Imperial College London,
Join sector professionals, government, and senior representatives from UK and overseas partners for the seventh annual International higher education forum at Imperial College London. Our flagship conference helps universities develop the strategies they need to flourish internationally in research, transnational education, student recruitment and mobility.
Alongside case studies of innovative practice, we’ll be addressing the bigger questions:
Networking opportunities include a reception the evening before the event and a networking breakfast on the day.
This conference will be useful for staff who have responsibility for developing international strategies across student recruitment, transnational education, research and mobility. Specific sessions will examine internationalisation at small and specialist institutions. Relevant job titles include:
We have a range of sponsorship opportunities available at this event. For more information, please contact Esther Dudley, Head of Events and Engagement (tel: 020 7419 5412).
Join us for a pre-conference drinks reception at Imperial College London to network with speakers and delegates.
Continue conversations from the night before at our inaugural IHEF breakfast networking session.
Alistair Jarvis, Chief Executive,
Growing international competition; policy challenges at home; Brexit: UK universities need strong international strategies now more than ever. Professor Sir Steve Smith sets out how this unique combination of circumstances looks from the top of an institution as it strives to remain at the forefront internationally.
Speaker: Professor Sir Steve Smith, Vice-Chancellor, University of Exeter
Mr Syllouris, President of the House of Representatives of the Republic of Cyprus
Two days before Brexit, we’ll ask leaders of universities from across Europe what it means to them:
How do they think Brexit will affect the longer-term trajectory of collaboration and exchange?
How will new EU initiatives (e.g. European Universities Alliances, the next Framework Programme) impact on UK universities links with EU partners?
Are there upsides to Brexit: does the UK’s departure create new opportunities for others and what might these be?
Chair: Professor Sir Steve Smith, Vice-Chancellor, University of Exeter
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Minister Chris Skidmore, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation
At a critical moment in the UK’s international relations, we consider the role that universities can play in establishing new networks and influence around the world. From development to diplomacy, trade to transnational education, we will hear from one of the UK’s former Secretaries of State for International Development, now Director of SOAS University of London, about the role that universities might play in reframing our relationships around the world. She will be joined by an expert panel who will consider the opportunities and risks involved for universities as a tool of foreign policy.
Speaker and Chair: Baroness Valerie Amos, Director of SOAS University of London
Vivienne Stern, Director,
Universities UK International
This session will launch the latest insights from the
upcoming 2019 International Student Survey report, as well as presenting
results from new research that examines how universities anticipate research
relationships to change as a result of Brexit.
With days left until the UK’s departure from the EU, we
How is Brexit affecting prospective students’ study
Which nationalities are more interested in post-Brexit
Britain and why?
Are EU students aware of current funding agreements?
Can students be influenced in terms of how welcoming
they consider the UK to be?
Has research collaboration already been affected by
How do institutions anticipate research collaboration
being affected once the UK has left the EU?
Delegates can pre-request a copy of the 2019 International
Student Survey report at www.internationalstudentsurvey.com/2019
and it will be emailed to them when it is published later in the year.
Speaker: Paul Raybould, Director of Marketing and Market Intelligence, QS
You may have heard of the Greater Bay Area (GBA), but what exactly is it? Comprising Hong Kong, Macau and nine cities from Mainland China’s Guangdong province, the area has a total population of around 67 million people and a combined GDP of US$1.34 trillion. In one prediction, this will exceed US$4.6 trillion by 2030.
The GBA, an initiative of the Chinese Government, seeks to integrate three different political and customs entities, with their own very different legal systems, tax rates and controls over people, goods and capital. The aim is to develop this whole region into a single market. This entity will require further development in higher education, building upon the existing universities in each territory.
What are the opportunities that might flow from this for UK universities? And what might the barriers or risks be? Come to the session to find out the answers to these and other questions related to this exciting new initiative.
Chair: Professor Kim Dale, Associate Dean (International), University of Dundee
David Bull, Head of Greater Bay Area, British Consulate-General, Guangzhou
Across the UK, university strategies recognise the importance of home students graduating with an international outlook, global skills and an international network. How might we achieve our national target to double outbound mobility - especially as we might lose access to the Erasmus+ Programme?
