Higher Education

Universities and colleges

Private Sector

Higher Education

Kingsgate’s work in this sector relies on our proven and practical experience in delivering combined operational and financial support for distressed higher-education providers.


The sector is facing a number of challenges given the recent events of COVID-19 plus increased market competition and challenging regulatory environment.  As such, we seek to work sensitively with trustees, governors, regulators, and management teams helps to quickly establish options based on clear information and drive successful outcomes.

Our Experience

  • For universities facing possible closure and insolvency, helping to establish clear options for a successful partnership with external funders, rapidly providing clear information and enabling vendor due diligence within a chaotic situation to enable decision making by the trustees and finance partner
  • Securing assess to external funding to enable future development, using a crucial combination of financial and operational expertise
  • Facilitating the provision of clear information and communication of options to trustees, senior managers, elected officers, students, staff, and senior executives across institutions with the required insight, tact and the ability to respond to a wide diversity of perspectives and challenges
  • Development of detailed regulator contingency plans for the event that funding couldn’t be secured within the required timescales, including an Orderly Exit Plan from the sector, underpinned by detailed cash flow forecasts
  • Development of a 5-year business plan to support regulatory requirements and a revised Student Protection Plan to underpin the successful outcome and build trust with the regulator.
  • Working with numerous higher education student union bodies providing business diagnostics and interventions dealing with strategic and organisational development, leadership, governance, and performance.
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We have an experienced team who have worked at Chief Executive, Chief Restructuring Officer, Chairman, Turnaround Director, Chief Operating Officer and Non-Executive Director level