Internationalisation takes many different forms in the context of UK higher education. Over the next year we are focussing on: teaching international students; transnational education; internationalisation of the curriculum; and students’ academic mobility with a view to improving their employability.
Higher education in the UK benefits from a diverse staff and student population and international students are an important part of the picture. This brings particular challenges and opportunities for pedagogic practice – developing the way we teach and support those students. We know that teaching practice and learner support that works for international students also works for the benefit of all students.
An internationalised student experience is a key aspiration for many UK universities and colleges. We recognise that this must include a curriculum that is robustly informed by a broader world view and is taught in a range of ways. Another key element is students’ uptake of opportunities to study and work in different environments and countries, learning about themselves, their disciplines and their future professions in a global context.
We are committed to the development of these practices and the understandings and evidence that underpins them. To achieve this we:
- Provide for two Special Interest Groups (transnational education and internationalisation of the curriculum) to facilitate collaborative working in the sector;
- Develop guidance and information on how to meet the diverse learning needs of international students, for example, through the international student lifecycle resources bank;
- Delivered Connections: pilot projects supporting internationalisation and final reports in partnership with the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA);
- Provide an Internationalisation change programme;
- Provide an Internationalisation seminar series until July 2013;
- Share general and discipline-specific resources relating to internationalised curricula;
- Fund teaching development grants dedicated to the theme of Internationalisation;
Provide internatonal support and services. See our international opportunities page.
News and events
New! - The next meeting of the Transnational Education Group will be held in Nottingham on 19 May 2013. If you wish to attend this meeting, email the SIG-TNE convenor firstname.lastname@example.org. See the Transnational Education page for more information.
Engaging home and internatonal students: a guide for new lectureres (Rachel Scudamore, Feb 2013)
Engaging home and international students: a guide for new lecturers, written by Dr Rachel Scudamore, Head of Teaching Enhancement at the University of Nottingham, features techniques for engaging international and home students in a range of contexts.
The guide's approach values the diversity that mixed groups of students can bring to HE and promotes participation and effective learning. It addresses commonly experienced situations where cultural differences and expectations can give rise to misunderstandings and offers steps to promote intercultural understanding and effective learning for all students.
Going Mobile: Internationalisation, mobility and the European Higher Education Area (Simon Sweeney, Nov 2012)
This booklet is designed to identify challenges to and opportunities for UK higher education institutions (HEIs) in the Bologna Process and the European Higher Education Area (EHEA).
Available as a hard copy on request to the HEA and also in e format as a PDF by clicking on the link above
Going Mobile seminar, Bristol 6 June 2013 (facilitated by Simon Sweeney)
In response to the recent publication of Going mobile: Internationalisation, mobility and the European Higher Education Area, the HEA is pleased to announce a 1 day seminar to be led by the author, Simon Sweeney.
Click on the Going Mobile seminar link above for an agenda, further information and details of how to book a place.