Annual General Meeting 2019

Chair’s report

AISA Executive

The Executive this year has consisted of:

  • Sally Saca – Oxford Brookes University, Co-Chair
  • Emma Gwynnett-Davies – Swansea University, Co-Chair
  • Sarah Sherwin – University of Bristol, Secretary
  • Farooq Shah – Swansea University, Treasurer
  • Jessica Scott – University of Bath, Regions Coordinator
  • David Barrott – University of Sheffield
  • Atif Butt – University of the Arts
  • Kate Walker – Kings College London
  • Bethan Ovens – London School of Economics
  • Polly Penter – City University
  • Kris Deng – Salford University
  • Will Burton – UKCISA attending member

This year we have lost Atif, who had fulfilled his full 5 year term as a member of the AISA executive. We would like to thank him for his valuable contribution to the work we do. We also lost Polly as she left City University to take up the post of Associate Director, Student Services at Arcadia University.

Strategic objectives 2018/19

  1. To introduce a new website platform which should be ready to show colleagues at the UKCISA conference. The aim is for it to allow our members to communicate, share ideas and build a tool kit that only members can access.
  2. To increase our membership by exploring new ways members can pay for their AISA subscription creating better opportunities for colleagues to join us and take part in our events and regional meetings.
  3. To continue to support our regions.
  4. To provide training which can enable ISA’s to skills themselves up and participate in wider discussions within their Institutions.
  5. Contributing to the lobbying that is carried out by UKCISA by gaining views from our members that are working directly with international students and feeding them into meetings with UKCISA and via the UKCISA Executive Board.

Key Outputs

  1. The results of the ballot relating to the move to an institutional membership subscription process received and an overwhelming majority in favour. The new process commenced for this year’s subscriptions and an amendment made to the AISA constitution.
  2. Training days ‘EU Settlement’ at Oxford Brookes University (22 January) and Woburn House, London (12 February).
  3. Pilot of regional email support groups in the South West Region.
  4. AISA Annual Conference, ‘A Game of Two Halves’ (immigration in the morning and student mental health in the afternoon) 10 May 2019
  5. New updated website.


Our training days in January and February on the EU Settlement Scheme were popular and well attended with 68 attending across the two venues. Feedback included members saying that they enjoyed sharing ideas and knowledge with colleagues and that the content and structure of the day were excellent.


The latest version of AISA Connect dated May 2019 is available on the AISA website.


A member of the AISA exec attending the UKCISA Board meetings.
Emma Gwynnett-Davies
AISA Executive Co-Chair

Sally Saca
AISA Co-Chair
Oxford Brookes University

Emma Gwynnett-Davies
AISA Co-Chair
Swansea University

May 2019