UDA is pleased to introduce Nadia Ibrahim-Taney as part of the Dream Maker Program for UDA students.
Nadia studied a degree in the UK and has first-hand knowledge and expertise on how to effectively leverage a British degree in the U.S. job market in order to maximize the chances of landing interviews and negotiating higher salaries.
Nadia Ibrahim-Taney is the founder and principal career coach for Beyond Discovery Coaching. She is an experienced higher education administrator with a prestigious tenure of working with American students in the United States and the United Kingdom.
Nadia founded Beyond Discovery Coaching as a way to combine her previous experience as a British university recruiter representing over 45 UK universities and her current role as a career coach at a U.S. university.
As a career coach, Nadia helps students design happy and fulfilling (dream) careers and mentors students through the transition from university to the professional workplace. Students find her unique insights on resume writing, interview prep and LinkedIn optimization particularly helpful in their job search.
Students are welcome to contact Nadia directly via email in order to learn more about working with her: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can view Nadia’s work on Instagram at @beyonddiscoverycoaching to learn about her career coaching work with students seeking to maximize their career opportunities.
UDA will be hosting a Dream Maker Webinar with Nadia on April 25th 6pm EST for students and their families to learn how Nadia can help with securing their dream career.
UDA at Menaul academy
UDA, with its ever evolving mission to change lives through education, is partnering with Menaul School, an international residential and day school that has served students since 1896. With over 300 days of sunshine in Albuquerque, the academy will offer students year-round training in one of the most beautiful regions of the U.S.
The program is differentiated from other programs of this type as it provides direct routes into higher education institutions that are partnered with UDA in the UK and US.
Lindsey GIlbert, President and Head of Menaul stated, “Menaul School is thrilled by this partnership with UDA. We bring strong “World Smart” academics, a rich and safe residential experience for our students and great athletic facilities based on our 125 years of tradition preparing students to succeed in Mind, Body and Spirit. UDA brings professional level coaching and training for serious young soccer players who also seek to be scholars prepared for university study.”
Brian Haley, Executive Director at UDA stated, “We recognise that similar residential programs exist around the country for aspiring soccer players - what will make this program different is our pathways. UDA has already established several pathways for students aspiring to move directly from the new high school academy into higher education and soccer opportunities in the UK or the USA.”
Haley stated further, “Our goal is to make the academy accessible to all students from across the USA and around the world. Menaul is renowned for its commitment to quality and global education with its student centered focus throughout their learning and living environment. The program’s year-round playing will help students reach their optimal potential while maximizing their opportunities to move into world class higher education institutions at one of UDA’s partner universities.
Laura Hille, International Admission Director stated,"Menaul School has a long history of welcoming students from around the world, and we are excited to continue this tradition into the 21st Century. We want all students to be able to understand the world around them and to find their place in the world at Menaul School. We provide a friendly environment that celebrates our individual students and our collective community of diverse cultures, customs, and perspectives."
The program is set to launch in Sept. 2022, however recruitment is open this summer. To kick off recruitment, UDA will be operating a residential summer camp program from June 20th-28th.
There is an option for International and out-of-state students to take part in a tour of the American Southwest from June 25-28th as part of the UDA-Menaul Experience.
More information about the UDA at Menaul Academy can be found here. Please see the UDA at Menaul Summer Academy for specific information about the summer event, or contact Director of Recruitment, Coach Seamus Reilly at email@example.com.
Save the Date: March 28th 11.00am EST
Program Director and Head Coach Jon Whitney will be holding a webinar for prospective students and families March 28th at 11.00 am EST. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the academy program as well as the experience and value it offers students and families.
During the session, Jon will outline the program's expectations and development opportunities. This is an excellent opportunity to get to know Jon and ask any questions you may have about UDA in order to determine if it is the right fit for you.
Registration for the meet and greet with Jon is now open: Jon Whitney, Head Coach Webinar.
Also on March 28th, at 7:00 pm EST. we are hosting a general UDA at UoG information session. Registration for our general session is now open.
Additional Upcoming Webinar: Sunday March 7th at 11.00am EST
Meet and Greet with Shandin Richard-Hughes from the University of Gloucestershire Admissions to learn about all aspects of the university, accommodation, visa, courses, and life at UoG and more!
Registration for the meet and greet with Shandin is now open: Meet and Greet with UoG International Admissions.
We recently interviewed Sameer Seth, the Recruitment Coordinator for UDA in India and the Director of Inter State. As Director, Seth works to provide students opportunities for a life changing experience as they seek a degree programme in the UK. During our time together we asked him about the academy program at the University of Gloucestershire.
