Creative communities on campus: an agenda for integration

Tuesday 02 June 2015 -
11:00 to 12:15
Session 6.2. Queen Elizabeth II Centre, London.

For the last three years the University of Warwick, Warwick Students Union, the National Union of Students and the UK Council for International Student Affairs have brought practitioners together from across the UK for an ‘Integration Summit’, discussing and debating what strategies can be used to ensure effective interaction between all nationalities at UK universities.

This ‘world café’ style event takes this national event ‘global’ - bringing together students and delegates from all parts of the world who share similar challenges and opportunities.

We ask:
• What is a truly internationalised institution?
• What benefits are generated when students and staff from multiple nationalities work effectively together?
• Does integration happen naturally, or what investment and strategies are required?
• Which ones work best and how are they nurtured and sustained?
• What do students, and what do staff, really think and gain and what are the 'dividends'?
• How do we create truly integrated campus communities and global graduates?

The session provides an overview of the 'Integration Summits' together with research findings from Warwick. Participants will then move from table to table, every 6-8 minutes, in a mix of speed networking and brainstorming, addressing half a dozen key questions with discussion groups hosted by international students, from across the globe.

This is not a typical conference session with ‘answers’ given to a passive audience but an opportunity to meet, interact and network with multiple colleagues from around the world and to contribute to and generate innovative ideas on how best to create really effective international creative communities. It will be of interest and relevance to all those from any country with interests in and/or responsibility for institutional links and strategies, internationalisation and/or intercultural theory and, above all, a mechanism and meeting place for active participation and contact making.


Dr Daniel Dauber
Assistant Professor - Centre for Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick, UK

Daniel Dauber is assistant professor at the Centre for Applied Linguistics at the University of Warwick, UK. His research focuses on Organisational Behaviour, Organisational Diagnostics and International Management, as well as student adaptation and integration. He is Executive Editor of the European Journal of Cross-cultural Competence and Management (EJCCM) as well as co-founder of the Organisational Coherence and Trajectory network (OCT). Session 6.2


Dr Daniel Dauber

Claire O’Leary
Assistant Director - International Office (Student Experience), University of Warwick, UK

At Warwick, Claire is responsible for enhancing the international student experience and for internationalising the home student body. She has worked in international student support at three universities over the last 18 years. Claire has also served two terms of office as a trustee on the board of the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA). Session 6.2

Claire O’Leary

Dominic Scott OBE
Chief Executive, UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA), UK

Dominic Scott has had a 20 year career with the British Council internationally and has led the UK Council for International Student Affairs for the last 10 years. He speaks regularly at and chairs education sector events and is a regular commentator on international student issues. Session 6.2

Dominic Scott OBE

Daniel Stevens
Policy and External Relations Officer, British Council, UK

Daniel is the former International Students Officer for the National Union of Students and President of Warwick Students’ Union. He has spoken extensively on the need for greater internationalisation and integration in Universities. During his time, NUS was nominated for outstanding international strategy and for a third sector big impact award. Session 6.2

Daniel Stevens

Professor Helen Spencer-Oatey
Director - Centre for Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick, UK

Helen Spencer-Oatey is professor of applied linguistics and Director of the Centre for Applied Linguistics at the University of Warwick, UK. Her main research interests are in (a) cultural adaptation and integration, and (b) communication across cultures. She has published extensively in these areas, including the Handbook of Intercultural Communication (2007/2009, de Gruyter, with Kotthoff), and Intercultural Interaction (2009, Palgrave, with Franklin). Session 6.2

Professor Helen Spencer-Oatey