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How to boost international student employability and the benefits to recruitment

In this IC Global Café, we’ll be highlighting the major changes in the international student recruitment environment, in terms of post-study work and challenges to critical income streams for UK universities; sharing data that highlights the importance of international student employability in offer holder decision making; and discussing ways in which institutions can boost international student employability, including best practice case studies.

How to boost international student employability and the benefits to recruitment

Date: Tuesday 13 February 2024

Time: 11am (GMT)

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Our expert speakers

Professor Abigail Gregory MBE, Director of Academic Strategy at Pagoda Projects, an HE Consultant and an IC Global Fellow, and Executive Coach and Mentor (including for The IC Global).

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.

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.

Noeleen Hammond Jones, Deputy Head of LUMS Careers (Work Related Learning), Lancaster University Management School

Noeleen Hammond Jones, Deputy Head of LUMS Careers Work Related Learning at Lancaster University Management School and Co-Chair of the AGCAS International Task Group. Noeleen has worked in careers for over 14 years delivering a blended career service through a variety of platforms and technologies to engage a diverse international student community. Noeleen is experienced in global employer engagement, liaising with organisations, agencies and SME’s. Developing business opportunities with organisations globally to create long term mutually beneficial relationships which result in projects, internship programme development, placements, leadership development, research collaborations and contributions to international employability and recruitment strategies.