About Buila


The British Universities' International Liaison Association (BUILA) is a UK-wide, membership-led organisation supporting the work and professional interests of staff working in international recruitment and liaison at UK higher educational institutions.

Our Association currently has a membership of 139 UK higher education institutions and there are over 2,000 international recruitment and promotion professionals working at those institutions who utilise the BUILA discussion forum and website.

BUILA’s activities are managed and co-ordinated by a small Executive Committee, elected by the membership, all of whom undertake their work on a voluntary basis. The BUILA Executive Committee, actively liaises and lobbies with government bodies such as the Home Office and the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills on our members behalf and works closely with other organisations who share our interests, such as  the UK council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) and Universities UK, to support the interests and work of our membership and the UK HE sector as a whole in their international education activities. A sector that contributes over £14 Billion p.a. to the UK economy.

BUILA supports the professional and personal development of our members’ staff through the provision of a wide-ranging training programme, Directors’ Policy Forums, which provide an opportunity for more senior practitioners for Directors to meet, discuss and influence the current international HE agenda, and the highlight of our calendar year, which is our extremely popular Annual Conference.

Want to speak to someone about a specific aspect of BUILA's activities?

Contact one of the BUILA
Executive Committee

Want to Join us at BUILA?

To qualify for membership your institution needs to be a member of UUK, Universities Scotland or a full Guild HE member

The current subscription is just £675 per annum. On payment of your subscription, your staff are given access to the website and to a  mailbase of over 1,000 members, once authorised by your chosen principal contact (named representative). Members are also entitled to attend the Annual Conference and AGM, and to take advantage of the training programme for international staff BUILA runs though out the year, as well as the Directors’ Policy Forum. 

If you wish to join as a BUILA member please apply directly to the Secretary of BUILA at the email address

below BUILA Secretary: Philippa Collins Robson
Email: secretary@buila.ac.uk