Brexit, Covid-19, and the climate emergency are forcing us as a sector to review, and in some cases, reset, the way we do things. The pandemic in particular has both accelerated existing trends and halted well-intentioned plans while efforts are focused on recovery.
While the UK higher education sector is working through what the UK-EU deal means for cooperation in higher education and research, the sector is also facing questions over academic freedom, foreign interference and sustainable partnerships. Around the world, the UK’s competitor markets are facing challenges around troubling visa policies and border restrictions.
International partnerships have been a vital part of the UK’s response to Covid-19, and will be a cornerstone of its recovery. At this crucial time in higher education, we, as a sector, cannot afford to lose our strategic and valuable partnerships across the world.
In line with the current health situation in the UK, the event will be held fully online over two days, with networking opportunities.
IHEF 2021 will bring together hundreds of higher education professionals. Our sessions include:
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International Education Strategy (IES) - hosted by Charlene Allen and Sirin Myles, Co-Founders and Directors, The IC Global Partnership
Equality and diversity - hosted by Debbie McVitty, Editor, Wonkhe
Reconciling carbon reduction and internationalisation - hosted by Amy Baker, CEO, The PIE News
The future of international student recruitment - hosted by Rachel Hewitt, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Higher Education Policy Institute
Start your IHEF journey by meeting counterparts across the sector at a virtual roundtable. Each table is themed with a different topic and hosted to help facilitate conversation. The purpose of these tables is for delegates to be able to make contacts, discuss the featured topic and network with each other. You will be asked to choose which table you would like to attend in advance.
Professor Dame Janet Beer, Vice-Chancellor, University of Liverpool
Adrian Monck, Managing Director, World Economic Forum
Chair: Phil Baty, Chief Knowledge Officer, Times Higher Education (THE)
Katherine Fleming, Provost, New York University
The Rt. Hon Lord David Willetts FRS, Conservative Member of the House of Lords, former Minister for Universities and Science and Author of A University Education
Professor Adam Habib, Director, SOAS University of London
Professor 'Funmi Olonisakin, Vice President and Vice Principal International, King's College London
Dr Michael Spence, President and Provost, University College London
This opening plenary will see two speakers, Katherine Fleming and the Rt. Hon Lord David Willetts FRS, take opposing positions on the question: has everything changed or has nothing changed?
Will the Covid crisis fundamentally reshape international higher education, with universities rethinking their internationalisation strategies, or are the effects of the pandemic temporary, with universities returning to previous international activities as soon as the crisis is considered to have passed?
Charlene Allen, Co-Founder and Director, The IC Global Partnership
Sirin Myles, Co-Founder and Director, The IC Global Partnership
Hosted by Sirin Myles and Charlene Allen of the IC Café, this afternoon networking session will provide a curated space for a global dialogue with delegates across the conference. Collectively, Sirin and Charlene have over 40 years of UK higher education internationalisation sector-specific operational and leadership experience and will help to facilitate a thought-provoking discussion on topics to be announced. This networking is designed for those that prefer to have structure to their online conversations.
Chair: Professor Paul Boyle, Vice-Chancellor, Swansea University
David Sweeney, Executive Chair, Research England
Professor Ernest Aryeetey, Secretary-General, African Research Universities Alliance
Dr Luciana Vaccaro, Rector, HES-SO University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland and Vice-President, Delegation Research, Swiss Universities
With the UK's participation in Horizon Europe confirmed subject to final agreement, and with the pandemic having brought significant challenges for international research collaboration, what does international research collaboration look like now and in the future? What challenges are presented by the limitations of the short-term Spending Review 2020, and where do the opportunities lie for the UK to be a science superpower? This session will explore the landscape of international research collaboration, specifically focusing on funding elements.
Chair: Matthew Hornshaw, Head of Membership, The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)
Divinia Jithoo, Specialist in International Education, Durban University of Technology, South Africa
Dr Lavern Samuels, Director of International Education, Durban University of Technology, South Africa
Albina Szeles, Interim Co-director, Centre for Global Engagement, Coventry University
With borders closed and campuses locked down, virtual mobility seems like the only reliable option for some institutions to achieve their goals to internationalise the student experience and to create outward student mobility opportunities.
This panel will feature two university case studies, providing an overview of the evidence on international student experience and practical tools for building equitable and reciprocal virtual learning partnerships.
Chair: Rob Carthy, Director of International, Northumbria University
Almut Caspary, HE & Science lead, EU Region, British Council
Holly Smith, Senior International Officer, University of Sussex
The changes in immigration and funding regimes for students from European Union (EU) countries from 2021 will have a significant impact on institutional behaviour in the UK.
This session will provide a snapshot of the impact of Brexit on recruitment strategies, in-country campuses, staffing as well as the approaches that are being taken to address the challenges posed by the implications of EU fees?
Chair: Dr David Pilsbury, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International Development), Coventry University
Professor Jenny J. Lee, Center for the Study of Higher Education, University of Arizona
Fabrizio Trifiro, Head of Quality Benchmarking Services, UK NARIC
Hillary Vance, Southeast & South Asian affairs, University of Arizona
Higher education activity will continue to grow, we have seen that demand has not been impacted by anything the world has thrown at it, and it is only the traditional models of supply that are in question. Transnational education (TNE) must be a major part of the answer, but its operation and structures need fundamentally reviewing to make it fit for purpose. This session examines how TNE could become the biggest higher education activity around the world.
Chair: Adam-Lucas Pettit, Head of University Partnerships, Password - English Language Testing
Alizee Cordes, International Recruitment Regional Manager, York St John University
Polly Penter, Associate Director of Student Services, Arcadia University England and Wales
This session will provide delegates with an up-to-date analysis of UKVI requirements with particular reference to English language testing for Student visas in light of Brexit, Covid-19 and the new International Education Strategy. We will explore the benefits of universities doing their own in-house testing to help applicants meet their offer conditions and convert more students. We will explore how tests can be proctored remotely while remaining compliant and allowing students to meet their offer conditions.
Professor Stephen Toope, Vice-Chancellor, University of Cambridge
Professor Margaret Gardner AC, President and Vice-Chancellor, Monash University
Professor Rocky Tuan, Vice-Chancellor and President, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Jude Sheeran, Principal, International Education and Research, Amazon Web Services
Continuing the debate from plenary one, this session will bring together representatives from different systems to discuss whether it is time for radical reform in international higher education. You can expect discussions on transnational education and international campuses, ed tech, sustainability and much more as we dive deeper into the question 'what will international higher education look like in the future'?
