Nottingham Conference Centre
With Brexit fast approaching, British universities are scenario-planning for a future which is hard to predict. Their international counterparts are likewise navigating shifting geopolitical sands.
The aim of our sixth International Higher Education Forum, this year under the theme thriving in a shifting global environment, is to help universities develop the strategies they will need to flourish in this context.
We’ll hear from experienced sector professionals, government, and senior representatives from UK and overseas partner organisations. We’ll explore trends, new developments and hear from university leaders about how they craft strategy during this period of unprecedented uncertainty.
EU student recruitment strategy post-Brexit
TEF: the international implications
Outward student mobility and its relationship to widening participation
Diversifying sources of research income
Proving the worth of international higher education to our local communities
Join over 400 colleagues to discuss higher education internationalisation in all its forms.
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Vivienne Stern, Director, Universities UK International
Phil Baty, Editorial Director, Global Rankings, Times Higher Education
Professor Michael Hengartner, President of the University of Zurich and President, swissuniversities
Dr Kyosuke Nagata, President, University of Tsukuba and Vice President, Japan Association of National Universities
Dr Rhonda Lenton, President, York University, Canada
Chris Tremewan, Secretary General, Association of Pacific Rim Universities
Chair: Phil Baty, Editorial Director, Global Rankings, Times Higher Education
In higher education excellence depends on internationalisation. In this session we will look at the impact of differing government approaches to internationalisation on the universities in their territories. We’ll hear from the heads of leading universities in Canada, Japan and Switzerland as well as a senior representative for institutions in the Pacific Rim area. How do policy-makers in their region help and hinder their internationalisation efforts and how do they influence these decision-makers?
Speakers to include:
Professor Jonathan Adams, Chief Scientist, Digital Science
Chair: Professor Cathy Gormley-Heenan, PVC for Research, Ulster University
International collaboration is synonymous with, and integral too, the excellence and impact of research. Given the importance of EU funding streams and partners to UK research collaborations, it is timely to consider how the scale, scope and focus of the UK’s international collaborations can be sustained and enhanced in the post-Brexit environment.
This workshop will focus on questions such as:
How do we ensure that the UK is able to continue working with our collaborators and partners in the EU?
What can government and funders do to better support excellence-based international research collaboration with non-EU partners?
What is the most effective mix of top-down and bottom-up policy and funding mechanisms for a world-class research ecosystem?
How are universities diversifying their base of strategic partners and their funding of international research collaboration?
Professor Rossana Valéria de Souza e Silva, Executive Director, Coimbra Group of Brazilian Universities
Susan Milner, Education Director South East Asia, British Council
Chair: John Bramwell, Director of Higher Education - Americas, British Council
This conversation will be of particular interest to those with partnerships, or looking to develop partnerships, with universities in these countries.
Dr Richard Masterman, Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor For Research Strategy and Performance, University of Nottingham
Professor Cathy Gormley-Heenan, PVC for Research, Ulster University
As Brexit moves closer the uncertainty continues and the stakes for the higher education sector are mounting. Research funding, EU student tuition fees, European staff, initiatives beyond Europe - Brexit places tremendous pressure on university leaders, strategy planners and chief financial officers who must call the most likely scenarios and be ready with plans B and C. And the implications vary according to university mission, degree of exposure to Europe, and location in the UK.
Drawing partly on ESRC-funded research currently being carried out at the Centre for Global Higher Education, this session will explore not just the consequences of Brexit but university capacity, responses and initiatives under conditions that are both fast changing and utterly unprecedented.
Tere Daly, Pro Vice-Chancellor (External Relations), Southampton Solent University
Juliette Sargeant, Director International Relations Unit, University of the Arts London
Chair: Dominic Scott, Chief Executive, UK Council for International Student Affairs
How can small & specialist institutions increase the numbers of their students studying, working and volunteering abroad? What key challenges do these institutions face? Join us to hear from colleagues championing outward student mobility at their institutions – their challenges, successes, and how they are working with UUKi on the Go International: Stand Out campaign.
Laurens Vehmeijer – Analytics Consultant, Studyportals
Carmen Neghina – Head of Intelligence, Studyportals
US students steady, engineering down, distance learning up, Master’s steady…
EU and non-EEA student interest in UK universities has declined substantially when compared to levels of interest in studying in other EU nations. However, that’s just the broadest picture. Dig deeper into the data at country and discipline level and things get more interesting.