From May to August 2018, UUKi led a working group to look at Brexit contingency planning and the future of OSM with 13 representatives from universities across the UK’s four nations and with observers from the British Council, and the UK and devolved governments.
Join us to discuss the group’s findings and options for boosting mobility with or without Erasmus+.
Chair: Professor Alex Hughes, Deputy Vice–Chancellor (Global Engagement), University of Westminster
Paul Davidson, President and CEO, Universities Canada
Julia Grünenfelder, European Advisor for Education, SwissCore
Small and/or specialist institutions face their own challenges and opportunities when it comes to internationalisation.
Echoing a popular session at IHEF18, this workshop will see experienced practitioners host round table discussions on different themes of internationalisation.
Each host will reflect on her or his own experiences, before leading a group discussion - so come prepared to network and share.
Chair: Gordon McKenzie, Chief Executive, GuildHE
Speakers will include:
Professor Stuart Bartholomew CBE, Principal and Vice Chancellor, Arts University Bournemouth on 'starting out on the international student recruitment journey'
Professor David Green CBE, Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive, University of Worcester on bringing together international work with civic outreach
Developing a data-driven international student
recruitment strategy using data analytics
The session provides an insight on how UK Universities can utilise real-time market analytics to maximise return-on-investment, identify new course opportunities and deal with the effects of major geo-political development like potential Brexit-like events. Data analytics have helped universities to stay competitive and to mitigate the associated risks of operating in an increasingly competitive Higher Education market and an unstable political environment, benefitting from the deep collaboration with Studyportals’ new insights that have become available to UK universities. These include student search behaviour and future demand and supply by country of destination, subject area, and country of origin and even region and city of origin and destination. Examples of data analytics, how they are used in determining allocation of resource and developments of the strategy, alongside detailing the current limitations will be shared.
How can universities contribute to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals? And how does UK government funding align with work in these areas?
From climate change to sustainable cities, university research has a big part to play, but so too do capacity building initiatives, transnational education partnerships and mobility.
Join us to hear about what universities can offer in this area, and how the UK government is responding.
Dr Joanna Newman, Chief Executive and Secretary General, The Association of Commonwealth Universities
Professor Richard Follett, Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor – International, University of Sussex
Speaker: Toby Margetts, Strategy Director, Squiz
East Asia is currently the largest recruitment region for the UK, hosting over 60% of Tier 4 student visas issued in 2018 (Q1-Q3).
The demand for UK education is at least partly driven by the perception that it will provide an advantage over studying locally in terms of employment outcomes and salaries. But many sources have questioned whether this perceived advantage may be eroding, as education and labour markets evolve in the region.
Based on surveys and interviews with over 200 employers in the region, this session seeks to uncover market perceptions of UK graduate employability in China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam, and the primary challenges facing our graduates. We will explore the current trends in these job markets and how UK alumni can be better prepared to cope with employer demands in the region.
Matthew Durnin, Global Head of Research and Consultancy, British Council
Jazreel Goh, Director Education, British Council China
Sue Milner, Director Education, British Council East Asia
International partnerships are one of the pillars of university internationalisation, bringing benefits across research and higher education. However, every partnership is, to an extent, an experiment, and not all will deliver for the institutions involved. Join us to discuss the art of the exit strategy, drawing on concrete examples from sector colleagues.
Chair: Maddalaine Ansell, Director Education, British Council
Vice-President (International), University of Southampton
Chris Chang, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement and Education Partnerships, University of Portsmouth
Dr Sam Evans, Director, UCL Qatar
The Association of Southeast Asian nations (ASEAN) offers exciting opportunities for the UK HE sector to diversify and grow their operations whilst building new revenue streams.
ASEAN has a combined GDP of £1.9 trillion and nearly a third of the region’s 630 million population are school-age. The region’s economic growth trajectory is forecast to continue and for ASEAN to become the world’s fourth largest economy by 2050.
