The QS In Conversation podcast is a one-on-one interview with leaders and experts to discuss the latest trends in international and higher education across topics including student engagement, employability, edtech, and teaching delivery.

Showcasing expertise across all areas, the fortnightly podcast is a detailed look into how education has changed and how it will continue to adapt in the future for everyone with an interest in the sector.

From online delivery to marketing and students needs, the QS In Conversation podcast gets the story behind the headline.

Speaker on 6 October 2020



Common Purpose Student Experiences

Andy is Chief Executive of Common Purpose Student Experiences, a global not-for-profit who run experiential leadership programmes for students to develop the skills and competencies they need for their future careers and to drive social impact. They partner with a diverse range of universities across the world from Harvard to King’s College London, University of Hong Kong to RMIT University. As a Purpose led organisation, they aim to develop students as the next generation of inclusive leaders who are able to bring diverse groups together to tackle the common problems we face. Their diverse range of in-person and online programming aims to offer the access and equity to ensure as many students as possible are able to benefit, with the aim of reaching 200,000 students over the next ten years. Andy has been Chief Executive since 2015 and has 14 years’ experience in the leadership development and not-for-profit sectors. He has a MA (Hons) in Social Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Upcoming Episode - 22 October 2020

The Campus Green

Students are active participants in climate action and they are increasingly expecting their universities to align with their values. At the same time, they also believe that universities could do more to be environmentally sustainable. We discuss what action is required, and what is currently underway in climate action.



CANIE: Climate Action Network for International Educators

After 25 years of professional experience spanning capacity building, social innovation and international education, including International Director and Pro Vice-Chancellor International roles at three Australian universities, Ailsa founded Pomegranate Global in 2016 to guide the education sector to take action on climate change. She has since trained with The Climate Reality Project, former US Vice President Al Gore’s foundation to catalyse a global solution to the climate crisis. In 2019 she co-founded CANIE: Climate Action Network for International Educators, a grassroots initiative by international education practitioners who see the need and the opportunity to step up and take greater action on climate.

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