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 144 UK higher education institutions and there are over 2,000 international recruitment 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 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.

BUILA supports the professional and personal development of our members’ staff through the provision of a wide-ranging training programme, Regional interest Groups, Directors’ 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?

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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 £950 per annum. On payment of your subscription, your staff are given access to the members' area of the website and to a mailbase of over 2,000 members, once authorised by your chosen principal contact (named representative). Members are also entitled to attend the Annual Conference, take advantage of the annual training programme for international staff BUILA runs though out the year, as well as Regional interest Groups and the Directors’ Forum.

If your institution would like to join as a BUILA member, please apply directly to the BUILA Project Manager, Philippa Collins Robson, at [email protected]

If you are a member of staff at an institution that is already a member and you would like to be added to the membership so you can access the members area, please complete this form. Your named representative will then be contacted to authorise your user request.