The UK are market leaders in the provision of TNE in ASEAN and a British higher education is highly prized. However, competition is increasing, for UK universities to succeed their internationalisation and marketing strategies need to be customer focused. Come to the session to gain an invaluable first-hand insight into ASEAN’s HE sector and find out how your university can benefit from the success of the UK Government’s ‘Education is GREAT’ campaign in ASEAN.
Alison Collingridge, Head of Marketing & GREAT Campaign, British High Commission Kuala Lumpur
Louise Nicol, CEO, Asia Careers Group
After a highly popular session at IHEF18, Professor Simon Marginson returns to reflect on UK universities’ approaches to mitigating the risks of Brexit.
Join us to hear findings from a multi-year ESRC-funded research project examining universities’ strategic response to the UK’s departure from the EU.
The Centre for Global Higher Education collected data in 12 UK universities, from all four nations. The research found that while the forms of engagement in Europe are diverse, a high level of ‘Europeanisation’ was common to all. In every case, Brexit will have a transformative impact.
Chair: Amy Baker, Managing Director, The PIE News
Speaker: Professor Simon Marginson, Department of Education and Linacre College, University of Oxford and Director ESRC/OFSRE Centre for Global Higher Education
As the UK repositions itself in the world, how can education help the UK meet its soft power, foreign policy and international development goals? Join us to hear the latest from UK government representatives.
Ethics and higher education internationalisation has long been the source of complex and multi-faceted discourse. This year, several high-provile incidents have increased public scrutiny of university links overseas.
Join us to discuss the ethics of international higher education – when do we engage and when should we walk away?
Before taking up his current role, he was Deputy Chief Executive, and prior to that Director of Communications and External Relations at Universities UK. Before joining UUK in 2013 he was a Director at the University of Birmingham and has previously held communications, campaigning and political relations roles for national organisations in both the public and private sectors.
He has also previously held voluntary roles as Deputy Chair of the board of Wonkhe, a higher education policy media company; a member of the judging panel for the Guardian University Awards; and is a fellow of the RSA.
He was educated at the Universities of Kent, Leicester and the Institute of Education, University of London.
Professor Sir Steve Smith FAcSS has been Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Exeter since October 2002.
Sir Steve is currently Chair of the UCAS Board; Board member of the Russell Group; Chair of UUK's International Policy Network and Chair of UUK's International Strategic Advisory Board; Member of the UUK Board; Board member of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership; a Trustee of the Education and Employers Task Force.
He was President of Universities UK (UUK) - the representative body for the executive heads of UK universities - from 2009-2011.
Sir Steve holds a BSc, an MSc, and a PhD in International Relations from the University of Southampton. He has served as President of the world academic body in his field from 2003-2004.
Sir Steve was knighted in the 2011 Queen's Birthday Honours for services to higher education locally and nationally.
Professor Garrell is Rector of the Ramon Llull University (Barcelona) since 2012 and board member of Crue Universidades Españolas since 2016. He holds a PhD in Electronic Engineering and is specialised in the area of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Moreover, he has held several management positions at Ramon Llull University, including Vice-Rector for Research and Innovation (2002-2010), Secretary General (2006-2012) and Vice-Rector for University Policy (2010-2012). In 2012, he was appointed rector of the Ramon Llull University, position renewed for a second mandate in 2016. Prof. Garrell has also been representing Crue, as president delegate, at the Council of the European University Association since 2016.
Valerie joined as Director of SOAS University of London in September 2015. From 2010, she served as Undersecretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator at the UN. She served in a number of roles in the public sector including in local government and as Chief Executive of the Equal Opportunities Commission. Valerie was an adviser to the Mandela Government on leadership, change, management and strategy issues between 1994 and 1998. She was appointed a Labour Life Peer in 1997 and became a member of the Government in 1998. She was a Foreign Office Minister, Secretary of State for International Development, Leader of the House of Lords and Lord President of the Council. She also served as UK High Commissioner to Australia before joining the UN. In June 2016, she was made a Companion of Honour in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.
Dr Michael J. (Mike) Mahon was installed as the president and vice-chancellor of the University of Lethbridge in 2010 and reappointed for a second term beginning July 1, 2015.
