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

Deputy Director
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

Claire Edminson, 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

Samantha Allan, Digital Communications Officer

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

Sarah Hoey, Immigration Legal Adviser

Inga Ackerman, Global Community Coordinator

Contact the Partnerships team

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

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

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

Contact the SWAY team