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International Strategy for Higher Education Institutions

Service Portfolio

Client Profile

Vicky Lewis Consulting advises client organisations whose work has an educational and international dimension, including:

  • Client consultationHigher Education Institutions (in the UK or overseas) – at institutional, branch campus or faculty level
  • Other providers or facilitators of education or training (e.g. Further Education Colleges; English language or pathway providers; international schools; scholarship bodies)
  • National organisations or agencies (UK or overseas) with an interest in international education
  • Providers of internationally orientated services to the higher education sector.

Services Available

Vicky Lewis Consulting offers an extensive service portfolio across different dimensions of HEI international engagement.

Each consultancy project is different and the most effective approach will be agreed with the client on an individual basis. Broad service categories are listed below. The list is not exhaustive so do still get in touch if your requirements don't map neatly onto any of them.

Although I generally work on a solo basis, if additional capacity is needed, I have a wide network of trusted fellow consultants on which to draw.

Strategy creation or review

  • Creation from scratch of a comprehensive internationalisation strategy, review of an existing strategy, or acting as a critical friend to refine an emerging strategy
  • Strategy jigsaw pieceStrategy development for a specific aspect of internationalisation (e.g. international student recruitment, international partnerships, transnational education provision or internationalisation at home)

New business development

  • Undertaking horizon scanning and market research (e.g. analysis of policy, legislative, funding or competitor context) to inform new business or market development
  • Acting as a sector expert or critical friend to providers of relevant services seeking to develop their UK education sector client or partner portfolio

Staffing and resourcing advice

  • Advice on appropriate staffing infrastructure and other resources needed to support international aims and ambitions
  • Assistance in defining roles, selecting candidates and mentoring new postholders

Operational planning

  • Development of operational plans (e.g. for student recruitment or other activity strands supporting internationalisation)
  • Advice on business planning and process enhancement for units supporting international activities

Stakeholder engagement

  • Helping to engage internal or external stakeholders in support of strategic aims (or aspects of these), including running consultations to inform strategy development
  • Investigating and analysing perceptions of your organisation – or of a particular service offered - among key stakeholders (in order to inform future plans)

Research AND TRAINING: reports, seminars and presentations

  • Undertaking and writing up commissioned research into aspects of internationalisation – as an individual or part of a team
  • Providing conference presentations, seminars, webinars, insight papers and commentaries on areas of expertise within the field of international education
 
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