Dr Mahon serves as chair on the board of Universities Canada and as chair of the Council of Western Canadian University Presidents.
During his first term, Dr Mahon introduced "Destination 2020", the University of Lethbridge Strategic Plan. Under this plan, he initiated the "Destination Project", a monumental construction project. Other significant efforts include new initiatives to further connect the university to both local and international communities, including First Nation, Métis and Inuit communities.
His strategic efforts also include the creation of a new framework for internationalization at the university, and supporting the revitalization of liberal education as the cornerstone of undergraduate education at the University of Lethbridge.
Dr Mahon holds a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his research is in the field of disability studies.
Kim Dale was appointed as a research group leader and Royal Society University Research Fellow In 2005 in the division of Cell and developmental Biology in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee. She was promoted to senior lecturer in 2009 to reader in 2015 And to Professor in 2018. She is regularly invited to speak at international conferences on her research subject. She was elected Secretary of the British Society for Developmental Biology from 2013-2018. In 2015 she was appointed Associate Dean International of the School of Life Sciences and thus carries responsibility for the international strategy of the school. In 2018 she was appointed University Academic regional lead for ASEAN.
Following degrees in literature and language at the universities of Oxford and East Anglia, Jeff has been with the British Council since 1988. He has worked for the organisation in many different capacities and in a wide range of countries in Europe, Latin America, Asia and MENA. During his career he has been involved in education - including language education - as a teacher, project manager and adviser, among other roles. He has been Director of the British Council in Hong Kong since April 2018.
Dr Xiao Haipeng, MD, PhD, is a Professor of Medicine and Doctoral Supervisor, awarded State Council Special Allowance. He is Vice President of Sun Yat-sen University, President of the First Affiliated Hospital, SYSU and Chief Expert of Endocrinology. His other titles include "Distinguished Doctor in Sun Yat-sen University", Healthcare Consultant for the Central Government, Medical Professional and Undergraduate Teaching Evaluation Expert certificated by Ministry of Education.
David is a career Diplomat, having served with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Brazil, Zambia, Portugal, Jamaica, Nepal, Scotland, USA and the Private Sector.
In October 2015 he was posted to Guangzhou as Deputy Director for China, Advanced Manufacturing, Innovation, Technology, & Transport. His remit included a national responsibility for Automotive, Advanced Manufacturing, Chemicals, and Marine.
At the beginning of 2019, David took on a new assignment to lead a proposed UK Greater Bay Area Office. Based in Shenzhen, David will be responsible for supporting the development of the UK's relationship with the Greater Bay Area.
Professor Hughes is a highly experienced
University leader who has worked in institutions across the spectrum of UK HE,
building and delivering strategic priorities. As Deputy Vice Chancellor for
Global Engagement at the University of Westminster, Professor Hughes leads the
University's internationalisation activities, working with colleagues across
the institution. Our global engagement agenda is key to our vision, embracing areas
from overseas student recruitment and partnerships to the internationalisation
of the student and staff experience and relations with overseas alumni. She
also leads our employability strategy, placing it at the heart of student
Previously, Professor Hughes was Pro-Vice
Chancellor External at the University of Kent, where she led the University’s
Internationalisation Strategy. Her remit also included the non-academic student
experience and the employability agenda. The student experience was a focus of
Professor Hughes’ work at Birmingham University, where she was Pro-Vice
Chancellor for Quality and Students.
Paul Davidson has played leadership roles in government, the private sector and the voluntary sector for over 25 years.
He joined Universities Canada in May 2009 as President and CEO, where he has led a process of organizational renewal and greater member engagement. In addition to increases in research funding, Mr. Davidson has achieved increased resources for campus internationalization and increased attention to issues of access and success for aboriginal students. Mr. Davidson has been named both a "top lobbyist" in Ottawa and a "top foreign policy influencer."
Prior to joining Universities Canada, Mr. Davidson was the executive director of World University Service of Canada (WUSC) a leading international development agency active on 70 campuses across Canada, and 17 countries overseas.
Mr. Davidson holds an MA from Queen's University where he studied southern African history, and a BA from Trent University, where he was in the first class of the Trent International Program.
