Practitioner networks

Last modified: 05 October 2023

If you are a higher education (HE) or further education (FE) member of UKCISA, you can join specialist networks for further support and best practice. Whether you work in compliance at an HE institution or work in FE, public or private, there are a number of groups that may be of interest.


Last modified: 05 October 2023

AISA is a UKCISA special interest group for professionals working in international student advice.

It was established in 1991 and since then has become an important voice in international student matters and a key forum for staff within the higher and further education sectors, students' unions, and other institutions.

It was set up by staff working with international students and continues to provide a strong network of support, training and information at grass roots level.

FE Network

Last modified: 16 November 2022

The Further Education International Network was based on the partnership with UKCISA and Association of Colleges (AoC).

Although the forum no longer meets regularly, UKCISA continues to work closely wiht colleagues in FE including AoC, Colleges Wales, Colleges Scotland and the College Development Network.
FE members are also eligible to join AISA, ICN and STRATIS.

Immigration Compliance Network (ICN)

Last modified: 05 October 2023

The Immigration Compliance Network (ICN) was established in 2014 to provide a safe and supportive forum within which colleagues can share their ideas and concerns about compliance with (primarily) the student immigration sponsor requirements.

ICN’s terms of reference are as follows:

  • To provide a forum and a ‘safe space’ for peer-to-peer discussion, support and advice-sharing about the practicalities of managing immigration compliance within our diverse institutions
  • To share good practice about professional development within this emerging field of immigration compliance management
  • To strive to keep the spirit of UKCISA Code of Ethics at the heart of our compliance discussions, whilst ensuring we meet all our sponsor and institutional obligations
  • To coordinate examples of operational and policy difficulties experienced by institutions and feed into appropriate lobbying efforts and/or to initiate lobbying as a network