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Has the Foundation market peaked?

With the growth of students studying Foundation Programmes with private providers and the decline of student numbers at in-house programmes, what are the future trends for Foundation Programmes?  How has the foundation market and those that provide them evolved? What are best practice models and structures for universities?  How can international student recruiters best engage with this channel to support their recruitment targets? Our next IC Cafe ‘Has the Foundation market peaked?’ will focus on this key route to undergraduate studies from the different perspectives of our expert speakers.

Professor Nina-Anne Lawrence, Director of Warwick Foundation Studies, Head of Department and Chair of the University Pathway Alliance (UPA) will share how the Alliance is responding to market changes that have affected international student recruitment to the UK, the innovations introduced to programmes and whether foundation programmes are still valuable for international students.

Dr Anthony Manning, Director & Dean of Global & Lifelong Learning at the University of Kent and an IC Global Fellow will share insights into the overall Foundation Programme market and observations as an in-house provider at the University of Kent.

If you work in the Foundation Programme market or manage this within your portfolio, don’t miss this session.

18.07.2023_The IC Global Café with Speakers

Date: Tuesday 18 July 2023

Time: 11am (BST)

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Our expert speakers

Professor Nina-Anne Lawrence is currently based at the University of Warwick as Head of Department and Director of Warwick Foundation Studies (WFS), which currently includes IFP programmes, Summer Schools, Pre-Sessional and In-Sessional provision.

Nina-Anne is a strategic thinker with global experience gained from the UK, China, Germany and the Republic of Ireland. She has expertise in balancing academic quality and superior student experience with the strategic goals and objectives of an organisation gained through roles including Director of Academic Affairs, Director of International Affairs, Head of International Business Development, Academic Director and CEO.

Nina-Anne is also the Chair of the University Pathway Alliance and on the editorial board for the InForm Journal.

Dr Anthony Manning is Dean for Internationalisation at the University of Kent. Through his role at Kent, Anthony is responsible for the development, implementation and review of international activity and Lifelong Learning, including Kent’s new activity in the field of online learning. Anthony is a Principal Fellow of AdvanceHE’s Higher Education Academy and his academic background and publications are in the fields of Pathways to Higher Education, Academic Skills and English for Academic Purposes.

Anthony has lived in five countries while undertaking his former positions in Higher and Secondary Education and he has led educational development and promotional visits to more than 50 countries. Anthony has worked as an External Examiner for over ten institutions in the UK and overseas. He is also a trustee for the British Accreditation Council and an IC Global Fellow.