The international student pathway reimagined

A journey of recovery and renewal

The international pathway has played a critical role in attracting overseas students to UK universities over the last decade.

However, COVID-19 impacted the growth and shape of the international student pathway for UK Universities and private providers.

Join our expert panel as we discussed the innovative approaches they have seen to recruitment and learning in the international student market during the pandemic and the renewed interest in international student pathways emerging across the higher education sector as restrictions are lifted. 

  • The importance of international student pathways to higher education strategy
  • How COVID-19 has impacted the international student pathway
  • The approaches Universities and private providers have taken to manage the challenges presented by COVID-19
  • What the future international student pathway could look like


Victoria L. O’Donnell - Deputy PVC Academic, Arden University

Vicki’s career in HE spans 20+ years, covering the UK public sector, the international and private sectors, and as an assessor for the UK HE Quality Assurance Agency. Vicki is a specialist in contemporary learning and teaching, including digital education, online learning, innovative pedagogies, and inclusive curricula.

Rachel Soundy - Partner, Higher Education, Bevan Brittan LLP

Rachel has worked with Higher Education institutions and private providers to set up, reconfigure and collapse international student pathways for over 10 years. Her focus is ensuring that a pathway’s structure and legal agreements are aligned with her client’s commercial goals and regulatory requirements. Prior to joining Bevan Brittan, Rachel was a Legal Director at Eversheds Sutherland.

Julie Mercer - Principal, Nous

Julie is responsible for Higher Education in the UK. A graduate of the University of Bristol, Julie trained as an accountant with the National Audit Office where she also advised the C&AG and Public Accounts Committee on policy matters, including education. For the last 20 years Julie has worked with government, universities and the private sector to respond to policy and regulatory changes across the sector. She has worked with universities and pathway businesses on their international offer to students and in the development of strategic partnerships. In her previous role as Global Industry Lead for Education at Deloitte, Julie worked internationally advising governments, institutions, third sector and commercial organisations in the UK, Australia, Middle East, India and North America.

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Arden University offers flexible study across a range of internationally-recognised degree programmes. Rooted in developing the real-world skills needed by employers across a wide range of sectors, its industry-accredited courses allow students to study on their terms – either online 24/7, or through one of the university’s study centres in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds or Berlin.

Bevan Brittan is a UK-Top 100 national law firm providing legal and advisory services, advising businesses across construction, energy & resource management, higher education and financial services sectors, complementing the firm’s market leadership within housing, local government and health and social care. Our team of specialist Higher Education lawyers work with a growing number of universities and HEIs, including members of the internationally renowned Russell Group, dynamic new universities and colleges, to ensure the provision of well informed, pragmatic legal solutions, whilst delivering excellent value for money. 
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Nous Group was established in 1999 with the aspiration of delivering bold and personalised consulting services with a team of expert and engaging people. We wanted to do work that made a substantial, positive contribution. Not just to our clients and their businesses, but also to the customers and communities they serve.


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