There are few moments in modern history in which student mobility has been as globally disrupted as it has been this year.
Mobility teams have dealt with a huge range of challenges, from the repatriation and support of students already abroad when Covid-19 hit, to the disruption of planned mobility and the need to find alternative opportunities for students with compulsory periods of international experience.
Paired with these challenges is existing uncertainty around European mobility after the UK’s exit from the European Union.
In light of the UK's exit from the European Union and Covid-19 pandemic, this conference will look at how institutions can explore opportunities and challenges for mobility in turbulent times.
It will explore:
the reconfiguring of our relationship with Europe and how we can continue to support European mobility within or outside of the next Erasmus+ programme.
building sustainable mobility
crisis management in international mobility
the development of virtual mobility
Most of all, the conference is an opportunity to reflect on the challenges and successes of the last year and discuss strategies for the future, to enable students to continue to benefit from life-changing international opportunities while we are operating and cooperating in uncertain environments.
Our Go International programme helps implement the UK Strategy for Outward Mobility. It works with UK higher education institutions, the Erasmus+ National Agency for the UK, sector agencies, careers services, employer representatives, overseas governments and professional, statutory and regulatory bodies to achieve the strategy's objectives.
Representing the UK higher education sector collectively, Go International works to increase participation in outward student mobility by:
providing an annual overview of mobility data and trends among UK participants, including the type and length of mobility being accessed, the demographics of participation and the most common destinations
supporting higher education staff to promote and deliver outward mobility programmes through a range of professional development events around the UK and an annual conference
delivering a diverse programme of research in collaboration with other sector agencies, providing quantitative and qualitative evidence of the benefits of mobility to UK higher education students
sharing knowledge and good practice across the sector through a biannual mobility network, involving over 70 higher education institutions and related organisations