Sessions BC

Thursday 4 July, 9.30am-12.30pm

BC1/DE1 Stop Press (repeated as DE1)

Category: Immigration

Based on UKCISA’s day-long Stop Press training events in May, this session is designed to provide participants with updated information on international student issues, and changes in relevant legislation/guidance over the last 12 months. As in previous years, immigration changes, including an update on the latest understanding of Brexit and its effect on students, are likely to provide a large part of the agenda.

This session is for experienced advisers who already have a good understanding of existing provisions affecting international students. Participants who attended a Stop Press training event earlier in the year are advised not to attend this session as it will largely cover the same material.

Presenter:  Advice and Training Officer, UKCISA


BC2 EU Settlement Scheme and the rights of EU/ EEA & Swiss nationals (and family members) in the UK post Brexit

Category: Immigration

This session will cover three areas:

  • 1. Existing EU law of Freedom of Movement for students coming to the UK before end of transition period (or EU Temporary Leave to Remain for students coming to the UK before the introduction of the new immigration system in event of no deal)
  • 2. The EU Settlement Scheme – overview, eligibility requirements and rights under the scheme
  • 3. A whistlestop tour of an EU Settlement Scheme application from start to finish

Presenters:  Deepa Chadha, Advice And Training Officer, UKCISA; John Kayan, Senior International Student Visa Adviser & Erasmus Co-ordinator, London School of Economics & Political Science

Deepa Chadha is an Advice and Training Officer at UKCISA.

John Kayan has been working in student immigration advice for over 10 years, previously at UEL and more recently at LSE as a Senior International Student Visa Adviser.

He has delivered UKCISA conference sessions in previous years on Immigration Appeals, Administrative Reviews for Challenging Credibility Refusals & Outbound Student Mobility.

Throughout his time as a student immigration adviser, John has developed an interest in the rights and status of European Economic Area & Swiss nationals and their family members.

John has recently created online information and application guidance for EEA & Swiss national students and family members on Brexit & the EU Settlement Scheme.

BC3 Intercultural training clinic - finding solutions to your presenting and/or training issues

Category: Special interest

Aim: to air the challenges participants face in running intercultural training/other intercultural learning interventions at their institution and to work with others to come up with new ideas to address these issues

Objectives: by the end of the session participants will have...

  • had the opportunity to share the challenges they face in facilitating intercultural learning in their institution (participants will be invited to submit these in advance of the conference)
  • had the opportunity to work collaboratively on some of these issues with colleagues to get some different perspectives and new ideas on how to tackle these issues and challenges
  • been signposted to relevant resources where appropriate

Target audience: anyone who facilitates intercultural training/other intercultural learning interventions at their institution. (Participants who have not yet facilitated such learning but are planning to and have concerns or don't know where to start are also welcome!)

Workshop type: interactive

Presenter:  Jo Bloxham, Director, Kynfolk

Jo has been an intercultural trainer/facilitator in the voluntary, public and private sector for over 20 years and now runs Kynfolk - www.kynfolk.com. Her regional specialisms are Asia and Africa and she has a particular interest in China where she lived in the 90s and last visited in 2018. Jo is passionate about supporting others to learn about intercultural working whether they are a volunteer, an elite sports person, an MSc student or a local tourism business. She likes learning so when she is not running a workshop she quite likes to be on one. Most recent workshop: felt-making!

BC4 Coaching techniques for advisers and managers

Category: Staff support

In this session you will learn and practice basic coaching techniques which can be effectively applied in your day-to-day role. Find out how coaching differs from advice, reflect on your own practice and support others to develop through coaching techniques. This will be useful for all staff who are interested in self-development and particularly useful for staff with line management responsibilities.

By the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • recognise what coaching is and how, when and why to use it;
  • listen more effectively;
  • apply powerful questions which support development; and
  • set goals for yourself and for others.

Presenter:  Julie Allen, Director of Policy and Services, UKCISA

Julie is Director of Policy at UKCISA and is also a trained transformational life coach.


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