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Meet the Team

The Global Opportunities team supports incoming and outgoing students.

For Study Abroad and all Exchange related queries: 

Global Opportunities Team


Dimitra Boutsioukis

Senior International Mobility Manager

(+44) 0191 208 8275

I manage the Global Opportunities Team which is part of the International Office. This includes responsibilities for the following teams and areas:

  • Student Mobility Team (Erasmus, Non-EU Exchange and Study Abroad Programmes)
  • Loyola Team (the Loyola University Maryland Center at Newcastle).

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Andrew Griff-Owen

International Mobility Manager

(+44) 0191 208 5187

I manage the Student Mobility Team. My main responsibilities include:

  • Leading the administration and promotion of the University's international mobility programmes
  • Managing the Erasmus+ Programme for student and staff mobility (Erasmus+ Institutional Coordinator)
  • Signing Erasmus+ inter-institutional agreements
  • Managing mobility outside of Europe.


Marsha Leask

Student Mobility Coordinator

(+44) 0191 208 6689

I administer the Non-EU Exchange and Study Abroad Programmes.

  • Maintaining relationships with partner universities and colleagues at Newcastle University who are involved in the Exchange and Study Abroad programmes
  • Producing the necessary documentation for students to apply for a Tier 4 visa
  • Promotion of the Mobility Programmes to current and prospective students
  • Responsible for managing the Erasmus Interns and Student Ambassadors.
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Katie Lavender

International Exchange Officer

(+44) 0191 208 7838

I am responsible for the organisation and delivery of mobility opportunities which support our students to enjoy a truly global experience during their time at Newcastle University. My areas of responsibility include:

  • Short term mobility opportunities, summer schools, internships and international volunteering
  • The International Study Year
  • Postgraduate mobility
  • Funding opportunities
  • Virtual exchange
  • New pathways for international mobility.

Lisa Howarth

Senior International Exchange Assistant

(+44) 0191 208 6207

I provide administrative support to our Exchange Programmes and other Global Opportunities. My responsibilities include: 

  • Administering mobility opportunities that fall outside our Exchange Programmes 
  • Providing a point of contact for School Exchange Coordinators 
  • Renewing Erasmus+ inter-institutional agreements 
  • Organising our annual Go Abroad Fair 
  • Promoting global opportunities across the university
  • Preparing statistics on international mobility.

Joanna Barrett

International Exchange Assistant (Erasmus)

I currently support the administration of Erasmus+ Exchange programmes. This includes:

  • Responding to enquiries about Erasmus+ exchanges
  • Processing outgoing student documentation
  • Processing Erasmus grant payments
  • Processing incoming student applications
  • Promoting and representing the service at events
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Alexander Casey

International Exchange Assistant (Non-EU)

(+44) 0191 208 4386

I provide administrative support for our Non-EU Exchange and Study Abroad Programmes. My responsibilities include:

  • Processing applications from incoming Non-EU Exchange and Study Abroad students
  • Promoting exchange and other global opportunities to Newcastle students and assisting them with the outgoing application process
  • Supporting Newcastle students currently abroad on Non-EU and Study Abroad placements via email and telephone.

Grace Barker

Loyola Study Abroad Center Manager

(+44) 0191 208 7522

I am the Loyola Study Abroad Center Manager. The Center supports students studying with us from Loyola Maryland and affiliated Universities. 

  • I work with the Center Coordinator to support students in multiple ways during their time here
  • We run an extensive Student Orientation week, as well as the Loyola Excursions to various UK and European destinations; from Edinburgh to Florence, and lots of places in between! 
  • I oversee all the Center activities including strategic planning and finance
  • I support students personally with any issues they may have whilst studying here
  • We work closely with the Schools to ensure the Student Experience is positive throughout all aspects of their study.

Kat Gustin

Loyola Study Abroad Center Coordinator  

(+44) 0191 208 8858

As part of the Loyola Center team, I help deliver an exceptional study abroad experience to our students on the Loyola programme, including:

  • Providing personalised pastoral and academic support for students during their study abroad experience
  • Organising and leading trips and events as part of the Loyola Center programme
  • Supporting the administrative needs of the Center
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Vikki Hedges

Study Abroad Manager

I am responsible for promoting Newcastle University as a Study Abroad destination to those students who are looking for a life-changing overseas learning experience!

My work involves:

  • Planning marketing and recruitment activity aimed at semester and full year inbound students
  • Nurturing and developing relationships with universities outside of the UK
  • Developing ways to enhance the Study Abroad student experience from application to arrival


Your Coordinator

Your School Exchange Coordinator is responsible for providing you with the academic advice to make sure that your exchange activity meets the requirements of your degree programme.

Global Opportunities Newsletter

Find out more about international opportunities, as well as other updates, in our Global Opportunities Newsletter.

R‌ead the GO Newsletter September 2020‌ and find out about the latest opportunities available.

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