Spending time overseas is exciting, it broadens perspectives, but it isn’t easy. The ability to cope with challenging circumstances and the development of soft skills is what, in part, makes international experiences so enriching. We know that students who study, work and volunteer abroad are likely to have better academic and employment outcomes. Join us on 10 May at Stand Out: Strategies for Success, the Go International 2018 conference to join the discussion to help shape the future of outward mobility.
Countries around the world are investing heavily in outward student mobility to help internationalise their next generations. But in the UK, only 6.6% of UK students currently go abroad as part of their studies. Our fourth annual conference will demonstrate how the UK higher education sector is working collectively to address this deficit.
In 2017, Universities UK International launched the Go International: Stand Out campaign. In partnership with universities, sector bodies, government, employers and international partners, the campaign aims to double the percentage of UK undergraduate students who study, work or volunteer abroad as part of their studies by 2020.
The Stand Out: Strategies for Success conference gives delegates the chance to:
- Find out what universities are pledging towards the 2020 goal
- Meet key campaign stakeholders
- Learn about the widening participation agenda at the campaign’s heart
- Discuss how to incentivise and market mobility in a challenging political and economic context
- Consider what more can be done to reach historically underrepresented groups.
UUKi will also unveil new materials to help spread key campaign messages, including a downloadable digital toolkit of promotional materials and new research into the impact of mobility for underrepresented groups.
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Professor Colin Riordan, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, Cardiff University
Vicky Ford MP, Conservative, Member of Parliament for Chelmsford, former MEP for East of England & Single Market Chair
Caroline Chipperfield, Business Development Director, University Partnership Programme
Sarah Holt, Head of Strategic Partnerships, Student.com
International: Stand Out campaign aims to double the percentage of students
that study, work or volunteer overseas by 2020. We open the conference by
hearing from individuals and organisations, from politicians to funders, who
are coming together to support universities in this effort.
Charlie Ball, Head of Higher Education Intelligence, Graduate Prospects
The UK is undergoing a period of profound change in its international relationships. What does this mean for students and graduates and their career options? How will it affect the UK graduate labour market and demand for UK students? And will working overseas be as attractive for UK students and their employers? Join labour market specialist Charlie Ball to look at the data and discuss how our students can adapt to the UK’s new status.
Dan Hurley, Policy Manager, Universities UK
International is an annual publication that explores academic and employment
outcomes for mobile graduates compared to their non-mobile peers. This year’s report
takes a closer look at the impact of short-term mobility. This session will exclusively
reveal the findings of the report. Dan Hurley, UUK’s Policy Manager, will present
the headline facts and stats. Printed copies of the report will be available.
Chair: Emma Meredith, International Director, Association of Colleges
Siân Holleran, International Coordinator, ColegauCymru
Shona Pettigrew, Head of External Funding and International Activities, New College Lanarkshire
Around 25% of
UK higher education is delivered in colleges and many colleges hold the Erasmus
Charter for Higher Education. The mobility offer at colleges is diverse, with
VET, Youth and HE mobility all on offer across varied disciplines. So, what can
universities learn from colleges? This session will focus on how colleges
support students onto mobility. The panel will also share examples of how they
help students link their mobility experience to job prospects and applications.
Anne Hudson, Insurance Manager, Northumbria University
Alejandra Vicencio, International Partnerships & Mobility Manager,
information sharing via social media or the news raises concern from students
and parents on the safety of international activities that universities actively
promote. So, how can an institution manage travel safety holistically, across
all faculties and professional teams in an era of uncertainty? This session
will highlight initiatives developed by Northumbria. These practices support
overseas placements; provide proactive preparation for a positive long-term
student experience; and meet the evolving governance demands of regulators,
stakeholders and local communities.
Chair: Megan Dunn, Senior Policy Adviser, Equality Challenge Unit
Gedminte Mikulenaite, Policy Officer (Mental Health in
Higher Education), Universities UK
Lydia Pell, Deputy Head of Student Counselling and Mental
Health Service, City, University of London
matters and universities play an important role for students’ mental wellbeing.
