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Lauren Hancox

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Lauren is Head of Marketing Communications at Tribal Group and is responsible for the delivery of Tribal’s brand messaging and marketing communications strategy. As well as being a marketing enthusiast, Lauren enjoys anything to do with words – writing them, reading them or talking them! She’s a lover of literature and also has (an expensive) passion for travel and exploration.

Recent Posts

A Mobile App for education: Improving communications through a college app

Posted by Lauren Hancox on October 29, 2018

We recently visited NESCOT college, a further and higher education college based in Epsom, UK. They've been using a mobile app (NESCOMMS, a College branded version of Tribal's Student Engage App), to manage three-quarters of all College communication. Here's how their communication strategy has changed.

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Topics: Higher Education, Further Education, Tribal Edge Platform

Our day at Westoe Primary School

Posted by Lauren Hancox on October 22, 2018

Let me paint a picture for you. You walk into the playground at Westoe Crown Primary School in South Tyneside and you're greeted with a wash of smiles from pupils and teachers alike. The head teacher, Mr Steve Price, knows the name of every single pupil (all 700 of them), and the love the children have for him is abundantly clear. Everyone was so happy and it was only 08:00 am. 

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Topics: Schools & Early Years

Student recruitment, it's a lot like dating

Posted by Lauren Hancox on August 30, 2018

We recently carried out a survey to all education providers in the UK and Asia Pacific (APAC). We asked those filling out the survey to tell us their priorities for 2018. In the UK, 80% of all sectors said student recruitment and retention were their main priorities. In APAC, around 65% said the same.  

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Topics: Higher Education, Further Education

How to convince your manager that you should attend the Tribal Empower Conference

Posted by Lauren Hancox on March 9, 2018

Possibility, Curiosity, Openness… we lose this after a while in the same job role as we're often expected to just 'have the answer' as a professional.

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Topics: Higher Education, Further Education, Skills, Training and Employability

Celebrating inspiring educators - Hammersmith and Fulham Adult Community Learning

Posted by Lauren Hancox on July 21, 2017

It was a cold morning in central London when I arrived at the inner city adult education centre in the borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. The centre reminded me of an old school, with exposed brick corridors of classrooms, high ceilings and the humdrum of shoes pounding the tiled floors.

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Topics: Further Education

Celebrating inspiring educators - Derwen College

Posted by Lauren Hancox on July 17, 2017

Derwen College is a very special place. When we visited, we came away feeling proud to work in a sector that does such incredible things every single day. The college works with young people with learning difficulties and disabilities; providing inspirational learning, development and care which aims to transform lives.

Based in Gobowen, a village in Shropshire, England; Derwen College is a residential specialist college, with students attending from across the UK. It's one of the select few Ofsted 'Outstanding' colleges in the UK, an accolade they've achieved for three consecutive inspections.

On the day we visited, the sun shined in all its glory and the drive across the country near Shropshire was idyllic, with nothing on the roads. We walked on to campus and instantly got the feeling that everyone knew each other and was supportive of one another. It seemed every member of staff had a good understanding of every student and could raise praise or concern for them individually. It felt like everyone was a family. The teams were so welcoming and allowed us to explore the place in an open environment and students freely approached and chatted with us. You could just sense the college had such a handle on their learner base that there were no unknowns. As we ambled around, it was also clear how ambitious and courageous the staff were and how keen they were to find continuous improvements in everything they do.

As we continued to walk around the modern space, with its unique architecture that was landscaped and decorated with bright fauna; we got to look at the friendly learning spaces that mixed tradition with a built-for-purpose structure. Everything at Derwen College has been designed around the learners’ needs, providing them with live educational spaces and real 'working' environments such as a farm, farm shop and garden centre; providing the learners with agricultural, retail and business skills. The students even create the produce sold in the retail spaces...we were certainly very tempted by their home-made jams complete with their own creative labels for the jam jars!

In their restaurant, staffed by the students, all hospitality for our meeting was second to none. In the commercial centre, we observed students receiving the help they needed to build confidence in getting a job after college. Progress is measured continuously and the centre has created its own community - by understanding each member of staff and learner. At Derwen, every student is different with different learning requirements and needs. Every ILP has to be absolutely spot on to an appropriate level. They set goals and progression paths for every single one of their students and set achievable and challenging goals that will empower their confidence to step forward into the real world and lead independent, happy lives.

We're proud to be helping Derwen College to empower their learners to reach their full potential. We provide them with a student management system, ebs, and a self-assessment and quality improvement planning tool, Actionplan+ which provide staff at the college with the much-needed information about their students.

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Topics: Further Education

Celebrating inspiring educators - University of St Andrews

Posted by Lauren Hancox on July 6, 2017

Our visit to the University of St Andrews was an unusual one as it started with a trip to the local airport. After battling with holiday makers, a short flight, a tram, two trains, and a taxi, we finally made it to sunny St Andrews, an afternoon ahead of our filming schedule. We took the time to look around the beautiful town and get some ideas for general visual shots in our latest case study with the prestigious university.

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Topics: Higher Education

Celebrating inspiring educators - Leonardo Helicopters

Posted by Lauren Hancox on June 28, 2017

It's no secret that staff at Tribal are passionately dedicated to empowering education around the world. Recently we've been working closely with a whole host of inspiring educators; and after spending time with some of them, we wanted to share their stories. Here's what happened when we went to visit a selection of wonderful inspiring educators…

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Topics: Skills, Training and Employability

Filling the Skills Gap: A view from the UK

Posted by Lauren Hancox on May 24, 2017


The skills gap in the UK is back in the spotlight following the triggering of Article 50 and ambitious net migration targets. Tribal Group has taken a look at the problem, the initiatives and what can be done.

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Topics: Skills, Training and Employability

Women in Technology Part Two: Has there ever been a more visible time for women in technology?

Posted by Lauren Hancox on March 8, 2017

Pouring over the weeks' industry magazines, I'm almost hit in the face. Fewer than 25% of information technology jobs in developed countries are held by women. As a female working at Tribal Group, an education software and services company, I almost spill my tea. I knew the gender divide in tech roles was skewed, but I never knew how much.

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