You have worked with Tommy Taylor in India, the head of the UDA at UoG academy. Can you tell prospective students a little about Tommy and what to expect?
“Tommy has had quite a long spell in coaching young players in India. During his time in the Punjab, he has offered valuable insights in coaching and mentoring not just young players but coaches as well. His main efforts have been towards establishing firm and bold structures which support the development of football in India, especially for U18s." Seth added, “Students coaching with Tommy can expect a total commitment, desire, passion, skill development and constructive feedback on training. They will also experience innovative sessions, and the opportunity to progress in football at a national level”
How do students interested in the programme learn more from Inter State on possible enrolment?
“Inter State acts as a bridge or a pathway to great UDA Academic & Sport opportunities available around the world. Students in India will get detailed information on what routes would be available for them to enrol for these programmes. We will guide students on all steps, prior and post their course completion through our strategic partners.” Seth continued, “Inter State will also introduce short experiences like tailored football tours and showcase events in the UK. These events will give students an exposure to the UDA facilities at the University of Gloucestershire Campus, the game, and the culture of the country. In India, Inter State will host recruitment camps at select locations to offer opportunities for Indian players to interact with professional coaches and academics from the UK. We feel this will help them in making the right career decisions.”
What benefits do you see for Indian students, given the new graduate extension scheme programme, allowing students to work in the UK after graduation?
“I feel that students will tend to gain a lot with the new graduate extension scheme. Expected to begin in summer 2021, international students who have successfully completed an undergraduate or master’s degree will be able to benefit from two years’ work experience in the UK upon graduation. I feel it is a great way for international students to access the lucrative UK labour market while working at any skill level or without any thresholds on the salary offered. It also allows those qualified under this scheme to gain permanent residency in the UK.”
Tell us a little about Inter State and the opportunity it provides for students from India to study in the UK.
“We set up Inter State with a view to promote professional football training programmes in the Indian market. To this effect we collaborated with the UDA Football Academy as our partner and it was the perfect fit. Our product which is currently being offered in India is a unique blend of football professional training along with a university degree, both programs being delivered in the UK. We feel this combination offers fantastic development opportunities for young players and students. Our professional team includes a Sports Director, Recruitment Director, and a Marketing Head while our offices are based in both countries, the UK and India.”
Sameer can be reached at Sseth@udauk.org
The UDA program at the University of Gloucestershire (UOG) is launching its spring recruitment initiative starting January 2021 starting in Orange County CA (Jan 15th-17th and Feb19th -21st), Austin Tx (Feb 12-14th) and Roanoke VA (March 12th-14th).
The program will offer prospective students the opportunity to earn an undergraduate or graduate degree of their choice while playing year round with professional coaching staff who have played and managed in the English professional leagues.
For students who cannot attend the preferred in person recruitment event UDA will conduct live online recruitment webinars. The recruitment webinars will be limited to 8 students and families per online webinar event.
Register here: Live online webinar recruitment event
We offer several dates and it is limited to 8 families per webinar event.
For more information on the in person or online recruitment events please contact:
Dr. Brian Haley
UDA is delighted to announce the launch of its UK academy at the University of Gloucestershire, September 2021. The academy will follow the success of the UDA Academy at the University of Chester, which is now running at capacity.
The UDA Academy at the University of Gloucestershire has been created in response to students and families seeking an opportunity for an integrated university experience within a professional football development program. The UDA Academy at the University of Gloucestershire recruitment will meet the needs of aspiring football student-athletes, specifically from Asia.
The University of Gloucestershire Academy will be headed by former Professional League Managers and Players, Programme Director Jon Whitney and Head of Coaching Tommy Taylor.
Whitney played at Huddersfield Town and Hull City with over 200 league games and Taylor played at West Ham United and Leyton Orient making over 600 league appearances. They both managed in the Football League at Walsall and Leyton Orient, Cambridge, and Peterborough respectively.
The programme will include year-round playing of a carefully selected schedule of games against a variety of opposition from youth academy professional teams, semi professional teams as well as university teams in the region.
The educational timetable of the students will be coordinated to ensure success in the classroom and on the field. Twice per year players will receive formative feedback in order to ensure their continued development.
UDA will also provide additional student support, outside of what international students already receive at the University of Gloucestershire. Student Support Officer, Paul Nichols will work closely with the Assistant Program Director to ensure students' welfare and maintain that they are fully connected to their academic studies. Additionally, Nichols will monitor class attendance and provide general academic support for student's success and ensure a positive experience as they work towards their graduation.
The programme is expected to open in September 2021 and interested students should contact UDA International Recruitment Director, Coach Seamus Reilly at firstname.lastname@example.org for application details to the Academy and the University of Gloucestershire.