This session will explore recruitment trends using Studyportals’ data, based on the search activities of over 29 million prospective students annually, who aim to enrol on average 12-18 months into the future. Using interactive dashboards we will examine the type of live data which can inform universities’ student recruitment strategies, and potentially discover opportunities for (new) higher education programmes.
Speaker: Gordon Slaven, Consultant
Chair: Dr Tania Lima, Director, Global Engagement – King’s Worldwide, King’s College London
Join us to hear the findings of a new report developed as a resource for all UK universities who wish to engage with the plight of displaced people. This includes details of a range of existing higher education initiatives for displaced people in the UK and around the world.
The session will feature an interactive discussion on how the document can be used by institutions working with, or planning to work with, displaced people. By providing a common body of knowledge, information resources and examples, the document aims to assist individual institutions to develop their own strategies and activities, as well as identifying what they can contribute at the national or international level.
Brett Berquist, Director, International, The University of Auckland
Professor Geoff Rodgers, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation), Brunel University London
PGR students play a vital part in university internationalisation. From fostering international partnerships to underpinning research output. How can universities maintain PGR recruitment as we move towards Brexit? And how can they best recruit and work with PGR students to boost research performance?
Small & Specialist
Andy Jones, Director of Learning, Teaching and International, Harper Adams University (theme: partnerships)
Hannah Whiteman, Head of Strategic Research, The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (theme: research collaboration)
Jo Nesbitt, Director, International Office, Southampton Solent University (theme: international student recruitment)
Paula Sanderson, Registrar, SOAS University of London (theme: TNE)
Chair: Gordon McKenzie, CEO, GuildHE
Join experienced practitioners from a range of institutions to discuss challenges and opportunities specific to small and specialist institutions. With a round table format, participants can share best practice and network.
Professor Judith Lamie, Pro Vice-Chancellor: External Affairs, University of Derby
Professor Mohamed Loutfi, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International), Cardiff Metropolitan University
Vincenzo (Enzo) Raimo, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Reading
We look at university internationalisation from an organisational perspective. What’s the best way to structure colleagues involved in internationalisation at your institution? Three universities share their approaches.
We will hear different perspectives on the advantages to UK universities of engaging with the official development assistance (ODA) funding agenda; be that for research initiatives, mobility, industry engagement or capacity building.
Shane McHugh, Head of International, Royal Academy of Engineering
Dr Joanna Newman, Secretary General, Association of Commonwealth Universities
Chair: Professor Jean Grugel, Director of University of York International Development Network, University of York
Patrick Hackett, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool
Professor Ken Neil, Deputy Director – Academic, Glasgow School of Art
Chair: Carolyn Campbell, Senior Consultant, Observatory on Borderless Higher Education
We now have almost twice as many international students studying for UK degrees overseas as international students studying in the UK. Behind these figures we’ve seen diversification of both offer and geography over the last ten years. But what about the next ten? Take a seat in our TNE chatroom as we ask two universities with very different, successful approaches to TNE to gaze into their crystal balls.
Speaker: Paul Raybould, Marketing Director, QS Enrolment Solutions
In this session QS Enrolment Solutions (formerly Hobsons Solutions) will provide initial insights from the 2018 International Student Survey (ISS) in advance of its official launch in April.
This will include the impact of the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) in international student decision making, how prospective students are judging teaching quality based on university academic staff, as well as the latest Brexit and EU TNE insights.
Alongside the session delegates can pre-request a copy of the 2018 ISS report at www.internationalstudentsurvey.com
Lyndell Jacka, Head of Research, IDP
The international education landscape is rapidly changing and sometimes we need to look to the past and present to identify future opportunities. Exploring industry and IDP student data, this presentation will take us on a short journey around the world of international education, highlighting current trends to guide us towards the future.
Professor Janet Beer, President, Universities UK and Vice-Chancellor, University of Liverpool
Geoff Mulgan, Chief Executive, NESTA
Dr Sharon Ellis, Director of International Science & Innovation, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
Ciaran Devane, CEO, British Council
Having opened the day examining other national strategies for higher education, we will end the day discussing potential domestic approaches. How can universities work with government and business to help the UK flourish as an open and welcoming hub post-Brexit? And how can policy-makers maximise the opportunities for one of the UK’s most successful sectors? We will welcome senior speakers from the higher education sector, government and business to give their perspectives on the model post-Brexit international strategy for higher education and research.