Study Abroad and Exchanges

Meet the Team

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‌Student Mobility & Integration Team


Dimitra Boutsioukis 

Senior International Mobility Manager Manager

(+44) 0191 208 8275

I manage the Student Mobility and Integration 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).










Andrew Griff-Owen

International Mobility Manager

(+44) 0191 208 5187

I manage the Study 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)
  • Managing mobility outside of Europe.



Marsha Leask

Student Mobility Coordinator

(+44) 0191 208 6689

I provide administrative support to our Non-EU Exchange and Study Abroad Programmes. My main roles include:

  • Processing applications from incoming Non-EU Exchange and Study Abroad students
  • Assisting outgoing Non-EU Exchange students with their applications to our partner universities
  • Promoting our Non-EU Exchange Programme to current Newcastle students and prospective students at Visit Days.

Laura Gessey

Student Mobility & Sponsors Assistant

(+44) 0191 208 6138

I currently support the administration of the Erasmus programme and sponsor relationships this includes:

  • Providing support for sponsored students, including the liaising with and updating of sponsor organisations
  • Administering the Erasmus programme
  • Promoting student exchanges
  • Dealing with Erasmus and sponsor related enquiries
  • Processing Erasmus student grants.

Lisa Howarth

Student Mobility Assistant

(+44) 0191 208 6207

I provide administrative support to the Erasmus+ exchange programme. This includes:

  • Advising incoming and outgoing exchange students
  • Responding to enquiries about the Erasmus+ programme
  • Managing incoming student nominations and applications
  • Processing outgoing student documents
  • Promoting student exchanges across the university.

Claire Lackenby

Senior Sponsor & Integration Assistant

(+44) 0191 208 7838

I am currently acting up as a ‘Student Mobility Coordinator (Acting)’.

In this role I am working with the International Mobility Manager in preparing and implementing Terradotta (a new database that manages mobility activity) to assist with the administration processes of the Student Mobility Team. 

In my role of Senior Sponsor and Integration Assistant I support the administration of sponsor relationships and integration activities for international students which includes but is not exclusive to:

  • Providing support for sponsored students, including the liaising with and updating of sponsor organisations
  • Supporting the administration of integration activities for international students.

Grace Barker

Loyola Study Abroad Center Manager (on Maternity Leave)

(+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 and Center Assistant 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 Rome, 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.

Vikki Hedges

Loyola Study Abroad Center Manager

(+44) 0191 208 7522

I am currently serving as Loyola Study Abroad Center Manager (Academic Year 2018 – 2019) and my role is to deliver to students an educational, enriching and life-enhancing study-abroad experience. Our team delivers an in-depth series of welcome activities during induction week and organises a calendar of special events designed to help students transition to life in Newcastle, develop their social networks and learn more about famous UK cities and sites. Offering dedicated care and attention, we prioritise the student experience and aim to facilitate an unforgettable educational journey for each programme participant during their time at Newcastle University.


Kat Gustin

Loyola Study Abroad Center Coordinator  

(+44) 0191 208 8858

  • Providing pastoral and academic support for students during their study abroad experience
  • Organizing and leading trips as part of the Loyola Center programme
  • Supporting the administrative needs of the Center.