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.

Senior management

Alan Mackay

Deputy Vice-Principal International and Director
Edinburgh Global

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

Vice-Principal International
Edinburgh Global

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 Yeomans

Director, Global Engagement
Edinburgh Global

Chris supports the Director in the leadership and management of Edinburgh Global.

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

Olga Krets, Administrator

Fiona Paterson, Administrator

Kasia Boissiere, Administrator

Contact the Business Unit

Communications & IT

Kirsty Gillies, Head of Communications & IT

Lorna Bruce, Assistant Head – Comms

Ian MacDougall, Assistant Head – IT

Ayshalini Rajahsuresh, Support Assistant – IT

Ruby Katz, Digital Communications Officer – Comms

Trisha Wakeford, Internal Communications Officer (Una Europa) – Comms

Samantha Allan, Digital Communications Officer (on maternity leave)

Contact the Comms & IT team

Partnerships & Community

Derek MacLeod, Head of Global Partnerships

Michelle Beagan, Senior Partnerships Advisor

Scott McQuarrie, Senior Partnerships Advisor

Jake Broadhurst, Senior Partnerships Advisor

Tessa Bell, Senior Partnerships Advisor

Claire Edminson, Global Partnerships Coordinator

Sarah Hoey, Immigration Legal Adviser

Inga Ackerman, Global Community Coordinator

Contact the Partnerships team

Mastercard Foundation Program Team

Charlie Bevan, Program Director

Pete Kingsley, Student Development Coordinator

Sharon Boateng, Program Manager

Inga Ackermann – Online Learning and Leadership Coordinator

Contact the Mastercard Foundation Program Team


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

Latin America

Middle East

North America

South Asia – Athulya Aravind, 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

Kaete Followwill, Study and Work Away Administrator

Maria Martos Blanco, Study and Work Away Administrator

Adele David, Study and Work Away Adviser

Anita Petriello, Study and Work Away Adviser

Mhari McIntyre, Study and Work Away Adviser

Signe Olander, Study and Work Away Manager

Lesley Balharry, Study and Work Away Manager

Katarzyna Sambora, Study and Work Away Administrator

Anna Violante, Study and Work Away Manager

Caitlin Guibout, Study and Work Away Administrator

Ewa Dzieciol, Study and Work Away Adviser

Rachel McAra, Study and Work Away Adviser

Veronica Coates, Study and Work Away Adviser

Eilidh MacDonald, Study and Work Away Manager

Lucy Clark, Study and Work Away Administrator

Sara De Diorgio, Study and Work Away Administrator

Stephanie Berk, Study and Work Away Administrator

Carolyn Marino Carmichael, Study and Work Away Adviser

Alex Vasepuru, Study and Work Away Administrator

Mona Montella, Study and Work Away Administrator

Rachel Parks, Study and Work Away Adviser

Sarah Montgomery, Study and Work Away Adviser

Isabel O’Hagan, Study and Work Away Manager

Chelsea Ferguson, Study and Work Adviser

Randall Reinhard, Study and Work Away Adviser

John Bennett, Study and Work Away Manager

Heather McComb, Study and Work Away Digital Communications Officer

Paula Ovelar-Oviedo, Study and Work Away Intern

Charlotte Naylor, Study and Work Away Events Coordinator

Ieva Galvanauskaite, Study and Work Away Adviser

Debbie Coutts, Study and Work Away Manager

Paul Gorman, Study and Work Away Business Support Analyst

Contact the SWAY team