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Networks and specialist communities


Our networks bring together staff from across the UK higher education sector with a shared interest in a specific world region or thematic area of university internationalisation.  

Network meetings provide a forum for participants to share best practice, to discuss specific issues, challenges and emerging opportunities, and help to ensure that Universities UK International accurately reflects UK universities' priorities in relation to specific world regions and thematic areas of activity.  

Regional networks 

Our regional networks typically meet twice a year. Between meetings participants receive email updates providing information and advice on specific issues, together with details of new opportunities and invitations to take part in occasional surveys and consultations.  

The regional networks are open to UK university staff working in internationalisation, partnership, recruitment and related international functions focusing on each network's region. We also encourage participation from international directors, regional managers, international officers, and pro-vice-chancellors for internationalisation. Register your interest here.  

Mostafa Al-MossallamiAfrica and Development Network

Chair: Professor Jeremy Kilburn, Senior VP, University of Aberdeen

Organiser: Mostafa Al-Mossallami, Development Policy and Partnerships Manager

Email: mostafa.al-mossallami@international.ac.uk   

Joseph TaylorAsia Network

Chair: Professor Dave Petley, Vice-President for Research and Innovation, University of Sheffield

Organiser: Joseph Taylor, Senior Policy Officer, Asia

Email: joseph.taylor@international.ac.uk   

Stephanie KleynhansEurope Network

Chair, Higher Education: Mark Anderson, Director of Europe Office, Glasgow Caledonian University

Chair, Research: Gill Wells, Head of European Team, University of Oxford

Organiser: Stephanie Kleynhans, Policy Officer, Europe

                               Email: stephanie.kleynhans@international.ac.uk  

Safia ThiouneLatin America Network

Chair: Ms Jackie Dunne, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Access and Lifelong Learning), University of Wolverhampton

Organiser: Safia Thioune, Policy Officer, Americas

Email: safia.thioune@international.ac.uk  

Emily JudsonMiddle East and North Africa (MENA) Network

Chair: Professor Stephen Shute, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Planning and Resources), University of Sussex

Organiser: Emily Judson, Policy Officer, Middle East and North Africa

Email: emily.judson@international.ac.uk


Thematic networks

Outward Mobility Network

For individuals working in outward student mobility in higher education, be it in study, work or volunteering abroad. Regular updates and consultations are sent out to the network via a private JISCmail list.   

Chair: Tom Atterson, Head of Global Mobility, King's College

Organiser: Catriona Hanks, Outward Student Mobility - Policy Lead

                               Email: outwardmobility@international.ac.uk

International Research Development Network (IRDN)

The International Research Development Network is intended to provide a forum for staff at UK Universities to learn more about funding opportunities for international research collaboration and partnership development - outside of EU research and innovation framework programmes and structural funds - and with a particular focus on the Newton Fund and GCRF. To become a member, please subscribe here​ 

                              Chair: Dr Geoff Proffitt, Director of Knowledge Economy, Swansea University

                              Organiser: Rachael Sara-Kennedy, Head of International Partnerships

                              Email: rachael.sara-kennedy@international.ac.uk


Pro-Vice-Chancellor Network

Chair: Professor Stephen Flint, Associate VP, Internationalisation, University of Manchester

Organiser: Sean O'Connor, Head of International Engagement (non-EU)

Email: sean.oconnor@international.ac.uk