EUA Best practice workshop 2018
Getting more students to go abroad:
a focus on short-term mobility


Coventry University

Monday 5th November 2018

Over 60 people from universities all over Europe came to Coventry to consider ideas and strategies to encourage and facilitate short-term outward mobility.

Dr. Andrew Turner, Pro Vice Chancellor of Coventry University, welcomed delegates to the workshops and spoke about the Coventry internationalisation strategy, which aims to give every student an international experience as part of their studies. This can include online projects in tandem with students at partner universities and visiting lecturers coming to give masterclasses - as well as opportunities for short and long-term mobility. In the last year alone, Coventry University has sent over 4500 students on international experiences abroad to enhance their employability and hopefully to create global graduates with a global outlook evidenced on their CVs.

Leo Smith, Head of #DMUglobal at De Montfort University, Leicester also gave an inspirational talk about the DMU Global campaign at his university, which aims to create short-term international experiences for 11,000 students by 2020 and Elissa Williams, Global Education Manager at Keele University and EUA Vice-President, introduced sources of funding to help make short-term mobility projects happen.

After hearing case studies of exciting initiatives to support outward mobility in other universities - and armed with information about how to access external funding - the next sessions then focused on effective strategies to ensure successful projects... Dr. Sofia Mason (Royal Holloway, University of London) concentrated on organising summer schools and led an interactive session outlining various scenarios, which were discussed in groups.  After this Elizabeth Hollins (Coventry University) gave a lively session in which she presented a toolkit for effective use of social media to promote the outward mobility agenda. Dr. Suzanna Tomassi (The Open University) & Nisha Kaduskar (Risk Advisory Service) then gave a joint presentation outlining strategies, systems and processes essential in order to ensure the safety of students and staff when on visits abroad.

The workshop also included a discussion on the impact of Brexit on international activity, chaired by Barbara Howell, Associate Dean International (Coventry University) and EUA committee member. The discussion included an update from Catriona Hanks, Outward Student Mobility Lead at Universities UK International [UUKI] and an entertaining speech by Professor Dr. Matt Qvortrup, Specialist Advisor to the House of Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee - and described by the BBC as 'the world's leading authority on referendums'.

Prof. Qvortrup has published extensively on European politics and history and his engaging presentation entitled 'Brexit, Britney Spears and why we might get fooled again' was enjoyed by all, especially those who kept count of the numerous references to pop culture.







Some of those who came to Coventry for the November workshop












Barbara Howell,

Associate Dean International & EUA Board Member introduces Prof. Dr. Matt Qvortrup, Chair of Applied Political Science & Specialist Advisor to the UK House of Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee

Dr. Andrew Turner, Pro Vice Chancellor, Coventry University 

welcomes everyone to the workshops

Dr. Suzanna Tomassi, The Open University, giving a presentation entitled People, Programmes and Process – Keep your students and staff safe

Leo Smith,

De Montfort University,

presents DMU Global: Creating opportunities for short-term international experiences for 11,000 students by 2020