Chair: Yinbo Yu, Strategic Partnership Lead, UKCISA
Anne Marie Graham, CEO, UKCISA
Reese Chamberlain, International Student Ambassador, UKCISA and Student, University of Edinburgh
Alicia Herbert, Director of Education, Gender and Equality, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office
Umme Sumaiyah, International Student Ambassador, UKCISA and PhD Student, University of Portsmouth
'Enhancing the international student experience' became one of the priorities in the refreshed International Education Strategy. Many international students believe that their perspectives and lived experiences are vital in guiding efforts to help our sector shape a quality student experience in the UK. Join the discussion with UKCISA's #WeAreInternational Student Ambassadors and hear more about the challenges they have faced during the pandemic; and with sector leaders sharing good practices on how they responded to support the students, and what we can learn from this as a sector moving forward.
Chair: Shaun Butcher, Partnerships Manager, Virtual Internships
Emily Huns, Head of Careers, Employability & Entrepreneurship, University of Sussex
Elsa Zenatti-Daniels, Student Development Lead, Aston University Business School
Alejandra Vicencio, Head of International Mobility, Northumbria University
This session will explore the barriers to international mobility, and the role of online internships in addressing these. It will look at widening participation, the impact on employability outcomes and the value to the job market of online global internships. The session will also discuss integrating virtual programming into degree programs for international students, as well as attraction and engagement strategies, degree program structures and impact of online global education.
Chair: Professor Peter Mathieson, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, The University of Edinburgh
Professor Carole Mundell, Professor of Extragalactic Astronomy and Head of Astrophysics, University of Bath and Chief International Science Envoy, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office
Professor Tim Bedford, Associate Principal for Research & Innovation, University of Strathclyde
Professor Mary Stiasny, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International), University of London and CEO, University of London Worldwide
Patrick Hackett, Registrar, Secretary and Chief Operating Officer, University of Manchester
International engagement lies at the heart of higher education and research - and it is an area where UK universities excel. However, a sector that is open to the world is also open to risk - including risks to people, intellectual property, and the values of openness and academic freedom that underpin our sector. In this session, we will explore ways in which universities are adapting to these challenges and responses to the UUK Managing risks in internationalisation guidelines published in October 2020.
Professor Carole Mundell, Chief International Science Envoy at the FCDO, will set out the view from government, outlining the vital role internationalisation must play in our universities - but also how we must all be aware of the very real risks that accompany open research and international education.
We will then hear from three speakers who will reflect on different aspects of the risk, security and internationalisation agenda - exploring the ways in which UUK's guidelines have been adapted and implemented, and offering lessons on how to engage colleagues across the institutions to create understanding and awareness of the challenges posed by global engagement.
Chair: Douglas Blackstock, Chief Executive, QAA
Dr Nitesh Sughnani, Director of Higher Education Classification & Rating Framework, Knowledge & Human Development Authority, Dubai
Dr Susanna Karakhanyan, Higher Education Policy & Regulation Director, Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge in the United Arab Emirates
Professor Rhys Rowland-Jones, Commissioner, Commission for Academic Accreditation, Ministry of Education, UAE
How do strong partnerships in the UAE contribute to the continued development of quality assurance and enhancement of higher education in the UAE, the UK and beyond? This session will consider why global quality networks make a difference to higher education institutions, explore the continuous nature of quality assurance and why it matters and conclude with partnerships and cross border quality assurance and what they mean in a post-pandemic world.
Chair: Dr Edward Harcourt, Senior Vice President, QS
Paul Raybould, Director of B2B Marketing and Market Intelligence, QS
Vincenzo Raimo, Chief Relationship Officer, Unilodgers
Dr Vicky Lewis, Founder and Director, Vicky Lewis Consulting
Stephanie Pitticas, International Director, Glasgow Caledonian University
Aggregating data from the 2021 QS International Student Survey and the ongoing QS Coronavirus Survey, this presentation will explore how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the expectations, preferences and intentions of prospective international students from around the world. With a panel of higher education leaders and discussion to follow, it will provide a roadmap for what institutions in the UK can do to strengthen conversion strategies and remain an attractive destination for international students.
If you're missing those informal chats over a coffee or a pastry, this session is for you. Jump into our speed networking session to be randomly allocated a friendly face to have a 10-minute chat with. You'll get an opportunity to have two 10-minute chats with people who join the session. We'll provide you with a couple of questions or prompts to help you get started or you can talk about whatever you would like. This is perfect for those that miss bumping into colleagues at registration, in the queue for the bathroom or at the refreshment table.
Chair: Professor Richard Follett, Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor & Associate Vice President (International), University of Sussex
Professor Ernest Aryeetey, Secretary-General, African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA)
Professor Jeremy Bagg, Head of Glasgow Dental School, and Scottish lead for the MalDent Project
Mostafa Al-Mossallami, Tertiary Education Specialist & Senior Responsible Owner for SPHEIR, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office
Dr Joanna Newman MBE FRSA, Chief Executive & Secretary General, Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)
Against a backdrop of a global pandemic, and a reduced UK ODA budget, this session will bring together representatives from government, UK universities, and from those implementing reform projects to ask why we should be investing in higher education reform, and how more UK universities can leverage their expertise and partnerships to support this.
This session will look at how, if indeed at all, small and specialist institution need to change their international strategies in a post-pandemic, post-Brexit world.
Chair: Mark Garratt, Senior International Higher Education Marketing Professional, and Chair, CASE Europe Universities Marketing Forum
Raymond McHugh, Director of Marketing and Development, University of Strathclyde and Chair, Universities Scotland's branding group
Rachel Birkbeck, HE Sector Relationship Manager, British Council
Sabrina Starke, University Partnerships Manager, Absolute Internship
Ayla Acar, Business Development Consultant, London South Bank University
Bianca Pavel, Corporate Relations Manager, Hult International Business School
International students have traditionally faced the challenge of being overlooked by employers when seeking out work experience during their university studies. They are often seen as an expense rather than an asset; however, this perspective is quickly shifting.
As educators, how can we provide further assistance and equip international students for the job market? In this session, stakeholders will explore the new global employability trends and discuss how challenges for both international students and employers are solved via remote internships and employability preparation.
Simon Emmett, CEO, IDP Connect
Using exclusive research led by our CEO Simon Emmett, we will help you understand how the future landscape of international higher education will look, enabling you to navigate it effectively. You’ll gain an understanding of the exciting possibilities emerging in our evolving higher education habitat, come to recognise the new threats facing the sector, and learn how to not only avoid them but turn them to your advantage.
