Westminster Higher Education Forum

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Next steps for UK TNE - quality assurance, market opportunities, competitiveness, and the longer-term future

Morning, Thursday, 9th December 2021

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will examine priorities for the UK’s transnational education (TNE) provision and exports in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the UK leaving the EU, and the introduction of the TNE Quality Enhancement Scheme from the QAA.

It will be an opportunity to analyse mechanisms for quality assurance and their potential knock-on effects on exports - as well as consider opportunities for growth and expansion, and discuss wider priorities for UK TNE.

We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions, including:

  • Priorities for quality assurance in UK TNE - with Dr Abi Coveney, Senior Risk Manager, OfS; and Rosie Kennedy, Policy Specialist, QAA Global
  • Collaborating internationally on quality assurance - with Professor Youhansen Eid, President, National Authority for Quality Assurance and Accreditation of Education, Egypt
  • Policy priorities for the growth of UK TNE - with Aisling Conboy, Higher Education Specialist, Education Team, Department for International Trade
  • Moving forward from the impact of the pandemic and the long-term outlook for UK transnational education - with Eduardo Ramos, Head of Transnational Education, Universities UK International

There will also be panels on:

  • Quality and best practice - country visits, working with local regulators, and the future for metrics
  • Market opportunities - UK competitiveness, partnerships, and strategies for revenue growth


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by officials from BEIS; and the Welsh Government. Also due to attend are representatives from Liverpool John Moores University; Mills & Reeve; The University of Manchester; University of Aberdeen; University of East London; and University of the Arts London.

Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government and regulatory officials involved in this area of policy, as well as from higher education stakeholders including university leaders in the UK and abroad, student unions, programme coordinators, teachers and teaching groups, foreign embassies, virtual learning platforms, training providers, examination bodies, local government, law firms, as well as academic researchers and commentators, together with reporters from the national and specialist media.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speaker

Eduardo Ramos

Head of Transnational Education, Universities UK International

Keynote Speakers

Eduardo Ramos

Head of Transnational Education, Universities UK International

Aisling Conboy

Higher Education Specialist, Education Team, Department for International Trade


Dr Abi Coveney

Senior Risk Manager, OfS

Mike Winter

Director of International Affairs, University of London

Rosie Kennedy

Policy Specialist, QAA Global

Kevin Van-Cauter

Senior Higher Education Adviser, Internationalisation, British Council

Dr Janet Ilieva

Director and Founder, Education Insight

Dr Fabrizio Trifiro

Head of Quality Benchmark Services, Ecctis/UK ENIC

Dr Jing Qi

Lecturer, School of Global, Urban and Social Sciences, RMIT University

Professor Youhansen Eid

President, National Authority for Quality Assurance and Accreditation of Education, Egypt

Professor Tadhg O’Donovan

Deputy Vice Principal, Dubai Campus, Heriot-Watt University

Charlie Ball

Senior Consultant, Jisc