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UKCISA Grants Scheme 2016-17

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The UKCISA grants scheme 

One of UKCISA's key aims is to support members in providing the highest quality institutional support for international students and ensure international students in the UK have the best possible experience.  The aims of this scheme are twofold:

  • Research. To enhance our understanding of the needs and/or experience of international students studying in the UK
  • Pilot Projects. To encourage innovation, and develop and disseminate examples of best practice in international student support

'It's great that the scheme is available and receiving the grant was very helpful in being able to conduct this research study.'
Jennie Jones, University of Brighton (awarded research grant in 2015-16)

'This is a fantastic scheme that has already had a positive impact on how the experiences of international students can be enhanced.'
James Blackmore-Wright, University of Northampton (awarded project grant in 2015-16)

With special thanks to the Scottish Government who contributed £10,000 to support Scottish institutions' projects and research.

Grant Awards for research 2016-17

Institution

 Research
Glasgow University  Addressing the needs of international summer school students: implications for universities of the ‘quiet revolution’ in short-term international experiences

Lincoln University Students' Union Are Students’ Union Activities, Events & Opportunities (including Academic) accessible and do International Students engage in these? Why/ Why Not?
Manchester Metropolitan University Between expectations and lived experiences: international students recruitment strategies and their impact on students’ academic and social experiences in UK HE
Sheffield Hallam University Mobilising family support: implications for the academic resilience of international students

Grant Awards for Pilot Projects 2016-17

Institution

 Project Title  Project Outline
Dundee University

International Student Web Video Information Project

Create a series of short accessible videos on a website for international students to aid transition to life in UK.

Durham University

International students as Curriculum Advisers for academic writing courses: developing and implementing staff-student partnerships

Develop a method of creating effective staff-student partnerships to enable international students to contribute to improving academic writing course provision.

Edinburgh College

Volunteer for Success

Create year-round volunteering opportunities for FE students with a work prohibition.

Essex University

Using Design Thinking to Enhance the International Student Experience and Their Understanding of Employability

To create a space for international students to identify, explore and solve career issues of personal relevance and produce a series of workshops underpinned by the principles of ‘Design Thinking’.

Goldsmiths University of London

Goldsmiths’ Extended Weeks of Welcome

Run a series of structured activities to support international students post arrival.

Heriot Watt University

Developing an online representation training tool for global students at Heriot-Watt University

Provide an interactive online tool for class representatives studying at Heriot-Watt University outside the UK.

Liverpool Hope University

International Academic Writing Boot-Camp

Develop and run a three day boot-camp to help new international postgraduate students to understand the academic expectations and conventions of UK universities.

Northumbria University

“Getting it right first time” An entry clearance toolkit for overseas staff.

Develop an online training module for staff advising potential international students on the entry clearance requirements of their visa applications.  Aimed primarily for overseas staff and agents as well as any UK based staff advising on entry clearance.

Nottingham Trent University

Global Voices in Science Programme

Select a team of international students and international alumni to participate in delivering formal and informal curriculum activities on subject specific issues relating to their home country and/or culture. Focus on STEM subject students.

Queen Mary University of London Students' Union

Improving integration and support of International Taught Postgraduate (PGT) Students via the creation of PGT Student Support Representatives.

Extend and adapt the pre-existing course representative scheme to help to better integrate and support international postgraduate students into university life.

Queen's University Belfast 

Supporting the academic and cultural challenges facing international students studying the Biosciences in Northern Ireland.

Identify the unique academic and cultural challenges facing culturally and linguistically diverse students and raise awareness among teaching staff. Focus on Biosciences students.

Royal Northern College of Music

Engagement with Learning for International Students in a Conservatoire.

Develop a course to introduce students to the RNCM conservatoire framework of study. Aim is to build on the students’ educational experience in their own country by using this as a basis for learning about their new educational environment.

Sheffield University

Exploring the use of ‘WeChat’ as a social media tool to engage Chinese students.

Promote the International Student Support services available for Chinese students, with a special focus on immigration, integration and careers service, through one of the most popular social media tools - ‘WeChat’ (also known as ‘Weixin’ in Chinese).

Stirling University

Speaking your language - fostering international student engagement with support services through an online bite-sized mental health toolkit.

Create an online mental health toolkit to deliver bite-sized information and support in six languages, including English.

Sunderland University

Increasing access for International Students to Student Mental Health Services.

Designing a three part group programme to enhance the emotional and mental wellbeing of international students and increase the number of international students accessing support for their mental health.  The project builds directly on the findings of the Plymouth University research funded by UKCISA in 2015-16

York St John University

Global Campus at York St John: grassroots internationalisation created by students for students.

Deliver a series of student-created activities to inspire internationalisation and peer-engagement through the Global Campus project. Project aims to produce a toolkit of resources for small and specialist Higher Education Institutions and SUs that are seeking to build a more inclusive global community.

Queen Margaret Students' Union, University of Glasgow

Language Cafe

Collaboration between Queen Margaret and Glasgow International College to run series of language exchanges.

Information on applying for a grant

UKCISA committed to running a grant scheme from 2015-2017.  If we are in a position to fund further projects and research for members we will do so.  This will be decided in the Spring of 2017 when we are planning our annual budget.  The pdf listed below is for reference only.  A future scheme may run on a similar basis.


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