UKCISA Fest 2022

Last modified: 09 December 2022

Welcome to UKCISA Fest: a free one-day event for international students in the UK to inform policy and practice through their lived experience.  

UKCISA Fest took place on 16 November 2022 at International Students House in London.

Students participated in seminars and workshops, alongside sector partners and policy makers, and shared their diverse experiences with like-minded students.

From mental health and wellbeing to academic experience and employability, their insights will shape policy to enhance the international student experience in the UK.

UKCISA Annual Reception took place in the evening to celebrate International Education Week, International Students Day, and World Access to Higher Education Day.  

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With thanks to Duolingo English Test and British Council - Study UK for their generous support.


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UKCISA Fest is a platform for international students to meet and discuss their experiences of studying in the UK with their fellow students. These discussions will help UKCISA to inform policy and practice, ensuring that international students are represented in policy development and government strategy.  

Workshops will be co-presented by the #WeAreInternational Student Ambassadors - developing a deeper understanding of international students’ experiences at every stage of their education journey – including mental health, academic experience, visa and immigrations and making a home in the UK. 

09:30 – 10:00 Arrival and Registration

10:45 – 11:45 Opening plenary – putting international student voice at the heart of policy making

11:45-12:15 Tea Break

12:15-13:15 Workshop 1 – Let’s talk about our wellbeing – how to support ourselves and each other

12:15-13:15 Workshop 2 – Internationalise our Students’ Unions

12:15-13:15 Workshop 3 – Using evidence to represent international students

14:30-15:30 Workshop 4 – Where do I go when I need help?

14:30-15:30 Workshop 5 – ‘Two minds are better than one’ - exploring your academic experience

14:30-15:30 Workshop 6 – Telling your stories to inspire and influence others

15:45 – 17:00 Closing plenary – From student experience to work experience


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Anne Marie Graham, Chief Executive, UKCISA

Lord Karan Bilimoria, President, UKCISA

Anne Bentley, Lecturer, Plymouth Marjon University

Alice Tianjie Liu, International Officer, University of Birmingham Guild of Students

Benjamin Hunt, Student Engagement Manager, Office for Students

Dr. Anthony Manning, Dean for Internationalisation, University of Kent

Elizabeth Tresnan, Study UK Director, British Council

Danny Wilkey, Senior Careers Consultant (King’s Business School), King’s College London

Jim Dickinson, Associate Editor, WonkHE

Julie Allen, Director of Member Services and Policy

Vicky Zhuo, International and Postgraduate Officer, Leeds University Union

Natalja Nassonova, #WeAreInternational Student Ambassador, UKCISA

Reese Chamberlain, #WeAreInternational Student Ambassador, UKCISA

Juan Ramon Candia Jorquera, #WeAreInternational Student Ambassador, UKCISA

Siqi Jia, #WeAreInternational Student Ambassador, UKCISA

Sára Kozáková, #WeAreInternational Student Ambassador, UKCISA

Lindsay Nygren, #WeAreInternational Student Ambassador, UKCISA

Iona Murdoch, Policy Officer, UKCISA

Deepa Chadha, Advice and Training Officer, UKCISA

Dr. Sharon Bolton, Dean of Student Life, International Students House

Jamie Arrowsmith, Director, Universities UK International

Simran Mahajan, #WeAreInternational Student Ambassador, UKCISA

Diksha Dinde, Disability Rights Advocate, University of Sussex

Lee Harris, Duolingo English Test

Tamsin Thomas, Duolingo English Test