Students that suffer from mental health difficulties shouldn’t be discouraged
from participating in mobility opportunities. The Equality Challenge Unit’s (ECU) Megan Dunn
(Senior Policy Adviser) will chair this session looking at mental health
support for mobile students. Universities UK’s Policy Officer (Mental Health in
Higher Education) will provide an overview of the #StepChange work that
addresses why mental health needs to be an institution-wide, strategic
priority. We will then hear from institutions that excel in providing mental
health support how this provision can be extended to students while they’re
Charmaine Valente, Funding Information Partners Account
Manager, Student Loans Company
Elissa Williams, Global Education Manager, Keele University
This workshop would benefit
any staff that promote or process the study abroad programmes at English institutions. During this session delegates will gain an overview of Erasmus
funding, travel grants, an understanding on how updates are disseminated to
institutions together with the guidance and process for payments to students.
Katie Allinson, Outward Mobility Researcher, Universities UK International
Pete Mercer, Head of Public Sector Membership Programmes, Stonewall
The number of
students going abroad is rising each year. However, not all students in the UK
participate in mobility at the same rate. Lower participation rates in mobility
are often the result of financial, social, cultural and geographical barriers. Katherine
Allinson will share findings from UUKi’s report that revealed the extent to
which students from disadvantaged groups participate in mobility programmes.
She will also share key recommendations for institutions to widen access to
study, work and volunteer abroad programmes. Katherine will then hand over to
Pete Mercer from Stonewall who will talk about supporting LBGT students when
they go overseas.
Claire Belkadi, Head of Study Abroad, University of Birmingham
Gail Armistead, Associate Director, Office of Global Engagement, University of Nottingham
Universities of Birmingham and Nottingham are currently working on a joint
project to identify and assess ways to support students from initial enquiry
about mobility to post experience reflections. In this interactive workshop,
speakers will reflect on their work so far utilising digital platforms and
online learning to broaden access to international programmes from
under-represented groups and to support students throughout their experiences
to maximise their learning opportunities and their career development. By the
end of the session, participants will have discovered a holistic approach to
mobile student support and gathered methods and systems to increase
participation levels and engagement in mobility programmes.
Jacqueline Armit, Deputy Head of Global Mobility, King's College London
Jacqui Boulton, Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care, King's College London
Andrew Kidals, Careers & Employability, King's College London
More than 1,800
King’s students went global in 2016, through health electives, field trips,
study abroad, internships, traineeships, teaching placements and study tours.
King’s Stand Out pledge is varied and ambitious and requires an acceptance that
one-size-does-not-fit-all. Speakers from the Global Mobility Office, Careers
& Employability and one of our faculties will show the variation in
approach required to meet the different needs of King’s student body.
Steven Hutt, Head of Outward Mobility, British Council China
Since the launch of the Generation UK – China campaign in 2013, the British Council has been working with government, universities and business to boost the number of young people in the UK gaining experience in China. In 2017, approximately 10,000 young British nationals gained experience in China, a 70 per cent increase on numbers prior to the launch of the campaign five years ago. However, more needs to be done to ensure that the UK's future graduates are confident and culturally astute in engaging with China. This session will report on the latest trends, challenges and opportunities relating to outward mobility to China and share findings on the impact of associated programmes on student participants.
Chair: Celia Partridge, Assistant Director, Partnerships and Mobility, Universities UK International
Sue Bennett, Director, Student Careers and Skills, University of Warwick
Philip Candice, Director of Public Policy, Huawei Technologies UK & Ireland Office
Neil Carberry, Managing Director, People & Infrastructure, Confederation of British Industry
Sandra Kerr OBE, Race Equality Director, Business in the Community
Elliot Howells, Technical Solutions Professional, Microsoft
that students that spend time overseas while studying for an undergraduate
degree are 24% less likely to be unemployed and 9% more likely to be in a
graduate job six months after graduation. So, what are the benefits of employing
graduates with international experience? Our panel share why they value
graduates that have a global perspective, and what they (or their members) do
to foster these ‘global skills’ from recruitment and throughout careers.
Celia Partridge, Assistant Director, Partnerships and Mobility,
Universities UK International
Over half the
universities UUKi represents signed up to the Go International: Stand Out campaign
within six months of the official launch. Many more institutions and wider
organisations are eager to partner and support students to go abroad. We will
celebrate the work the sector has done so far and thank everyone that has taken a step that
will ultimately help us reach the national target by 2020. The
conference will close with the premiere of our new campaign video, created in
partnership with Student.com.
