Edinburgh Global leads the University’s international strategy.
We lead and support the University’s international activities and collaborations.
Edinburgh Global’s strategic themes are Partnership, Community and Exchange.
We provide a strategic framework for the development and delivery of global partnerships and collaborations.
We deliver an advice and support service to staff, offering guidance on partnership development, policy and protocol.
We manage the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program – a key partnership that supports talented African students to complete their studies alongside leadership training.
We lead the international student recruitment and applicant support for the University. Our teams work with international applicants, stakeholders and partners across the globe.
We manage the University’s Regional Centres, based in New York, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore and Santiago.
We support international staff through our Staff Visa Service and support equal access via our work with Refugees, Asylum and At-Risk Scholars.
We actively work with colleagues across the University to support and build a sense of community and inclusion on campus.
We manage the University’s exchange partners and agreements.
We deliver a range of real-world and virtual funded opportunities for students to study and work abroad.
We generate and manage funded opportunities for all staff to have international experiences.
We manage the incoming Visiting Student programmes for the University.
We manage or provide oversight of key University alliances like Una Europa, U21, LERU, UNICA, U7+ and Coimbra.
Alan is responsible for the leadership and management of the University’s International operation and supporting the implementation of the international strategy.
Professor James Smith
James Smith is Professor of African and Development Studies. As Vice-Principal International he is responsible for shaping and implementing the University’s Internationalisation Strategy.
Chris supports the Director in the leadership and management of Edinburgh Global.
A team of International Deans and leaders whose responsibilities are linked to regional, academic or strategic themes, support the Vice-Principal International and Deputy Vice-Principal.
Staff by team
Global Business Unit
Kerry Wilson, Head of Business Unit
Julia Hermiston, Assistant Head of Business Unit
Vicky Duckworth, PA to DVP International and Director Edinburgh Global, PA to VP International
Avril Spray, Senior Administrator
Jenny Riley, Senior Administrator
Claire Edminson, Senior Administrator
Olga Krets, Administrator
Fiona Paterson, Administrator
Kasia Boissiere, Administrator
Communications & IT
Kirsty Gillies, Head of Communications & IT
Lorna Bruce, Assistant Head – Comms
Ian MacDougall, Assistant Head – IT
Samantha Allan, Digital Communications Officer
Partnerships & Community
Derek MacLeod, Head of Global Partnerships
Michelle Beagan, Senior Partnerships Advisor
Scott McQuarrie, Senior Partnerships Advisor
Jake Broadhurst, Senior Partnerships Advisor
Sarah Hoey, Immigration Legal Adviser
Inga Ackerman, Global Community Coordinator
Mastercard Foundation Program Team
Jo Holtan, Program Director
Charlie Bevan, Program Manager
Pete Kingsley, Student Development Coordinator
Manisha Silva, Administrative Assistant
Sharon Boateng, Online Learning and Leadership Coordinator
Brindley Fortuin, Research Assistant
To see the full staff listing for our 8 regions please visit our regional pages:
Africa – Nick Rowland, Regional Director
East Asia – Grace Guan, Regional Director
Europe – Helen McMillan, Regional Director
Southeast Asia – Audrey Kon, Regional Director
Student Recruitment is managed by the International Recruitment Team, led by Robbie Willis, and now based in Student Recruitment and Admissions (SRA).
Find out more about the team.
Study & Work Away
Isabell Majewsky Anderson, Head of Study and Work Away
Signe Olander, European Programmes Manager
Karen Gibson, European Programmes Manager
Lesley Balharry, Staff Programmes Manager
Eilidh MacDonald, International Programmes Manager
Debbie Coutts, Study Abroad Manager
Anna Violante, Student Experience Manager
John Bennett, Projects Manager
Paul Gorman, SA&S Support Analyst
Heather McComb, Digital Communications Officer
Tanya Lubicz-Nawrocka, Learning Technologist
Chelsea Ferguson, SWAY Advisor
Ieva Galvanauskaite, Study Abroad Advisor
Ewa Dzieciol, International Programmes Advisor
Rachel Martin, International Programmes Advisor
Adele David, European Programmes Advisor
Mhari McIntyre, European Programmes Advisor
Sarah Montgomery, SWAY Advisor
Rachel Parks, SWAY Advisor
Randall Reinhard, SWAY Advisor
Veronica Coates, SWAY Advisor
Anita Petriello, Administrator
Luca De Bianchi, Administrator
Maria Martos-Blanco, Administrator
Alex Vasepuru, Administrator