Introduction to policy


  • Date
    10 July 2024
  • Time
    10:00 - 12:30


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This two-part online workshop will explain what policy is and how the UK education sector interacts with international student policy set by Westminster and devolved administrations.

We will look at policy that relates to the international student experience (including, but not limited to, immigration) and what part the sector plays in influencing it.

This course will help you to:

  • Become familiar with how policy is formulated.
  • Develop skills in policy interpretation and analysis.
  • Identify when and how to influence policy, including decision-making in advocacy.
  • Distinguish ‘policy’ from ‘operations’ and examine how they interact with each other.
  • Learn how to work more effectively with others across the sector to achieve singular outcomes.

This training will include presentations, the opportunity for you to ask questions and share your experiences.

The workshop will be delivered in two parts. Delegates must attend both sessions:  

  • Session 1: Wednesday 10 July 10.00am – 1.00pm 
  • Session 2: Friday 12 July 10.00am – 1.00pm 

Who should attend?

This course is for UKCISA members interested in understanding national policy and how to interact with it from an institutional and sector perspective. It is suitable for UKCISA members who have some experience of working with international student policy or wider policies that affect international students.


Iona Murdoch

Iona is a Policy Officer at UKCISA. Specialising in tertiary education policy relating to the international student experience, she contributes to consultations and research to represent the views of UKCISA members on key topics such as graduate employability, student wellbeing and the cost of living. She also leads the #WeAreInternational Grants scheme, supporting our members to conduct research and projects and develop tools for the wider sector to foster change through their work with international students.

Deepa Chadha

Deepa is an Advice & Training Officer. The Advice & Training team specialise in student-related immigration law, fee status and student support legislation, as well as other areas affecting international students such as welfare, hardship, and studying and living in the UK. They provide OISC-compliant advice to members and international students and deliver informative, engaging training to members. Their analysis of UK legislation enables UKCISA to identify issues in law and government materials for lobbying or clarification.

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