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AGCAS at the ASET conference - international students and work experience
Representatives from AGCAS's Placement and Work Based Learning Task Group and Calli Amiras, International Careers Consultant at Brunel University, joined forces to deliver a workshop on the provision of work experience for international students at ASET's conference earlier this month. 

Supporting international students with overseas LMI

As research for one of the modules of the AGCAS/Warwick CEIGHE Diploma, Rachel Coombes, trainee careers consultant at the University of Exeter, examined to what extent UK institutions should be trying to support international students with overseas labour market intelligence (LMI).

Pilot Projects Scheme: UKCISA invites bids for funding
The UKCISA Pilot Projects Scheme aims to encourage innovation and develop and publicise examples of best practice in international student support. Institutions are invited to bid for funding for projects which match this aim.

From China to the East Midlands
China - East Midlands: Business and Employment Possibilities, an event conceived by a group of careers advisers based at universities in the East Midlands, was organised to facilitate introductions and break down pre-conceived ideas held by both international students and potential employers of international students. Catherine Klimes, Head of Careers and Employability at the University of Northampton and one of the organisers, describes how they did it.           

Greenwich targets international students
The Guidance and Employability Team (GET) at the University of Greenwich recently piloted a topical workshop to an international cohort of current MBA students. The aim of the workshop was to help international students bridge the cultural gap and to equip them with the employability tools needed to succeed in a fast-changing world.

Government announces tougher rules for foreign students

Home Secretary Alan Johnson has announced a package of changes to Tier 4 of the points-based system, the category dealing with student visas. Foreign students from outside Europe wanting to come to the UK to study will now be required to meet stricter entry criteria.

Students offered industry insights at Heriot-Watt

Heriot-Watt University Careers Service has produced a series of industry simulation case studies to help international students, and others, gain industry awareness without having to undertake a formal placement.

Work permits - new ruling affects recruiters

Employers who reject job applications on the basis of the need to obtain a work permit could be acting illegally. AGCAS has obtained the view of a leading business immigration lawyer on the implications of the Osborne Clarke Services v Purohit case, which highlights the conflict between UK immigration law and employment law.

India visit report launched

AGCAS is very pleased to launch the report of the PMI 2 funded visit to India by representatives from AGCAS and NASES during February 2010. A team of nine careers professionals undertook a range of visits in three major cities: Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore.

AGCAS responds to student immigration consultation

AGCAS has published its response to the Home Office's student immigration system consultation, which sets out the government's aim to ensure that only genuine students who are committed to their academic study come to the UK.

Student immigration system - consultation open

A consultation document outlining major changes to the student immigration system has been published by the Home Office. The consultation sets out the government's aim to ensure that only genuine students who are committed to their academic study come to the UK.

Launch of improved job search facility for international students and graduates
AGCAS, HECSU, NASES and The Careers Group, University of London, working in partnership, have undertaken enhancements to the International Graduate Jobs on as a result of research with international students and graduates, employers and careers professionals. The work has been funded by the Prime Minister’s Initiative for International Education (PMI 2) and develops the work undertaken in a previous PMI 2 project which saw The Careers Group, University of London’s International Job Online made available through

International students crucial to UK graduates’ prospects

AGCAS has warned that a government clampdown on the sort of work international students are allowed to do while in the UK will affect the experience UK universities can offer both international and home-based students. It would also impact upon the job prospects of UK students and the economy as a whole.

Loughborough explores Chinese graduate employability

Loughborough University recently completed the first phase of a two-year project with Tsinghua University, Beijing, in China, looking at the employability of UK-educated Chinese graduates.

Writing CVs - support for international students

Carol Ellis, Careers Consultant at The College of Law, has been exploring the main issues facing international students drafting their CVs alongside UK/EEA contenders in a competitive jobs market.

Collaborative working to support international students

Staff at the University of Sheffield Careers Service have been working collaboratively with colleagues from other sections within the university, and organisations outside the university, to provide enhanced services to international students.

Changes to permission to work for international students

From April 2012, the Tier 1 Post-Study Work Scheme will be closed and 'replaced' by a new provision under Tier 2 Sponsored Skilled Workers. Full details have not yet been announced by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) and may not be released until as late as March 2012. The AGCAS Internationaisation Task Group is gathering examples of how all of these proposed changes will affect students, with a view to submitting evidence via Universities UK before April 2012.

