20 Tavistock Square
This one-day conference is organised by UUK and UUKi in partnership with UKCISA as part of the latter's 50th birthday celebratory events. It is the must attend event for all those in the higher education sector who are interested in, or responsible for, enhancing the international student experience.
The event is an opportunity for delegates to come together and discuss, share and debate successful institutional strategies and examine effective approaches to improving the international student experience in the context of the current climate.
Delegates will discuss what the UK higher education sector currently looks like for international students, explore what institutions can do to mitigate threats to their experience, and examine successful institutional approaches to improving and enhancing their time studying at a UK university.
The issues surrounding international student success are more complex than ever. As progress is made in negotiating the terms of our exit of the European Union, an unstable political climate and the ongoing debates around student migration have fuelled a feeling of doubt and unease for international students studying, or considering studying, in the UK. It is more important than ever to reassure current and potential international students, and to deliver a first-rate international student experience.
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.
During the event delegates will have a chance to hear first-hand from students studying in the UK and abroad about their experiences of being an international student, including what worked and what could have been better.
The day will include a combination of plenary sessions, panels, round table discussions and workshops as well as several networking opportunities, providing delegates with the best opportunity to engage with and learn from the event.
This conference will be useful for staff who have responsibility for or play a part in the international student experience at their university. Relevant job titles include:
Morning chaired by Professor Koen Lamberts, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield and Chair of the UKCISA board
Vivienne Stern, Director, Universities UK International
Lord Karan Bilimoria, Co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on International Students and President of UKCISA
Anders Hagström, Director of Global Educational Affairs, ETH ZURICH
This session will include the release of the UKCISA survey report on international student services followed by a discussion of the key findings. The session will be facilitated by Dominic Scott, Chief Executive, UK Council for International Student Affairs.
Dr Katy Savage, Academic Development Lead (Learning and Teaching), University of Strathclyde
Suzanne Faulkner, Teaching Fellow in Prosthetics and Orthotics, University of Strathclyde
Anne Lee, Adjudication Manager, Office of the independent adjudicator
International students are disproportionately represented in the cases seen at the OIA and especially at higher levels of study. We will share up to date information about trends in the complaints received by the OIA examining whether there are commonalities across the different types of study. We will draw on our casework to explore the variation in expectations about the information and support they should receive. Presenting examples of real students' experiences, we will draw out what can go wrong, and what practical steps a Provider might take to avoid this.
Taking the OIA's examination of trends as a starting point, participants will be invited to consider and share views on whether the OIA's perspective echoes what they have experienced. As well as sharing our perspective, the OIA would like to explore what our data reveals about the complaints which are not made.
Catherine Turhan, International Policy Officer, National Union of Students
This session outlines key findings from a recent year-long UKCISA-funded mixed methods research project that explored the social transition experiences of international doctoral students at two UK universities. The presentation will outline key institutional cultures and policies that impact doctoral students' experiences, along with suggestions for continued support throughout the holistic doctoral experience.
This panel discussion will include speakers from the four nations who will be discussing how universities will meet the challenges of Brexit, in terms of the European student experience.