UKCISA Community of Practice; Supporting international students sense of community through peer learning

UKCISA Funded Research Grant: Creating a Community of Practice for International Students: The Role of Academic Peer Learning in Supporting their Transition and Integration into Higher Education.

We had a lively and informative first meeting of our Community of Practice in Manchester on Thursday 7th February, 2019. There were 11 attendees representing 8 institutions mainly in the UK, but also from the U.S. This group supports the UKCISA-funded research piece examining the role of peer learning in developing a sense of community among international students. The findings for this research will be shared through the listserve and on this website once they are ready to be published.

This project seeks to evaluate the impact of peer-led learning programmes and in so doing, identify key issues associated with the transition and integration of international students into Higher Education. Conducted between the Universities of Ulster, Edinburgh and Brighton, it provides a unique opportunity to compare and contrast diverse institutions operating in different parts of the UK. Supported by the IAPL network which operates across 22 countries with 400 members, a sector-wide special interest group will be launched. This presents an opportunity to enable collaborative enquiry into how international students can best be enabled to adjust, participate, and learn within peer communities.

If you would like any further details, or would like to get involved do get in touch with the Researcher on the project: Emma Walker –

2019 International Forum for Peer Learning

5th – 6th June, 2019, Brighton, UK.

The 2019 International Forum for Peer Learning is taking place on 5th – 6th June, 2019. It will be hosted by the University of Brighton, and supported by Lund University Sweden which hosted the first Peer Learning Forum in 2017.

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The forum is organised by the International Academic Peer Learning network, specifically by a group of peer learning practitioners who are interested in developing peer learning and the experiences of students, whether undergraduate or postgraduate.

Bookings will open soon!  In the meantime, register your interest to attend and receive information when the bookings site is live:

If you have an enquiry, please contact:

Ticket Prices:
£110.00 delegate registration
£75.00 for students
£110.00 for workshop presenters with a free
student co-presenter space [Call for proposals has now closed]

We are excited to bring you this international event, and are looking forward to hosting up to 120 delegates to the forum. We have received some outstanding presentation proposals and are working to bring an inspiring programme together which involves staff and student participants and presenters. Here is a flavour of the forum, and social event:

Date/ Time Activity Location
Wednesday 5th June 5pm Arrival & Registration City Campus, Grand Parade, Brighton
Wednesday 5th June 5pm onwards Optional pre-forum workshop and networking event
Wednesday 5th June 7-8pm Opportunity to visit arts & design graduate exhibitions *this links to 2018 to see examples

Thursday 6th June 08:30-09:15

Arrival and refreshments  

i360 Conference Centre, Lower Kings Road, Brighton.

09:15 – 10:00 Welcome & Keynote: International Perspectives
10:00 – 10:30 Lightning Talks – topics such as creative approaches, challenges of PAL and renewal, addressing disadvantage
10:30 – 11:00 Poster exhibition, networking, morning break
11:00 – 11:30 Paper Presentations – topics such as:

o   peer mentoring schemes, widening participation and access to peer learning, impact evaluation, student transitions

11:35 – 12:05
12:10 – 12:40
12:40 – 13:30 Lunch & networking
13:30 – 14:00 Mini Workshops – interactive sessions to develop skills and awareness in the areas of:

o   student-staff partnership, taking peer learning outside of the university, a ‘listening room’ approach, and connecting students with resources

14:05 – 14:35
14:40 – 15:10
15:10 – 15:30 Poster competition, networking, afternoon break
15:30 – 16:00 Concluding plenary – poster prizes
16:00 – 16:40 i360 Flight / drinks reception
16:40 – 18:00 Optional networking/ Forum ends.