2018 closing plenary

Read an overview of the closing plenary in 2018:

Friday 29 June, 12.15 - 1.15pm

Changing Lives For Good - panel session and UKCISA choir!

Reflections on the past and challenges for the future

Chaired by, and in conversation, with Dominic Scott, UKCISA Chief Executive

After two intensive days of debate on current issues and concerns we close with a lively panel discussion with colleagues and leading commentators from sector bodies, law firms, university management, advisors and student representatives reflecting on the most important recent achievements but also challenges and opportunities in the future.

Where will Tier 4 go?  What will Brexit bring?  Are advice and compliance working together or drawing apart? Are there sufficient resources allocated to support services? In what aspects of the international student experience are we leading the world and in which are we letting students down?  Is internationalisation and student mobility on the up or on the wane?  Do our local communities and politicians accept and understand the value (and values) - and if not what more do we need to do? 

What are the key strengths of the UKCISA community, what have we achieved over so many years, what should be our main priorities for the coming years enabling us to continue to ‘change lives for good’?

Featured panellists:

  • Nichola Carter, partner Carter-Thomas law firm
  • Lizzie Huckle, Head of International Student Support, Imperial College London
  • Alan Mackay, PVC International and Director Edinburgh Global, University of Edinburgh
  • Dr Alastair Niven, former Principal of Cumberland Lodge and former Chair of UKCISA’s Board of Trustees
  • Vivienne Stern, Director Universities UK International (UUKi)
  • Yinbo Yu, International Students' Officer, NUS


The UKCISA conference closing (scratch) choir

A bold, lively and highly experimental collection of brave volunteers - who will have rehearsed (very briefly) during the conference – will send us home on a (possibly) musical but doubtless inspirationally high, final note (or notes) celebrating the UKCISA community, the ways we each help each other and the strength and comradeship, after 50 years, of quite an extraordinary organisation.

And farewell and good fortune as we depart and look forward to another highly successful 50 years!