Co-chair: Rachel Sandison, Vice Principal, External Relations, University of Glasgow
Co-chair: Professor Saul Tendler, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost, University of York
Professor Sally Mapstone, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of St Andrews
Bobby Mehta, Director UoP Global, University of Portsmouth
Vivienne Stern, Director, Universities UK International
Professor Robin Mason, Pro-Vice Chancellor (International), University of Birmingham
Do you have a burning question about international higher education? Is there something keeping you up at night that you'd like the virtual room to explore? What do fellow international higher education experts think about your innovative solutions?
Dame Janet is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool. She was awarded a Damehood for services to higher education and equality and diversity in 2018.
Janet is a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council and chairs their Assurance Board, and is a member of the boards of Universities UK, Russell Group and National Leadership Centre. She took up a 3 year term of office as the International Policy Lead for Universities UK in August 2020.
Janet is a member of the Liverpool City Region LEP and is an adviser to the Metro Mayor on Higher Education for the City Region.
Adrian is an award-winning journalist, currently member of the World Economic Forum's Managing Board, leading Public Engagement & Foundations. Previously, he headed the Department of Journalism at City University London, where he was also a professor. As a journalist, he spent his career with CBS News, ITN and Sky News. He is also a published author.
Michelle Donelan was appointed Minister of State for Universities at the Department for Education on 13 February 2020.
She was previously Government Whip (Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury) from 29 July 2019 to 13 February 2020. She was also an unpaid Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Education covering the maternity leave of Kemi Badenoch MP from 4 September 2019 to 13 February 2020.
Phil Baty is an international authority on university performance and strategy, with more than 24 years of experience in global higher education, including a decade as Editor of the prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings and its derivative analyses. He is an award-winning journalist and a sought-after speaker and commentator. Phil was the creator of the THE World Academic Summit. He leads the team that organises the summit and THE’s extensive series of global university leadership events.
Katherine E. Fleming is Provost of New York University, where she is also the Alexander S. Onassis Professor of Hellenic Culture and Civilization.
From 2007-2012 Fleming was Associate Professor at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, and from 2012–2016 served as President of the Board of Directors of the University of Piraeus, Greece. She currently serves on the Administrative Board of the Universities of Paris system. A specialist on the modern history of Greece, she holds honorary doctorates from the University of Macedonia (PAMAK) and from Ionian University in Greece. Fleming was educated at Barnard College, the University of Chicago, and the University of California Berkeley.
Professor Adam Habib is an academic, activist, and public intellectual. He is Director of SOAS University of London and previously VC and Principal of University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in South Africa. He holds qualifications in Political Science from the University of Natal, Wits and the City University of New York.
Professor Habib is a co-founder of the African Research Universities Alliance, an affiliation of research-intensive universities on the continent.
He has published numerous edited books and journal articles over the last three decades in the thematic areas of democratisation and its consolidation in South Africa, philanthropy, inequality, institutional reform, and South Africa's role in Africa and beyond.
Professor ‘Funmi Olonisakin is Vice-President and Vice-Principal International and Professor of Security, Leadership & development at King’s College London. She founded the African Leadership centre (ALC), which aims to build the next generation of African scholars and analysts generating cutting edge knowledge for peace, security and development in Africa. She was Director of the Conflict, Security and Development Group (CSDG) at King’s College London from 2003 to 2013. Prior to this, she worked in the Office of the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict. In 2018, she was appointed to the Council of the United Nations University.
Dr Spence took up his post as President & Provost of UCL on 11 January 2021. Prior to this he was Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Sydney, which under his leadership rose to first in Australia and fourth in the world for graduate employability. He was also responsible for the largest philanthropic campaign in Australian history, raising a record one billion Australian dollars.
Dr Spence is recognised internationally as a leader in the field of intellectual property theory and holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Oxford, where he headed Oxford’s Law faculty and Social Sciences division. An alumnus of the University of Sydney, Dr Spence has a BA with first-class honours in English, Italian and Law. His other languages include Chinese and Korean.
In 2017, he was awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honours for service to leadership of the tertiary education sector, to the advancement of equitable access to educational opportunities, to developing programs focused on multidisciplinary research, and to the Anglican Church of Australia. Dr Spence is an ordained Minister in the Anglican Church.
The Rt Hon. Lord Willetts FRS is the President of the Resolution Foundation. He served as the Member of Parliament for Havant (1992-2015), as Minister for Universities and Science (2010-2014) and previously worked at HM Treasury and the No. 10 Policy Unit.
Lord Willetts is a visiting Professor at King’s College London, a Board member of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), a Board member of Surrey Satellites and of the Biotech Growth Trust.
Lord Willetts has written widely on economic and social policy. His book “A University Education” is published by Oxford University Press. A second edition of his book on the Boomers and the young generation “The Pinch” was published in November 2019.
Professor Sir Steve Smith is the UK Government International Education Champion, a post he took up after retiring as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Exeter in August 2020. He had held that position since October 2002. In November 2020 he was also appointed as the Prime Minister’s Special Representative to Saudi Arabia for Education.
Sir Steve holds a BSc, an MSc, and a PhD in International Relations from the University of Southampton. He was Chair of the UCAS Board from 2013 – 2019 and was President of Universities UK (UUK) from 2009-2011. He was a Board member of the Russell Group (2012-2020); Chair of UUK's International Policy Network and Chair of UUK's International Strategic Advisory Board (2015-2020); Member of the UUK Board (2006-2020); Board member of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (2013-2020).
From 2007 until 2010, he led for higher education on the Prime Minister’s National Council of Excellence in Education, which provided advice to Government about strategy and measures to achieve world-class education performance for all children and young people. Sir Steve was knighted in the 2011 Queen's Birthday Honours for services to higher education locally and nationally. In 2019, Sir Steve was made a Freeman of the City of Exeter for his extraordinary contribution to Exeter and the local community.
Professor Margaret Gardner AC is President and Vice-Chancellor of Monash University. She has previously held leadership positions at RMIT, the University of Queensland and Griffith University.
Professor Gardner is Chair of the Group of Eight Universities and was Chair of Universities Australia from 2017-2019. She is a Director of Infrastructure Victoria, the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) and a member of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Inclusion and Diversity Committee.
Professor Gardner’s previous roles include Chair of the Expert Panel of the Office of Learning and Teaching, Chair of Museum Victoria, Board member of the Australian-American Fulbright Commission and ANZAC Centenary Advisory Board.
Professor Stephen J. Toope OC, LL.D. is 346th Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, the first non-UK national to hold the post. He was Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, and President, the University of British Columbia. A former Dean of Law, McGill University, Toope was also Chair of the United Nations Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances.
