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John Bramwell

Director of Higher Education
British Council (Confirmed)

John Bramwell is the British Council’s Director of Education and Society for the Americas, and Senior Higher Education Advisor. He is now based in the UK but formally based in Mexico City with prior postings to Sao Paulo, and Istanbul. In 2004 he joined Majan University College in Oman as deputy director, then moved to Kazakhstan as Director of Quality Assurance and Research for KIMEP University. In 2006 John took a position as the Director of a new Technical Institute in Tripoli Libya, before joining the British Council in 2008. John is an expert in international education, specialising in inter-government relationships and education quality systems. In 2015 he wrote the treaty for mutual recognition of qualifications between Mexico and the UK, building quality a framework that is suitable for all South American countries (now utilised for Chile and Colombia too). The Mexico agreement was signed during the State Visit of the President to the UK, and John was awarded the honour of the Order of the Aztec Eagle from the President for his work in education. Prior to working internationally, John also has over 20 years of experience in the UK higher education system including senior roles as Director of Academic and Strategic Planning, Director of Teaching and Learning, and Dean of Applied Sciences. He has an academic interest in Information Systems derived from his undergraduate degree, in teaching and learning from his postgraduate qualification. He is a keen drawer of portraits and an enthusiastic but hopeless golfer.

  • Promoting the development of education in across countries and facilitating academic collaboration through dual degrees
  • Reinforcing aims to create graduates with international qualifications and experience ready to contribute to international business and industry
  • Increasing research and innovation collaboration as well as opportunities for student and staff mobility
  • Providing students with scholarship and skills needed for lifetime careers as leaders in industry and academies

  • Discussing opportunities and challenges for universities after Brexit, with 17% of academic staff and 6% of professional services staff at UK universities coming from EU countries
  • Understanding the decline in EU applicants and older applicants from the UK, respectively 7% and 5% in 2017
  • Outlining policy priorities to support universities to thrive post-exit, from international student recruitment to funding and graduates career and employability
  • Securing an effective post-Brexit settlement where universities can maximise their contribution to a globally-successful UK
  • Understanding how the reformed post-Brexit immigration system will look like and what this will mean for HEIs
  • Explaining the role of universities and how they can develop innovation with UK businesses abroad by sharing an understanding of the partner countries and their markets