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BUILA is a 'for the sector, by the sector'​ membership-led organisation


BUILA is the UK-wide, membership-led organisation, supporting the work and professional interests of HE staff working on the international agenda. We do this by:

  • Providing a strong and unifying international practitioner voice, representing a broad 
and diverse sector.
  • Helping to shape and influence future policy at a national, regional and local government level, through lobbying and work with government departments.
  • Helping to unify the sector by supporting, enabling and encouraging collaborations with partners at key stages of the student journey.
  • Strengthening the sector by enabling the sharing of best practice and enhancing 
the knowledge and skills of our members.

Executive Committee

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 committee, actively liaises and lobbies with government bodies such as the Home Office and the Department for International Trade 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.

Annual Reports

2021/22 has been an extraordinary year for the international HE sector. The latest Annual Report is a reflection of how, as the membership association created to support, inform and amplify the work and interests of International HE staff, BUILA has really intensified and expanded its efforts to support our members’ priorities through this challenging time. It also provides an overview of the association’s finances for the financial year 2021-22. To see the full report, please click on the link to the right.


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If you have any questions about the Agent Quality Framework please contact Edward Chan at [email protected]