DIT Education Sector Advisory Group

The group co-ordinates efforts to boost UK education exports and sets the strategic direction for the Department for International Trade’s (DIT) education team.

The DIT minister responsible for the education sector chairs the DIT Education Sector Advisory Group. It brings together industry, government and relevant partners through inclusion of important representative bodies from the sector.

Terms of reference


The group aims to increase UK education exports by overcoming sector challenges and exploiting opportunities.


The group’s responsibilities are to:

  • be a focal point for organisations representing the education sector
  • help DIT implement a programme for the international promotion of the UK education sector
  • help set the strategic direction of the DIT Education team, including country and regional priorities
  • identify and advise on issues of concern relating to the education sector’s international objectives
  • provide advice on areas of interest to the DIT Education team, including
    • communicating the UK’s international education offer
    • the development of the UK supply chain for international opportunities
    • targeted activities to respond to the international demand for UK education
  • act as a forum for sharing ideas and best practice
  • represent the UK education sector and create a coordinated response for large-scale education opportunities overseas, such as redevelopment of national education strategies

Meeting dates

The group meets 3 times per year.


DIT Education Sector Advisory Group minutes: 19 April 2018.


The current members are:

  • DIT’s minister with responsibility for the education sector (chair)
  • the universities minister, Department for Education (DfE)
  • Director, Universities UK International (UUKi)
  • Chief Executive, Independent Higher Education (HE)
  • Chair of the UK Skills Partnership
  • Chair, English UK
  • Chief Executive, British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA)
  • Chief Executive, Council of British International Schools (COBIS)
  • Chief Executive, Pre-school Alliance
  • Chief Executive, British Council
  • DfE representatives
  • representatives from Department for International Development (DFID), Home Office and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) as required

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