International Strategy to 2020

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1 International Strategy to 2020 As befits a research-led and student-focused University, our Strategic Plan commits Keele to being international in outlook and character and international in the reach and impact of its education and research programmes. This strategy underpins our commitment to these aims. Research-led: the Advancement of Knowledge Central to Keele s mission is undertaking world-leading research that transforms understanding and brings benefits to society, communities and individuals. The frontiers at which we engage in the advancement of knowledge are increasingly international, as are the research networks within which the cutting-edge knowledge and innovation to which Keele contributes are concentrated and from which many of Keele s most successful research funding bids and examples of research impact emanate. Keele encourages and enables academic staff and postgraduate researchers to engage in international scientific collaboration and exchange, as well as to build and grow international research partnerships. Student-focused: Educating Students for a Globalised World Keele graduates operate in an increasingly globalised society. The education we provide not only helps develop the knowledge and skills they require to function effectively in that internationalised and inter-cultural environment, but also prepares them to have a genuine positive impact across the globe. Our students join an active international academic community with programmes that deliver innovative opportunities to gain international perspectives on their discipline area and additional opportunities for overseas study and work experience and foreign language learning. Our broad-based education actively encourages students to draw on the insights of multiple disciplines to develop a nuanced understanding of many of the grand challenges the world currently faces. An International Campus Our students, academics and professional staff are drawn from over 100 different countries. That rich mix of cultures and our strong sense of community and cohesion provide opportunities for all staff and students to live, work and socialise in an internationalised environment. This enhances our global outlook and helps Keele act as a local and regional gateway to the rest of the world. 1 P age Review May 2017

2 Aim 1: Enhancing International Presence and Reputation Priorities: Gaining recognition for our international character Being recognised internationally as a high quality institution Undertaking an active role in (inter)national networks focused on HE internationalisation Year Year of Activity Project is either being scoped or is in implementation/roll-out Project is expected to be in the substantive design/development or delivery stage 1.1 Audit of all international activity in Schools ; School Directors 1.2 Embed a much greater emphasis on our international character and international (research) achievements in Director Marketing & Communications internal and external communications 1.3 Join and maintain membership of key international networks for the sector and increase senior-level presence in inbound and outbound international delegations 1.4 Increasing international public engagement (including joining The Conversation and NCCPE) 1.5 Increase awareness amongst local and regional enterprises and public bodies of Keele role as a global gateway ; University Executive Committee PVC Research & Enterprise; Director of Engagement & Partnerships; Director Marketing & Communications Director of Engagement & Partnerships; PVC Research & Enterprise; Director Marketing & Communications 1.6 Build up and better utilise our international alumni networks Humanities & Social Sciences (PVC Advancement & Global Engagement) 2 P age Review May 2017

3 Aim 2: Developing Key University Partnerships Priorities: Creating the conditions for aligned University, Faculty and School/Research Institute international partnerships strategies Providing articulation pathways for high quality international students to undertake Keele degree programmes at all levels Delivering high-quality and sustainable international partnerships for the education of students overseas Developing and supporting international research collaborations which contribute to world-leading research with international impact Ensuring new academic partners are high quality institutions and that all strategic University partners are normally top 400 institutions 2.1 Audit the University s international partnerships and governance management Head of Governance & Quality Assurance; Head of International Recruitment & Development; School 2.2 Develop life-cycle protocols for the management of international partnerships 2.3 Develop SEGi TNE partnership and explore potential for other TNE partnerships 2.4 Undertake market scoping for higher quality new articulation partnerships 2.5 Develop with high quality universities a limited number of strategic international partnerships that include teaching and research Directors Head of Governance & Quality Assurance; Head of International Recruitment & Development; School Directors; Directorate for Engagement and Partnerships ; Head of Governance & Quality Assurance; Director Keele Management School; Head of International Recruitment & Development; Directorate for Engagement and Partnerships ; Head of International Recruitment & Development; relevant School Directors Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Provost/Dean of ; PVC Research & Enterprise; Heads of School and Research Review May P age

4 2.6 Ensure Schools and Faculties develop aligned international partnership strategies Institutes; Faculty and School Directors; Head of International Recruitment & Development ; School Directors; Heads of School 4 P age Review May 2017

