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UKCISA Grants Scheme 2017-18

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

The projects and research which we are funding in 2017-18 are listed below. With special thanks to the Scottish Government who again are contributing £10,000 to support Scottish institutions.

Grant Awards for Pilot Projects 2017-18

Bangor University
Mindfulness for International Students
A dedicated 8 week mindfulness course for international students.
University of Bedfordshire Culturally Informed Assessments Toolkit (CIAT) Integrating intercultural teaching and learning practices with the assessment process.
Bridgend College This Is Me Develop opportunities such as guest lectures for international learners to share cultural and religious experiences with other learners.
Canterbury Christ Church University Career Start Canterbury Preparing international students for the global workplace through sustainable ‘job ready’ activities, civic service and professional networking. Involves links with local Rotary Club.
Greenwich University Enriching international students' understanding of critical thinking and problem solving skills through gamification Produce an e-learning resource to help international students to understand and improve skills needed for UK HE. Focus on 1st year UG students.
University of Portsmouth Generating international student internship opportunities with local SMEs Internship opportunities linking with local advisers from the Dept of International Trade (UKTI).
University of Reading The International Student Food Project Develop a ‘Food induction toolkit’ – an online resource to support international students in adjusting to shopping, cooking and eating in the UK.
The University of Sheffield Preparing for Placement Develop a cultural toolkit to improve the experience of both international students and placement providers.
University of Strathclyde Supporting the engagement and experience of international students in group-work activities Students explore group work activities using Lego Serious Play.
University of Sussex Supporting International Doctoral Student Writing Designing, running and evaluating a writing group for international students at the writing-up stage of PhD study and creating a pedagogical toolkit.
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance Healthy body, Healthy mind. Hands on nutrition for International Students. Delivering workshops on nutrition, meal planning and budgeting. With opportunities for students to share food.

Grant Awards for Research 2017-18

The University of Edinburgh Mental Health & Wellbeing of Global Access Students Exploring the psychological and emotional needs of African scholarship students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
University of Kent (in collaboration with 6 University partners) Pathways to success -critical resources and approaches for academic success, as identified by the experiences of international pathways students, their educators and counsellors Investigating the experiences of successful international pathways students studying as part of the Universities Pathways Alliance.
The Open University (in collaboration with Dundee University) Social support through Transitions: A Student Led and Cross-Institutional Investigation of International Postgraduate Student Experiences PG students as researchers into their own lived experiences through a guided ethnographic investigation. Seeking to understand the role of holistic social support networks in international students’ educational transitions.
University of Plymouth International students’ perceptions of personal tutoring – are we hitting the mark? Research into student perceptions of the role of personal tutors in order to improve communication and develop specific personal tutor training.
University of Stirling Students’ Union The Impact of Brexit on the International Student Experience at Stirling Examining the impact of the 2016 EU referendum on the international student experience in Scotland. Aim to inform targeted support for EU students studying in the UK.
University of Sussex An ethnographic examination with research of the experience of international students living in the private rented sector to guide further practice Investigating and comparing the experiences of international and home students renting private sector accommodation in Sussex.

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