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The UK must look after its global talent

Mike Ratcliffe, academic registrar at Nottingham Trent University, reflects on issues emerging from a packed week of higher education news.

Student complaints rise by nearly 21% in a year

The Office of the Independent Adjudicator for higher education has reported almost a 21 per cent rise in the number of complaints it received from students last year – rising to their highest ever level at 2,371.

UK higher education celebrated in new international awards

The finalists for a new prestigious award celebrating outstanding achievements of the UK’s international alumni have been announced, ahead of three awards ceremonies taking place over the next month in China, India, and the USA.

Fourteen Indian, nine Chinese and ten American alumni have been selected out of hundreds of candidates put forward by their host British universities. The new Education UK Alumni awards, created by the British Council, are intended to recognise outstanding success in Entrepreneurism, Professional Achievement, and Social Impact by people who have graduated from UK higher education institutions within the last ten years.

A total 21 British Universities have their alumni represented in the nominations categories, after applications were reviewed by panels of higher education experts in China, India and the USA.

Jacqueline Jenkins, Head of Higher Education Engagement at the British Council said “The Alumni Awards allow UK higher education institutions to demonstrate and celebrate outstanding success of recent alumni on a global platform.

"There is a lot of focus on the great contribution that international students give to the UK, but we wanted to highlight what students take away with them when they return home, and how their time in the UK has provided a lasting experience. We had hundreds of nominations and it was very difficult to filter it down to these final 33. These alumni are an outstanding credit to their universities and hopefully will serve as an inspiration to the next generation of ambitious international students”.

Dr Gretchen Dobson, a leading global alumni relations consultant and Chair of the US judging panel said: "Alumni relations is about relationships. The applicants who stood out among the pack were the alumni who clearly demonstrated how their UK education prepared them for competitive and demanding careers."

 

UK Higher Education Institutions with 2015 Alumni Awards finalists:


Aberyswyth University

Brunel University

Cardiff University

London Business School

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

LSE

Middlesex University

Queen Mary University of London

UCL

University of Birmingham

University of Cambridge

University of East Anglia

University of Essex

University of Exeter

University of Leeds

University of Liverpool

University of Manchester

University of Nottingham

University of Oxford

University of Stirling

University of Sussex

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