Opportunity to join the Internationalisation Task Group

A vacancy has arisen in the AGCAS Internationalisation Task Group. Applications are invited from members who possess expertise in and a passion for developing the employability of international students and home students with an international career focus.

Access and widening participation within transnational education

Provision of quality education and a commitment to principles of social mobility and fair access, coupled with rising fee levels, can be a challenge to HEIs in their home country, but how are these addressed, if at all, at branch campuses abroad?

New paper highlights impact of permission to work regulations

A briefing paper analysing the implications of the closure of the Tier 1 Post-Study Work Scheme, and also of the new Tier 2 proposals, on universities and businesses in the UK has been published by Universities UK. The paper, Impact analysis of the closure of Tier 1 Post-Study Work Route, was produced following consultation with the AGCAS Internationalisation Task Group and university departments throughout the country.

HEA announces funding for internationalisation projects

The Higher Education Academy (HEA), in partnership with the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA), is inviting HE and FE institutions to submit applications for funding for pilot projects supporting internationalisation.

Government releases statement of intent for changes affecting international students

The UK government has released their statement of intent, which outlines the changes they wish to make to the immigration rules around international student work. It is expected that the changes will come into effect on 6th April 2012.

NUS International Survey - final day

Today (21 March 2012) is the final day of the NUS's International Students' Campaign survey, which aims to research the realities and the perceptions international students have about employment in the UK.

International students: where are all the placements?

Evidence from the International Student Barometer survey shows that the lack of placement opportunities is one of the most frequent criticisms by overseas students of their time in the UK. Here, members of the AGCAS Placement and Work-based Learning Task Group offer their perspectives, including both 'real' and 'perceived' reasons as to why international students have greater difficulty accessing placements.

Regent's College international degree placements 'key building block'

The European Business School London (EBSL), part of Regent's College London, offers compulsory 36-week placements as part of two international degree programmes. Both the BA (Hons) in International Business (BAIB) and the BA (Hons) in International Events Management (BAIEM) are unique in requiring students to complete placements in either the vacation periods, or part-time alongside their studies. This integral component of the degree ensures students graduate with the much sought-after skills employers are looking for, while avoiding any lengthening of the study period. 

Generating placements overseas for UK students

The recent report Global Graduates into Global Leaders focuses on the need for UK graduates to work across national borders, manage complex international and intercultural relationships and understand global aspects of the world of work. Instrumental in driving the number of UK students going overseas is the need to increase the number of international work and study placements available to them.

Scotland offers workplace experience to international students

The Workplace Experience Programme for International Students is a Scottish government-funded project to help international students at Scottish universities gain exposure to employers in Scotland through a range of opportunities, including work shadowing, mentoring, company visits, short projects and placements. Companies involved range from multinationals to small/medium enterprises (SMEs). As well as giving students experience of the workplace in Scotland, these opportunities also help to expand their transferable skills and develop a local network of professional contacts.

Business Networking: Developing employability skills through forum theatre
The Careers Service at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) are continuing to support and promote the highly successful business networking events that were developed through PMI2 funding. The most recent business networking events have been delivered to master’s students in the School of Health and Life Sciences and to MBA students.

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU): BIO Employability Exit (BEE) Initiative
The Division of BIO within the School of Health and Life Sciences and GCU Careers Service have created the BEE Initiative. This initiative addresses employment rates for international MSc students within biological and biomedical sciences (BIO) with an emphasis on improving career prospects both locally, globally and in their home country. It aims to empower graduates to understand the value of transferable 21st century graduate attributes, develop career management skills and raise confidence in dealing with employers.

Careers services respond to Wilson Review

AGCAS welcomes the government's response to the Wilson Review. In its response the government has announced that it will provide some seed corn funding to support AGR and AGCAS to work in partnership on the implementation of the Wilson review recommendations aimed at AGR and AGCAS.

University of Chichester launches new international student co-mentoring scheme

The University of Chichester will be launching a new initiative for home and international students from January 2013. This scheme will give students the opportunity to work collaboratively and co-tutor each other in language skills and cultural awareness.

Postgraduate education report launched

The Higher Education Commission's report on postgraduate education was launched at the House of Commons on 29 October 2012. Clare Jones, a member of the AGCAS Research Staff Task Group who, together with the AGCAS Postgraduate Students Task Group and senior AGCAS staff, coordinated the AGCAS response to the inquiry, attended the launch event.

