Wednesday 17 January 2018

The Importance of Socialising of International Students in a Residential Context

Etc.venues - Liverpool Street - Norton Folgate - Central London

A one day symposium exploring how an inclusive and welcoming atmosphere can add value to the student experience.

Suitable for: All those involved in the planning and delivery of Residental Life and a comprehensive housing management service

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9.15am - 9.45am Registration and coffee

9.45am - 10.00am Welcome, Introduction of Delegates and background to the day

10.00am - 11.00am Perspectives: the importance of welcome and orientation - Nigel Freeman – Assistant Director Student Life, NYU London

11.00am - 11.45am The Unipol Randomised Coffee Trial - A grand title that betrays a simple idea. We’re going to get you paired with another delegate and invite you to discover more about one another’s interests in the day over a cup of coffee.

11.45am – 12.00pm Debrief from Randomised Coffee Trial Rachael Elliott, Chair

12.00pm – 1.00pm Training and development in creating an inclusive atmosphere Rachel Piper – Policy Manager, Student Minds TBC

1.00pm – 2.00pm Lunch (provided)

2.00pm – 3.00pm Hits and highlights: What is the role of student housing? where do  we add value  to international students in our residential communities? Deborah Stevenson – Pre-Sessional Coordinator & a Panel of International Students, SOAS

3.00pm – 3.20pm Break (tea and coffee available)

3.20pm – 4.00pm Developing practices: insights from UKCISA pilot projects UKCISA Grant Awards for Pilot Projects – 2015/16 & 2016/17

4.00pm – 4.30pm Action planning  and concluding remarks; reflections on the day; evaluations Rachael Elliott, Chair

4.30pm Ends


Delegates will be invited to surface, discuss and translate their experiences of housing to support international students. We’ll learn more about:

- what is the role of student housing and is ethos, warmth and community important and meaningful?

- how are we meeting the growing expectations of 24/7 support and is this important to international students in particular

- how developing an inclusive environment can benefit all and what it takes to develop and sustain such an environment

- how well welcome and orientation works and  what resources there are to maintain events through the year

- is integration a by-product of a social environment or must it be engineered for real impact

- what are the implications of differences in configuration of student housing on experiences of students, and to a lesser extent staff

- how to pinpoint the value added from events.

The style of this symposium will include interactive sessions such as the Unipol Randomised Coffee Trial and a workshop exercise, as well as hearing from leading providers of their experiences through panel presentations and discussions.

Cost per delegate

Normal Delegate Rate - £305
Friends of Unipol Rate - £270

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