Celia Partridge, Assistant Director, Partnerships and Mobility, Universities UK International
Gail Armistead has nearly 20 years of experience in the field of study abroad and exchange and has presented internationally on the topic of inter-cultural awareness relating to outward mobility. Her interest in the topic was initially fuelled by her own reverse culture shock after her year abroad in Japan and she continues to share her learning with students and staff across higher education. She has been at the University of Nottingham for the last 13 years leading on the implementation of the university's global engagement strategy and has overseen an increase in participation in study abroad by more than 30% in the past 5 years.
Jacqueline Armit started her career in higher education in 2004, and since joining King's College London in 2011 has been involved with international education and student mobility, starting off in the King's Brazil Institute and then joining the Global Mobility team in 2014. In her current role she oversees the delivery of in- and outbound study abroad and staff mobility programmes, assists the Head of Department in strategic planning, and has a particular remit for ensuring robust data capture mechanisms to improve College-wide internal reporting on overseas mobility and to assist with external statutory returns.
Dr Charlie Ball is the Head of Higher Education Intelligence at Graduate Prospects, the sector agency charged with the support of higher education careers and employability provision, and where he is the specialist on UK graduate employment and the skilled jobs market.
Charlie publishes and speaks extensively on all issues on the graduate and postgraduate labour market, and works extensively with quantitative data on graduates.
He is a member of steering groups and advisory boards for a number of sector organisations, including Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS), Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and the Office of National Statistics, as well as sitting on the Institute of Student Employers' research advisory group. He works with many other organisations and on numerous projects with an interest in graduate employment and employability, regionally and nationally and is a Fellow of the National Institute for Career Education and Counselling (NICEC). He is currently involved in the development of the new Graduate Outcomes survey of graduates, in the Office for National Statistics update of the national Standard Occupational Classification systems and in cross-sector initiatives on understanding graduate occupational shortages
Sue Bennett is Director of Student Careers and Skills at the University of Warwick and Vice President of Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS). She has worked in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.
Sue leads services for students' scholarship and employability: careers education; job search; academic study programmes; e-portfolio; research; enterprise; volunteering; employer relations; internships, placements. 33% of Warwick's students are international (non-UK/EU), so we have a dedicated careers guidance/employer liaison team
Jacqui Boulton is a Nurse, Midwife, Medical Anthropologist and Senior Teaching Fellow. She is passionate about facilitating opportunities for students to experience health care in different contexts. Her role as lead for student mobility affords many opportunities to promote this aim. She also leads the Global Health Module and has started a Global Health Forum in the Faculty. By experiencing and critically reflecting upon sickness and healthcare delivery from a global perspective, Jacqui believes the core values and skills at the heart of nursing will be greatly enhanced.
Jacqui Is also a trustee of a charity in Sierra Leone and a Nursing advisor within the Kings' /Sierra Leone partnership
Philip has worked at Huawei Technologies for seven years and is currently Director of Public Policy for Huawei UK and Ireland. This works includes directing and designing the Huawei UK & Ireland ‘Seeds for the Future’ programme which sends talented science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) undergraduates to China each summer for technical, corporate and cultural training. Before joining Huawei, Philip worked at Ofcom, the UK’s communications regulator, leading on its international engagement activities with international business, overseas regulators and governments. Prior to this Philip worked at the Independent Television Commission, ITV and Reuters in a variety of public affairs roles.
Neil Carberry is Managing Director of People and Infrastructure at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). He leads the work of the UK's leading business organisation on employment law and relations, the labour market, education and skills, energy, climate and infrastructure. He has spent the last decade working with businesses across the UK on key issues. He is a member of the Council of Acas, Chair of Business Europe's Employment Working Group and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
Megan Dunn is a Senior Policy Adviser at Advance Higher Education, formally the Equality Challenge Unit. She works on issues of equality and diversity in Higher Education, primarily issues of disability and age equality. Megan is a board member of the Disabled Students Assurance Quality Assurance Group.