Julia Grünenfelder works as European Advisor for Education at SwissCore, the Swiss information and liaison office for European policies and programmes in research, innovation and education (ERI) in Brussels since 2016. She monitors developments in European education policies and programmes (above all Erasmus+) and links Swiss and EU actors. Before joining SwissCore, she worked at the University of Lucerne, Switzerland, in the fields of academic career development and gender equality. She is a social geographer and holds a PhD from the University of Zurich, Switzerland.
Gordon McKenzie was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of GuildHE in 2015. Gordon is responsible for
leading and developing GuildHE as a key representative and advocacy body in the higher education sector.
Gordon joined GuildHE following a successful career in the Civil Service, most recently as Deputy Director,
HE Strategy and Policy at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. He has experience handling
sensitive areas including successive government spending reviews. He has also worked with a range of
ministers on innovative policies such as tackling an increase in graduate unemployment.
Professor Stuart Bartholomew is a graduate of universities in the UK and Canada. He has held posts at McMaster University, Ontario; the University of Calgary; the University of Derby; the Open University and as Dean of Media at The University of the Arts, London. He joined The Arts University Bournemouth as Principal and Vice Chancellor in 1997. With expertise in the field of media and broadcasting, Stuart Bartholomew worked extensively with the British Film Institute and has served with national validating and awarding bodies and the Quality Assurance Agency. He was Vice Chairman of the Council for Higher Education in Art and Design and Chair of UKADIA, the association of specialist universities and colleges of art and design. He has been an adviser to the British Broadcasting Organisation, The Independent Broadcasting Authority, UNESCO and the OECD.
Professor Bartholomew has extensive international experience in the promotion of art and design education and particular interest in the development of international recruitment and associated activity in small and specialist institutions.
He was awarded a CBE for services to the arts and higher education in the Queen's New Year Honours in 2015.
his role as Strategy Director at Squiz, Toby has worked with dozens of
universities across the UK, consulting on all aspects of digital
transformation. His passion lies in generating real insight from data and using
that insight to fuel creative solutions fit for the modern student and tailored
to meet a university's business goals.
Paul Raybould is the Director of Marketing & Market Intelligence for QS. In this role he works with universities to support their marketing strategy for international and EU recruitment - covering market research, student profiling, competitor positioning and digital campaigns.
He is also responsible for managing the International Student Survey, examining the motivations and decision-making criteria of over 67,000 respondents in the world's largest survey of pre-enrolled international and EU students www.internationalstudentsurvey.com.
Paul has 18 years of experience working in digital marketing, with a specialist interest in marketing automation, search engine optimisation, digital advertising, social media and performance measurement. Prior to joining QS he worked for a software company based in the Netherlands, and has a broad range of experience from having worked across a variety of sectors including UK government, publishing and data management.
Dr Joanna Newman is Chief Executive and Secretary General of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU). Established in 1913, the ACU is the world's first and oldest international university network, with more than 500 member institutions in over 50 countries.
Prior to joining the ACU in April 2017, Joanna was Vice-Principal (International) at King's College London. Her previous positions include Director of the UK Higher Education International Unit (now known as Universities UK International) and Head of Higher Education at the British Library. Joanna remains a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of History at King's College London and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Southampton. She has also taught history at University College London and the University of Warwick. In 2014, Joanna was awarded an MBE in recognition of her work promoting British higher education internationally.
Richard Follett is Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor (International) and Professor of History at the University of Sussex (Brighton, UK). He is responsible for developing an inclusive and integrated approach to Sussex's international strategy, strengthening its profile overseas through a global network of collaborations in research, teaching, and innovation. In his talk, Richard will be focusing on key interventions in West Africa. Finally, as a historian of slavery and emancipation, Richard enjoys a strong international reputation for his scholarship and public engagement. He is currently completing a book length study on resistance and rebellion in the American South.
Specialising in the economics of education, Matt works with analysts across the region to provide external clients with the data, analysis and insights required to succeed in Asia's dynamic education sector. In his time at the British Council, he has helped UK institutions to develop their international strategies and identify new partnerships and growth opportunities in transnational education.