5 Aim 3: Delivering World-Leading Research Priorities: Building foundations for multi-national research collaborations that have a transformational effect on society Delivering high quality research with international collaborators Delivering research-led impact that contributes to and addresses global issues Accessing international funding opportunities to support the delivery of our research strategy 3.1 Audit the number and volume of collaborative international research grants, as well as of publications with international co-authors PVC Research & Enterprise; Faculty Deans; Faculty Research Directors; Research Institute Directors; Heads of 3.2 Increase academic staff engagement in (leadership of) international research networks 3.3 Increase the number and volume of collaborative international research grant applications 3.4 Increase where appropriate the number of research publications with international co-authors 3.5 Realise potential for research co-operation with strategic partners, where possible in multiple disciplines (currently in development are Tongji and Stony Brook in Shanghai and New York respectively) School PVC Research & Enterprise; Faculty Deans; Faculty Research/RI Directors; Heads of School PVC Research & Enterprise; Faculty Deans; Faculty Research/RI Directors; Heads of School PVC Research & Enterprise; Faculty Deans; Faculty Research/RI Directors; Heads of School ; PVC Research & Enterprise; relevant School Directors; Heads of School and Research Institutes 5 P age Review May 2017

6 Aim 4: Delivering International Student Potential Priorities Recognising and providing for our international students diverse learning styles and supporting the development of their learning skills and academic English language to enable the realisation of their full potential Delivering world-leading teaching, providing global perspectives and opportunities on all of our programmes Recruiting high quality international students from a broad but targeted range of countries to a wider range of disciplines Increasing recruitment of high quality international PGR students 4.1 Reduce the international attainment gap International Directors Group (Task & Finish Group); School Directors; PVC Education & Student Experience; Language Learning Unit 4.2 Ensure appropriate support systems for international students Head of Student Support & Development Services; Head of Language Learning Unit; KeeleSU (Welfare & Officer); Keele Postgraduate Association (Chair) 4.3 Support staff teaching internationally diverse study cohorts Head of Learning & Professional Development Centre; Head of Curriculum Support & Development; Language Learning Unit; 4.4 Implement outcomes from review of Student Recruitment and International Agents including: International Agents Conference In-country Managers Agent register and annual review process 4.5 Implement the international recruitment strategy focussing on improving: Quality of the students we recruit Geographic diversity ; Head of International Recruitment & Development Head of International Recruitment & Development 6 P age Review May 2017

7 Diversity of the subject areas that we recruit to 4.6 Review current PGR recruitment systems and identify ways to reduce obstacles to recruitment and to maximise recruitment opportunities PVC Research & Enterprise 7 P age Review May 2017

8 Aim 5: Promoting the Global Outlook and Impact of Our Staff Priorities: Recruiting, developing and retaining the highest quality and internationally-oriented staff within their disciplines. Providing opportunities for academic staff to be globally facing in their research and teaching. Developing capacity of academic and professional staff to experience international opportunities and build global networks. Creating an environment which values the international experience of all our staff and enables that to be harnessed to the University s ambitious international agenda. 5.1 Increase the volume and proportion of overseas and internationally-oriented staff Director Human Resources & Student Services; Heads of Schools; Faculty Deans 5.2 Promote international exchange opportunities for academic and professional staff (spend the full ERASMUS+ European funding and the ca. 180K received thus far through ERASMUS+ International Credit Mobility) ; Head of International Recruitment & Development; Directors; Heads of School; School Directors 5.3 Provide support systems for staff seeking to engage in Head of Learning & Professional international opportunities 5.4 Develop systems that enable individuals global experiences to enhance School and Directorate international strategies 5.5 recognition within the SPRE/PRE processes Development Services ; School Directors; Directors ; Director Human Resources & Student Services 8 P age Review May 2017

9 Aim 6: Internationalising the Keele Experience Priorities Providing all staff with an understanding of the University s Agenda Providing opportunities for an international experience for staff, students and members of our University community Enabling students to access and thrive within the international employment market Delivering international experiences for members of the Keele community, based off-campus Promoting and support the continued development of our global campus 6.1 Review of Study Abroad opportunities and procedures for students 6.2 Re-launch Global World Festival, which showcases and celebrates our rich international diversity Head of Student Support & Development Services; KeeleSU (Welfare & Officer); Keele Postgraduate Association (Chair); Keele Communities Together Group ; Director Marketing & Communications 6.3 Promotion and dissemination of the international strategy to Schools and Directorates. 6.4 Implement outcomes of Study Abroad Review ; Head of International Recruitment & Development; Heads of Schools; School Directors; Study Abroad Subject Tutors 6.5 Promote global outlook of all students, including via opportunities for foreign language acquisition opportunities for an international experience Head of International Recruitment & Development; Head of Language Learning Unit; PVC Education & Student Experience; Heads of Schools 9 P age Review May 2017

10 6.6 Equipping students to become global graduates by supporting the development of their career management and employability skills 6.6 Ensure our facilities and services are appropriate for the changing international profile of our staff and students, including in respect of admissions accommodation catering social and faith requirements Head of Careers and Employability Head of Student Support & Development Services; Head of Catering; Head of Accommodation Services; KeeleSU (Welfare & Officer); Keele Postgraduate Association (Chair) 10 P age Review May 2017