Vicky Ford MP, Conservative Member of Parliament for Chelmsford, former MEP for East of England & Single Market Chair
Vicky was elected as the Member of Parliament for Chelmsford in 2017. She is a member of the Science and Technology Select Committee and Chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Groups for Information Communication and Technology and for Rare Diseases. She also chairs the Conservative Backbench Policy Committee on Brexit. Vicky was a Member of the European Parliament from 2009 to 2017. She chaired the European Parliament Internal Market and Consumer Affairs Committee (IMCO). During her time as an MEP Vicky led negotiations on banking reform in the aftermath of the financial crisis, on budgetary reforms for Eurozone countries and helped establish a €80 billion Horizon fund for science and research.
Siân Holleran joined CollegesWales/ColegauCymru as its International and European Coordinator in November 2010. Her role includes coordinating overseas enrichment activities for Further Education (FE) staff and learners in Europe and further afield in China as well as exploring overseas commercial opportunities for the colleges in Wales.
Previously, Siân worked for the National Centre for Languages (CILT) Cymru, the national centre for languages, promoting the learning of modern languages as a valuable skill for young people in an increasingly globalised world. While at CILT Cymru, she also organised the Comenius Primary Teachers' Project, enabling over 30 members of staff to improve their French and German on an intensive week's training in Wales followed by a week's job shadowing in either France or Germany.
Siân has always been interested in sharing with others her love of languages and the cultures of other countries. She enjoys promoting the benefits of spending short periods studying or working overseas to young people.
Anne Hudson holds an MBA and qualified as a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute and is a Chartered Insurance Risk Manager. She has over 20 years' experience in insurance and risk management in senior and executive roles in corporations and charities. On joining the Higher Education sector Anne has networked to identify best practice relating to travel and operating overseas.
At Northumbria Anne has applied her commercial background and recent knowledge of Higher Education Institutions to create a new model for University Travel. This model brings together legal, insurance and health & safety advice at the time of booking travel, together with practical information to help students
Dan Hurley is a Programme Manager within the Policy Group, and is responsible for the delivery of two Universities UK's programmes of activity.
The first is internationalisation, which involves having oversight of the current state of the UK higher education sector internationally, and working both with UK government officials to secure a favourable domestic policy environment for universities, and collaborating with colleagues in Universities UK International to help our universities extend their global connections and influence. Dan also has oversight of our research into higher education policy developments abroad, and understanding how best practice identified overseas can be used to inform the development of higher education policy at home.
Secondly he manages Universities UK's programme on professional education, with a specific focus on English universities' contribution to training and educating the teachers our school system needs, and the social workers of the future. Dan also coordinates the Teacher Education Advisory Group, a UUK-GuildHE group for university vice chancellors to discuss timely, strategic responses to the latest developments within the teacher education policy landscape.
Sandra Kerr works together with business leaders and senor government stakeholders to set the agenda for race and employment in the UK. Before joining Business in the Community Sandra worked in the Cabinet Office advising on diversity and inclusion. In 2012, Sandra was awarded an OBE in the Queens New Year's honours list for services to Black and Minority Ethnic People, in 2015 Sandra's campaigning work won recognition with the Women: Inspiration and Enterprise Equality Award. Key pieces of research she has spearheaded include the landmark Race at Work survey. In January 2016 she joined the Royal Society Diversity Committee and became a Commissioner on the Institute of Public Policy and Research (IPPR) Commission on Economic Justice. In 2018 she joined the Civil Service Diverse Leadership Taskforce.
Andrew Kidals has a background in global mobility and international youth programmes. Andrew leads on the strategic direction and vision for the King's Global Internships Programme. He also oversees planning, delivery and employer engagement for the programme while being responsible for student engagement and support.
In 2017, the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) Award for Internationalisation went to the King's Global Internships Programme.
Pete Mercer is Head of Public Sector Membership Programmes at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) equality charity Stonewall. He manages a team to support over 750 employers, advising these organisations on workplace LGBT diversity and inclusion, and leads on Stonewall's public sector engagement strategy.
Pete has also recently graduated from a part-time, evening MA course in International Studies and Diplomacy at the School of Oriental and African Studies, focusing his dissertation on international LGBT rights norming.
Prior to Stonewall, Pete was Vice President of the National Union of Students UK, serving as the political lead for social policy and matters of student welfare.