Prior to joining the British Council, Matt worked was Chief Researcher of the Financial Times' China Confidential custom research team, delivering in-depth analysis on a broad range of topics and industries. He also formerly held the posts of associate editor and visiting researcher at a US policy journal and think tank, where his work focused on China's foreign policy and technological innovation in the space and defence industries. His research and writings have been published by the Wall Street Journal, the BBC, the Journal of Strategic Studies, the National Bureau of Asian Research and the Naval War College Review. Matt graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in geography and has worked in China since 2007.
Jazreel Goh joined British Council China as Director Education Marketing Mainland China in June 2004. She first started her career in 1994 as a Linguistics lecturer with the National University of Malaysia before joining IDP Education Australia as an education consultant in 1995.
Jazreel Goh has worked in various organisations in Malaysia, Australia, as well as Hong Kong in the areas of international education consultancy, executive search as well as in intellectual property licensing.
Jazreel is currently the Director Education and Sports for British Council China. In 2011 she set up British Council’s Education Intelligence Unit – the first e-marketing platform dedicated to in international education research for the industry globally. In 2013, she led the development and launched the UK’s flagship outward mobility programme - Generation UK which has since led to a 70% growth in British students to China.
Jazreel Goh was born in Malaysia and after completing her secondary school in Malaysia and senior secondary school in Singapore, left for further studies in Melbourne, Australia. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Monash University and was awarded the Equity and Merit Scholarship by the Australian Government to undertake her Master of Arts in Applied Linguistic.
She was awarded an MBE in 2017 for her services to UK education in China.
Susan Milner is Education Director, East Asia for the British Council, including responsibility for ASEAN. She was previously Education Counsellor and Education Director British Council at the British Embassy in Beijing where she led the UK's engagement with China on all aspects of Education. Previously Education Adviser for the UK Department for International Development she has led large scale education reform programmes in China, East Asian countries and the SADC region of Southern Africa. She has also recently worked as policy adviser on Education and the MDGs within DG Development at the European Commission in Brussels.
Maddalaine is a graduate of Emmanuel College, Cambridge where she studied Classics. She then studied and qualified as a solicitor practising with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and later the US law firm Sullivan and Cromwell LLP. After six years, she joined the civil service on the fast stream.
She has held a number of appointments including with the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit, Home Office and BIS. She worked on the HE White Paper for the then Minister for Universities and Science, David Willetts, and was appointed to Deputy Director, International Knowledge and Innovation in 2011 where she was responsible for the £375 million Newton Fund. Maddalaine became Chief Executive for University Alliance in January 2015.
Maddalaine joined the British Council as Director (Education Policy) in November 2018.
Winnie Eley joined University of Southampton as Vice President (International) on 1st October 2018, after five years as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International and Advancement) at The University of Newcastle in Australia. Prior to Australia, Winnie was the founding director of international affairs and institute of advanced executive education at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She has also worked at the British Council in Hong Kong and Nigeria.
At University of Southampton, Winnie is a member of the University Executive Board. She provides institutional-wide leadership for the delivery of aspects of the University's strategy relating to international activity.
Beginning his career working across the higher education portfolios of The Independent and The Guardian, Oliver joined IDP Connect in 2015. Leading a team of HE specialists, Oliver works closely with universities to help work towards and achieve strategic objectives in international recruitment. This work involves a data-led approach to developing bespoke solutions, enabling institutions to grow and diversify international student recruitment through both digital marketing and IDP's student placement services.
Alison is the project lead for the Education is GREAT in ASEAN campaign. The regional campaign has been running for two years across South-East Asia with plans to continue into 2019-20. The aim of the 1HMG campaign is to make the UK education partner of choice in ASEAN. With the support of over 200 partners, the campaign's joined up and promoted the strengths of the UK education offer in all 10 ASEAN markets. Alison is a professional marketer with over 22 years' marketing experience working in the UK, Hong Kong and Malaysia. She is an alumni from the University of Stirling and Imperial College Business School.
