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A one-day seminar to examine effective approaches to improve the international student experience in the context of the current climate. The event is an opportunity for people in the HE sector who are interested in or responsible for enhancing the international student experience to come together and discuss, share and debate successful institutional strategies.
Alongside our annual Enhancing Student Experience Conference, this year we will be hosting a one day seminar focusing on International Students and the complex issues surrounding their success.
As we start negotiating our exit of 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.
The day will be focused on highlighting case studies, examples of best practice and successful strategies to help delegates gain the knowledge they need to make changes and improvements in their institutions.
Receive a discount when you book for your place for this event along with a place at our Enhancing the student experience conference on 13 December.
We have a range of sponsorship opportunities available at this event. Please contact Rachael Firth, Head of Events and Conferences for information. tel: 020 7419 5402; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vivienne Stern, Director, Universities UK International
Professor Elizabeth Treasure, Vice-Chancellor, Aberystwyth University
Arriving as a new vice-chancellor at Aberystwyth University in April, Professor Elizabeth Treasure was very impressed with the work that was embedded in the institution concentrating on student experience. She will describe the unique characteristics of the ‘Aber’ student experience drawing on data generated by the students themselves. She will describe to you the factors that the students value most and how the whole university, and particularly the academic staff, work closely with individual students to ensure that they make the most out of their time in Aberystwyth.
Dominic Scott OBE, Chief Executive, and Julie Allen, Director of Policy and Services, UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA)
In 2015, the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) introduced a small grant scheme offering up to £2,000 for members to run projects and up to £5,000 to carry out research. The result is a bank of 24 completed projects, 8 research reports with a further 11 projects and 6 pieces of research completing in 2018. The topics cover most aspects of the international student experience including mental health, student safety, teaching and learning and transition to the UK together with recruitment practices and student employability. Julie Allen and Dominic Scott from UKCISA will highlight a few of the projects and research which delegates across the sector can use and adapt in their own institutions.
Yinbo Yu, International Students Officer, National Union of Students (NUS)
This session will explore the opportunities and challenges for partnerships between institutions and Students’ Unions in improving the student experience for international students. It will reflect on the discussions from the National Union of Students’ International Student Leaders Conference and provide case studies of innovation in this area.
Professor Koen Lamberts, Chair of the Board, UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA), and Vice-Chancellor and President, University of York
How do we ensure international students engage with extra-curricular activities?
How do we internationalise the experience of domestic students and integrate them into international activities on campus?
What are the barriers to integration?
Christian Adams, International Student Adviser, Imperial College London
The International Student Support team have been managing the Graduate Entrepreneur Scheme at Imperial for 5 years. Due to increasing government interest in entrepreneurs and Imperial’s strategy to increase entrepreneurial activity, the team has made some changes to how we approach this scheme. The aim is to provide a dedicated International Entrepreneur Programme managed within the College which is more aligned with some of the other entrepreneurial activity which is already being undertaken, and to ensure this route provides a good platform for our top international entrepreneurs to develop their business.
Anne Bentley, Student Counselling Team Leader, University of Plymouth
Dr Chris Little (Learning Developer & Teaching Fellow), Karen Manley (International Student Support Co-Ordinator) and Chris Hargreaves (International Student Support Officer), Keele University
The Skills4Keele project developed a suite of four learning resources delivered solely to new international students at Keele University.
This suite includes a live, interactive, ‘readiness for HE’ self-audit lecture utilising voting software Mentimeter, and three online learning resources targeting academic writing, revision techniques and orientation to Keele. These online resources will be available to share with colleagues and can be viewed at www.tinyurl.com/skills4keelehome.
This seminar will detail the resources themselves and share some of the data gathered around international transitions into HE over three academic years.