Nottingham leads UK-Indonesia careers initiative

The University of Nottingham recently held an event designed to support Indonesian students based at universities across the UK who return to their home country to work after graduating. The event, organised by the Careers and Employability Service and the International Office, reached out to Indonesian students in Britain and encouraged them to take future opportunities in business with Indonesian and British companies.

New guide for employers recruiting international graduates

The AGCAS Internationalisation Task Group has produced a guide to help employers navigate the complexities of recruiting international graduates from UK universities. Recruiting International Graduates - A Guide for Employers provides an overview of the key schemes in place at the time of writing (June 2013).

Closure of Post-Study Work (PSW) route: Call for evidence

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Migration has launched an inquiry into the closure of the Post-Study Work (PSW) route for international students. The PSW route allowed non-EU graduates to seek employment in the UK for up to two years after their studies, and was closed by the Home Office in April 2012. AGCAS members are invited to contribute to an official AGCAS response to the inquiry.

QAA consultation: Guide for international students studying in the UK

AGCAS members are invited to contribute to an official AGCAS response to the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education's (QAA) consultation on the draft revised version of International Students Studying in the UK: Guidance for UK Higher Education Providers, now entitled Assuring Quality for International Students Studying in the UK: A Guide for UK Higher Education Providers.

Impact of the closure of the Post Study Work route revealed

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Migration has published an inquiry report into the impact of closing the Post Study Work (PSW) route in 2012, which allowed non-EU graduates to seek employment in the UK for up to two years after their studies.

Vacancies on the Internationalisation Task Group

The AGCAS Internationalisation Task Group is seeking three new members to help shape the careers support available to international students at UK universities and encourage UK students to gain an international outlook.

UKCISA offer international student support grants

UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs) has launched a new grants scheme to support pilot projects and research. The scheme is open to UKCISA members and provides an opportunity for universities, colleges and students' unions to expand or adapt services which support international students or enhance members' understanding of the international student experience.

MAC review of Tier 2 - call for evidence

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has published a call for evidence for a wider review of the Tier 2 route of the Points Based System, the route for skilled workers from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who have an offer of skilled employment in the UK.

Capturing employer engagement - Phoenix articles wanted

The Phoenix Editorial Team is seeking articles for the next issue of AGCAS's digital journal, which is due to be published in February 2016. The main theme of the next issue will be Employer Engagement. The Editorial Team is interested in receiving examples of good/innovative practice, evidence of research, views or opinion pieces on a range of topics based on recent and/or previous experience of working with all types of employers from all sectors.

AGCAS Executive Director update: strategic themes (March 2016)

In her first monthly update to AGCAS members, Elaine Boyes, AGCAS Executive Director, outlines AGCAS's strategic theme topics and invites feedback from members.

Update on Tier 2 rules for international students

On 24 March 2016, the immigration minister James Brokenshire announced there would be no amendments to the rules for international students switching from Tier 4 to Tier 2 in order to work in the UK after their studies. The statement came in response to the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC)'s review of Tier 2.

Developing your Global Career webinar series

In Spring 2016 the Midlands International Group, a consortium of 16 universities, delivered a webinar series consisting of 13 online events targeted at international students. The sessions were supported by funding from UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) and careers professionals from across the region worked with employers and alumni to run a week of online sessions, which were designed to prepare for students for the global job market.

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Working with International Students, Manchester

Wed 14 May 2008

This one day regional AGCAS event on 14 May 2008 at Manchester Metropolitan University provides an opportunity to update and develop your knowledge of working with international students.

Amanda Wood from the University of Manchester careers service, who works as an international careers adviser, will give an insight into her role and her recent trip to China.

Permission to work: guiding international students through the immigration maze, London

Thu 30 Sep 2010

Build your confidence in providing information regarding the immigration regulations and permissions for international students on this course.

Please note that the content of this one day training event is the same as the one which ran in March 2010.

Working with International Students (FE Focus), Bristol

Wed 24 Nov 2010

A training event by NASES for FE careers and employability staff working with international students, it provides an overview of the regulations and allows delegates to exchange information and share best practice. This one-day event is funded by the PMI2 initiative, so is free to attend, but places need to be booked.

British Council China Graduate Careers Advisors Workshop, London

Tue 25 Oct 2011

The aim of this workshop is to give an update of the Chinese job market, provide information about employers' recruitment strategies and offer practical information to help colleagues who work in career guidance and graduate service provision to Chinese students.

Tiers 2 & 5 of the Points-based System for International Students, Manchester

Thu 08 May 2014

This AGCAS North West regional training session will cover the changes to Tiers 2 & 5 of the points-based system for international students.

