Conference: Education without Borders 2015: Students & Staff overseas in a High Risk World

The Pie News

"At the conference, organised by duty of care consultants McMillan Cooper, which addressed how to protect 'staff and students in a high risk world', universities were urged to put in place robust strategies to lower risk before travel, as well as have a crisis management strategy." Read more...
23rd October 2015

Birmingham University

“A well organised day packed with useful information – definitely worth the day out of the office!”
Simon Ward, Health and Safety Manager, Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham

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"Insurance, fieldwork safety, international healthcare, crisis management - and the many other issues universities face when they send people abroad - will be examined at a major conference next week... organised by McMillan Cooper, a firm which specialises in events on travel risk." Read more...
17th October 2015

"Education without borders should mean just that; free movement backwards and forwards and not just a one-way street. The true costs, financial and cultural, must be acknowledged and met, and the benefits therefore made available to all." Read more...
10th October 2015


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Sharks, pirates, men overboard, fifty foot waves and flying fish to the back of the head, were just some of the risks detailed in the opening presentation at the inaugural ‘Education without Borders, Students & Staff overseas in a High Risk World’ conference.

Lloyd Figgins presentation of his 60 day row across the Atlantic provided a fascinating and inspirational start to a packed days agenda that explored every corner of Travel Risk Management within the world of higher education.

We were lucky to have Dr Jonathan O’Keeffe, Medical Director at International SOS Chairing a day which included presentations from the London School of Economics, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Universities Safety Health Association (USHA), University of Manchester and an interactive workshop delivered by Control Risks & International SOS that tested the delegation on their abilities to crisis manage a missing persons overseas scenario.

Lizzie Fane, CEO & Founder of gave an energetic presentation of the student journey during overseas study and Tim Devine of primary sponsor AJ. Gallagher talked the audience through managing their duty of care to overseas travellers.

Without doubt, a highlight of the day was award winning former BBCTV reporter Alistair Macdonald’s 50 minute masterclass ‘Have I got news for you’ on managing the media in a crisis. A special thank you must also go to Professor Tony Redmond OBE for his revealing talk ‘The risks and rewards of international study in low and middle income countries.’

To all of those involved with this inaugural event, a sincere thank you for your energy in making this conference the success it was! To all of you who could not join us this year, please do register your details above to be kept informed about the dates and agenda for Education without Borders 2016.

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“McMillan Cooper delivered a fantastic conference full of thought leadership and to an interested and participating audience”
Tim Devine, Managing Director, Public Sector and Education

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A snapshot of those who attended Education without Borders 2015


  • University of Oxford
  • University Manchester
  • London School of Economics
  • London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
  • Kings College London
  • University College London
  • Northwestern University, Qatar
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Southampton
  • University of Sheffield
  • University of Surrey
  • University of Bath
  • Universities Safety Health Association (USHA)
  • De Montfort University
  • Leeds Beckett University
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Newcastle University
  • Northumbria University
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • Plymouth University
  • Robert Gordon University
  • Roehampton University
  • St Georges University of London
  • University of Bristol
  • University Central Lancashire
  • University of Leicester
  • University of Liverpool
  • London Southbank University
  • Liverpool Hope University
  • University West of Scotland
  • University of Warwick
  • University of Westminster
  • University of York
  • Institute of Development Studies
  • Cranfield University
  • Bangor University


  • AIG
  • Anvil Group
  • Arthur J Gallagher
  • Bentley Risk Management
  • Collinson Group
  • Control Risks
  • HASP Training
  • iJET
  • Life Signs Group
  • Maiden Voyage
  • Well Travelled Clinics
  • World Challenge