COA Regional Meeting: The Midlands 12th March

Applying to University in the US and Canada – Busting the Myths

Applying to University in the US and Canada – Busting the Myths

Leader — Jane Alexander-Orr, COA
Date — 12th March 2019
Time — 12:30 – 15:30 (Lunch at 12:30 followed by presentation 13:30 and approx. finish 15.30)
Venue — Derby High School, Hillsway, Littleover, Derby, DE23 3DT
Cost — There is no charge for this meeting
Topic — Applying to University in the US and Canada – Busting the Myths

We are delighted to invite you to our joint event with Derby High School on the 12 March.

The talk will focus on the following key areas:

Why study in USA/ Canada?
Quality and Diversity of Universities
University Selection
Application and Admissions
SAT/ACT Assessment and Test Optional Universities
Common and Coalition Application
Costs/ Financial Aid and Scholarships [Sports/ Academic/ Performing Arts]
Life on Campus & Pastoral Care
Post Graduate opportunities


Phil Garner MEd; BEd; MCCT, Founding Head of Newcastle School for Boys, CEO of Independent Schools Portal, CEO USA Study
Tom Whittaker Med; BSc, International Officer at The University of British Columbia, Canada

To confirm your place please complete our online application form or contact [email protected]

If you are unable to attend in the day, there is the opportunity to attend the evening talk from 7 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. which is being organised by the school for parents and students from the surrounding area. If you wish to attend the evening event, please indicate this in your response and we will let the school know your details.

Phil Garner has been a head teacher of both state and independent schools for over 20 years and he is passionate about how students learn, how they study most effectively and how they achieve the highest possible learning outcomes. Phil works with students throughout the country, who are considering undergraduate and graduate study in the USA, preparing them for the SAT entrance tests and the detailed application process. He has assisted students in obtaining places at Yale, Princeton, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Dallas and Full Sail University. Phil graduated from University of Birmingham, studied for a Diploma in Education at Carnegie College of Physical Education and gained his Master’s degree from University of Bristol.

Tom Whittaker is an experienced international education professional with a background in student recruitment, marketing, communications, partnerships and business development. Previous to the University of British Columbia he was International Officer at the University of Bolton where he managed all aspects of the university's international work including recruitment, marketing, budget, agents, partnerships, and overall strategy. He was also Marketing & Communications co-ordinator at the British Council where one of his tasks was implementing various international student recruitment activities. He has been a Recruitment Co-ordinator at Lancashire Constabulary and Assistant Soccer Coach & Student Life Co-ordinator at Urbana University.

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