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How can we make the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa work?

From 21/03/18 10:00 until 21/03/18 16:00
Categories: EEUK Event
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How can we make the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa work? Opportunities and challenges


Delegates will have the opportunity to:

  • Hear from several universities who have experience of endorsing Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visas.
  • Learn about creative strategies being employed by colleagues to overcome some of the challenges inherent with the Tier 1 visa.
  • Understand how the guidelines are interpreted in a range of institutions.
  • Learn about the Home Office perspective and discuss with Home office representatives.
  • Build new networks with like-minded educators and practitioners.


The vast majority of UK HEI’s are authorised, endorsing bodies for the Tier 1 GE scheme 101/130 institutions. However in 2016 only 169 of 2000 available endorsements were used. This Enterprise Exchange event will focus on discussing some of the challenges of the Tier 1 Scheme to try to understand why more endorsements are not made. It will be an opportunity to exchange good practice and resources and will aim to enable more universities to endorse more graduate entrepreneurs.

As practitioners on the ground we need to help the Home Office make this scheme work but also share good practice as to how best to harness the entrepreneurial skills and passions of our international student bodies.

The day will include core components suitable for all with an interest in this subject as well as break out session to focus on and discuss more specific issues, barriers and insights:

  • For those institutions that have not taken the plunge and endorsed anyone - opportunities to analyse the barriers and obtain insights into practices and procedures.
  • For those that are currently endorsing students but may be encountering problems or not endorsing as many as they would like – opportunities to exchange experiences and learn from others.
  • For those institutions whose main issue is the transition from the GE scheme to full Tier 1 – opportunities to discuss this with others who have already made the transition.

Speakers and facilitators include

  • Alison Gee, University of Edinburgh
  • Bonnie Hacking, University of St Andrews
  • Marion Anderson, University of Glasgow
  • Representative of Lancaster University
  • Sara Hoey and Erika Sella, University of Edinburgh
  • Richard Jackson and Roger Peachey, Home Office
  • Jo Bennett and Ben Sinkie, University of Glasgow.

Cost to attend:

Staff from EEUK members – Free of Charge. All other individuals - £125 (non-refundable).

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