UKCISA Connect (London)


  • Date
    10 January 2024
  • Time
    09:30 - 16:30


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Woburn House, 20 Tavistock Square, LONDON WC1H 9HQ

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 

Join Dr Diana Beech, CEO of London Higher, Anne Marie, Chief Executive of UKCISA, and a #WeAreInternational Student Ambassador, to explore how the upcoming general election may shape the future of international education. 

Anne Marie Graham  
Chief Executive, UKCISA 

Dr Diana Beech

Chief Executive Officer, London Higher

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  
15:00 – 16:25 

Shaping the narrative: political perception of international students 

With a general election due in 2024, UKCISA's public affairs work aims to influence parliamentarians and policymakers. This session provides an opportunity for members to help shape the narrative on international students and the significant contributions they make to their campuses and local communities, to inform UKCISA’s work at a regional and national level. Your insight will help increase understanding and improve perceptions of international students in the UK, ahead of the general election. 

Anne Marie Graham  
Chief Executive, UKCISA 
16.25 - 16:30   Closing remarks

Anne Marie Graham  
Chief Executive, UKCISA 


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