UKCISA Fest 2021 Day 1

15 November 2021

What a great start it has been today for the launch of #UKCISAFest 2021! We had a wonderful welcome from Reese Chamberlain, one of our #WeAreInternational Student Ambassadors, our President, Lord Karan Bilimoria and our Chief Executive, Anne Marie Graham. There were some poignant words spoken, such as “International students enrich the experience of our domestic students here in the UK. It’s the students at universities learning from each other, from the different cultures, from the diversity around the world that is just so powerful” from Lord Bilimoria.

Our first of three Facebook Live sessions was held this morning, with Barry McHale and Gemma Slade from the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education who delivered an insightful and detailed presentation, highlighting the work that they undertake. Discussion of how the process works and case studies were outlined. The session is available to watch back at any time via Vimeo here or on Facebook here.

Two of our #WeAreInternational Student Ambassadors, Anna Tiffany So and Melody Sequeira co-hosted a session on the challenges international students have faced during the pandemic. Several topics were discussed, including how they navigated studying, blended learning and their experience of connecting with others.

Our final session of Day 1 of #UKCISAFest 2021 focused on what employers are looking for in the UK, led by Sarah Cooper, alongside Siqi Jia one of our WeAreInternational Student Ambassadors. Sarah shared some fantastic advice to international students, including how best to utilise their time to gain relevant employability skills, find ‘hidden’ jobs and network with employers. She further explained what UK employers look for in graduates and shared tips on what international students can do during their time in the UK to enhance their skills for the future.

All sessions are available to watch again, on-demand via the Cvent platform. We cannot wait for Day 2 of this year’s #UKCISAFest and we look forward to seeing you tomorrow from 10am.