Nous adds student experience platform Ziplet to NousCubane

30 May 2024 2 min. read
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Nous Group has added student experience platform Ziplet to its specialist education sector wing NousCubane, with founder and CEO Ben Barnett rejoining the consultancy as a managing director.

Barnett established Ziplet in Melbourne in 2016 after previously spending seven years with Nous as a consultant and principal. The platform has since been used by more than 15,000 institutions in over 120 countries.

Ziplet provides educators with an easy digital solution to enhance student engagement and learning outcomes, such as through ‘check-ins’, goal-setting, reflections and more, which in turn serve to improve instruction.

Nous adds student experience platform Ziplet to NousCubane

“Complexity within the higher education sector only continues to grow,” stated Adam Gray, who was appointed CEO of NousCubane earlier this year. “By bringing Ziplet’s student experience platform together with NousCubane’s bench-marking and analysis capabilities, we are able to help more tertiary institutions make better informed decisions across their organisation.”

Barnett will continue to guide Ziplet’s performance, operations and growth within Nous, with the firm noting the platform would now be able to access greater growth opportunities in the UK, Canada and New Zealand, where the firm has a permanent presence. Ziplet’s existing customers will meanwhile benefit from an accelerated investment in the platform to better support their needs.

Starting life as Loop, the Ziplet platform has had a close alliance with Nous across its journey, with Nous founder and CEO Tim Orton serving as chair since its inception. Barnett said he was delighted to join the NousCubane team; “This move strengthens our commitment to helping clients measure, understand and improve their student experience through our market-leading product.”

Nous said the Ziplet acquisition would further broaden the NousCubane suite of solutions, which has over the past year been expanding beyond its flagship benchmarking program and practice-sharing forum UniForum (which formed part of the Cubane acquisition in 2021) to further include teaching effort benchmarking and higher education market insights and analyses.