Teaching and learning: supporting international students to study in the UK

Blog for members
10 April 2019

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Over the past five years a number of our grants scheme pilot projects and research have explored improving teaching and learning for international students, from supporting them to be more vocal in group work to helping them adjust to the UK educatio...

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STEPS in the right direction: a message for Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation

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08 April 2019

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It was reassuring to hear Chris Skidmore, Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation talk about the importance of supporting international students studying in the UK at the recent WonkHE conference on the Secret Life of Students on ...

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The power of collaboration. Students’ unions and institutions

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11 March 2019

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We spoke to Helen Quin, International Student Support Officer at the University of Sussex, and Natalie Sacks, Student Voice Manager at Sussex Students’ Union about how they have collaborated, what they’ve achieved together and their top t...

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"If I could travel back in time, I would be more proud of my cultural background"

Blog for students
06 March 2019

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The following is an account from Sha Zhou, international student at King’s College London, about studying in the UK, accessing counselling and overcoming isolation. "It was in September 2014 when I first set foot in Britain at the age of 2...

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How do family relationships impact on international students?

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27 February 2019

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The fifth and final part of our wellbeing series takes a look at Sheffield Hallam University and Stand Alone’s exploration into family relationships and what impact distance has on international students.    Having noted that previo...

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We’ve been working in the ‘golden age of universities’

Blog for members
14 February 2019

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We held our first members’ seminar of 2019 yesterday. Joined by 80 colleagues from across the sector, it was a day filled with timely reminders about what’s important for international students, how the student landscape is changing and e...

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Investigating the mental health and wellbeing of global access students

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12 February 2019

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In the fourth part of our wellbeing series, we explore the University of Edinburgh’s research into mental health and wellbeing of global access students.   In the first year of the MasterCard Foundation Scholars programme the team no...

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Mindfulness for international students

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04 February 2019

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In the third part of our wellbeing series, we explore Bangor University’s mindfulness project for international students.  Having found that fewer international students than home students were taking part in their Mindfulness sessions, B...

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Importance of food to support international students' transition to the UK

Blog for members
29 January 2019

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We all know about the link between food and wellbeing, but the second in our series focuses on the role food plays in supporting international students to transition to life in the UK. 'Having familiar foods helps settle you in and combat homesickne...

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Student banking. Do you really need a UK bank account? Is opening one difficult?

Blog for students
29 January 2019

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As someone who has just moved to the UK, do you really need to open a UK bank account? And is opening an account as difficult as people say?  Andrew Humphrey investigates. Your first days and weeks in the UK are hectic.  You are starti...

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