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Principles and Practices of Sustainability for International Offices

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Respond to the climate emergency, learn how to take an environmentally sustainable approach to your university's international activities.

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*Please be aware the workshop is over two days. Your registration fee will cover both dates. We will be planting an Olive Tree for this workshop as part of our sustainability pledge.

Climate change can seem like an insurmountable challenge, but as international education practitioners we have many levers we can pull to make a difference. Our sector broadens the horizons of students around the globe and has the power to transform people’s lives but how do we balance those positives with its environmental cost?

How we respond to the climate emergency is not just an imperative, it is an opportunity. In this practical, hands-on workshop we will work through how you can reduce the emissions associated with international education, embed eco-literacy into programmes, respond to students’ growing demands for climate-conscious study and take a more sustainable approach to our international activities.

What will I learn at the workshop?

The purpose of the workshop is to generate greater awareness of how international education and climate change intersect, how vital it is that we act, and crucially, what practical steps you can take to tackle the real challenge of how to balance the benefits of internationalisation of education with its environmental cost.

The session will give you the tools to take action and to help you assess where you can have the most impact. The workshop draws on human-centred design techniques to guide you to think creatively and develop your own plan of action on an individual, institutional and systemic level, including considering your own change maker profile.

When is the workshop?

This workshop is delivered in two parts as follows:

Part 1 - Thursday 14th October, 1030am - 1230pm (GMT)

Part 2 - Thursday 21st October, 1030am - 1130am (GMT)

Thursday 14th October: Part 1 of the workshop (2.0 hrs)

We will provide an overview of how our sector contributes to the emissions which causes global warming and its impact. We will look at how to reduce the carbon footprint from international operations and opportunities to incorporate climate action into strategy and core business.

Climate action is an opportunity to improve the business of international education and the student experience, we will cover the following four major areas of focus:

  • incorporate climate action and sustainability into international initiatives, and eliminate or reduce greenhouse gas emissions from marketing and recruitment activities
  • balance the benefits of the internationalisation of education with its environmental costs
  • create/design sustainability projects and activities in your work and for your institution, using The IC’s 3Is model
  • lead and advocate for change within your organisation

Using The IC's 3Is model we will work with you to review how your institution might create/design sustainability projects and activities in your work and for your institution.

Thursday 21st October: Part 2 of the workshop (1 hr)

This will be a reflective session facilitated by The IC, bringing together best practice and taking a practical approach to reviewing your current recruitment and partnership plans to make them more environmentally sustainable. A university will join us as a case study of best practice.

Professional Trainers:

Ailsa Lamont

Ailsa heads up Pomegranate Global, a specialist international education consultancy with expertise in global strategy and operations. Pomegranate Global works with institutions to help them transform the climate crisis into an opportunity to improve the business of international education: reshaping global mobility and international recruitment operations to factor in environmental costs and to engage international students through climate action.

She is the co-founder and president of CANIE: Climate Action Network for International Educators, a non-profit working to strengthen the international education sector’s response to the climate challenge. Ailsa is also an IC Global Fellow.

Charlene Allen

Charlene has over 20 years’ experience in higher education. She has held senior roles across several universities in the UK, held a national sector leading role as Chair of British Universities International Liaison Association (BUILA) and sat on strategic international advisory boards for the British Council, Universities UK International and the UK Council for International Students Association. Her work has included the development and implementation of various internationalisation projects, lobbying on internationalisation matters and working with the Department of Education and the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy International Team on the UK International Education Strategy.

Sirin Myles

Sirin is a highly experienced International Leader and specialist in higher education. She has more than 20 years of international marketing and leadership experience in diplomatic and higher education organisations. Sirin’s career includes the British Council in Istanbul, marketing British education; Regional Director at the University of Southampton and Director of the International Office at the University of Reading. At Reading, Sirin had joint responsibility for all of the University’s Marketing, Communication and Engagement. Since 2016, Sirin has been providing a specialist independent consultancy, individual and leadership coaching to higher education institutions.

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