Guest of Honour

Professor Colin Riordan President and Vice-Chancellor, Cardiff University and Vice-President and Board Member, Universities UK

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Overview

Being held shortly after the Government plans to trigger Article 50, this event will evaluate the value of international students for the UK economy and allow the HE sector to come together to identify priorities for attracting and retaining students from across the globe as international policy is shaped throughout negotiations with the EU.

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International Student Demand for UK Higher Education: Current Trends in Applications, Anticipating Intake After Brexit and Exploring Other Markets

Sessions will consider current trends in international student recruitment, particularly taking into account that figures from the January deadline for applications to UCAS showed a 7% decline in applications from EU students. Delegates will discuss what can be done to ensure the UK maintains a competitive advantage in the international HE sector both within Europe and beyond, particularly amid concerns that the UK will lose its share in the international market to countries like Australia and Canada.

Delegates will also assess current direct recruitment strategies, as well as looking to other ways of maintaining the UK’s global standing in the HE market such as distance and transnational education.

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The Value of International Students for the UK Economy: Tuition Fees, Availability of Skilled Workers and a More Inclusive Society

Sessions will also consider how valuable international students are to the UK, both in terms of improving the economy through tuition fees, term-time spending as well as skilled workers contributing to the labour market, but also through creating cultural ties between students of different nationalities and encouraging a more diverse and accepting society.

Delegates will also discuss the impact of the TEF and its link to tuition fees, as well as the potential inflation of European student fees after Brexit, and how this could affect international student recruitment and the effect this could have long-term on the UK’s economy.

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Remaining Open and Welcoming to International Students: The International Student Experience, Availability of Visas and the Question of Inclusion in Immigration Figures

Following Amber Rudd’s pledge to crackdown on international student numbers at the Conservative Party Conference in October, including tougher visa rules for lower quality courses, and subsequent rumours that the Home Office plans to almost halve the number of international student visas, sessions will also look at what needs to be done by the UK Government and universities alike to remain open and attractive to international students, and consider whether international student numbers should be excluded from the immigration figures.

Delegates will also assess current international student experiences, and discuss what more can be done to ensure their time in the UK is enjoyable and worthwhile, therefore continuing the UK’s status as a global Higher Education player.


Agenda
Start

08:30 - 09:00
Registration, Coffee and Networking

 

09:00 - 09:05
Chair and Policy-UK Welcoming remarks

 

09:05 - 09:30
The Economic Value of International Students to the UK

 

09:30 - 10:15
Priorities for the UK Government and the HE Sector in Attracting and Retaining Talented Overseas Students

 

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Professor Colin Riordan President and Vice-Chancellor, Cardiff University and Vice-President and Board Member, Universities UK

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10:15 - 11:05
Trends in International Student Recruitment - Current Demand, Anticipating the Future and Exploring Other Markets

 

11:05 - 11:10
Chair’s Closing Comments

 

11:10 - 11:35
Refreshments and Networking break

 

11:35 - 11:40
The Chair’s Welcome Back

 

11:40 - 12:05
Ensuring a Positive International Student Experience

 

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Fiona Crozier Head of International, Quality Assurance Agency

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12:05 - 12:55
Remaining Open to International Students - Ensuring a Welcoming Atmosphere on Campus, the Availability of Post-Study Work and the Impact of Immigration Policy

 

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Professor Graham Galbraith Vice-Chancellor, University of Portsmouth

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12:55 - 13:00
Chair’s and Policy-UK’s Thanks

 

End

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Fiona Crozier Head of International, Quality Assurance Agency

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Professor Graham Galbraith Vice-Chancellor, University of Portsmouth

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Professor Colin Riordan President and Vice-Chancellor, Cardiff University and Vice-President and Board Member, Universities UK

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Sponsors & Exhibitors

Cambridge Assessment


Venue details

Central London


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