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Research project: ‘Leading international students’ communities of learning within departmental extra- curricular activities: A case study in a Russell Group University in England’ - Dormant

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Research aims: To explore the notion of internationalisation under the umbrella of micro-institutional policies and practices related to international students’ communities of learning within an extra-curricular framework of activities.

Research investigators: Maria Kaparou (PI) and Ian Abbott (CI)

Background: Background: SEDA Research Grant (2014)

Findings: The research shows that international students benefit from the departmental provision of extra-curricular activities –through developing an intercultural awareness, professional understanding of global employment environments and research sharing. The pressure for actions moving towards inclusion is evident.

Dissemination and impact:

1. Report available at:

2. Kaparou, M. And Abbott, I. (2015) ‘Can extra-curricular activities help international students create communities of learning within their department?’, SEDA Educational Developments


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