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, 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 and thematic networks 

Our networks typically meet twice a year. Between meetings participants receive emai​l 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 networks are open to UK university staff working in internationalisation, research, partnership development, recruitment and related international functions. We particularly encourage participation from international directors, regional managers, research development managers, and pro-vice-chancellors for internationalisation. Please see below for details of the different networks:

Sub-Saharan Africa Network

Chair: Professor Richard Follett, Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor & Associate Vice President (International), University of Sussex

Organiser: Richard Grubb, Senior Policy Officer, Sub-Saharan Africa & International Development


Asia Network 

Chair: Mr Tim Steele, Pro-Vice Chancellor International, University of Wolverhampton

Organiser: Alan Gregory, Policy Officer, Asia  


Europe Network

Chair: Saskia Loer Hansen, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Engagement), Aston University

Organiser: Peter Mason, Head of International Engagement (Europe, Research & Innovation)


Latin America Network

Chair: Professor Neville Wylie, Deputy Principal, University of Stirling

Organiser: Fernanda Massaccesi, Policy Officer, the Americas


Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Network

Chair: Jo Purves, Pro-Vice Chancellor for International and Regional Partnerships, University of Salford

Organiser: Joana Westphal, Policy Officer, MENA


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: Mehvish Ashfaq, Assistant Director & Head of Global Mobility and Experience, Ulster University 

Organiser: Catriona Hanks, Outward Student Mobility Lead


International Research Development Network (IRDN)

For staff at UK Universities involved in supporting international research collaboration and partnership development outside of the EU research and innovation framework programmes and structural funds. Update emails are disseminated to the Network periodically, providing members with news and alerts about funding opportunities or developments within existing schemes for international research collaboration. To become a member of the Network, please request to join via the private Microsoft Dynamics list here.

Chair: Professor Taraneh (Tara) Dean, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise), University of Brighton

Organiser: Dajana Dzanovic, Head of Strategic Partnerships 



Pro-Vice-Chancellor Network​

Chair: Rachel Sandison, Vice Principal, External Relations, University of Glasgow and Professor Saul Tendler, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost, University of York

Organiser: Stephanie Harris, Head of International Engagement (non-EU)