International Student Forum Agenda

UKCISA wants to ensure that international students are represented in policy development and government strategy.

This free one-day event will bring together international students from across the UK to share their experiences and influence policy. They'll hear from experts and explore diverse aspects of their experience, from the application process through to post-graduation. They'll have an opportunity to network with the wider sector at the evening reception, celebrating the award-winning #WeAreInternational campaign.  

Forum venue: Woburn House, Tavistock Square, London. WC1H 9HQ



Registration and coffee

Welcome from UKCISA: Anne Marie Graham, Chief Executive, UKCISA

10.15- 10.30  

Opening remarks: Dr Knut Schroeder, Founder and Director, Expert Self Care


Application and arrival: have we done it right?

A panel discussion led by sector experts and student representatives exploring real student experience with applications and arrivals of UK education providers and how they can be better supported, key discussion points with case studies:

  • Cultural shock and mental health support
  • Integrated approach to enhance international student experience beyond orientation programmes
  • Pathway programme transition
  • International student recruitment marketing

Chaired by Vincenzo Raimo, Chief Relationship Officer, Unilodgers


  • Claire O’Leary, Assistant Director – Global Student Experience, Warwick University
  • Willow Wong, Student, Royal Holloway University of London; Former Vice President Welfare, Royal Holloway Students’ Union
  • Martin Hookham, Head of International, University of Sussex; British Universities Int'l Liaison Association (BUILA) Executive Member
  • Wahida Ashiq, Founder, Great British Mag



Workshops/Roundtables: global student community

  • Community Engagement: Challenging the Stereotypes of International Students - Matthew Kon, Kadri Paju, Chevening Secretariat 
  • Exploring Students Unions: Building Global Student Communities - Erica Ramos, National Union of Students 
  • Immigration Policy: Post-Brexit and Post-Study Work visa, what’s next? - UKCISA & Stephanie Harris, Universities UK

Lunch and networking

Workshops/Roundtables: global student experience
  • Student Representation: Prove it - Using evidence to represent international students - Jim Dickinson, WonkHE
  • International Education Strategy: How can we empower and support international students to co-deliver it with the sector and the government? Anne Marie Graham, UKCISA; Steve Woodfield, British Council
  • Political Engagement: APPG on International Students inquiry - Joy Elliot-Bowman, APPG on International Students



Post-graduation and employability

A panel discussion led by international students and recent graduates exploring how the sector and government can work with students to enhance graduate employability and expand alumni network, with key discussion points: 

  • Work with businesses and employers in the UK, to help them understand the visa rules and restrictions; to support them to take international graduates through the new PSW visa or becoming Tier 2 sponsors
  • Support the current student cohort who might not be eligible to apply for the 2-year PSW visa
  • How institutions can improve their student career service by making information, advice and guidance tailored for international graduates 

Chaired by
Jack Thomlinson, Head of International HE, Department for Education


  • Whiskey Chow, Visiting Lecturer, Royal College of Arts, Former Co-President, Royal College of Arts Students’ Union
  • Abhiyaan Malhotra, Education and Mobility Officer,
    Erasmus Student Network UK
  • Stella Wang, Career Support Officer, University of Bristol
  • Dhruv Krishnaraj, Co-Founder, Student Circus​​


Closing remarks: To be announced


Evening reception at Kings Library Gallery British Library
Celebrating International Education Week and #WeAreInternational 

Speakers to be announced

International Student representatives

How do I book?

This event for international students only. If you work at one of our member institutions, your primary contact can nominate one student to attend by clicking on the link we emailed to them.

Travel costs 

We want to encourage international students from across the UK to attend. If your institution cannot cover the cost of your student's travel you can apply for a travel bursary. 

Thanks to our sponsors!

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