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AISA 2021 Virtual Conference

Wednesday 31 March 2021, 13:30 – 16:30, Zoom, Free (AISA members only)

Looking forward, from a distance

After over a year of working remotely in difficult circumstances, it is an important time to help support and motivate colleagues advising international students, to look at what is to come as we hope to return to something more like our ‘normal’ way of working and look to the introduction of the Graduate Immigration Route bringing significant, positive change; but with challenges.

Hughie Teape will kick us off for our first session with a motivational presentation. Something a little bit different as we are motivating ourselves moving into a time of optimism, but further change and uncertainty. Hughie Teape is a former Great Britain international track and field athlete who competed in the Commonwealth Games and the Olympic Games, in the early ‘90s, where he reached both finals. He specialised in the 110 metres high hurdles, competing alongside world-leading athletes Colin Jackson and Tony Jarrett (and Tony was his training partner). Hughie has now branched out into motivational speaking and delivered presentations to various organisations. He has given a number of presentations to the London School of Economics, including staff as well as students, and presented to the RAF. In addition to fulfilling his various speaking engagements, Hughie is actively involved in coaching club athletes, for sprints and hurdles, at Brunel University in Uxbridge. He also works with sportspeople from other sports including football, basketball, cricket and rugby, in order to improve their speed and agility. Furthermore, Hughie gives motivational talks to school students, highlighting his athletics experience, in a bid to inspire the next generation. Social Media Links:,

After a short break, Andrew Humphrey, Advice and Training Officer with UKCISA, will compare and contrast the Skilled Worker and Graduate Visa routes, looking at the different perspectives on this for students, institutions and employers. A basic knowledge of both the Skilled Worker route and what we know so far about the Graduate Immigration Route will be required for this session. Therefore, we ask that before attending that colleagues read the following sources: Skilled Worker: Graduate Route:

Whilst many of us are looking ahead to how the introduction of the Graduate Immigration Route will affect our work very much from an immigration perspective, Janet Woolnough and Luke Hahn from the Careers Team at the University of Portsmouth will deliver our final session to help us consider the wider labour market context and issues of employability. The session will focus on timelines that international students interested in finding post-study employment in the UK may need to consider to enhance their prospects, and how we as advisers, can help raise awareness, including the role that inductions and welcome activities play, plus the benefits of collaborative working with careers departments at this important time.

The conference will conclude with breakout rooms for reflection and social time with colleagues.

Booking is now closed.