Commissioners with experience and integrity

The International Higher Education Commission announced its Founding Commissioners in December 2022, with a second group of Commissioners announced in February 2023.

The Commissioners’ combined experience, knowledge, and expertise will steer our work, aided by commissions research and additional data and insight. This will provide for an evidence-led Commission that will develop a new, re-energised, international higher education strategy fit for the opportunities and challenges we see for today, tomorrow and the future.

The Commission in action

A number of leading figures and organisations have pledged to support the initiative and the names of the Founding Commissioners were announced in December 2022 along with a series of scene-setting statements from policy makers, regulators, funders and other stakeholders.  The Commission intends to publish its final report in late Autumn 2023. 

The Commissioners’ combined experience, knowledge, and expertise, informed by commissioned research, data and insight, will steer our work and help achieve our aim to develop a new, reenergised, international higher education strategy fit for the opportunities and challenges we can see based on the changed context since 2019.

The commission will develop by engaging with institutional and individual representatives from across the U.K, including the devolved nations and every region of England. It will meet virtually and in-person in a series of roundtable discussions, the distillation of which will form the basis of a new ‘International Education Strategy 2.0’ to be submitted to the Department of Education as a sector-wide plan for the future. We expect to publish a series of scene-setting statements from policy makers, regulators, funders, and other influential stakeholders shortly afterwards.

As the Commission progresses, evidence, articles, reports and interim findings will be available for public view on the website to encourage discussion and facilitate wider engagement. 

The Commission intends to publish a series of reports throughout 2023.

Founder and Chair, National Indian Students and Alumni Union
CEO, BridgeU
CEO, London Higher
Chief Executive, UKCISA
Executive and Board Member University Alliance and Chair of UK Standing Committee for Quality Assessment, Vice Chancellor of Salford University
Former Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation (2010-2014)
Convener of the International Committee of Universities Scotland and Principal & Vice Chancellor, Edinburgh Napier University
Non-Executive Director on the Court of the Bank of England and Trustee on the Council of Durham University
Chair of Yorkshire Universities & VC York St John University
Interim Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost at the University of Salford
Former Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation (2015-2018)
VP International, University of Dundee, British Council Trustee, Scottish Government Higher Education Trade & Investment Envoy, former Scottish Higher Education Minister
International lead for the Russell Group Universities & VC University of Nottingham
Student Commissioner – Postgraduate student, Newcastle University, Cross-Cultural Communication and Media Studies
Midlands Enterprise Universities Board Member and VC, De Montfort University
President and VC, University of the Arts London, and former Secretary of State for Culture/Work and Pensions
Secretary to the Commission and Chief Development Office at OIEG. Former DVCI at Coventry University.
Student Commissioner – Final year undergraduate student, University of Glasgow, Economics and Politics
President and Principal, Kings College London

Observers:

Maddalaine Ansell, Director Education, British Council

Jamie Arrowsmith, Director, Universities UK International