UKCISA Connect (Bristol)


  • Date
    21 February 2024
  • Time
    09:30 - 16:30


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The Bristol Hotel, Prince Street, Bristol, BS1 4QF

UKCISA Connect is an exclusive event series for colleagues across the international education sector to come together, share the latest insights, and build valuable networks. 

At this event, we will delve into the latest policy analysis, the potential impact of the upcoming general election and our ongoing efforts to ensure that international students in the UK have the best possible experience. Additionally, we will explore the critical theme of sustainability in the education sector.  

Who should attend? 

UKCISA Connect is open to all UKCISA members, welcoming colleagues from across institutions who work in advice, immigration compliance, international student experience, recruitment, careers as well as teaching and learning.

Time Session Speakers
9.30 – 10.00 Registration  
10.00 - 10.15 Welcome and introduction

Daniel Hooper  
Membership Manager, UKCISA 

10:15 – 11:00

The road to 2024: international student policy prospects 

Explore how the upcoming general election may shape the future of international education. 

Anne Marie Graham  
Chief Executive, UKCISA 

Stephanie Harris

Director of Strategy, Insight and Member Engagement, Universities UK

Andrew Monk

Executive Director of Global Engagement, University of Bristol

11:00 – 11:30

Refreshments and speed networking 

An opportunity for attendees to network, share experiences, and build connections with peers.

11:30 – 12:15 

The UK policy landscape affecting international students 

Join us for an informative session as Iona Murdoch provides a comprehensive overview of the current policy environment for international students in the UK. This talk will serve as a vital scene-setter, focusing on the challenges and potential impact of policy changes on members and students. Don't miss this opportunity to learn and share valuable insights into the dynamic landscape of international student policies. 

Iona Murdoch
Policy Officer, UKCISA
12:15 – 13:15  Lunch  
13:15 – 14:45 

Sustainability in the sector 

During this session, we seek to explore the challenges that the education sector has in integrating sustainability goals and responding to the expectations of international students over the coming years.  

Using the student-led #WeAreInternational Student Charter as a backdrop, we will explore what sustainability means to the sector, how international students perceive sustainability and its importance in the contemporary student experience, and how you as professionals can affect meaningful change and development. 

Robert Young
Advice & Training Officer, UKCISA
14:45 – 15:00  Refreshments  

International students panel 

Hear from UKCISA’s #WeAreInternational Student Ambassadors who will reflect on their diverse experiences studying in the UK and discuss how the #WeAreInternational Student Charter can help institutions to include international students in institutional policy and decision-making. 

Yinbo Yu, Head of Engagement and Partnerships

#WeAreInternational Student Ambassadors:

Assanatou Sy, University of Bath, Senegal

Philippe Weissenberg Anaboli, Imperial College London, Belgium

15:45 – 16:20 

International community-building

Learn how to run low-cost events that have a high impact on a student community, get resources for event planning and have a look at best practice examples. You will be provided with a resource/impact matrix and an event matchmaker cheat sheet to help colleagues run successful activities. 

Maria Loray

International Project Coordinator, The Union, Manchester Metropolitan University

16.25 - 16:30   Closing remarks

Anne Marie Graham  
Chief Executive, UKCISA 


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