Area of expertise provided as part of the CIS Affiliated Consultant Network:
- Independent University Counselling
David Hawkins is an experienced college and university guidance counsellor with expertise in a wide range of international university admissions systems. A graduate of the University of Oxford and a former GCSE, iGCSE, A Level, and IB History teacher, David has served as a college counsellor in the UK and supported students in university applications to the US, UK, Canada, and Europe, among many others. Now based in the southwest of England and working with Syzygy Global Education, David provides independent counselling services to students and families around the world, particularly those looking for support in applications to the UK (including Oxbridge and Medicine), the US, and multi-country applications involving a range of different application systems.
Previously head of College and Careers Counselling at the International School of Brussels and head of Careers at Taunton School, David has expertise in advising students in British, IB and American-patterned schools. He is well versed in guiding students through the subject choice process from Grade 10/Year 11 onwards.
Having served as a member of the Council of International School’s Guidance Committee and the Committee for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, David has been very engaged with the work of the Council of International Schools. He is currently a member of the Government Relations Committee of the International Association for College Admissions Counselling and thus has considerable expertise and connections among the global college counselling and university admissions communities.
David’s connections with schools locally, nationally, and internationally make him a favoured choice for many schools when recommending an independent counsellor, understanding the importance of an open and honest relationship between the school-based and independent counsellor to best serve the needs of students. David regularly supports schools with training and recruiting new college counsellors, as well as supporting counsellors around the world with issues pertinent to his areas of specialism.