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 as the Government begins the process of negotiating the UK's exit from the EU and following the Education Select Committee report recommending that the Government design a new immigration system that better meets the needs of higher education, 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 and in the context of the forthcoming General Election, discuss key focuses for a new Parliament.

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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

 

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Mike Boxall PA Consulting

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09:05 - 09:30
What can universities can offer the new Home Secretary - and what they should ask in return?

 

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Lord Lucas House of Lords

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09:30 - 10:00
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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10:00 - 11:00
Trends in International Student Recruitment - Current Demand, Anticipating the Future and Exploring Other Markets

 
  • What is the expected impact of the Brexit negotiations and subsequent UK departure from the EU on demand for places from international students at UK universities?
  • With the education select committee expressing concern that Government’s drive to reduce the number of overseas students is deterring applications what is the future for the international competitiveness and long-term success of UK universities?
  • With the HEPI determinants of international demand for UK higher education report suggesting that any further crackdown on international students could cost the UK economy as much as £2 billion a year what options are there to ensure the UK universities remain attractive to undergraduate and postgraduate students, particularly from the EU?
  • How likely is it that fees for EU students will rise post-Brexit and what is the anticipated impact on demand for places given that the number of EU undergraduates has dropped by 7.4 per cent over the last year?
  • How likely is it that demand might increase from some countries due to depreciation of sterling?
  • What measures can be taken to ensure the UK maintains a competitive advantage in the international HE sector both within Europe and beyond and what options are there to explore other markets such as in India and South America?
  • How many Universities are expected to open new EU and other international campuses in an effort to retain funding both from students and in terms of research funding?

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Catherine Turner Associate Director, IFF Research

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Katherine Bull Head of Strategic Market Insight and Planning, University of London International Programmes

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Jess Howlett Business Development Director, i-graduate

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11:00 - 11:05
Chair’s Closing Comments

 

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Mike Boxall PA Consulting

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11:05 - 11:30
Refreshments and Networking break

 

11:30 - 11:35
The Chair’s Welcome Back

 

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Mike Boxall PA Consulting

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11:35 - 12:00
Ensuring a Positive International Student Experience

 

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Fiona Crozier Head of International, Quality Assurance Agency

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12:00 - 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

 
  • To what extent has the atmosphere for international students changed on university campuses since the Brexit vote last year and to what extent are students now looking elsewhere when planning their future after studying?
  • With rumours at the end of last year suggesting the Home Office was looking to almost halve the number of IS visas – from 300,000 to 170,000 a year how far is it expected that visas for post-work study will be decreased?
  • With the debate continuing over the value of including of international student numbers in official immigration statistics and the likelihood that the new Government will seek to keep the status quo what is the expected impact on international student recruitment drives post General Election?
  • How likely is it that the Education Select Committee’s recommendation for a ‘system closely resembling freedom of movement’ for all overseas students to enable the UK to remain a global leader in higher education will be a significant consideration for the new Government?
  • What is the likely result of the new Office for Students being able to publish separate figures on overseas students have on the debate about including students in the official immigration statistics?


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Professor Graham Galbraith Vice-Chancellor, University of Portsmouth

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Judith Hockin Associate, Veale Wasbrough Vizards

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Lizzie Huckle Head of International Student Support, Imperial College London

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

 

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Mike Boxall PA Consulting

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End

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Mike Boxall PA Consulting

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Katherine Bull Head of Strategic Market Insight and Planning, University of London International Programmes

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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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Judith Hockin Associate, Veale Wasbrough Vizards

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Jess Howlett Business Development Director, i-graduate

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Lizzie Huckle Head of International Student Support, Imperial College London

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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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Catherine Turner Associate Director, IFF Research

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Lord Lucas House of Lords

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Sponsors & Exhibitors

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Venue details

Royal Society of Chemistry Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BA.

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