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The IC Collective

Reigniting International:

Enabling Recruitment and Enhancing the Student Experience

| The IC Café

| Roundtable

| Research Insights

Location | Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

Date | Friday 12 January 2024

Time | 10:30 – 15:30 (UK time)

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About this event

The IC Collective is a fantastic opportunity for you to network with your peers, learn valuable information on recruiting high quality international students to your institution and explore critical issues and key priorities affecting senior staff at UK institutions NOW. We are excited to share with you highlights of the new Route to International Directors Research, as well as discuss the link between employability and international recruitment, and highlights from the British Council’s first comprehensive review of ‘Recruitment channels and pathways to undergraduate study in the UK’. The research was conducted by The IC Global.

In collaboration with Pagoda Projects.

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Event details

10:30-11:00Arrival, registration, refreshments and welcome
11:00 - 11:15Welcome
11:15 - 12:00The IC Café: How to recruit high quality international students and support on-campus diversity?Dr. Janet Ilieva
Dr. Anthony Manning
12:00 - 12:45Lunch (will be provided)
12:45 - 13:00Highlights of new IC Global research into ‘The Route to International Director’

Following on from the successful launch of the PVC-I report (download here) we will be sharing key findings from a new report published by The IC Global on the background, skill set, leadership attributes, diversity, inclusion and challenges of an International Director. You will learn how the international voice is heard within universities in the context of internal governance and internal positioning, and you will discover what the future of the international portfolio looks like at the International Director level.
Sirin Myles
13:00 - 13:45The IC Roundtable for networking: What are your top 3 priorities right now?

In this part of the programme, you will have the opportunity to debate key roundtable topics in small peer groups and share your findings with colleagues to enable wider and deeper discussions. The topics will include:

- Student recruitment cost of acquisition and return on investment
- How to influence international strategy and the delivery of the institutional targets, within our roles
- The drain of decision making
- The process and governance of an International Office
- Reputation management for institutions
Sirin Myles
Professor Abigail Gregory
Dörte Stevenson
Mike Gibbons
13:45 - 14:00Break (refreshments will be provided)
14:00 - 14:30How to boost international student employability and the benefits to recruitmentProfessor Bill Russell
Andrew Wright
Anne-Marie Graham
Professor Abigail Gregory
14:30 - 15:15Pathways to undergraduate studyJacqui Jenkins
15:15 - 15:30Closing remarks

Senior management with responsibility for internationalisation and global engagement at UK institutions will benefit from attending the events.

The Café and roundtable will provide you with cutting-edge knowledge, advice and best practice from our expert speakers. You also have the benefit of joining your peers and colleagues in a friendly, supportive and reflective space in person.

Our practical IC curated sessions will give you the knowledge, tools and skills that will support you with developing strategy and building operational plans that you can immediately implement into your work environment. Whether you are new to working in an international education role or you are experienced in your position, the workshop will offer tailored knowledge and expertise to maximise your effectiveness within your institution.

Charlene Allen

Charlene Allen, Co-Founder and Director, The IC Global Partnership

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.

Anne-Marie Graham

Anne-Marie Graham, Chief Executive, UKCISA

Anne-Marie Graham is the Chief Executive of the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA). Anne-Marie joined UKCISA in 2019, before that she was the Chevening Scholarships Director for just over two years and worked in the area of outward student mobility for Universities UK International.

Professor Abigail Gregory MBE

Professor Abigail Gregory MBE

Professor Abigail Gregory MBE is Director of Academic Strategy at Pagoda Projects, a socially engaged company specialising in global internships and sustainable global experiences. She is also an HE Consultant (Internationalisation and DEI), Executive Coach and Mentor.

Professor Gregory has more than thirty years’ experience as an academic and is a Professor of Comparative Sociology, specialising in gender equality and work-life balance. She has a strong senior leadership track record, most recently in the roles of Faculty Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor, Faculty Head of International, Associate Dean International and Associate Head Marketing and Recruitment for multi-disciplinary academic units at Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Salford. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.

A linguist by background, Professor Gregory has particular experience of and passion for internationalisation. Skilled at working with diverse stakeholders across cultures and disciplines, she has developed and led internationalisation strategy at home and overseas, creating enterprising and impactful student-focussed and income generating activities globally, and notably in East and Southeast Asia and North America. She has been a Department of International Trade Export Champion and was awarded an MBE for services to export in November 2019.

