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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, 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 Kevin Ibeh, Pro-Vice Master (International), Birkbeck, University of London

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

Email: richard.grubb@international.ac.uk

Asia Network 

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

Organiser: Isabel Mealey, Policy Officer, Asia  

Email: isabel.mealey@international.ac.uk

Europe Network

Chair, Higher Education: Natalie Cunningham, Head of Student Mobility, Manchester Metropolitan University

Chair, Research: Dr Andrew Roadnight, European Strategy Development Officer, The University of Warwick

Organiser: Anne-May Janssen, Head of European Engagement

Email: annemay.janssen@international.ac.uk

Latin America Network

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

Organiser: Samanta Bonelli, Policy Officer, the Americas

Email: samanta.bonelli@international.ac.uk 

Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Network

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

Organiser: Joana Westphal, Policy Officer, MENA

Email: joana.westphal@international.ac.uk

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, Associate Director (Global Mobility) & Placements Service Lead, King's College London

Organiser: Catriona Hanks, Outward Student Mobility Lead

Email: outwardmobility@international.ac.uk

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 JISCmail list here.

Chair: Professor Cathy Gormley-Heenan, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research & Impact, Ulster University

Organiser: Rachael Sara-Kennedy, Head of Strategic Partnerships

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


Pro-Vice-Chancellor Network​

Chair: Dr David Pilsbury, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International Development), Coventry University and Wendy Alexander, Vice-Principal (International), University of Dundee

Organiser: Lucy Shackleton, Head of International Engagement (non-EU)

Email: lucy.shackleton@international.ac.uk