Brookes International HE Reading Group

The Brookes International HE Reading Group meets throughout the year to discuss recent and / or seminal articles and publications that could make a difference to the way we think about our teaching, curriculum or students’ experiences whilst debating key issues and networking in a supportive, convivial environment. Whether you are a seasoned educational developer, researcher, subject lecturer, PhD student, college affiliate, or senior manager, everyone is welcome. The articles are chosen to provoke reflection, insight and debate, and for 2023-24 we are delighted to announce that our core theme will be internationalisation (broadly understood). Anyone from across the international Higher Education community is most welcome. 

Please send suggestions for articles to read to Dr Adrian J. Wallbank (

How to join

To take part in the sessions, please book your place here:

Semester 1

Internationalisation has been a major thematic field in the scholarship of teaching and learning literature for at least the last four decades and has been claimed to be ‘a vital aspect of higher education in the twenty-first century’ (Klopper, 2020). Its causes, benefits and impact upon the curriculum, pedagogy and assessment have been subjected to considerable debate and the topic sometimes becomes entwined with wider political agendas and theoretical positions. Furthermore, the pandemic has led to ‘a growing focus on and interest in the ways that, for example, international (im)mobility…shapes practices’ (Mittelmeier and Yang, 2022).  As such, there’s plenty for us to discuss, and an international perspective with reference to the literature should prove mutually beneficial for us all, irrespective of our discipline or institution. Please join us for the following session:

Wednesday 12 June 2024, 2.00pm - 3.00pm

In this final session for 2023-4 we take a look at intercultural competence. Mitchell (2023) questions whether internationalisation endeavours really do lead to cultural competence and discusses the intersection between humanistic conceptions of education and internationalisation in light of neoliberal realities. We look forward to debating these issues.

Paper: Lize-Mari Mitchell (2023) ‘Intercultural Competence: Higher Education Internationalisation at the Crossroads of Neoliberal, Cultural and Religious Social Imaginaries’. Religions 14(6) 801, DOI: 

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