Support networks for staff

Last modified: 19 December 2017

Once you're a member of UKCISA, you'll also be able to join specialist networks for further support and best practice. Whether you work in compliance at an HE institution or work in FE, there are a number of groups that may be of interest.

AISA

Last modified: 18 December 2017

AISA is a professional sub-group of UKCISA for those working in international student advice.

It was established in 1991 and since then has become an important voice in international student matters and a key forum for staff within the Higher and Further Education sectors, Students' Unions, and other institutions.

It was set up by staff working with international students and continues to provide a strong network of support, training and information at grass roots level.

FE Network

Last modified: 11 December 2017

The Further Education International Network was based on the partnership with UKCISA and AoC. 

It met once or twice a year subject to interest.  It was a forum for staff involved in international activity in the college sector to meet and discuss issues of common interest.  Events included presentations from relevant bodies such as the British Council, and practitioner-led discussions based on institutional case studies.


UKCISA and the AoC are planning two events in 2017-18 to support FE members. The first was a debate and discussion around supporting international student mental health in the UK. The next date will be confirmed shortly. 

Immigration Compliance Network (ICN)

Last modified: 19 December 2017

The Immigration Compliance Network (ICN) was established in 2014 to provide a safe and supportive forum within which colleagues can share their ideas and concerns about compliance with (primarily) the Tier 4 sponsor requirements.

ICN’s terms of reference are as follows:

  • To provide a forum and a ‘safe space’ for peer-to-peer discussion, support and advice-sharing about the practicalities of managing immigration compliance within our diverse institutions
  • To share good practice about professional development within this emerging field of immigration compliance management
  • To strive to keep the spirit of UKCISA Code of Ethics at the heart of our compliance discussions, whilst ensuring we meet all our Tier 4 sponsor and institutional obligations
  • To coordinate examples of operational and policy difficulties experienced by institutions and feed into appropriate lobbying efforts and/or to initiate lobbying as a network

 

STRATOS

Last modified: 11 December 2017
STRATOS is an informal network of advisers from HE and FE institutions across Scotland.

We meet 2 -3 times per year to discuss arising issues and best practice in the area of international student support and immigration matters.

For more information please email one of our co-chairs, Susan Scott or Jane O'Loughlin.


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