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Department Of Education

Winners announced for new student apps

Universities Minister Chris Skidmore has announced the two winners of the Higher Education Open Data competition to create new digital tools for students.

Two contracts worth £150,000 each have been awarded to AccessEd, which offers students a ‘personalised careers assistant’, and The Profs who will create a game format for players to understand the consequences of their decisions through simulations of graduate career paths.

Imperial College London

Universities Minister joins education app showcase at Imperial Enterprise Lab

Universities and Science Minister Sam Gyimah MP visited Imperial’s Enterprise Lab to launch the second phase of the Department for Education’s Higher Education Open Data Competition.

Tech company ‘The Profs’, one of the startups showcasing at the event, was co-founded by alumnus Leo Evans, who spent eleven years at Imperial. Of the company’s 1000 tutors, almost 100 are Imperial students or graduates.

The Evening Standard

Third of students who get right grades for Oxbridge do not choose to apply

One third of “brilliant” A-level students who get the grades to enrol at Oxbridge do not even apply, it has emerged.

Research from London tutor agency The Profs found that at least 6,000 students with straight A-grades did not send in an application to Oxford or Cambridge last year. The education consultancy said a “fear of failure” was holding students back.

The Telegraph

The Profs on melding technology with tutors

The co-founder of online tutoring service, The Profs, talks about enhancing the learning experience with tech and marketing the old-school way. Some flat-pack furniture and a £1,500 overdraft was all that Richard Evans needed to launch his online tutoring service, The Profs, which connects a roster of professional educators with students in need of some extra help.

“We founded it out of my bedroom” says Evans, who teamed up with his brother and co-founder, Leo, to get their edtech concept off the ground. “We bought some Ikea desks and ran the whole thing from our mobile phones, which rang day and night because we were doing the operations, sales and everything else.”

The Guardian

Tutoring startup offers a lesson in success

Many small businesses begin life in their founder’s bedroom. Few, however, can match the spectacular growth of The Profs – a tuition company that, 16 months after its modest beginnings, has an office in Belgravia and is handling £20,000 of transactions each week.

As a cash-strapped economics student at the London School of Economics, Richard Evans took the advice of a friend to try his hand at tutoring. It went so well that he continued with the work after graduation. Spotting that most tuition services were set up “to help the typical kind of Chelsea parent get their child through an entrance exam,” Evans saw a gap in the market and began offering his services to undergraduate students.

The Profs wins Best Tutoring Company at the EducationInvestor Awards

The Profs, the Startups 100-featured tutoring company, has received the Best Tutoring Company at the EducationInvestor Awards.

Founded in 2014 by Dr. Leo Evans, Richard Evans and Rory Curnock Cook, the Profs provides tailored school, university, and professional-level private tuition, education consultancy and academic mentorship.

The Tutor Website

The Profs: An Interview with Founder Richard Evans

From securing his first tutee in 2010, to running one of the industry’s most successful start-ups, Richard Evans tells explains the inspiration behind The Profs tutoring platform.

Founded in 2014, The Profs connects students, professionals and companies with a network of highly-qualified professional private tutors. Focused primarily on university, degree-level and professional qualification tuition in London, The Profs also tutor at secondary level over GCSE and A Level.

The peer-to-peer tutoring service offering 400 qualified tutors to students on every continent

Former lecturer Dr. Leo Evans believed the lecture-based structure of university education didn’t do its learners justice, targeting the average student and leaving those who are less able or more capable feeling isolated and unfulfilled.

To solve this, he teamed up with his brother, professional tutor Richard Evans, and operations manager Rory Curnock Cook to found edtech start-up The Profs, an online platform connecting students with peer-to-peer tutoring services.


Marketing masterclass: The Profs [Video]

Tutoring platform The Profs has experienced 100% organic growth for three years in a row. Founder Richard Evans explains how the business consistently brings something innovative to the table and is in a position to reach 52 countries with its high-quality online service.

Young entrepreneurs: Richard Evans and Rory Curnock Cook, The Profs

Richard Evans and Rory Curnock Cook both had their first taste of business at an early age. At four, Evans was charging his parents and their friends a reasonable 20p to watch his teddy puppet shows, while Cook claims to have made a staggering 100 francs selling snail shells from a market stall in the South of France when he was just six.

Now aged 25, they’ve moved on from amateur dramatics and dead mollusks, into the world of education. After finding not just financial, but personal rewards in tutoring while he was at university, Evans, alongside Cook, decided to turn his new found passion into a business.

The Telegraph

University students are turning to private tutors

University students are increasingly turning to private tutors to get through their degrees with one in five seeking extra help, a survey has found.

The pressure to graduate with an upper second or first class degree has led to undergraduates relying on tutors to boost their grades.

The Times

University students ‘fill gap’ with hired tutors

Thousands of students are hiring private tutors at up to £250 an hour to help them through degree courses – amid calls for universities with “inadequate teaching” to pick up the bill.

Mary Curnock Cook, the former chief executive of the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service – whose son has co-founded a tutoring company – said private tutoring for undergraduates was new and “universities should be worried if it in any way reflects inadequate teaching”.

The Guardian

‘An education arms race’: inside the ultra-competitive world of private tutoring

A growing number of parents and guardians are paying for children as young as four to receive additional tuition. What is fuelling this booming industry?

According to Leo Evans, one of the founders of The Profs, university lecturers can struggle to address individual learning difficulties. “Catching stragglers and helping them get on top of their studies is a useful social function. Also, for students with disabilities and impairments, it’s essential.”

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