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 –

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