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UKCISA launches #WeAreInternational Ambassador Programme

Head of International Office, Martin Hookham, taking part in a panel discussion

International students at Sussex are being invited to participate in a prestigious education policy and leadership development scheme for exceptional individuals from around the world who are currently studying and living in the UK.

The #WeAreInternational Student Ambassador Programme will help to connect international students to an network of emerging global talents and future leaders, and participants will play a significant role in student representation and influencing policy in the education sector in the UK.

The scheme was launched last week by UKCISA, the UK Council for Student Affairs, at its first #WeAreInternational student forum at Woburn House in London. The event was timed to coincide with International Students Day and brought together international students from 45 institutions across the UK. Sussex was represented by Students' Union Society and Citizenship Officer, Ijlal Khalid, who is from Pakistan.

The participants shared diverse aspects of their experience and discussed aspects from the application process through to post-graduation, and how institutions and the government can work with students to enhance graduate employablility.

Sussex’s Head of International Office, Martin Hookham, who is also an executive member of the British Universities International Liaison Association (BUILA), was part of a panel discussion which focused on how international students can be better supported during the application and arrival period.

Anne-Marie Graham, Chief Executive of UKCISA, explained that the #WeAreInternational Student Ambassador Programe would create a network of student champions which would be invaluable to the organisation. “The programme will enable us to incorporate the international student voice at Board level, feeding into our strategic planning and ensuring international students are at the heart of everything we do,” said Anne-Marie.” The programme is also intended to develop the individual ambassadors’ skills while they’re here in the UK, giving back to the students themselves.”

Sara Dyer, Head of International Student Support at Sussex and a UKCISA trustee, said, “This is a fantastic opportunity to be a key partner in shaping the international student experience in the UK and I do hope that Sussex students will apply to participate in the programme.”

To be eligible, you must be an overseas or EU student currently studying and living in the UK, but not graduating before June 2020, and aged 18 or above.

Further details about the programme are available online. Applications are open now and will close on Thursday 9 January 2020.

By: Sara Dyer
Last updated: Thursday, 28 November 2019