Improving the International Student Experience
17 Jan 2012
Attracting and retaining international students in an increasingly competitive international market

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The UK retains a substantial reputation for attracting and retaining international students from across the globe.

However, recent policy changes to international student visa regulations in the UK, and emerging challenges from key competitors teaching in English - particularly in the United States, Australia and Europe - mean that the environment for international student recruitment in the UK is facing a tough period for growing student numbers.

This national broadcast conference brought together policy and practice presentations from national policy makers and key stakeholders to consider the impact of recent policy changes, particularly in relation to international student visa regulations; shared best practice on the successful recruitment and retention of international students; examined developing internationalisation strategies in universities and colleges and looked at how to maintain and exceed international students’ expectations.

Aaron Porter, Higher Education Consultant and Journalist
Introduction and welcome from Conference Chair

Professor Paul Webley, Principal, School of Oriental and African Studies; Chair, UKCISA
Keynote – The changing landscape for international student recruitment

Joanna Newman, Director, International & Europe Unit
Promoting UK higher education to an international audience

Professor Colin Riordan, Vice-Chancellor, University of Essex; Chair, UUK International Policy Network
Responding to the impact of Tier 4 changes for UK universities

Questions and discussion: Session 1
Refreshments, exhibition and networking
Will Archer, Director, i-graduate
Benchmarking the international student experience: how does the UK compare?

Christina Yan Zhang, International Students’ Officer, NUS
Meeting the expectations for international students

Questions and discussion: Session 2
Buffet lunch, exhibition and networking
Interview and reflections from the morning Dominic Scott, CEO, UKCISA
Gretchen Dobson, Senior Associate Director, Domestic and International Programs, Tufts University
Building international student-alumni relationships

Jeremy Oppenheim, Interim Head of Immigration Group, UK Border Agency (UKBA)
Support for PBS Tier 4 visa applications and immigration process

Dr Fabrizio Trifiro, Development Officer (International Collaboration), Quality Assurance Agency (QAA)
Introducing the new QAA guidance on the international student experience

Questions and discussion: Session 3
Refreshments, exhibition and networking
Seminar 1 The international student experience: Teaching International Students Project
Dr Janette Ryan, Director, Teaching International Students Project, The Higher Education Academy

Seminar 2: Developing an international network
Stuart Bannerman, Director International Academy, University of Essex

Seminar 3: Integrating international students on campus
James Kennedy, Director, International Office, University of Warwick; Leo Boe, President, University of Warwick Students’ Union

Seminar 4: The international student experience in bi-lateral and multilateral HE frameworks
Christian Yeomans, Policy Advisor, UK HE International Unit