Westminster Higher Education Forum

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Next steps for UK transnational education

Morning, Thursday, 7th March 2024

This conference will discuss priorities and next steps for UK transnational education.

It takes place amidst significant growth in the scale of UK TNE, with Office for Students figures showing that 16% of all students registered at English universities now live abroad.

The conference will be an opportunity to consider the OfS’s future approach following it taking over regulatory responsibilities from the Quality Assurance Agency.

Sector stakeholders, policymakers and regulators will assess the way forward for TNE regulation and monitoring, alongside how intervention should be approached when challenges develop, with the OfS warning that poor quality courses taught by universities abroad are ‘bad for business’. Further sessions consider priorities for maintaining the integrity of qualifications awarded by UK HEIs through TNE.

Delegates will consider key issues for the quality of provision and for how UK TNE provision is perceived internationally, looking at the experiences of students studying for UK HEI degrees at international campuses.

We expect discussion on tackling access issues for UK providers in priority markets, with the Government’s International Education Strategy: 2023 progress update highlighting its work with organisations such as the British Council.

We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with: Dr Janet Ilieva, Founder and Director, Education Insight; and Eduardo Ramos, Director of International and Professional Services, Quality Assurance Agency.

Overall, sessions will look at:

  • monitoring the quality of UK TNE provision: maintaining overall standards - approaches to regulation and intervention
  • partnership-building: how best to implement a rigorous selection process for overseas partner institutions - priorities for robust management of partnerships
  • online provision: improving the delivery of online, distanced and blended learning in TNE settings
  • the position of UK TNE in the international market: building confidence in UK TNE - progressing UK competitiveness - exploring growth opportunities and overcoming barriers in key markets
  • examining trends in the UK TNE market: including growth in student uptake and the number of institutions awarding qualifications abroad
  • the student experience:
    • learning from the experiences of students studying at international campuses in comparison to that of students studying within the UK
    • priorities moving forward for enabling the voices of students to be heard and taken account of, informing future provision
    • tackling issues relating to consumer rights for students living overseas, and ensuring overall value for money

The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from DfE; DBT; FCDO; and the Welsh Government.

Keynote Speakers

Eduardo Ramos

Director of International and Professional Services, Quality Assurance Agency

Dr Janet Ilieva

Founder and Director, Education Insight

Keynote Speakers

Dr Janet Ilieva

Founder and Director, Education Insight

Eduardo Ramos

Director of International and Professional Services, Quality Assurance Agency


Professor Mary Stiasny

Pro-Vice Chancellor, International, Teaching and Learning, University of London

Alison Barrett

Country Director (India), British Council

Dr Jing Qi

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

Dr Fabrizio Trifiro

Head of International Quality Reviews and Stakeholder Engagement, Ecctis

Dina Alsusa

Independent Higher Education Professional

Dr Vicky Lewis

Founder and Director, Vicky Lewis Consulting

Marwan Elghobary

Student Association President, University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus

Glynne Stanfield

Partner, Head of UK Governance, External Relations Practice and International Education Practice, Eversheds Sutherland