Toope publishes in global journals on human rights, international dispute resolution, international environmental law, the use of force, and international legal theory, and has lectured at universities around the world. His current book project with Professor Jutta Brunnée explores mechanisms and processes fostering stability and change in international law.
Prof. Rocky S. Tuan is a world-renowned biomedical scientist specializing in stem cell science and regenerative medicine. He received a PhD in Life Sciences from Rockefeller University in 1977 and has authored nearly 500 research publications. He had held various academic and administrative positions at the University of Pittsburgh and other renowned universities in the US and research leadership position at the National Institutes of Health before he assumed the presidency of CUHK on 1 January 2018.
Professor Tuan was elected to the fellowships of the National Academy of Inventors, the Chinese Association of Inventions, and the American Association of Anatomists for his accomplishments in innovation and translational research that bring significant impact on society.
Professor Tendler is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost of the University of York. He has responsibility for planning and resource allocation across the university. In addition, he is the academic lead for the university’s internationalisation strategy, developing strong networks and appropriate partnerships to enhance the reputation of the university.
He undertook his first degree in Pharmacy at Manchester and his PhD at Aston. He was appointed to a Lectureship at Nottingham. He was subsequently promoted to Professor of Biophysical Chemistry. He headed Nottingham’s School of Pharmacy before becoming a Pro-Vice-Chancellor. He is the co-chair of the UUKi PVC International network.
Rachel Sandison is Vice Principal, External Relations at the University of Glasgow. As a member of the university’s senior management team, Rachel's responsibilities include strategic leadership for domestic and international student recruitment; marketing, brand and reputation; undergraduate and postgraduate admissions; international affairs and partnership development; fundraising & alumni relations; and widening participation. She is also the university’s Refugee & Asylum Seeker Champion.
Rachel is a chartered marketer and a CASE Global Trustee. She is a member of the Universities Scotland International Committee and sits on a number of sector advisory boards. She is also the University of Glasgow’s senior leader for the Universitas 21 network and The Guild of European Research Intensive Universities.
Simon leads the strategic direction and operational delivery of the IDP Connect, including strategic partnerships and developing people and culture. He joined the commercial teams in 2000, running individual divisions and became CEO in September 2015.
Professor Robin Mason has been Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (International) of the University of Birmingham since March 2016. He is the University's executive member with responsibility for all aspects of global engagement. Prior to this role, he was first Professor of Economics, and then Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the University of Exeter Business School. Prior to that, he was the Eric Roll Professor of Economics and Head of Economics at the University of Southampton. He graduated from the University of Cambridge in Natural Sciences, returning to Cambridge for his PhD in Economics. He has published widely in the area of game theory under incomplete information; and currently serves on the Competition Appeal Tribunal and the Financial Conduct Authority.
Bobby has worked in the higher education sector in the UK since August 1999 and has worked at 3 different universities and has held a number of different positions. In April 2017 Bobby was appointed to the post of Director of UoP Global at the University of Portsmouth.
During Bobby’s time working in the higher education sector in the UK he has been fortunate to have been able to gain a lot of experience working in different markets around the globe developing links and partnerships. Bobby has also done a lot of cross sector work and is currently Chair of the British Universities International Liaison Association (BUILA).
Vivienne is the Director of Universities UK International (UUKi) which represents UK universities around the world and works to enable them to flourish internationally.
Vivienne has over 20 years’ experience of working in higher education policy and politics at national and international level.
She is a member of several Boards and advisory committees, including the Education Sector Advisory Group of the Department for Education /Department for International Trade; the Board of UKRI’s Fund for International Collaboration; the British Council’s Education Advisory Group.
She is a graduate of the University of Cambridge, where she studied English Literature.
Professor Paul Boyle was appointed Vice-Chancellor of Swansea University in 2019. Prior to this he was President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester. Previously, Paul was Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the UK’s largest funding agency for social science research; the International Champion of Research Councils UK, with responsibility for international strategy on behalf of all seven UK research councils; and President of Science Europe, representing over 50 European funding agencies.
Paul is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Academy of Social Sciences. He is Chair of Universities Wales’ Research and Innovation Network; a Board Member of Universities UK, as well as Chair of their Research Policy Network; Vice-President and Council Member of the European University Association which represents over 800 universities in 48 countries; and Chair of the ONS Research Accreditation Panel.
Ernest Aryeetey is the Secretary-General of the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA), a network of 16 of Africa’s flagship universities. He is a Professor of Economics and former Vice Chancellor of University of Ghana (2010-2016). He was also previously Director of the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) (2003-2010) at University of Ghana and the first Director of the Africa Growth Initiative of Brookings Institution, Washington D.C.
He has held academic appointments at the School of Oriental and African Studies (London), Yale University and Swarthmore College in the U.S. at various points in time. Ernest Aryeetey is a member of the Governing Council of the United Nations University and was previously Chairman of the Advisory Board of UNU-World Institute for Development Economics Research (Helsinki). He is currently Board Chairman of Stanbic Bank Ghana Limited.
One of Ernest Aryeetey’s strategic priorities as Vice-Chancellor at University of Ghana was to develop the university into a research-intensive institution that supports structural transformation in Africa.
David Sweeney is the Executive Chair of Research England, one of the nine research councils that forms UKRI, who are the biggest research funder in the UK with responsibility for university block-grant funding for research and knowledge exchange.
Previously Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange at the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), David was appointed as Executive Chair designate of Research England in early 2017, and took a lead role in shaping the new Council and leading the transition of responsibilities from HEFCE into Research England.
Matt is nearing his 30th year in the international education sector having held senior positions in private and public sector universities and organisations and has been representative as a consultant to a range of partners. He possesses considerable expertise in institutional strategic partnership development, student recruitment & trans-national education and has a fervour for providing access to education for those that may otherwise miss out. Although having worked in many countries Matt has a passion for sub-Saharan Africa and has garnered an extensive network in the region from his work and travels over the past 15 years in countries such as Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda and South Africa.
Ms Divinia Jithoo is a Specialist in International Education at the International Education and Partnerships Office at the Durban University of Technology. Ms Jithoo has worked in higher education Internationalisation since 2007 and has specialised in study abroad and exchange as well as international virtual engagement. Ms Jithoo is also a PH.D candidate at the University of Western Cape. Her research focus is leadership of cross-border research collaboration.
Dr Samuels is the current Director of the International Education and Partnerships (IEP) Directorate at the Durban University of Technology (DUT). He is the Senate Representative on the University Council and is the immediate past Chairperson of the DUT Institutional Forum.
Dr Samuels has accumulated a number of years of vast experience in internationalisation, having also served as the president of the International Education Association of South Africa (IEASA). He is also a member of the Foreign Qualifications Committee of the South African Qualifications Committee (SAQA). In addition, he is also a current Board Member of the International Centre on Non-Violence (ICON) and the ML Sultan Charitable Education Trust.