Dr Janet Ilieva, Founder and Director at Education Insight

Janet is the Founder and Director of Education Insights and the creator of the Global Engagement Index. Janet is an Economist whose work has informed national and international level HE strategies here in the UK and overseas. Janet regularly undertakes research in higher education engagement for government departments, international organisations and universities.

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Jacqui Jenkins, Global Relationship Manager (Education), British Council

Jacqui is the British Council’s global lead for international student mobility and marketing at the British Council.  Jacqui leads the British Council’s work with those that influence international students (agents and counsellor) in countries that send more than a 1000 new international students to the UK annually. Jacqui has had an extensive career at the British Council, she was the original producer of the Going Global conference series in 2004, she founded the global Study UK Alumni Awards in 2013, she was the education adviser to the UK’s Government GREAT Britain Campaign Study UK in 2016 and in 2022 she launched the Agents and Counsellor Hub.

Dr Anthony Manning

Dr Anthony Manning, Dean for Global and Lifelong Learning at the University of Kent, UK

Dr Anthony Manning is Dean for Global and Lifelong Learning at the University of Kent, UK. Through his role at Kent, Anthony is responsible for the development, implementation and review of International and Lifelong Learning activity which includes international programmes, international pathways to higher education, online learning and higher and degree apprenticeships. Anthony is a Principal Fellow of AdvanceHE and a National Teaching Fellow. He has published widely in fields linked to international education, assessment and internationalisation at Home and has worked as an external examiner for more than 10 Universities in the Uk and overseas. Anthony has lived as and worked in five countries and has led educational development activities in more than 50 nations around the world. Anthony is also the founder of various networks and fora including Innovations in Internationalisation at Home. As well as being an IC Global Fellow Anthony is a trustee for the British Accreditation Council (BAC) and is also the current Chair of BAC’s Accreditation Committee.

Sirin Myles

Sirin Myles, Co-Founder and Director, The IC Global Partnership

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.

Professor Bill Russell, Deputy Dean, School of Business, University of Dundee

Dr Bill Russell is Professor of International Business at the University of Dundee School of Business.  He graduated from the University of Western Australia in 1985 with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics (Honours) before undertaking an M.Phil. and D.Phil. in Economics at the University of Oxford which were conferred in 1996. Prior to arriving at the University of Dundee in August 1996, he had worked for ten years in the Research Department of the Reserve Bank of Australia.

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Over the past ten years Professor Russell has been closely involved in the building of high-quality programmes for the School of Business and the University of Dundee that focus on employability, content, and with engaging and innovative methods of delivery.  He has also been engaged in developing innovative agreements with universities that deliver important benefits to the students and institutions involved.

Andrew Wright

Andrew Wright, Associate Director (Employer Engagement & Work-based Learning); AGCAS Employer Engagement Task Group (Chair), King’s College London

As Associate Director (Employer Engagement & Work-based Learning), Andrew has overall responsibility for the strategic and operational running of King’s employer connectivity, its global employer reputation, and its relationship with all stakeholders, including employers, suppliers, alumni and donors.

He leads the planning, development and oversight of King’s entire Employer Engagement function including employer relations and business development, events and work-based learning initiatives including internships, industry placements, work-related projects, experiential and skills learning both in the UK and internationally. Working with a variety of organisations, industry bodies and stakeholders he ensures our partners are kept abreast of news and developments about graduate recruitment, labour market insight and international student policy and that King’s remains a top target for employers around the world.

He has extensive knowledge of key international markets including China and Europe, with a specialist interest in careers and entry-level recruitment in North America, where he has worked in numerous cities including New York City and Washington D.C. Alongside working with employers, he regularly delivers student workshops for students from China, India, the United States and Europe.

What is the cost of the event?

  • There is an early bird price of £145 which ends on 8th December 2023.
  • The General Admission ticket cost is £185. These ticket prices are possible due to the support of Pagoda Projects.

The price includes all sessions, refreshments and lunch.

How do I book a place for the event?

How do I pay for the event?

  • You can pay via EventBrite which accepts credit or debit cards and PayPal.

Do you offer a group discount?

  • We have kept the registration fee low to cover costs and therefore a group discount cannot be offered.

What is the location of the event?

Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, Elliot House, 151 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3WD

How do I get to the venue?

Can you cater for different dietary requirements at lunch?

  • We will provide a range of food to cater for different dietary requirements. If you wish to contact us for further information, please email [email protected].

What is your refund policy?

  • If you are unable to attend the event, you can receive a full refund minus £30, to cover administration and catering costs.

Who can I contact if I have further questions?

You can email [email protected] and the team will be happy to answer your questions