There are few moments in modern history in which student mobility has been as globally disrupted as it has been this year.
Mobility teams have dealt with a huge range of challenges, from the repatriation and support of students already abroad when Covid-19 hit, to the disruption of planned mobility and the need to find alternative opportunities for students with compulsory periods of international experience.
Paired with these challenges is existing uncertainty around European mobility after the UK’s exit from the European Union.
In light of the UK's exit from the European Union and Covid-19 pandemic, this conference will look at how institutions can explore opportunities and challenges for mobility in turbulent times.
It will explore:
the reconfiguring of our relationship with Europe and how we can continue to support European mobility within or outside of the next Erasmus+ programme.
building sustainable mobility
crisis management in international mobility
the development of virtual mobility
Most of all, the conference is an opportunity to reflect on the challenges and successes of the last year and discuss strategies for the future, to enable students to continue to benefit from life-changing international opportunities while we are operating and cooperating in uncertain environments.
Our Go International programme helps implement the UK Strategy for Outward Mobility. It works with UK higher education institutions, the Erasmus+ National Agency for the UK, sector agencies, careers services, employer representatives, overseas governments and professional, statutory and regulatory bodies to achieve the strategy's objectives.
Representing the UK higher education sector collectively, Go International works to increase participation in outward student mobility by:
providing an annual overview of mobility data and trends among UK participants, including the type and length of mobility being accessed, the demographics of participation and the most common destinations
supporting higher education staff to promote and deliver outward mobility programmes through a range of professional development events around the UK and an annual conference
delivering a diverse programme of research in collaboration with other sector agencies, providing quantitative and qualitative evidence of the benefits of mobility to UK higher education students
sharing knowledge and good practice across the sector through a biannual mobility network, involving over 70 higher education institutions and related organisations
Professor Colin Riordan, President and Vice-Chancellor, Cardiff University (chair)
Speaker to be confirmed
Iain Patton, Chief Executive,The Alliance for Sustainability Leadership in Education (EAUC)
Wim Gabriels, Project Coordinator, Erasmus Student Network
Ailsa Lamont, Director and Founder, Pomegranate Global
Vivienne Stern, Director, Universities UK International (UUKi)
Ian Wiggins, Director of the York-Maastricht Partnership, University of York
Alejandra Vicencio, International Partnerships Manager, Northumbria University
Strategic relationships with European partners will be increasingly important for the Future of Mobility post Brexit. York and Northumbria Universities have both developed successful partnerships with Dutch Universities (Maastricht University and Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, respectively) using very different approaches. In this session Ian Wiggins (Director of the York-Maastricht Partnership) and Alejandra Vicencio (International Partnerships Manager at Northumbria) will talk about their experiences in delivering these partnerships, the lessons they have learned in doing so, and the advantages and disadvantages of the different approaches they have taken. The session will also look at the impact of Brexit on European partnerships, and on the differences in partnerships founded first on a research or education (TNE) basis.
Anne May Janssen, Head of European Engagement, Universities UK International
Dimitra Boutsioukis, Senior International Mobility Manager, Newcastle University
Physical mobility remains the most effective way to develop important global skills, however, we cannot ignore the challenges that come with it. The impact of mobility on our climate creates competing and contradicting strategies (sustainability vs. international experience); and how do we ensure that students from all backgrounds have the opportunity to benefit from those opportunities?
Virtual Exchanges can be used to innovate mobility, ensuring that more students can experience international mobility and providing a more environmentally sustainable mobility experience. This session will give an overview of different models for Virtual Exchange and how International Offices can engage with academic colleagues to create those opportunities.
Professor Colin Riordan took up the post of president and vice-chancellor at Cardiff University on 1 September 2012. Previously he was vice-chancellor of the University of Essex, having been appointed in October 2007. He moved to Essex from Newcastle University, where he had been Pro vice-chancellor and provost of the faculty of humanities and Social Sciences since August 2005.
Professor Riordan is chair of The Conversation (UK), a council member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities and a Board member of the Edge Foundation. He is a fulbright commissioner and chairs Universities UK’s Outward Student Mobility Board.
Wim Gabriels is Project and Policy Officer at the Erasmus Student Network with a focus on Inclusion and Social Impact of International Student Mobility. He gained experience in European Project Management and Student Support as International Relations Officer at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium.
