UKCISA Connect (Glasgow)


  • Date
    13 March 2024
  • Time
    09:30 - 16:30


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Technology & Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde

UKCISA Connect is an exclusive event series for colleagues across the international education sector to come together, share the latest insights, and build valuable networks. 

At this event, we will delve into the latest policy analysis, the potential impact of the upcoming general election and our ongoing efforts to ensure that international students in the UK have the best possible experience. Additionally, we will explore the critical theme of sustainability in the education sector.  

Who should attend? 

UKCISA Connect is open to all UKCISA members, welcoming colleagues from across institutions who work in advice, immigration compliance, international student experience, recruitment, careers as well as teaching and learning.. 

Time Session Speakers
9.30 – 10.00 Registration  
10.00 - 10.15 Welcome and introduction

Daniel Hooper  
Membership Manager, UKCISA 

10:15 – 11:00

The road to 2024: international student policy prospects 

Explore how the upcoming general election may shape the future of international education. 

Anne Marie Graham  
Chief Executive, UKCISA 

Stuart Easter
Director of Student Recruitment and International, Edinburgh Napier University

Oliver Quinn-Palmer
Associate Head of Client Partnerships, IDP Connect

11:00 – 11:30

Refreshments and speed networking 

An opportunity for attendees to network, share experiences, and build connections with peers.

11:30 – 12:15 

The UK policy landscape affecting international students 

Join us for an informative session as Iona Murdoch provides a comprehensive overview of the current policy environment for international students in the UK. This talk will serve as a vital scene-setter, focusing on the challenges and potential impact of policy changes on members and students. Don't miss this opportunity to learn and share valuable insights into the dynamic landscape of international student policies. 

Iona Murdoch
Policy Officer, UKCISA
12:15 – 13:15  Lunch  
13:15 – 14:45 

Sustainability in the sector 

During this session, we seek to explore the challenges that the education sector has in integrating sustainability goals and responding to the expectations of international students over the coming years.  

Using the student-led #WeAreInternational Student Charter as a backdrop, we will explore what sustainability means to the sector, how international students perceive sustainability and its importance in the contemporary student experience, and how you as professionals can affect meaningful change and development. 

Robert Young
Advice & Training Officer, UKCISA
14:45 – 15:00  Refreshments  

International students panel 

Hear from UKCISA’s #WeAreInternational Student Ambassadors who will reflect on their diverse experiences studying in the UK and discuss how the #WeAreInternational Student Charter can help institutions to include international students in institutional policy and decision-making. 

#WeAreInternational Student Ambassadors:

Lindsay Nygren, University of Glasgow (PhD), USA

Reese M. Chamberlain, University of Edinburgh (UG), USA

Melody Noella Sequeira, University of Glasgow (UG), India

15:45 – 16:20 

Scotland's new International Education Strategy - from vision to reality

Our closing panel for the day will discuss the vision and ambition behind the development of key strategies such as the recently released Scottish Government International Education Strategy. The panel will reflect on the opportunities on offer for the international student experience as well as discuss some of the challenges that the sector might face in its implementation.

Anne Marie Graham  
Chief Executive, UKCISA 

Dr David Donaldson
Senior Policy Officer - International, Universities Scotland

Emily Sandwell
Chair of the AGCAS Scotland International Special Interest Group, University of Stirling

16.25 - 16:30   Closing remarks

Anne Marie Graham  
Chief Executive, UKCISA 


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