Having come from the field of Health Science, Dr Samuels has also served as the Academic Heads. Of the Departments of Dental Sciences and Environmental Health in the DUT Faculty of Health Sciences. In addition, he also served as the Deputy Dean and Acting Executive Dean of the faculty prior to his current role. Dr Samuels is also a board member of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and served on the Ethics Monitoring Advisory Committee of the internationally funded Reducing HIV in Adolescents research project.
Albina Szeles is a Co-director (Interim) at the Centre for Global Engagement, Coventry University, where she leads a broad range of internationalisation activities. Her work includes international student and staff mobility, Collaborative Online International Learning and other internationalisation of the curriculum projects, creation of academic programmes, and partnership development. She previously held management and academic positions in the Faculty of Business, Environment and Society. Albina has over ten years' experience in the internationalisation of higher education and is an international management graduate from several universities in France, Italy, the UK and Russia.
Rob Carthy is the Director of the International Development Service at Northumbria University. He leads a team of over 80 staff based in six locations across the globe, working on the recruitment and admissions of international students, development of international partnerships, TNE, and student mobility. In addition he has oversight of the university’s language centre, delivering in-session and pre-sessional English, as well as credit-bearing modern foreign languages.
Rob joined Northumbria University in 2003 and moved to the International Office in 2005. He has held various roles in the team since then, including Partnerships Manager and Deputy Director, and took over as the Director of International Development in November 2013. He has held executive roles on BUTEX, the UK-Saudi Interest Group, and is currently a member of the BUILA Executive Committee.
His current role involves the strategic direction of Northumbria’s EU and International activities, through recruitment, partnership and mobility. With offices in Newcastle, Beijing, Delhi, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Lagos, he manages a global staff, and has operational leadership in the University’s broad suite of TNE activities in over 10 countries. With oversight of the Northumbria Language Centre, and the Pathway College, he also leads a substantial level of student-facing globalisation activity.
Almut Caspary leads the British Council higher education portfolio across the EU region. Working with 24 country teams, European and UK stakeholders, she supports student exchange and mobility to the UK, internationalisation in higher education and ensures alignment between UK and European sector developments and goals. Before joining the British Council in January 2018, Almut worked in research and science management at universities and research institutes in the UK and Germany. She is experienced with strategic and collaborative programmes, engaging with a wide range of high-level academic and policy stakeholders, and communicating to specialist and public audiences.
Originally from the south coast of England, Holly has worked in a variety of universities across the UK over the past 12 years, including Southampton, Surrey and has been part of the Sussex International Office since 2015.
A specialist in international undergraduate application guidance, Holly has presented to school guidance counsellors, students, parents and educators across the world through conferences and organisations such as the British Council, Council of International Schools, International Association for College Admissions Counselling, International Baccalaureate, BUILA and the Council of British International Schools.
Holly thoroughly enjoys travelling (virtually, or in person!) to meet students across the world and offering information, advance and guidance about their decision to consider the UK as a study destination
Responsible for all Coventry's international activities including joint ventures, student recruitment, collaborative partnerships, curriculum internationalization and mobility, Pilsbury heads a sector leading global engagement agenda recognised by many awards including the Queen's Award for Enterprise. He holds a number of Board level positions including JISC, China-Britain Business Council & IDP Connect and advisory positions including with EURIE, NARIC and Hainan Provincial Government. Previously the founding CEO of the Worldwide Universities Network, HEFCE Head of Research Policy and Assistant Director R&D at Cambridge University Hospital. He was a strategic consultant and investment banker after undertaking a D.Phil and research at Oxford.
Jenny J. Lee is a professor at the Center for the Study of Higher Education at the Univeristy of Arizona. Her research examines ways that policies, geopolitics, and social forces shape inequities in higher education, in the US and abroad. Her comparative research on international student mobility and experiences in the U.S., Mexico, South Korea, and South Africa over the past decade have especially been cited widely. Professor Lee has authored and co-authored over 120 publications, which regularly appear in the top journals of higher education. Her latest research focuses on the geopolitics of global science, which will be featured in her forthcoming edited book, “U.S. Power in International Higher Education,” to be published by Rutgers University Press in 2021.
Hillary Vance is the Assistant Vice President for South & Southeast Asian Affairs at the University of Arizona. Her work involves developing and managing partnerships in transnational higher education. She is also a PhD candidate in Higher Education with a focus on US TNE programs in Cambodia.
Adam has worked in Higher Education for exactly a decade, primarily in international student recruitment across a variety of universities; Loughborough, City, University of London and Hertfordshire. In his most recent role as Head of Partnerships at Password English language testing he works with over 300 universities and colleges around the world, assisting them to run their own in house tests to help convert and retain quality students.
Alizée is the Regional Manager for Europe at York St John University (UK). Prior to her role in the International Recruitment Team, she worked in the Study Abroad and Exchange team as well as the International Student Support team at York St John University. She discovered International Education thanks to her alma mater, the University of Bordeaux-Montaigne (France), when she took part in an exchange programme with Middlebury College (USA).
Polly Penter has worked in international higher education for over 15 years at a number of institutions, including City, University of London, where she managed the provision of immigration advice. She is currently the Associate Director of Student Services at Arcadia University England and Wales, and is also a qualified TEFL teacher."
Yinbo joined UKCISA in 2019 where he leads the #WeAreInternational campaign and student ambassador programme. Prior to that, Yinbo was elected as the International Students’ Officer at the National Union of Students (NUS) for two terms, representing around half a million international students in the UK. He has been involved in policy influencing and campaigning on a range of issues, covering the entirety of the international student experience.
Reese Chamberlain is a first year undergraduate International Relations student at the University of Edinburgh. Hailing from the United States of America, Reese has championed discussions on immigration policy, student mental health, and the equitable treatment of international students upon immigrating to the United Kingdom amidst a pandemic. His previous experience influencing public policy and youth rights at the United Nations and in state government form his determination to better the lives of the thousands of international students that call the UK home. With UKCISA and #WeAreInternational, Reese looks forward to amplifying student voices in government and academic institutions alike.
'As a #WeAreInternational Student Ambassador I want to work towards the betterment of the entire international student community. I’m thrilled by the opportunity to collaborate with peers from around the world on common issues and interests. Together, we will make a difference!'