Working with International Students, Sheffield

Wed 13 Jun 2012

This North East AGCAS regional training event will provide insights into current issues related to working with international students.

Moving On From Post-Study Work Changes: Careers and international student advisers working together, Birmingham

Wed 30 Apr 2014

A joint one-day event designed and delivered by AGCAS and UKCISA demonstrating the various ways that careers services and international student advisers are working together to help international students into work after their studies.


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Job Search and Career Planning Online Seminars for International Students
The University of Glasgow's Careers Service has developed a course of seminars for international students in HE whose first language is not English. These seminars are designed to raise students’ awareness of, and improve their skills in, UK graduate job search, creating effective CVs and covering letters, completing online application forms and competing in job interviews.

Find Your Way to Work

Find Your Way to Work has been produced for international students seeking the facts about working in the UK and the permissions or visas needed in different situations.

UKCISA website
The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) is the UK's national advisory body serving the interests of international students and those who work with them. The UKCISA website, especially the latest news section, is a useful resource for careers professionals.

UKCISA PMI Best Practice Case Studies
UKCISA has compiled a series of case studies aimed at showing how best practice in institutions is benefiting the experience of international students.

Global Horizons: Recruiting international students and graduates from UK universities

This PMI2-commissioned report outlines how universities and businesses can work together to develop more globally-aware graduates. The focus of the report is on the issues for UK employers in recruiting international students and graduates who have been studying at UK higher education institutions (HEIs). 

PMI2 In Focus
This is a quarterly e-newsletter produced by the British Council and designed to provide updates on PMI2, the UK's international education strategy, and progress made against aims and objectives.

Starting Your Career In - Country Guides for International Students
This series offers practical advice to international students who have chosen to return to their home country to look for work. Each country guide includes key facts about current trends and jobs, advice about seeking employment, hints and tips for making a successful application, and helpful information sources.

Case studies of Chinese graduates

Most of the case studies featured here were generated from UK alumni contacts made during the China visit to Beijing and Shanghai by members of the AGCAS Internationalisation Task Group in 2009. The case studies represent the views of individuals at different stages in their careers.

Some have provided the information on the understanding that their names and institutions will remain anonymous, while others have been happy for these details to be disclosed (hence the presentation of the information in different formats).

China Visit - A Report on the AGCAS and NASES PMI2 Visit to China

This report outlines the PMI2-funded visit to China by representatives from AGCAS and NASES during March 2009. Two groups of HE careers and employment professionals specialising in work with international students visited Beijing and Shanghai to meet with Chinese government bodies, employers, recruitment agencies, HE careers staff and alumni from UK universities.

Supporting and Enhancing the Experience of International Students in the UK

This guide, produced by the QAA, examines how HE providers can support international students studying in the UK and enhance their experience. It is aimed at all staff with responsibility for international students or who engage with them, including student advisers, international officers, student services managers and careers advisers.

Post-study options and transition routes for international students

UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs) has developed a Working After Studies section of their website, which provides an overview of the main immigration categories for work after study, illustrated by case studies of international students supplied by the AGCAS Internationalisation Task Group.

Cultural awareness for the UK workplace
The AGCAS Internationalisation Task Group has produced this workshop for careers practitioners to deliver to students within their institutions. Its aim is to help students understand the culture of UK working environments.

Job hunting in China
The AGCAS Internationalisation Task Group has produced this workshop for careers practitioners to deliver to Chinese students within their institutions. Its aim is to help Chinese students gain an understanding of the employment market in China, including how to market themselves and identifying sources for job hunting.

Job hunting in India
The AGCAS Internationalisation Task Group has produced this workshop for careers practitioners to deliver to Indian students within their institutions. Its aim is to help Indian students gain an understanding of the employment market in India, including practical guidance on the preparation and application processes for employment and strategies for success in job hunting.

India Visit - A Report on the AGCAS and NASES PMI2 Visit to India
This report covers the PMI2-funded visit to India by representatives from AGCAS and NASES during February 2010. A team of nine careers professionals undertook a range of visits in three major cities: Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. These visits aimed to improve understanding of the Indian labour market, employers and graduate recruitment processes as well as developing relationships with UK educated Indian alumni and expanding the range of resources and contacts available to careers and employment professionals.

UKCISA International Alumni Report

This report aims to offer a best practice guide on working with international alumni to support international students' career development and employability.

