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PVC-I’s Voices: What’s the plan for the new academic year?

This Café will focus on UK institutions’ approaches to internationalisation for the current academic year, predictions for the year ahead and observations on key international education issues from the perspective of PVC-Is at UK universities. Our distinguished speaker is Rachel Sandison, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, External Engagement, University of Glasgow. Bring along your favourite drink, get your questions ready and join the conversation with your international education colleagues. Please note this Café is only open to institutional Heads and Directors and colleagues.

The IC Café Speakers 19.09.2023

Date: Tuesday 19 September 2023

Time: 2pm (UK time)

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Our expert speakers

Rachel Sandison (FCIM)

Rachel is responsible for leading the University of Glasgow’s strategy for external engagement
covering an integrated portfolio of International Policy and Partnerships; Marketing and Communications; Brand and Reputation Management; Transnational Education; Student Recruitment and Admissions; Widening Access and Lifelong Learning; Development and Alumni Relations; and Civic Engagement. Rachel is also the University’s Sanctuary Champion. Rachel is the University’s Universitas 21 network Senior Leader, a Board member of the University’s European network, The Guild, and the University lead for the CIVIS European University Alliance, thereby supporting the activity of a global
group of research-intensive universities. Rachel is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, a Global Trustee of CASE and a member of the Board of Trustees for Fulbright, whilst also contributing to several sector advisory boards both at home and overseas.

Ben Matthews

is the Associate Director of Global Engagement at Lancaster University, where he oversees international collaborations, global reputation and mobility. Under his leadership, Lancaster University has Transnational Education (TNE) programs in Germany, Malaysia, China, and Ghana, enabling one-third of the student population to study overseas. Today, Lancaster is the largest UK provider of TNE in Malaysia.

With a focus on widening participation, diversity, and inclusion, Ben is passionate about creating opportunities that empower students to become global citizens – fostering cross-cultural understanding and enabling their future leadership. Having led institutional sustainability programmes, Ben’s focus is to harness the power of digital and promote sustainable practices in student mobility, foster meaningful education, and contribute to a more sustainable approach.

Through practical actions, Ben leads efforts to enhance the university’s reputation within global league tables. With his deep understanding of the factors that shape institutional reputation, he has played a key role in elevating Lancaster University’s standing on the international stage.

Professor Antonius Raghubansie 

Professor Antonius Raghubansie became the founding Pro Vice-Chancellor with responsibility for Global Engagement at Keele in May 2023. Antonius is responsible for the strategic direction of the University across the range of international engagement – education and research partners and staff capability to support the aspirations of home and overseas students.
Prior to this Antonius had been Head of School of Management & Marketing at University of Westminster. Immediately before that he held directorate responsibility in international education in multiple countries in South and East Asia with the British Council. Professor Raghubansie held senior level industry roles in Marketing before taking on Business School, Institutional and cross-Sector roles with a range of different UK Universities.