About this webinar

Selecting the best tertiary education can be a challenge and there is much more than just the course and the reputation of the university to consider when you are drawing up a shortlist. Journalist Marianne Curphey talks to Fiona McKenzie, Head of Carfax Education UAE, to discuss how to plan for this significant event in your teen’s life, what to look for and how to apply. In the context of global mobility they also explore with Fiona Murchie, Managing Editor, why it is important for corporate employers and the relocation professionals supporting international assignments to understand the priorities of parents with older children.

Deciding on which university to go to is one of the biggest decisions you and your teenager will make together. How can you support your teen in making the right choices around their higher education degree and University? What should parents be looking for and how early should you start planning?

What you will learn:

  • When should you start planning for university – what is the timeline for students and parents?
  • Writing a personal statement – why it is so important and where to get help with the process.
  • How to choose the right university – Open Days, virtual webinars, organising visits
  • Student finance – the costs and options and who is eligible
  • Accommodation and why choice can be overwhelming
  • What to look for in a University in the UK and abroad
  • Picking the right course – structure, exams and predicted grades, and the importance of having an insurance policy if grades do not go to plan
  • How Clearing works in the UK university system

Learn how the university application process works, how to structure your application to help you gain a place at the most competitive universities around the world, and all you need to know about helping your teen prepare and plan for a degree.



Marianne Curphey
Marianne Curphey is an award-winning journalist at Relocate Global and the author of two finance books. She has written for The Times, The Telegraph, The Guardian and the BBC on careers, education, finance and economics and is an expert on UK student finance and loans and the UCAS application process.
 Fiona McKenzie, Head of Education, Carfax Education
Fiona’s comprehensive understanding of the education sector has been built up over 30 years of working in schools and education consultancy, in locations as varied as South Africa, Australia, the UK, and the UAE. Fiona has worked with hundreds of families guiding them to make the best educational choices for their children whether at school or university level.

As Head of Global Consultancy at Carfax Education, Fiona’s team advise families from across the globe, including the Middle East, Russia and China. They offer bespoke solutions for each family’s education needs with schools’ guidance, private tutoring, residential placements, homeschooling, university preparation and career mentoring. Fiona regularly contributes to education journals, radio shows and panel discussions in the UK, and the UAE.

Fiona Murchie, Managing Editor, Relocate Global
Fiona has over 30 years’ experience in management and HR publishing and global mobility. From this unique perspective, she combines understanding of the HR and global mobility market with knowledge of business drivers and an appreciation of management thinking and the wider influences on company and regional growth brought about by changing global markets, demographics, economics and geo-political factors.

She launched Relocate magazine in 2004, to promote creativity and best practice in mobility and stimulate debate on relocation-related subjects. Relocate Global has become the leading multimedia for international managers, HR, global mobility and relocation professionals, with a growing international reputation for thought leadership, innovation and people support. Think Global People is our growing community of online users and readers with annual Awards, Festival and International Education and Schools’ Fair.