Wim combines his expertise in the field of Higher Education with a degree in Strategic Communication and Media Sociology at the University of Antwerp. Active in the field of Diversity and Inclusion and Community Engagement, Wim strives to make Internationalisation of Education contribute to society.
After 25 years of professional experience in international education, including International Director and Pro Vice-Chancellor International roles at three Australian universities, Ailsa founded Pomegranate Global in 2016 to guide the education sector to take action on climate change.
She has since trained with The Climate Reality Project, former US Vice President Al Gore’s foundation to catalyse a global solution to the climate crisis. In 2019 she co-founded CANIE: Climate Action Network for International Educators, a grassroots initiative by international education practitioners who see the need and the opportunity to step up and take greater action on climate.
Vivienne is the Director of Universities UK International (UUKi) which represents UK universities around the world and works to enable them to flourish internationally.
Vivienne has over 20 years’ experience of working in higher education policy and politics at national and international level.
She is a member of several boards and advisory committees, including the Education Sector Advisory Group of the Department for Education /Department for International Trade; the Board of UKRI’s Fund for International Collaboration; the British Council’s Education Advisory Group.
She is a graduate of the University of Cambridge, where she studied English Literature.
Alejandra has been working in International Education for nearly 20 years in several countries in the Americas and in the UK. Her research focus is the value of internationalising higher education as a development tool.
In the last 10 years she has developed international partnerships and projects for three higher education institutions in the UK and has recently led the centralisation of international mobility for Northumbria University which resulted in a dramatic increase in outward mobility. Alejandra also works for Chevening scholarships as a Regional Assessor and EAIE as a Mentor. She has presented at international conferences such as NAFSA and EAIE.
Sarah has been working in student mobility for over 15 years, having previously worked in other international roles within the private and public sectors. Sarah is responsible for the strategic direction of Study Abroad at Liverpool and overseeing the work of the Study Abroad Team.
Also, a member of the UUKi Outward Mobility Network Working Group on Risk Management and along with the rest of the Liverpool Study Abroad Team, have co-ordinated the emergency response for several hundred Liverpool students who were abroad at the time the COVID-19 pandemic arose in the first quarter of 2020.
Anne-May leads Universities UK International (UUKi) European policy and engagement activity, working to maximise the sector’s profile, impact and visibility in Brussels and in other European countries.
Before joining UUKi, Anne-May worked at Neth-ER where she represented the Dutch knowledge field in Brussels. In particular, she represented the interests of the Netherlands Federation of University Medical Centres and Nuffic, the Dutch organisation for international education which includes the Dutch Erasmus+ National Agency. She previously worked at the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports in The Hague.
She holds an MSc in Public Policy and Human Development, a BA in European Studies and a Bachelor of Business Administration.
Naquita Lewis is a Senior Consultant at the British Council, responsible for the strategic management of Erasmus+ Higher Education at the UK’s Erasmus+ National Agency. Naquita previously worked at the UK’s Quality Assurance Agency for higher education, originally in the International Team and later as QAA’s Business Development Manager.
Naquita has also worked in international education in both HE and FE, developing the outward mobility platform at Cardiff Metropolitan University, and managing the Cambridge English Exam Centre at Cardiff and Vale College.
Eduardo has over 11 years’ experience in international higher education. At Goldsmiths, he oversees the incoming Study Abroad programme and the Go Abroad programme creating opportunities for students to gain international experience through Erasmus, short term summer mobility and virtual global opportunities.
Previously Eduardo worked at the British Council delivering the Language Assistants programme and helping to create and manage Generation UK-India which supported over 1000 students to study and work in India. Having experienced the benefits of studying and work abroad first-hand, Eduardo is passionate about widening participation and ensuring that international opportunities are inclusive and accessible to all.
Commended by his school Headmaster for being able to spell the word ‘environment’, Iain became the first dedicated Sustainability Officer in a UK college. After that, he led university sustainability networking by helping to establish the EAUC. Soon Iain became the EAUC’s first Chief Executive and is the face of the EAUC.
Today the EAUC is know as the Sustainability Leadership Alliance and works tirelessly to bring together, inspire and support its network of 5000 members to make sustainability ‘just good business’.