Ms Julie Allen1
1UKCISA, London, United Kingdom
This presentation will illustrate how a collaborative international student project survived and thrived during Covid-19. The UK Council for international student affairs (UKCISA) had just recruited its first cohort of ten dynamic, enthusiastic international students studying at universities across the UK to their new student ambassador scheme when Covid-19 arrived in the UK and the country went into lockdown. Plans for face to face meetings, events and training were shelved but within weeks, the students were gathering regularly online and sharing ideas on how they could support UKCISA’s work to support their peers through the crisis. They wrote blogs, recorded messages, were interviewed, spoke at Facebook Live events for the UK’s admissions service, and contributed case studies to the national regulator. Their contributions brought the student voice into the heart of UKCISA’s policy making, lobbying, communications and activities to ensure that international students who come to study in the UK have the best possible experience – despite the extraordinary circumstances.
(Julie Allen from UKCISA and a student ambassador will co-present on the scheme)
Julie joined UKCISA in February 2014. Prior to this she worked in international student advice at three universities in London. She has also taught English overseas in Spain and in Japan.
Julie is responsible for international student policy and support services for members including UKCISA’s annual conference in July. She leads the Policy and Services team who work on the website, communications, membership and training support. She presents regularly on UKCISA’s work and on the international student experience and presented at ISANA’s annual conference in Sydney in 2018.