Louise Nicol is the CEO and Founder of the Asia Careers Group (ACG), based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. ACG maps the career paths of over 40,000 returning graduates to Asia and connects Universities with Public and Private sector employers in the region. She works extensively with the UK HEIs, the UK FCO, DIT and Prosperity Fund on a variety of education related market research projects. Louise has over 20 years' experience working in Global Education, Skills and Development, she has previously worked for the Japanese Ministry of Education, Hobsons and i-graduate. She is an alumni of the University of Exeter.
Amy Baker is a founder and Managing Director of The PIE, an online media, events and recruitment company delivering content and services to Professionals in International Education all over the world. Founded in 2011, The PIE News is perhaps the best known of the company's divisions. Its online media platform that has reached over 2.2 million readers since its launch, with close to 60,000 unique visitors per month. She leads a global team of journalists in considering cutting edge issues affecting international education.
Simon Marginson is Professor of Higher Education at the University of Oxford, Director of the ESRC/OFSRE Centre for Global Higher Education, and Editor-in-Chief of Higher Education. CGHE is a partnership of six UK and nine international universities with £6.5 million in funding for 16 research projects. Simon's current research is focused on global and international aspects of higher education, the public good role of the sector, Brexit and UK higher education, and higher education and social inequality. In 2018 he was Co-Chair of the UK Higher Education Commission Inquiry into Education Exports.
As Wonkhe's editor, Debbie has oversight of Wonkhe's daily insight, debate and analysis of higher education policy. Debbie has previously worked in policy and communications roles at Universities UK, the University of Bedfordshire, and the National Union of Students. She holds a DPhil in English literature from the University of Oxford and a Masters in research in higher education policy, evaluation and enhancement from Lancaster University. Debbie is interested in bringing to light new and less-represented perspectives to inform policy and practice in higher education.
Paula was previously Chief Operating Officer at the University of Reading Malaysia where she was responsible for the establishing, development and leadership of all non-academic functions, in particular managing a period of significant growth and complexity as the institution transitioned to a new campus.
Prior to her current role, Paula held senior operations management roles at the University of Exeter and at the University of Sydney. In both roles she helped to support the institutions to achieve significant positive change in their organisation and delivery of services.
With a background is in internal and performance audit, Paula is a Chartered Accountant, has an MBA from the University of Exeter, a Masters in Tertiary Education Management from the University of Melbourne and is currently studying for a Doctorate in Business Administration (Higher Education Management) at the University of Bath.
She is a fellow of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education she has, for several years, worked in partnership with the L H Martin Institute at the University of Melbourne to deliver leadership development, maximising the potential of University professional services teams.
Jack Lee is the Director of Studies of the doctoral program in Higher Education Management Program at the University of Bath. Dr Lee's research focuses on comparative and international higher education. His research has investigated transnational higher education, education hubs, regionalism, and cultural diplomacy. He recently completed a project that examined faculty mobility and research capacity building in Kazakhstan; this was a national project funded by the Ministry of Education and Science, Kazakhstan. Current projects examine the development of German bi-national universities in Jordan and Kazakhstan and the impact of China's One Belt, One Road policy on higher education partnerships along the historical Silk Road.
Previously, Dr Lee was an Assistant Professor (2014-17) at the Graduate School of Education, Nazarbayev University, the flagship University of Kazakhstan. He was actively involved in institution building as a member of the Faculty Senate and the research ethics board. He was also the faculty representative in research partnership negotiations with Cambridge and the University of Pennsylvania. At the University of British Columbia, Canada (2001-09), he designed and managed international and intercultural programs for students, staff, community workers, and corporate executives.
Caroline Chipperfield is currently Business Development Director at the University Partnership Programme (UPP). Previously she worked for the British Council advising on Higher Education policy and programmes including the response to Brexit, Going Global, SPHEIR, EU-ASEAN SHARE dialogues and overseeing inward and outward delegations. Caroline has worked in a number of UK universities advising on policy and strategy although originally trained as a Physics teacher. She has a Master's degree in International Policy and diplomacy where her dissertation considered the role of universities in soft power and is currently studying for a Professional Doctorate in Higher Education Management with the University of Bath.