Welcome to UKCISA fest: a week-long online event for international students in the UK

16-20 November 2020

Last year, UKCISA convened a one-day forum, bringing together international students from across the UK education sector, to inform policy and practice through lived experience.



This year, we are going digital – introducing UKCISA Fest, a week-long online event series, bringing together international students and members to inform policy and practice, and celebrate International Student Day & International Education Week.


In the week of 16th November, we will focus on a different selection of themes and topics for each day. Discussions will be led by the #WeAreInternational Student Ambassadors, and co-facilitated with partner organisations exploring international students’ experiences at every stage of their journey, along with other students, UKCISA members, sector partners and policy makers.


Confirmed speakers include: Lord Karan Bilimoria (UKCISA President), Professor Sir Steve Smith (UK International Education Champion), Larissa Kennedy (NUS President), and so many more. Bookings open w/c 26 October. 


Event Programme

Monday 16th November

  • 10:00 – 11:00 Introducing UKCISA Fest & Global Café  
  • 13:00 – 14:00 What to do when things go wrong? A session with Office of Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education  
  • 15:00 – 16:00 Student Space – Supporting You in Navigating University Life During the Coronavirus Pandemic  

Tuesday 17 November  

  • 11:00 – 12:00 Refreshed International Education Strategy - Conversations with UK International Education Champion  
  • 14:00-15:00 #WeAreInternational Student Charter  

Wednesday 18th November  

  • 10:00 – 11:00 A Session with the Office for Students  
  • 13:00 – 14:30 International Student Graduate Employability  
  • 16:00 – 17:00 Global café  

Thursday 19th November  

  • 11:00 – 12:00 How can international students take ownership of their education through their Students’ Unions? - A session with the National Union of Students 
  • 13:00-15:00 Immigration Policy: What’s Next? 

Friday 20th November  

  • 11:00-12:00 A Session with the #WeAreInternational Student Ambassadors details TBC
  • 14:00 – 15:00 A Session with the #WeAreInternational Student Ambassadors details TBC