ExEdUK meetings

Upcoming meetings

ExEdUK members are invited to regular (usually quarterly) meetings to learn about recent developments in the international education sector, insight into ongoing policy and political discussions, and hear from expert speakers about issues of relevance to all international educators.


24 October 2018, 10:30-12:30, Aga Khan Centre, 10 Handyside Street, London, N1C 4DN

We will be joined at this meeting by David Ramsbotham, Head of Sponsorship (Citizenship, Work, Study & Premium) at UK Visas and Immigration, who will provide an update on the Sopra Steria roll-out and other Tier 4 developments.

Please RSVP to info@exeduk.com if you wish to attend.


Past Meetings

17 July 2018, 13:30-15:30, DLD College London, 199 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7FX

The meeting will focus on supporting members to engage with the APPG for International Students on its forthcoming Inquiry: A sustainable future for international students in the UK? Following the meeting, members are also invited to observe the first oral evidence session from 5pm-7pm in Parliament.


28 March 2018, 11:00-13:00, CIEE Global Institute, Russell Square, London

At this meeting of Exporting Education UK, we welcome the education team from the Department for International Trade (DIT), who will present on their current projects and activities before leading an interactive session with members. You will meet with DIT’s Education Sector Lead Geoff Gladding and specialists from his team, learning about emerging export opportunities and the support that DIT can provide, as well as being able to feed in your views and experiences of any barriers you may have faced in making the most of international markets.

DIT was established in 2016 after the Brexit referendum, absorbing the investment and export functions of UKTI as well as taking responsibility for developing new UK trade policy. DIT ministers see the export of education in all its forms as a major potential growth industry and therefore a priority for the UK. They have therefore recently established an Education Sector Advisory Group chaired by the trade minister Graham Stuart MP in order to shape government strategy in this area.

Our staff will close the meeting with our regular update on key developments in UK politics and international education, as well answering any particular questions you may have.


12 January 2018, 11:00-13:30, CIEE Global Institute, Russell Square, London
‘Engaging with the Migration Advisory Committee’

At this meeting of Exporting Education UK, we have as our guest speaker Stephen Earl, who is head of policy for the Migration Advisory Committee and leading on the MAC’s work to assess the economic and social impacts of international students in the UK.

We will also have an update from Pat Saini, head of immigration at City law firm Penningtons Manches, on student visas including the changes made to the Immigration Rules in December and other recent developments.

Our staff will finish off with an update on key policies and activities related to international education, and answer any questions you may have.


19 October 2017, 15:30–17:30, CIEE Global Institute, Russell Square, London
‘Making Your Voice Heard – lobbying for change in international education’

This meeting of Exporting Education UK will focus on making an impact in the ever-changing UK policy environment for international education. The sector’s drive to make the UK more welcoming is sometimes at odds with the political rhetoric on immigration, Brexit and access to education.

Our facilitators will set out the key opportunities over the next 12 months where the education sector needs to come together to make a positive change for international education in the UK.

Topics will include:

Accessing Parliament

  • How Parliament makes decisions on international students
  • Parliamentary questions, early day motions, and other interventions
  • Lobbying MPs and Lords – a short toolkit

Role of the APPG for International Students in the parliamentary landscape

  • How to make the most of meetings, events and opportunities to interact with the APPG

Overview of the upcoming Migration Advisory Committee review into student migration

  • Discussion with education sector bodies on submitting evidence

Up Next: The Immigration Bill

  • What we expect from the Immigration Bill and how you can make a difference

Moving Forward

  • Group discussion on areas where international education providers can work together to lobby for changes in government policy