First-ever international representatives conference held at UWE Bristol

Issue date: 12 May 2014


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UWE Bristol will warmly welcome over 80 delegates from across the globe to the University to attend the Inaugural International Representatives Conference (07-09 and 14-16 May 2014).

Two three day conferences on 07-09 and 14-16 May 2014 will mark the first-ever meeting of UWE Bristol's international representatives from over 25 countries across Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.

The conference has been organised by the University's International Office and will provide delegates with the opportunity to meet and work with staff from across the University, to take a tour of the campuses and facilities, to network and to explore the vibrant city of Bristol.

The conference week will begin with an official welcome and presentation of UWE Bristol's International Strategy from Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean, Dr Jane Harrington (Week One) and UWE Bristol Vice-Chancellor, Professor Steve West (Week Two).

UWE Bristol Vice-Chancellor, Professor Steve West said, “We're delighted to welcome so many of our international representatives to the University for this inaugural conference. UWE Bristol is an ambitious highly successful University and we look forward to sharing with them the exciting developments taking place at the University.

“We recognise the power of networks, opportunities and ideas and look forward to meeting our international representatives, to hearing their thoughts about what we are doing and to learn from their experiences.

“We know that a university experience is about more than a degree. It is about the whole student journey, including the work and life outcomes of our graduates – enabling them to realise their aspirations and have a positive impact in the global knowledge-based economy.

“As one of the largest universities in the UK, we are already bringing these opportunities to a large number of students. But our ambitions go much further than this, working to bring the opportunities of a UWE Bristol experience to people across the globe, as set out in our Strategy 2020. Our international representatives play a crucial role in achieving this ambition and transforming peoples' lives.”

The conference is an opportunity for the University to showcase what UWE Bristol has to offer students. Delegates will have the opportunity to experience what it's like to study specific subjects and use the facilities in course taster sessions, talk to current students and take a tour of the excellent facilities including the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL).

There will be sessions on meeting the challenges of UK recruitment, a workshop on student support and an introduction to the opportunities awaiting international graduates from UWE Bristol's award-winning International Careers Service.

A full social programme also offers delegates the chance to get to know each other and

a bus tour of Bristol will allow them to explore the city recently voted Britain's best city to live in by The Sunday Times.

Guest speakers Susan Ayton, Managing Director at Ayton Global Research and Ameeta Virk – Culture and Language Advisor at UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) will join delegates for evening dinner at The Pump House, Bristol. Gala dinners at The MShed (Week One) and Bristol Zoo (Week Two) will bring the conference to a close.

Geminal Victor Rosa, Managing Director at EDUKBRASIL INTERCAMBIO is attending the conference from Brazil. He said, “I am looking forward to finding out more about UWE and the city of Bristol, which is essential when speaking with applicants about their university choices. When counselling students I don't just look at the course that's on offer and give advice on that; it's also about the university atmosphere, the campus and the staff, who make students feel welcome and help them succeed at the end of their degree. So I am particularly looking forward to finding out more about what makes UWE Bristol students succeed and how they are supported throughout their studies. This is what I expect this conference to be about.”

Kelly Cotter, Associate Director, International Office (Student Recruitment), concludes, “This is an exciting opportunity for UWE Bristol colleagues to gain a greater insight into international recruitment activity overseas. UWE Bristol's representatives are essential to help us achieve very challenging targets. We want to show our appreciation for all their hard work and hope they have fun discovering what a great place UWE and Bristol is.”

Delegates can share their thoughts during the conference on Twitter using #uwerepconference2014

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