Academic perspectives on the outcomes of outward student mobility

1 February 2015

This research project was commissioned by the UK Higher Education International Unit (IU) and the Higher Education Academy (HEA) in June 2014 to explore academic perspectives on the outcomes of outward mobility at undergraduate, postgraduate and research levels for UK domiciled students, and to consider how best to facilitate take-up of outward mobility opportunities among students.

It is intended that the evidence provided in this study will be used by the higher education sector to further the take-up, provision and evaluation of mobility opportunities, as well as inform the delivery of the IU’s UK Strategy for Outward Mobility (2013) and HEA’s Internationalising Higher Education Framework (2014) to raise awareness of mobility with academic staff.

It includes examples from subject disciplines traditionally under-represented in outward mobility in order to share good practice. It is anticipated that the findings will contribute to increasing numbers of students accessing international opportunities by highlighting areas for development, sharing effective practice and informing both sector-wide and institution-specific action.



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