We’re StudySpy!

55% of recent graduates in New Zealand feel like they made the wrong study decision – that’s literally the majority of students!

StudySpy is a social enterprise with the mission of enabling access to education. We provide students with a free course comparison tool with every course in New Zealand, from apprenticeships to degrees, as well as a free scholarship database with over $70 million worth of scholarship opportunities. We help Aotearoa’s students make informed decisions on their study.

Students search StudySpy over 70,000 times a month! StudySpy is a resource linked to from Government websites, libraries, high schools, tertiary providers and it features in the Government’s new School Leavers’ Toolkit. We’re making tertiary information transparent, accurate, and accessible in homes, schools, and workplaces all over Aotearoa.



How does it work?

For Learners, Parents, Teachers & Careers Advisers

Search and filter 10,000+ courses and scholarships in New Zealand, from Kaitaia to Invercargill. Save your favourite courses and compare their cost, duration, level, entry requirements, course completion rates and employment outcomes (powered by careers.govt.nz). Create your free profile and start searching today!

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For Tertiary Providers

Claim your provider profile to add and edit courses, scholarships, campuses and maintain your brand profile. Use our free, easy-to-use dashboard, or, use our automatic updater. Join New Zealand’s universities, polytechnics, wānanga, private colleges and industry training organisations on StudySpy.

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The StudySpy Story

Before StudySpy, New Zealand’s course information was fragmented and out-of-date across too many websites for students to find easily. To look for eligible scholarships, students often had to pay for 30-day access to a scholarships database (many of which were specifically designed to help students through financial hardship). Meanwhile, many scholarships were going completely un-applied for in New Zealand.

StudySpy began in the summer of 2015/16 from a Wellington flat, after founders Michael and Jarrod wanted to make information on tertiary study more accessible. Michael changed his tertiary degree 3 times after realising what he was studying wasn’t what he wanted to be doing.

After 11 months of negotiation with Government departments, StudySpy received access to the data to build a platform to search and compare courses and scholarships to help students make more informed decisions on one of the biggest decisions in their lives – what they are going to study.

StudySpy receives over 70,000 searches per month and has helped hundreds of thousands of students make more informed decisions on their future.


Michael Watson
Co-founder & Managing Director

Michael changed his tertiary degree three times, and even changed university after realising what he was studying wasn’t what he really wanted to do.

After discovering his passion for technology and business strategy, Michael wanted to create a platform to make information more available for the next generation of students.

After 11 months of negotiation with the government, he got access to the data to make StudySpy a reality.

Jarrod Mosen
Co-founder & Technical Director

Jarrod left high school before getting NCEA Level 1.

He was determined to follow his passion – web development – so he achieved Level 1 via correspondence, before studying web development at a tertiary institution.

Jarrod’s passionate about helping students flourish in tertiary education, particularly ones that, like him, found secondary education difficult.

Ciaran Jack
Experience Director & Head of Brand

Ciaran’s lifelong passion for creative problem solving saw him leave Queenstown to complete an honours degree in design in the creative capital.

Ciaran worked his way up to become a senior marketing and design guru at a leading New Zealand polytechnic.

As Experience Director of StudySpy, Ciaran showcases his years of experience connecting students with learning opportunities, ensuring StudySpy continues to evolve and operate the best it can.

Advisory Board

Dave Cameron
Founder & CEO at LearnCoach, and 2018 Young New Zealander of the Year

Dave is a former-teacher, and founder of LearnCOACH. Dave has grown LearnCOACH to support 150,000 students per year, delivering over 1 million lessons annually – making LearnCOACH New Zealand’s largest tutorial provider.

Dave recently launched New Zealand’s first fully-online school system, where students can sit real assessments through the LearnCOACH website and gain real qualifications. This means any room can become an accredited classroom (e.g. hospital ward, prison cell, or refugee camp). Dave won the 2018 Young New Zealander of the Year award for his work in education.

Sharon Blount
Operations Manager & former Secondary-Tertiary Principal Advisor at Ministry of Education

Sharon has a wealth of experience across the New Zealand education sector. She’s been Operations Manager at multiple TEOs, Secondary-Tertiary Principal Advisor to the Ministry of Education, and advised principals and senior leadership teams on tertiary opportunities for their students. She’s passionate about disengaged youth, and has run alternative education programmes for at-risk learners.

Sharon’s well-versed in tertiary providers’ compliance, moderation, and regulatory requirements. Her comprehension of New Zealand’s education system guides StudySpy to positively impact learners journeying through the education system.

Tony Henderson-Newport
Founder & CEO at PopUp Business School Aotearoa

Tony works with ‘start-up and stay-ups,’ and having worked in the IT space in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Europe, is an experienced project, programme and portfolio manager. Tony has worked with corporates such as Vodafone UK and Vodafone Group, British Gas, and T-Mobile.

While taking sustainable entrepreneurship around New Zealand through the PopUp Business School Aotearoa, Tony also works with Victoria University’s young entrepreneurs in the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp and Masters course for Innovation and Commercialisation.

Michael Elwood-Smith
Director at Loomio

An experienced business leader, strategist and lean startup coach. Michael leads customer development and business coordination at Loomio, a software social enterprise. Loomio is an online place for people to make decisions together and turn talk into action. Michael has provided mentorship and guidance for StudySpy as they grow in understanding of customers and needs, developed an online product to suit, and built a business model for success.

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    StudySpy is a social enterprise with the mission of enabling access to education. Based in Pōneke (Wellington), New Zealand, we’re passionate about helping students make informed decisions on their future.