20 Tavistock Square
A national one-day conference to examine effective approaches to international student experience post-Brexit . Delegates will discuss what the UK higher education sector as a whole currently looks like for international students, explore what institutions can do to allay student fears and improve social cohesion post-Brexit and examine case studies of successful institutional approaches to international student experience.
The vote to leave the European Union, debate around student migration and a turbulent political climate around the world has added an air of uncertainty and anxiety for international students studying, or considering studying, in the UK.
It is more important than ever for UK universities to deliver a first rate international student experience, and to reassure current and potential international students to the UK. Last year’s Competitive Advantage report showed that the UK was the most recommended major English speaking higher education destination in the world by international students – this conference will examine whether this is still the case, where the UK needs to do better to improve the international student experience in the context of the current climate.
Professor Janet Beer, Vice-Chancellor, University of Liverpool
The vote to leave the European Union, debate around student migration and a turbulent climate around the world has added an air of uncertainty and anxiety for international students studying, or considering studying, in the UK. Professor Janet Beer will consider some of the key issues, before exploring how universities, and the UK higher education sector as a whole, can work to ensure international students continue to have a positive experience of higher education in the UK.
Jayne Aldridge, Director-Services for Students, Kingston University and Executive Director, AMOSSHE (INVITED)
Dr Anthony Manning, Dean for Internationalisation, University of Kent
Last year’s Competitive Advantage report showed that the UK was the most recommended major English speaking higher education destination in the world by international students. Prospective and current international students to the UK are facing a number of uncertainties at the current time, and it is more important than ever for UK universities to deliver a first-rate international student experience, and to reassure them.
To do this, it is imperative that universities implement support systems for international students to provide information and advice and deal with anxieties – even where we don’t have answers to all questions yet. It is also important that universities reach out to prospective students to reassure them that they are still welcome at their university and in the UK.
What can universities do to proactively protect and enhance the international student experience at this uncertain time?
Simon Bullock, Standards and Frameworks Officer, Universities, Quality Enhancement & Standards, and Dr Cathy Kerfoot, Standards and Frameworks Manager, Quality Assurance Agency (QAA)
Web-based companies are selling bespoke assignments to students, enabling cheating on a potentially large scale. This interactive session will look at the work the QAA is leading on to deal with this threat to academic standards, and the steps that the sector can take. We are particularly keen to hear from people supporting students what they feel will be the most effective way of stamping out this exploitative, harmful industry.
Professor Martin Harlow, Vice-Principal (Academic) and Dr Jean Ammar, English Language Tutor, Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) – winners of THE Awards 2016 ‘Outstanding International Student Strategy’ Award
Our project is a targeted intervention in response to the specific challenges international students face when commencing their studies at the RNCM. Our Shared Reading Project develops language skills and cross cultural competences through the use of a series of graded reading books. The project encourages language and social development by exploring literature which covers a wide range of topic areas. The project pairs international students and home students from the same institution. The students chose a book and arrange to meet on a regular basis to discuss what they have read. The project encourages cross-cultural exchanges based on the context of the chosen book, the development of language skills, and an opportunity for friendships to grow. Feedback has shown that international students are able to engage with their new study culture in a more holistic way after participating in the project. The workshop will explore the adoption of some of the principles of the scheme.
Christina Schmidt, International Engagement Coordinator, Edinburgh University Students’ Association
Kathy Wright, Academic Lead for Global Programmes, Higher Education Academy (HEA)
Vivienne Stern, Director, Universities UK International (UUKi)
John de Pury, Assistant Director, Policy, Universities UK
Stephen Williams, Director of NTU Global, Nottingham Trent University
Paul Inman, Pro Vice Chancellor, Oxford Brookes University
Eluned Jones, Director of Student Employability, University of Birmingham
Sue Bennett, Director, Student Careers and Skills, University of Warwick and UK Vice President, Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS)