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Study UK's inaugural conference and AGM

20 November 2009

On Monday 9 November 2009, Study UK held its inaugural Annual General Meeting at the Westminster Conference Centre in central London.

More than half the membership attended, enjoying interesting presentations and benefiting from the chance to network with representatives from the broad spectrum of colleges within our membership.

The day began with a buffet lunch and refreshments, kindly funded by UK Trade & Investment, which proved a great way for delegates to get to know each other before the formal proceedings got underway.

Once everyone had finished lunch, delegates moved into the meeting room for welcome greetings by Study UK Chair, Sue Hindley, and BAC Chief Executive, Gina Hobson. They then enjoyed a keynote presentation by Lord John Tomlinson, life peer in the House of Lords and Chair of AIHEP, on future public/private partnerships in higher education, and were able to learn more about the work of the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) from Beatrice Merrick, Director of Services and Research.

After a short refreshment break, discussions turned to Tier 4 and Study UK's representation and lobbying efforts. Members were eager to hear Sue Hindley, who represents Study UK at the Joint Education Taskforce (JET), give an update on recent developments and upcoming changes. Members then discussed their experiences of the new system so far, and set priorities for lobbying going forward.

To wrap up proceedings, Simon Cleaver, member of the Study UK Board, reported on the association's activities to date and plans for 2010. Michael Cornes, also on the Study UK Board, concluded with a report on the accounts.

Study UK would like to thank all members who attended our first ever AGM, and we hope to welcome more members to our AGM next year. 

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Mingling over lunch
Welcome greetings from BAC Chief Executive, Dr Gina Hobson
Keynote presentation by Lord John Tomlinson
Tier 4 update by Sue Hindley