Teaching International Students

Description Introducing the 'Teaching International Students' initiative

Increasing student mobility and successful national policies to recruit international students have led to more culturally diverse higher education landscapes around the world. In the UK, the second phase of the Prime Minister's Initiative (PMI2) was launched in 2006 to encourage managed growth of UK international education and to work towards improving international student experiences.  This initiative recognized that teaching and learning experiences are central to any improvement.  In 2009, PMI2 combined forces with the Higher Education Academy and the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) to launch a new two-year project called 'Teaching International Students'.

The aims of the 'Teaching International Students' initiative are to:

1) raise the profile of teaching and learning for international students

2) establish a repository of resources and research on teaching and learning for international students

3) identify and disseminate information and guidance

4) provide guidance on staff development strategies

5) establish a network of interested people

The TIS website provides a 'one stop shop' for staff who teach international students and who are looking for networks, events and resources (both academic and practical) to support their teaching. In addition, a series of events are being run throughout 2010 and 2011 to focus on research, evidence-based practice, case studies and staff development. 

Fiona Hyland of ESCalate is part of the project team. She recently attended the ECER 2010 conference in Helsinki from 25-27 August; the abstract and PowerPoint slides can be downloaded from this page.

  • Inna Pomorina of Economics Network (left) & Fiona Hyland
  • Fiona Hyland - the presentation was at 8:30 in the morning; 6:30am UK time!
  • The cathedral was adjacent to the conference venue
  • At the botanical gardens inbetween rain showers
  • The university was 5 minutes from the harbour