Anne Marie joined UKCISA in 2019 from the Association of Commonwealth Universities, where she was Director of Chevening, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s flagship global scholarship scheme. Prior to that, Anne Marie has led on a range of educational programmes and projects promoting international mobility and intercultural exchange. At Universities UK International, she developed the first government funded UK Strategy for Outward Mobility, and established the Go International programme to build capacity and influence institutional change in UK universities to increase the proportion of UK domiciled students with international experience.
Before moving into the education sector, Anne Marie spent several years in the language services industry managing high profile accounts with multinational engineering and pharmaceutical companies. Anne Marie is a linguist, with a first degree in Modern Languages from Anglia Ruskin University and a postgraduate translation qualification from University of Westminster.
Alicia Herbert, OBE, has more than 20 years’ experience in international development. She has worked with a range of organisations including multilaterals, academia and since 1999, the Department for International Development (DFID) now, the Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO). She has extensive experience in the field – in Sub Saharan Africa as well as Asia – including in fragile countries. Alicia is currently Director, Education, Gender, Equality and Special Envoy on Gender Equality at FCDO, as part of which she oversees the Chevening Scholarship programme. She is also Head of Abercrombie House, FCDO’s joint headquarters in East Kilbride, Scotland. She is one of the FCDO’s Senior Race Sponsors.
Sumaiyah has been an international student in the UK since 2013 and is an international student ambassador at the University of Portsmouth. She wants to help create a support system to ease the transformation of students moving abroad and enhance their student experience. Her goal is to advocate the importance of mental health to students from cultures like her own where not much emphasis is placed on this, and raise awareness of the various help that is provided by the universities and that students do not have to suffer alone. '#WeAreInternational is a diverse platform which benefits many international students to prepare themselves whilst they embark in their new journey. This campaign is vital as it will work as a support system to ensure the students that there is always help provided to all of their problems. A problem shared is a problem halved.'
Shaun builds partnerships with higher education Institutions across the EMEA region on behalf of Virtual Internships. The mission: to create opportunities to support career growth and enhanced employability whilst preparing students for the “future of work”. Prior to joining the virtual world, Shaun supported the delivery of large-scale outbound mobility programmes for institutions and universities but is now focussed on supporting people into work, worldwide, remotely. The company has a mission to reduce cultural barriers, widen participation and increase access to work experience opportunities via the power of EdTech.
Emily is Head of Careers and Entrepreneurship at the University of Sussex where her team’s mission is to empower every Sussex student to develop to their full potential through a diverse and engaging range of opportunities and support. With launch of the university’s 2025 World Readiness and Employability Strategy, improving student global mobility is high on the agenda. Emily works in collaboration with internal and external partners to deliver and evaluate a range of programmes, with a particular focus on removing barriers for underrepresented groups. Prior to Sussex, Emily was Head of Careers and Enterprise at Queen Mary University of London.
Elsa Zenatti-Daniels is Student Development Lead for Aston Business School’s Postgraduate Programme. She has more than 20 years’ experience in the field of international education management and student support. Key aspects of her activities have been internationalisation of postgraduate programmes, support of international students, development of transnational education and partnerships, and, recently, the integration of employability in Aston Business School’s postgraduate programmes. Elsa designed and implemented a cross-disciplinary professional development programme, bringing together careers management, academic programmes and experiential learning. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in French Language and Literature and Master’s of Arts in Comparative Literature from the University of Nantes. Elsa is the current Chair of the Business Education Expert Community as part of the European Association For International Education Leadership.
Professor Peter Mathieson MBBS(Hons)(London), PhD(Cambridge), FRCP(London), FMedSci assumed the office of Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh in February 2018. He was formerly the 15th President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hong Kong.
Previous posts include: foundation Professor of Renal Medicine at the University of Bristol, Honorary Consultant Nephrologist, North Bristol NHS Trust, Head of the University Department of Clinical Science at North Bristol, Director of Research & Development for the North Bristol NHS Trust, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Bristol.
Professor Tim Bedford is Associate Principal of the University, leading the Research and Innovation portfolio in the University Executive Team, working in close collaboration with the Principal and Deputy Associate Principals Professors Lowit, Kerr and McArthur.
Key responsibilities within his Associate Principal role are: representing the R&I interests of the
University in discussions with Government and other public bodies such as research and innovation funders; convening the University Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee and, with colleagues, developing the university strategy in research and innovation; providing leadership to cross-faculty initiatives such as the Technology and Innovation Centre and the University Strategic Themes; engaging with external university research partners in business and government; chairing the Taskforce on Innovation for CESAER, and being a member of the Board of Directors
Professor Bedford is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and a member of its Business Innovation Forum. In 2016 he was on the advisory board of the Reid Review of Scottish Innovation.
Patrick Hackett took up appointment as Registrar, Secretary & Chief Operating Officer, heading up Professional Services, at the University of Manchester on 1 October 2018. He was previously Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Liverpool University for five years, and prior to that he held positions at Liverpool as COO and Director of Facilities Management.
An architect by profession, Patrick has a BArch from University College Dublin and has previously held senior leadership positions at Reading University and Royal Holloway, University of London. He has also been a consultant, advising HEIs across the UK on facilities management organisation and the development and delivery of major capital projects.
Professor Carole Mundell was appointed Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in October 2018 and was appointed to the role of International Science Envoy at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office in January 2021.
She is Professor of Extragalactic Astronomy, Head of Astrophysics at the University of Bath, holds the Hiroko Sherwin Chair in Extragalactic Astronomy and is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics.
Her career highlights include:
- Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award (2011 to 2016) for the study of black hole-driven explosions and the dynamic Universe
- FDM Everywoman in Technology Woman of the Year (2016)
- Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Board Member and STFC Skills and Engagement Advisory Board Chair (2015)
Carole studied at the University of Glasgow where she gained a BSc in Physics before working at the Jodrell Bank Observatory, University of Manchester, where she completed a PhD in Astrophysics. She later moved to the University of Maryland before joining Liverpool John Moores University, where she received her first professorship in 2007. A world-leading scientist, she is a frequent guest speaker at international conferences. She sits on a number of strategic advisory panels for UK and international groups, is a committed communicator of science, and is an advocate for diversity in science.
Mary is currently Pro Vice Chancellor (International, Teaching and Learning) at the University of London and is the CEO of University of London Worldwide, the distance learning arm of the university. Operating for 160 years and now with 50,000 students in 180 countries across the world this has a long history and a global reach. Previously Mary was Pro Director (International, Learning and Teaching) at the Institute of Education (IOE) now part of UCL, and as the title suggests was responsible for both the International and the Teaching and Learning Strategies of the IOE. As part of her role she also had responsibility for the teacher training programmes of the IoE, and the management of quality frameworks across the institution’s total portfolio with Ofsted inspections and QAA reviews forming a major part of her work. Mary was appointed OBE in 2013.
