Our global ambitions - and how you can help

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Internationalisation is an integral part of our work as a university. From research and innovation that offer solutions to global issues, to educating students from around the world and employing and collaborating with the best international minds, the priorities set out in our Internationalisation Strategy are helping us to be a globally leading university.

Dr Malcolm Butler, Director of Global Engagement, explains how you can help develop our global ambitions by getting involved with staff and student mobility programmes and tells us about a successful year for international student recruitment:

How to encourage students to study abroad

"Studying abroad can be a life-changing opportunity for students, giving them incredible experiences, hugely improving their confidence and resilience, and reaping huge benefits for their academic progress and employability. Staff, especially in student-facing roles, can play a key role in encouraging students to take up the chance and pointing them to information available on the different schemes in place, including Erasmus+, Study Abroad and Summer Schools.

"You can also encourage students to find out about studying abroad by attending the annual Global Opportunities & Exchanges Fair on Thursday 25 October 2018. There will be opportunities for students to ask staff about any of our international programmes and talk to students who took part in an exchange programmes during the last academic year."

How to visit international partner universities

"Applications are now open for the Research Mobility Programme which offers opportunities for academic staff to visit international WUN partners to establish and cultivate research links. Each year, the University is able to fund up to 10 researchers for short-term visits of between two weeks and three months with a maximum budget of £2,500. The application deadline is Friday 26 October 2018.

"There are also opportunities for staff to apply to visit European partner universities through the Erasmus+ programme. The scheme offers academic staff the opportunity to take part in a funded teaching visit at one of their department's Erasmus+ partner universities. Professional Services staff can participate in a funded working visit at any participating Erasmus+ university. The application deadline is Friday 2 November 2018."

An update on international student recruitment

"2018 has been a successful year for international student recruitment, with a 24 per cent increase in registrations across all levels compared to this point last year. All faculties either met or exceeded their targets for postgraduate taught, which is testament to the dedication and efforts of staff from across the University.

"Early registration data from 1 October is showing a positive trend for overseas recruitment at undergraduate and masters level. We are continuing to see an increase in students from China, as well as promising numbers from India, Nigeria, South Korea, Mexico and Saudi Arabia. For postgraduate research, we have seven per cent more registrations than at this point in 2017."

Want to know more about global engagement?

Come along to the Global Engagement drop-in session on Monday 17 December 2018 in the Diamond. It's a chance to talk to the team about all aspects of their work from international recruitment to student exchanges, international partnerships and staff mobility. More details coming soon.