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      West London is home to one of the highest concentrations of international graduates in the country – as well as many hard to fill vacancies at all levels. Two year graduate visas now make it really easy to recruit international graduates into your business. But what do you do if then want to retain the experienced member of staff after two years? Our speakers will first explain how graduate visas work, and then unpack the easiest ways for micro, small and medium sized businesses to navigate sponsoring longer term visa arrangements.

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      10 October 2023



      Allison Cole-Stutz, Vice President for Student Affairs, Richmond American University London

      Allison Cole-Stutz has worked in different facets of international education for over 30 years: first as an English language teacher to children and adults and later as a teacher-trainer in further education in the US. Her interest in student support started at a language school in Denver where she worked to support international students with immigration support and linked them with area host families. After moving to London in 2000, Allison worked briefly teaching English and supporting new immigrants to London and then joined Richmond in 2001 where she has worked for over 20 years in student support and alumni affairs. Allison’s research interests are in student engagement, community development and the service element of liberal arts education.

      Qing Miao, Director, Vialto Partners

      Qing is a Director at Vialto Partners (formerly PwC Global Mobility Business) and a qualified Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Advisor. Qing specialises in advising international organisations on their people related internationalisation strategies and assisting with cross-border issues to ensure global compliance from a tax and people perspective. Qing works with a wide range of client portfolio and markets including a number of universities supporting their expansion overseas and achieving their internationalisation strategies. Prior to Vialto Partners, Qing was a Director in the PwC UK tax team and started to specialise in the HE sector in 2014 leading London and Great London Region Global Mobility practice. Qing is a trustee at Richmond American University London and a co-opted member of the Finance and Property Committee at Edinburgh Napier University.

      Joy Elliott-Bowman, Director of policy and Development for independent and Higher Education

      Joy Elliott-Bowman is the Director of Policy and Development for Independent Higher Education, the representative body for independent providers of higher education, professional training and pathways. She leads the secretariat for the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for International Students, which brings members of the House of Commons, House of Lords and the wider education sector together to support international students. Before joining IHE in July 2015, Joy led immigration policy for the National Union of Students and has spent over 15 years working in the British and Canadian education sectors, working from within universities, independent providers, students’ unions, and national student and higher education sector organisations.