Preparing for success: supporting international students in the disciplines

Date: 12 November, 2010
Location: Wide Lane Sports Grounds, Wide Lane, Eastleigh, Hampshire SO50 5PE
Event type: Workshop

Location map | Programme

This is a collaborative event between LLAS and the HEA/UKCISA initiative Teaching International Students. It is aimed at teaching staff across disciplines and will explore the role of lecturers in the preparation of international students for study in the UK.

Since the responsibility for preparing international students for success is shared by a variety of practitioners including those working on pre-sessional courses and lecturers working in disciplines, this workshop aims to present ideas and advice for strengthening shared understandings and practice to enhance support for international students.

It will consider the potential of the pre-sessional, focusing particularly on the ways in which disciplinary input to a pre-sessional programme can have a positive impact on teaching, learning and assessing international students as they prepare for - and progress through - their studies. It will include case study examples from disciplines such as Law and Business.

Learning outcomes

  • An understanding of the key strengths (and weaknesses) of current models of the pre-sessional
  • Insights into current research on pre-sessional courses
  • An understanding of the rationale for disciplines to be closely involved in pre-sessional delivery

The 'Teaching International Students' project is a joint initiative of the Higher Education Academy and the United Kingdom Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) with funding from the Prime Minister's Initiative 2 (PMI2). It is a two year project, hosted and co-funded by the Higher Education Academy.


  • There is a charge of £50 for employees and postgraduate students of publicly funded UK educational institutions to attend this event.
  • There is a fee of £80 for employees and postgraduate students of private institutions/organisations and non-UK institutions to attend this event.
  • Please note that we reserve the right to charge a £50 cancellation fee if you do not notify us by Tuesday 2nd November that you are unable to attend this event.
  • Full details of our charging policy are available.
  • Lunch will be provided.

Provisional programme for 12 November
Time Session Speaker
10.30 - 10.45 Welcome and introduction Liz Hauge (Southampton) and Ali Dickens (Subject Centre for LLAS, Southampton)
10.45 - 11.15 Introducing the 'Teaching International Students' initiative: what the project offers, and how you could get involved Fiona Hyland, ESCalate (the Education Subject Centre)
Powerpoint Presentation (PowerPoint, 1.70Mb) Preparing for success blog
11.15 - 12.30 What are the key issues/needs for subject practitioners working with international students?
Small group discussions followed by feedback
Refreshments available
Liz Hauge (Southampton), Fiona Hyland (ESCALATE), Simon Steiner (Engineering Subject Centre) and Ali Dickens (LLAS)
12.30 - 13.00 Adding online elements to pre-arrival and pre-sessional courses for international students Julie Watson (Southampton)
Powerpoint Presentation (PowerPoint, 296Kb)
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch  
14.00 - 14.45 Case study: The Southampton LLM pre-sessional Liz Hauge and Professor Natalie Lee (Head of Law, Southampton)
Powerpoint Presentation (PowerPoint, 704Kb)
14.45 - 15.30 The view from... the Built Environment
Sandra Hayward (Head of pre-sessional programmes, Nottingham)
Powerpoint Presessional programme for Built Environment students (PowerPoint, 608Kb)
15.30 - 16.00 A snapshot of current practice and the BALEAP (British Association of Lecturers in English for Academic Purposes) Tracking project Diana Ridley (Sheffield)
Powerpoint Presentation (PowerPoint, 1.13Mb)
16.00 - 16.15 Summing up and close