News from the London Office

Updates from the Regional Director, Europe

Deb Somers


Is it just me or has 2019 flown by so far? It’s been a busy first half of the year for the GMAC London team (although to be honest it’s never not busy).

A recent highlight was the 2019 European edition of the Admissions Institute for New Professionals which took place last month in London (thank you Warwick Business School for hosting us again!). We were delighted to welcome 39 business school colleagues to this year’s program and by all accounts the class of 2019 excelled and a valuable and fun three days was had by all. We are already planning next year’s edition which will likely be 20-22 April 2020 in London. More on that in a later Connections.

On the subject of our professional development events in Europe, this year’s European Conference will take place on 20-22 November. We are really looking forward to being hosted by INSEAD on their Fontainebleau campus and the program is shaping up nicely thanks to our Steering Committee and INSEAD colleagues. Look out for an email soon announcing registration is open.

For those of you who love getting your hands dirty with GMAC data and research we published a couple of key resources in recent months:

GMAT Geographic Trend Report for Testing Year 2018 (available as a PDF report and Excel data file) is a useful resource for those planning international recruitment strategies. Prospective Student Survey 2019 Interactive Tool and Reports are great resources for those looking to develop targeted messaging and communications that resonate with candidates.

And this year’s Application Trends Survey launches this week so look out for the email about this and take part to receive a benchmark report and interactive data report.

If you’ve ever browsed you’ll know there are A LOT of data and research resources available and we know it can be tricky remembering where to go for what. If you ever feel a GMAC resources refresher would be helpful, please let us know and we’d be pleased to give you a guided tour!

Before I leave the subject of data/research many of you noticed that we were late releasing our 2018 testing year score sending data this year. This was due to some significant changes we made to the way we process and prepare the score sending data for release. To those of you who had to wait longer for your custom data sets especially, apologies for the delay and thank you for your patience.  

Well that’s all for now. Do get in touch with questions, suggestions and if you are passing through London we really would love to see you!

To those of you joining us in Denver for Annual Conference next week – we look forward to seeing you there!

Deborah Somers 
Regional Director, Europe


Europe Market Development Team

 Sara Strafino James Barker 
Sara Strafino
+44 (0)20 3319 1635
James Barker
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