PMI2 Pilot Projects 2009/2010

In 2009, AGCAS received PMI2 funding for five pilot projects to allow the development of better links with UK and overseas employers and UK alumni overseas.

These projects aim to support the development of an expanded list of employer contacts to be available through the employer database currently under development by HECSU and of an enhanced resource of success stories/case studies about international student and graduate employment in the UK and abroad.

A guide for employers recruiting international students and graduates
A new guide has been published highlighting the benefits of, and offering information on, employing international students and graduates who have studied at UK institutions. The guide is based on original research by the Council for Industry and Higher Education (CIHE).

PMI2 Employability Projects

Between 2007-2011, AGCAS, NASES, HECSU, The Careers Group, University of London, CIHE and i-graduate delivered a series of PMI2-funded employability projects.

Tracking International Graduate Outcomes 2011

The International Graduate Insight Group (i-graduate) was commissioned to run a study of International Graduate Outcomes by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) in November 2009.

International Students and Net Migration in the UK

This report looks at the way the UK and other countries track and report student migration flows, how that fits into the wider tracking and reporting of overall net migration flows, and how that relates to the UK government's net migration target.

International Students

Provides advice for international students on seeking work outside the UK, getting work experience, job hunting in the UK and visas and work permits for working in the UK.

Education at a Glance 2012: OECD Indicators

The 2012 edition of Education at a Glance enables countries to see themselves in the light of other countries' educational performance. It addresses the needs of a range of users, from governments seeking to learn policy lessons to academics requiring data for further analysis to the general public wanting to monitor how its country's schools are progressing in producing world-class students. 

Analysis of the Points Based System

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) was commissioned by the government earlier this year to review the Tier 2 codes of practice, which set out the conditions employers must follow when recruiting workers from outside the European Economic Area (EEA). This report presents the MAC's findings and key recommendations.

Attracting International Students: Equitable services and support, campus cohesion and community engagement

This research report investigates how advancing equality and diversity can support the internationalisation agenda. With clear recommendations, case studies and feedback from staff and student interviews held at six Scottish institutions, the research suggests ways to evolve institutional culture to attract and support international students, and to consolidate relationships with the local community.

Skilled Shortage Sensible: Full review of the recommended shortage occupation lists for the UK and Scotland, a sunset clause and the creative occupations

This report presents the findings and recommendations of a review of the shortage occupation lists for the UK and Scotland undertaken by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC).

Recruiting International Graduates - A Guide for Employers

This guide has been prepared by the lnternationalisation Task Group, in association with Gya Williams Immigration, to help employers consider recruiting international graduates from UK universities. Its aim is to provide an overview of the key schemes in place in April 2016.

Data visualisation: student mobility in and out of the UK

This interactive graphic shows how the UK as a provider and host of internationally mobile students has evolved over recent years. The data stretches back as far as 1978. From 2002, differences in gender, age, level and disciplines studied are displayed for incoming students.

International students and the UK immigration debate

This report proves that there is strong public support for international student migration, and that people seem to understand the economic and educational benefits brought to Britain by those who come here to study.

Integration of International Students: A UK Perspective

This report examines the importance of international student integration in the context of the UK higher education sector, international student decision-making and the UK student perspective. Alongside insight into trends in international student decision-making, the report features the results of an exclusive survey which provides an understanding of UK student perceptions on the integration of international students.

International students in higher education: the UK and its competition

This report, the fourth in Universities UK's series The funding environment for universities 2014, focuses specifically on international (non-European Union) students. It examines recent trends in international student enrolments in the UK, sets these within the context of an increasingly competitive market internationally, and assesses the potential impact of recent changes on universities, in terms of both course provision and the wider funding environment.

Paying out and crowding out? The globalisation of higher education

This CEP Discussion Paper investigates the rapid influx of overseas students into UK higher education and the impact on the number of domestic students.

Review of Tier 2

In 2015, the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) was commissioned to review Tier 2 of the points-based system to address concerns about the rising number of migrants in that route and reliance on them to fill shortages. The review was split into two parts:

Analysis of Salary Thresholds

Balancing migrant selectivity, investment in skills and impacts on UK productivity and competitiveness

The UK's Competitive Advantage

This series of three UK Competitive Advantage reports on international students examines the UK's comparative position with respect to international student recruitment and the international student experience at undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research levels.

International Higher Education in Facts and Figures 2016

This handy booklet includes key statistics on international students and higher education. Facts and figures cover a range of areas, from where international students want to study, to which countries undertake most internationally-collaborative research.

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