Our networks bring together staff from across the UK higher education sector with a shared interest in a specific world region or thematic area of university internationalisation.
Network meetings provide a forum for participants to share best practice, discuss specific issues, challenges and emerging opportunities, and help to ensure that Universities UK International accurately reflects UK universities' priorities in relation to specific world regions and thematic areas of activity.
Regional and thematic networks
Our networks typically meet twice a year. Between meetings participants receive email updates providing information and advice on specific issues, together with details of new opportunities and invitations to take part in occasional surveys and consultations.
The networks are open to UK university staff working in internationalisation, research, partnership development, recruitment and related international functions. We particularly encourage participation from international directors, regional managers, research development managers, and pro-vice-chancellors for internationalisation. Please see below for details of the different networks:
Sub-Saharan Africa Network
Chair: Professor Richard Follett, Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor & Associate Vice President (International), University of Sussex
Organiser: Richard Grubb, Senior Policy Officer, Sub-Saharan Africa & International Development
Chair: Mr Tim Steele, Pro-Vice Chancellor International, University of Wolverhampton
Organiser: Alan Gregory, Policy Officer, Asia
Chair: Saskia Loer Hansen, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Engagement), Aston University
Organiser: Valentina Chervenkova, Policy Officer, Europe
Latin America Network
Chair: Professor Neville Wylie, Deputy Principal, University of Stirling
Organiser: Fernanda Massaccesi, Policy Officer, the Americas
Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Network
Chair: Jo Purves, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Academic Development, University of Salford
Organiser: Joana Westphal, Policy Officer, MENA
Outward Mobility Network
For individuals working in outward student mobility in higher education, be it in study, work or volunteering abroad. Regular updates and consultations are sent out to the network via a private JISCMail list.
Chair: Sarah Leach, Head of Global Programmes, University of York
The Network operates four working groups on:
Risk Management (Co-chairs: Alejandra Vicencio, University of Northumbria; Vicki Welchman, University of York)
Widening Participation (Chair: Ben Matthews, Lancaster University)
Staff Mobility (Co-Chairs: Aqila Kaleem, University of Surrey; Jana Kuncova, University of Bournemouth)
Internationalisation at Home (Chair: Dr Anthony Manning, University of Kent)
International Research Development Network (IRDN)
For staff at UK Universities involved in supporting international research collaboration and partnership development including the EU research and innovation framework programme. Update emails are disseminated to the Network periodically, providing members with news and alerts about funding opportunities or developments within existing schemes for international research collaboration. To become a member of the Network, please request to join via the private Microsoft Dynamics list here. NB the IRDN membership is open to UUKi member institutions only.
Chair: Professor Taraneh (Tara) Dean, Provost, London South Bank University
Organiser: Dajana Dzanovic, Head of Strategic Partnerships
Chair: Rachel Sandison, Vice Principal, External Relations, University of Glasgow and Professor Saul Tendler, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost, University of York
Organiser: Stephanie Harris, Head of International Engagement (non-EU)