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Attracting and supporting international students - Recruitment post-pandemic, market opportunities, partnerships and competition, and graduate employability

Morning, Tuesday, 8th February 2022

This conference will examine the current state of play for international student recruitment in the UK and the measures that can be taken to improve UK competitiveness, support skills development and sector growth, and address potential barriers to immigration and international collaboration.

We are pleased to be able to include a keynote contribution from Ella Carey-Phillips, Head - International and Secure HE, Department for Education.

It will be a timely opportunity to discuss priorities in the context of the updated International Education Strategy and assess what can be done to improve the attractiveness of UK higher education for international students. Delegates will also consider the steps that need to be taken to meet the target set out in the International Education Strategy of 600,000 international students studying in the UK per year by 2030.

The discussion is also expected to look at the outlook for the relationship between the UK immigration system and higher education sector in light of the recent consultation by the ICIBI on this issue. Delegates will consider how effective and efficient the post-Brexit immigration system is and discuss developments such as the Graduate Route Visa.

Overall, sessions in the agenda will bring out latest thinking on:

  • the current state of play for international student recruitment
  • supporting the transition into higher education in the UK
  • the impact of changes to the UK immigration system on the HE sector so far
  • the UK HE sector within the international competitive landscape and learning from best practice
  • the outlook for international student employment in the UK and priorities for talent retention

Keynote Speakers

Alex Bols

Deputy CEO, GuildHE

Ella Carey-Phillips

Head - International and Secure HE, Department for Education


Sanam Arora

Chairperson, National Indian Students and Alumni Union UK

Reese Chamberlain

#WeAreInternational Student Ambassador, UKCISA

Simon Terrington

Director and Founder, EdCo LATAM Consulting

Linda Cowan

Senior Vice President, UK and Middle East, Kaplan International Pathways

Gwion Sims

Head of International Recruitment, University of York

Senior speaker confirmed from the AGCAS Internationalisation Task Group

Dr Tahir Rashid

Associate Dean International and DBA Director, Salford Business School, University of Salford

Patrick Hayes

Chief Development Officer, Times Higher Education

Brian Pepin

Policy Adviser - International, UCAS