Formerly she was Director of Education and Training for the British Council, having held roles as Head of the School of Education and Training at the University of Greenwich where she led the transformation and rebuilding of the School, Deputy Head of the School of Education at Oxford Brookes University holding there the resources portfolio, and prior to that was Deputy Head of the Department of Education Studies at Goldsmiths College. Originally, Mary was a teacher of Social Studies at Holland Park School.
Douglas has been QAA’s Chief Executive since October 2015. His work has included leading the transformation of QAA and its contribution to changes to the policy, regulatory and quality landscape across the UK, and QAA's role in supporting higher education adapt to the challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Douglas joined QAA in 2002 and was previously Director of Resources, Chief Operating Officer and Company Secretary. He led QAA's work on student engagement for a number of years, and was a member of the NUS & UUK-led Student Charter Group and subsequent Framework for Partnership Group.
In October 2019, Douglas was appointed to the Board of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA).
Susanna also leads the major global network of tertiary education quality assurance providers as President of INQAAHE. Her expertise evolves around tertiary education in general and policymaking, governance and quality assurance in particular.
Susanna has played a key role in QAA’s collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge over the years which has included the delivery of workshops on subjects such as risk-based approaches to quality assurance, events presenting the higher education landscape in Abu Dhabi to UK higher education institutions and the development of resources such as QAA’s recent Country Report on the higher education and regulatory landscape of UAE. Dr. Karakhanyan holds M.S.Ed in Educational Administration/Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania, the USA and PhD in Social Sciences from Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands.
Professor Rhys Rowland-Jones is a Commissioner at the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA) at the Ministry of Education in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The CAA is the UAE Federal Government Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education and works collaboratively with relevant international and local authorities in the Emirates and internationally. The CAA has a key leadership role in securing and developing the quality of higher education in the UAE and undertakes licensure of HEIs in the UAE and accreditation of their award-bearing academic programmes. In 2019 Commissioner Rowland-Jones chaired the revision of the UAE National Standards for Licensure and Accreditation, this included the introduction of a ‘Risk Based Approach’ to institutional Licensure.
In 2020 he led the development and implementation of memoranda with QAA, AACSB and HKCAAVQ to support international professional relationships within a collaborative framework. Professor Rowland-Jones is an international expert member of QAA’s International Quality Review panel, and a certified EFQM assessor. He received PhD in Strategic Operations Management and Sustainability from the University of Wales and is a visiting Professor of strategic operations and sustainability at the Robert Kennedy College, Zurich.
Dr. Nitesh Sughnani is the Director of Higher Education at the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) and is responsible for the licensing, quality assurance and regulation of higher education institutions set up in Dubai’s free zones. This includes quality assurance activities through the University Quality Assurance International Board, and Higher Education Classification rating project. Nitesh was and remains a key player in the initiation and development of the Quality Beyond Boundaries Group of quality assurance agencies, which addresses the growing quality assurance challenges and opportunities associated with transnational higher education and of which KHDA and QAA are members.
He has played an invaluable role in QAA’s relationship with KHDA over the years which has included the development of UAE Country Reports, the delivery of workshops and events such as the International Quality Assurance Programme in UAE as well as joint review of UK transnational higher education delivered in Dubai. Dr. Sughnani has a doctoral degree in higher education management from the University of Bath, UK.
Edward Harcourt is a Senior Vice President at QS and Managing Director of the QS Enrolment Solutions business. Previously he was Pro-Vice-Chancellor (External Engagement) at Liverpool John Moores University and International Director at the University of Birmingham. Educated in the United States with a PhD from Vanderbilt University he started his career in university management at the University of Warwick.
Dr Vicky Lewis is an independent consultant specialising in international strategy development and implementation planning for HEIs in the UK and overseas. She draws on 20 years’ experience within UK universities (in Wales, Scotland and England), including Director of International Relations and Director of Marketing roles. Having researched different institutional approaches to internationalisation for her DBA thesis in the mid-2000s, Vicky has a long-standing interest in the evolution of university international strategies. She is currently undertaking research into changing strategic priorities and exploring what the next generation of global engagement strategies may look like.
Stephanie Pitticas re-joined Glasgow Caledonian University in 2018 from her role as Head of Admissions at Regent's University London, where she delivered leadership, driving improvements in the applicant student journey and increases in student recruitment numbers.
Stephanie now holds the role of Director of Marketing, Recruitment & Admissions and the role of Campus Director for Glasgow Caledonian University's London campus. Stephanie provides leadership and management accountability for the departments of; Marketing & Student Recruitment, Admissions & Enquiry Service, VISA Team, International Partnerships Office and the GCU London campus.
Stephanie started out her career in international student recruitment and now has over year years' experience in the pre-arrival student and current student journeys.
After almost 30-years working in international higher education, Enzo joined Unilodgers, the global student housing provider, as Chief Relationship Officer in October 2019. He retains a strong interest in international higher education and occasionally comments on TNE, the role of agents and related matters.
Paul Raybould is the Director of Marketing & Market Intelligence for QS. In this role he works with universities to support their marketing strategy for international and EU recruitment - covering market research, student profiling, competitor positioning and digital campaigns. He is also responsible for managing the International Student Survey, examining the motivations and decision-making criteria of over 78,000 respondents in the world’s largest survey of pre-enrolled international and EU students. Paul has over 20 years of experience working in digital marketing, with a specialist interest in marketing automation, search engine optimisation, digital advertising, social media and performance measurement. Prior to joining QS he worked for a software company based in the Netherlands, and has a broad range of experience from having worked across a variety of sectors including UK government, publishing and data management.
Professor Richard Follett is Associate Vice President and Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor (International) at the University of Sussex. He is responsible for developing, coordinating, and driving the University’s internationalisation strategy and provides leadership to Sussex's international activities worldwide. He is a Professor of American History and a specialist on the history of slavery and emancipation. Prior to joining Sussex, Follett taught at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He completed his PhD at Louisiana State University on a Fulbright scholarship and has held visiting appointments at the University of Lagos, Nigeria, Nanjing and Beijing universities in China, and at Heidelberg University in Germany. With more than a decade of senior university leadership in the field of international education, Richard Follett is Chair of UUKI's Sub-Saharan Africa Network and serves on the international steering committee of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, Higher Education and Sustainable Development Goals Network.
Jeremy Bagg is Professor of Clinical Microbiology, Head of the Dental School and Deputy Head of the School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing at the University of Glasgow (UofG). He is currently Global Health Director at the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow and leads the Scottish Government funded MalDent Project (www.themaldentproject.com) which has established Malawi’s first BDS programme through a partnership between the University of Malawi College of Medicine and the UofG. The project also includes oral health policy development with the Malawi Government Ministry of Health and a jointly supervised PhD project on prevention of dental caries in children.
