, pathways providers and new entrants to the market. We advise on overseas projects ranging from establishment of branch campuses, academic collaborations and international recruitment. We can offer clear and practical advice for independent HE providers on the acquisition of degree awarding powers, university title and the regulatory regime.


Shakespeare Martineau logo

On paper Shakespeare Martineau is a full-service law firm providing legal services to companies, institutions, government departments, families, and people throughout life and in business. But we offer so much more. Expertise, commerciality and relationships are at the very heart of what we do. Our multi-disciplinary team delivers a broad range of specialist legal services, with standout expertise within education, including independent providers. Our purpose is clear and our ambitions are unlimited: we want to unlock potential in our people and clients, inspiring confidence, growth and development.


Current commercial supporters


B3sixty logo

B3sixty are independent specialists in workplace investigation and dispute resolution with considerable experience of higher education. Founded in 2010, we have undertaken successful assignments in over 40 HEIs. Our team of trained investigators and dispute resolvers, with backgrounds in senior management, human resources and finance, are able to quickly understand client needs and deal with the full range of complex and difficult employment relations issues. We pride ourselves on a prompt and high quality service, a systematic project approach to every assignment, and our ability to be “thoughtful practitioners”.


Celcat logo

We offer the most comprehensive and easy-to-integrate products on the market, specifically designed to encourage engagement with the timetable and enhance student and staff experience. 

We are the architects of the popular Timetabler product used by hundreds of universities and colleges worldwide. We provide intuitive, feature-rich solutions for creating and publishing timetables, monitoring student attendance, managing room bookings, generating pay claims, reporting and much more.


Dains logo

Dains have a specialist education sector team which provide audit, tax advice and accounting support to independent schools and other higher education institutes, helping them to understand their finances, optimise their finances, and ensure compliance with statutory requirements. Our knowledge and experience on opportunities and challenges within the industry allow us to provide forward thinking, valuable and proactive advice and support.


Ellucian logo

Ellucian is the world’s leading provider of software and services HE institutions need to help students succeed. More than 2,400 HEIs in over 40 countries rely on Ellucian to help enable the mission of higher education for over 18 million students. Ellucian provides student information systems, finance and HR, recruiting, retention, analytics and advancement software solutions. Over 1,400 institutions subscribe to Ellucian’s cloud services and SaaS offerings. Ellucian supports the HE community with a range of professional services: application software implementation, training, education and management consulting.


Flywire logo

Flywire has been solving complex payment problems for students and education institutions since 2011. Today, we continue to remove boundaries by connecting millions of students with thousands of institutions and hundreds of education agents and partners to improve the payment experience worldwide.

Flywire’s comprehensive receivables solution and powerful global payment network delivers on life’s most important moments by enabling institutions to seamlessly receive and reconcile payments from anyone, anywhere in the world–at any time.



IDPConnect logo

As a global leader in international education, our innovative use of digital technology, unparalleled live student data and global network of trusted local counsellors provide insight and ensure success for both our students and partners. IDP Connect offers unparalleled insight into students’ trends and behaviour leveraging on real time data from 100m+ annual site visits and our extensive global research series. Our counsellors are the most important part of our business and central to our success. When you work with IDP, you have local experts all over the world. We combine local, trusted expertise with our global digital platform to connect students to life-changing study opportunities.


Intersol Global logo

Intersol Global recognise that work and study place investigations impact lives, livelihoods, and careers. As external investigation specialists we deliver investigation and panel training, qualifications, mediation, and impartial investigation services, allowing your people to focus on their core roles, improving the wellbeing of people whilst minimising risk and adding value. Our ‘invest to save’ business model not only delivers critical impartiality and expertise but is also more cost-effective and versatile than investing in in-house investigators. Purpose-driven by clear values, acting with integrity, behaving ethically, treating people with empathy, being evidence-led and trauma-informed, we help you professionalise today to protect tomorrow.


Nous logo

Nous Group is an international management consultancy. For over 20 years we have been partnering with leaders to shape world-class businesses, effective governments and empowered communities. Nous Group is a leader in higher education with rich global expertise. Nous is committed to partnering with institutions to solve strategic challenges, drive performance and build capability with our dynamic team of experts. Our offer includes university and faculty strategy, research focus and productivity, educational direction, student experience, organisational and system performance, and major transformation projects.



Pearson Test of English (PTE) provides secure English language testing for study applications worldwide, and for visa applications for work and migration in Australia, the UK, New Zealand, and Canada. Every year, tens of thousands of people trust PTE to help them rapidly prove their English proficiency – and to open doors to their future lives and careers.



Protocol logo

For over 26 years we have provided thousands of lecturers, managers, coaches, assessors and other non-academic staff to training providers, colleges and universities across the UK. We can help you to source candidates quickly and effectively for teaching and professional, support and research roles. We have helped clients recruit candidates in all areas of further and higher education for temporary, permanent and interim roles. Whether you need candidates with extensive academic experience or someone with practical industry experience for your organisation, we'll take the time to understand exactly what you’re looking for.


PSI logo

Skills for English is the result of a partnership between the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and PSI, a global testing provider, delivering 22 million assessments a year in over 160 countries.  Our robust, level-specific tests are accepted as a standard for study, work, and settlement purposes by governments and universities worldwide, and can now be delivered in language schools and at-home via our industry-leading online proctoring platform to support student development as an entry, exit, or in-sessional test. Talk to one of our representatives today to discuss how we can add additional value to your services.


Tribal logo

Tribal Group plc is a pioneering world-leader of education software and services. Its portfolio includes Student Information Systems and app technology; a broad range of education services covering quality assurance, peer review, benchmarking and improvement; and student surveys. We work with higher education, further and tertiary education, schools, Government and state bodies, training providers and employers, in over 55 countries. Tribal Group’s mission is to empower the world of education with products and services that underpin student success.



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UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, is the UK's shared admissions service for higher education. Our services support learners by providing information and guidance in progression to university, college, or apprenticeships.

We support 1.5 million students every year to explore higher education, employment and apprenticeships and manage almost three million applications for undergraduate courses at over 380 universities and colleges across the UK.

We also provide a range of research, consultancy and advisory services to schools, colleges, careers services, professional bodies, and employers, including apprenticeships.


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