Also refer to: ECU Improving the experiences of international staff in UK HE (Sep 2013)(PDF, 2,312 KB)

Attracting International Students project

To further the positive international staff and student experience, the University participated in the 'Attracting international students: equitable services and support, campus cohesion and community engagement' project.

The project was facilitated by the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) onsite at several universities to research "How equality can attract, retain and improve the achievement of international students" covering aspects relating to:

  • Equity of support services to all students
    • All services
    • Accommodation service
    • Careers service
    • Catering
    • Chaplaincy
    • Disability service
    • Finance
    • Health service
    • Sport, leisure and exercise
    • Students’ union or association
    • Support for international students with dependants
  • Campus cohesion
    • Relationship between staff and international students
    • Interaction between international and UK students
  • Community engagement
    • Volunteering
    • Sports
    • Links with external black and minority ethnic organisations

Download reports:

St Andrews ECU Attracting International Students Project Summary (PDF, 872 KB)  
St Andrews ECU Attracting International Students Project Report (PDF, 3,384 KB)


  • Online questionnaire open to all students 
  • Focus groups held at St Andrews facilitated by the E&D Officer and Students' Association, interviewed by Dr R Arshad (Edinburgh University)
    • Staff who provide provision specific to international students
    • International staff
    • 15 International and UK Undergrad students
    • 23 International and UK Postgrad students

Key University Staff Contacts were interviewed from:

  • Admissions 
  • Admissions, School of Medicine
  • English Language Teaching Centre
  • Human Resources
  • Students' Association
  • Student Services