Dr Joanna Newman MBE FRSA is Chief Executive and Secretary General of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) – an international organisation dedicated to building a better world through higher education, with more than 500 member universities in over 50 countries.
Joanna’s career has been in the service of British and international higher education. Before joining the ACU, she was Vice-Principal (International) at King’s College London; Director of the UK Higher Education International Unit (now known as Universities UK International); and Head of Higher Education at the British Library. She is a passionate advocate for the role of education in transforming society. In 2014, Joanna was awarded an MBE in recognition of her work promoting British higher education internationally.
Gordon McKenzie was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of GuildHE in 2015.
As CEO, Gordon is responsible for leading and developing GuildHE as a key representative and advocacy body in the higher education sector. Gordon advises the Chair, Executive and Council Members on developing and implementing GuildHE policies and strategy and leads on communicating with government and other stakeholders on higher education issues.
Gordon joined GuildHE following a successful career in the Civil Service, most recently as Deputy Director, HE Strategy and Policy at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. He has experience handling sensitive areas including the implementation of the Browne review on higher education funding and successive government spending reviews. He has also worked with a range of ministers on innovative policies including tackling an increase in graduate unemployment and encouraging the growth of a more competitive sector.
Professor Lesley Haig is Vice-Chancellor and CEO of AECC University College, a specialist health sciences institution based in Bournemouth, UK. She is a UK-registered physiotherapist who has worked for over 25 years as a senior academic leader, researcher and clinician in several UK universities. Prof Haig has extensive experience in developing successful partnerships with universities, healthcare providers and research organisations in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North America. In doing so she has worked variously and closely with international colleagues and representatives from Healthcare UK, the Department for International Trade, Government Departments, Embassy and Consular staff.
Anthony McClaran is the second Vice Chancellor of St Mary’s University and took up the post on 20 April 2020. Anthony has recently returned to the UK from Australia, where he served as CEO of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) from 2015 to 2020. Prior to that move, Anthony was Chief Executive of the UK’s Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) from 2009-15 and Chief Executive of the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) from 2003-09. He has held a number of governance roles at all levels of education and was Chair of Council and Pro-Chancellor of the University of Gloucestershire from 2007 to 2009.
A graduate with a First Class Honours degree in English and American Literature from the University of Kent, Anthony began his career in higher education at the University of Warwick, where he held a number of posts including Admissions Officer.
Anthony has served as a member of the boards of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) and the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE), and has recently begun his second term on the International Advisory Board for the US Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
Clarie Middleton FRSA is Principal and Chief Executive of Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance. She is an arts and cultural leader with over 30 years of experience across theatre, opera, musical theatre, dance and music of all kinds. Prior to moving to Rose Bruford she was Chief Executive of London’s iconic Hackney Empire Theatre.
As an independent producer she has commissioned, produced and toured productions on all scales across the UK in collaboration with leading regional theatres such as the Bristol Old Vic and Plymouth Theatre Royal, with commercial producers - most notably with Thelma Holt - and internationally with theatres and companies such as South Africa’s Isango Ensemble.
Within the public funding sector she has led on the touring of drama and dance at Arts Council England and mentored cultural organisations as part of the Arts Council funded initiative, Developing Cultural Resilience. As a consultant trainer she has delivered cultural management workshops in Moscow, Petrozavodsk and Syktyvkar for the British Council, and for the Alexandrinsky Theatre in St Petersburg.
She has developed international relationships with a range of arts organisations in the USA, Belgium, Hungary, Romania, Russia, Germany, Trinidad, South Africa and Japan. Equality, diversity and inclusion are fundamental to her professional practice.
Mark has spent over 34 years in senior roles in Marketing, Communications and Customer Relationship Management in a variety of high-profile private and public sector organisations worldwide.
In his early years he was Marketing Director for Principality Building Society in Wales and Head of Customer Management for Royal & Sun Alliance (responsible for leading Customer Management for the launch of MORETH>N), before running his own international CRM consultancy, helping over 30 companies worldwide to develop effective customer management practices.
He joined the Higher Education sector in 2009 and has been Director of Marketing, Communications and Student Recruitment for City University London and the University of West London and Director of External Affairs for the University of Bradford, where he led a multi-award-winning team for seven years. In 2020 he held the post of Interim Director of Marketing, Recruitment and International at Swansea University.
He was appointed Chair of CASE Europe Universities Marketing Forum in January 2021 and is a Board Member of Leeds City College, Bradford UNESCO City of Film and the Bradford Literature Festival. He is a campaigner for equality, diversity and inclusion and is an ambassador for AWLO (African Women in Leadership Organisation) and the White Ribbon campaign.
Amy is an international education expert with over 20 year’s experience in the industry. She worked for a trade title from 1997 to 2011, for the majority of the time as editor of a magazine for education agencies, editing and refining her news-hunting skills in hotel bars around the world.
She dreamed of a job with international dimensions after living in France for a year during her BA in Journalism at City University and loves to practise her rusty French if you’d like to engage her in a discussion!
Debbie McVitty is editor of Wonkhe, the home of the higher education policy debate, contributing to Wonkhe articles, email briefings, events, and the Wonkhe Show podcast. Debbie is interested in the social impact of higher education, learning, teaching and curriculum, institutional change and innovation, and in bringing to light under-represented voices in the HE policy debate. She has previously worked in policy and communications roles at Universities UK, the University of Bedfordshire and the National Union of Students. She holds a DPhil in English Literature from the University of Oxford and an MRes in higher education research, evaluation and enhancement from Lancaster University.
Charlene has over 20 years’ experience in higher education. She has held senior roles across several universities in the UK, held a national sector leading role as Chair of British Universities International Liaison Association (BUILA) and sat on strategic international advisory boards for the British Council, Universities UK International and the UK Council for International Students Association. Her work has included the development and implementation of various internationalisation projects, lobbying on internationalisation matters and working with the Department of Education and the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy International Team on the UK International Education Strategy.
Sirin is a highly experienced International Leader and specialist in higher education. She has more than 20 years of international marketing and leadership experience in diplomatic and higher education organisations. Sirin’s career includes the British Council in Istanbul, marketing British education; Regional Director at the University of Southampton and Director of the International Office at the University of Reading. At Reading, Sirin had joint responsibility for all of the University’s Marketing, Communication and Engagement. Since 2016, Sirin has been providing a specialist independent consultancy, individual and leadership coaching to higher education institutions.