Gedminte Mikulenaite is a Policy Officer at Universities UK, with a specific focus on mental health in higher education.
She has previously worked as a project administrator for student support and a project officer for postgraduate research education teams at the University of Essex.
Gedminte studied International Relations at the University of Essex.
Celia Partridge began her career in international education, at the Royal College of Music and the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA), where she led on the Prime Minister's Initiative for International Education. She has also managed Barclays UK community investment programmes. As a consultant, her work has included strategic reviews, programme development and sustainability strategy, for both charities and private enterprises. Most recently she was Programme Manager for the Business & Sustainable Development Commission. She has a degree in French & Hispanic Studies from the University of Birmingham.
Celia's focus will be on UUKi Transnational Education (TNE) and Outward Student Mobility activity and support, as well as oversight of key international partnerships, including Newton and BEC.AR work in Argentina, to name but two.
Lydia Pell is a trustee and previous Chair of The University Mental Health Advisers Network (UMHAN), and is the Deputy Head of the Student Counselling and Mental Health Service at City, University of London.
After graduating from the University of Chester she worked with adults with learning disabilities in Edinburgh. She then travelled further afield and spent a year teaching English in South Korea before undertaking an MA in Art Therapy, graduating from the University of Western Sydney, Australia in 2007.
For the past 10 years she has worked in secondary, further and higher education (and volunteered in primary schools) in a range of roles. She has been working at City since March 2014 as the Mental Health Co-ordinator and more recently as Deputy Head offering advice and mentoring to students with diagnosed mental health conditions and advising academic staff on reasonable adjustments and inclusive teaching and assessment.
Shona Pettigrew, Head of External Funding and International Activities
Shona has worked in the Scottish further education sector for 16 years and has been in her current role since 2014. She is responsible for a varied portfolio of cross-college projects; including Erasmus+ KA1 and KA2 projects, Big Lottery Programmes, Youth Employment Initiative ESF programme, international programmes activities, Scottish Government programmes, and Skills Development Scotland Foundation Apprenticeship programmes. New College Lanarkshire is proud to hold the Erasmus+ vocational education and training (VET) Mobility Charter and currently delivers one of the largest VET mobility contracts in the UK – working annually with 26 EU partners in nine countries to send over 300 learners per year on short-term work placement programmes.
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 taught English as a foreign language at Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg in Germany (1982-84) and was Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer in German at Swansea University (1986-1998). He became Professor of German at Newcastle University in 1998, where he remained until his move to Essex in 2007.
Professor Riordan is a Board member of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, the Edge Foundation, The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) and The Conversation (UK). He is a Fulbright Commissioner and a member of Council of the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
Charmaine is a Funding Information Partner Account Manager for the Student Loans Company (SLC). Recently, she has been working with the SLC Independent team to support vulnerable students within the higher education sector, which has led to more students being provided with funding and clearer information being delivered to her partners. Charmaine is also working to review and build upon SLC resources and is working with the Higher Liaison Officers Association to support prospective students. Charmaine has previously worked as a Bank Manger, in HR and customer services. She also has a post graduate diploma in Management Studies.
Alejandra Vicencio became involved in International education in 2004 in Chile, where she founded a Spanish language school for international students seeking to gain academic credit. She has since been involved in international student mobility and recruitment in several countries in Latin America, North America and Europe.
Alejandra currently manages international mobility for Northumbria's students and staff university-wide and is also Head of International Summer School. As part of her Master's degree in International Development, her main area of research is the internationalisation of higher education in Latin America. She is also interested in developing research and practice in support and duty of care for outgoing students.
Elissa Williams, Global Education Manager, Keele University
Elissa has worked in international education since 1990 starting her career with a 12 year stay in Africa. In 2001, Elissa moved to the UK to take on the role of International Tutor at the University of Chester. Combining development in international exchange and experiential learning opportunities for second-year students involved projects in Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Costa Rica, Brazil and Disneyworld Florida! The placements changed lives and focused students on their future directions. Elissa is now the Global Education Manager at Keele University overseeing a strong and diverse exchange programme as well as setting out strategies for an international student experience. Elissa has also been involved with BUTEX as Vice- Chair, now Chair.