The International Recruitment and Development teams support the University’s internationalisation agenda through student recruitment, partnerships, transnational education and staff, and student mobility.

Aston’s commitment to internationalisation extends across all our Academic Schools where staff are engaged with the promotion and progression of internationalisation. Below you can see a profile of some of the key staff members within these areas:


Anisha Parmar

Anisha Parmar, Regional Manager (UK International, Europe and South East Asia)

Anisha is responsible for and actively manages the South East Asia market with a focus on recruiting students from key countries including Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Singapore. Anisha promotes Aston University at key events, working with agents, partners, and other key stakeholders within the South East Asia market.

Babajide Ogundeji

Babajide Ogundeji, Regional Manager (Africa)

Babs is responsible for the Africa market with a focus on recruiting students from countries such as Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya. Babs promotes Aston University at key events, working with agents, partners, and other key stakeholders within Africa.

Babajide Ogundeji

Bhavisha Koner, Associate Dean International, HLS

Bhavisha is responsible for the entire international portfolio for the school of Life and Health Sciences, including partnerships, student exchanges and transnational programmes. Bhavisha provides leadership, strategic and operational management for LHS in relation to the University Strategic Plan and International Plan, and supports the Executive Dean in the achievement of the objectives agreed for LHS. Member of the PVCIs group of ADIs with overarching responsibility for implementing School based actions to deliver on objectives and targets.

Kate Sugden

Dr Kate Sugden, Deputy Dean, Enterprise and International, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Kate has worked in engineering education since 2004 and is a passionate believer in problem based learning and developing the employability of students. She oversees International and Enterprise relationships and initiatives for the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences.

Sylvia Wong

Dr Sylvia Wong, Associate Dean International, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences


Saumya Agarwal

Saumya Agarwal, Regional Manager (South and Central Asia)


Sylvia Wong

Ola Olayode, CountryOfficer (West Africa)


Jane Dunn

Jane Dunn, Global Pathways Development Manager

Jane leads on the development of the international pathway portfolio across the university. She works closely with internal stakeholders and international pathway providers to identify and coordinate quality pathway streams to Aston’s undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Jane manages a number of progression and articulation agreements to facilitate these relationships.

Julie Goodwin

Julie Goodwin, Executive Assistant

Julie provides administrative support to Saskia Hansen, Pro-Vice Chancellor, International, as well as to the International Development Team. Julie also works closely with Simon Green, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research.

Kathy Daniels

Junying Jia, International Programmes Development Manager

Junying supports development of a portfolio of high quality taught programmes across the University delivered in collaboration with strategic international partners. She identifies, facilitates, coordinates and develops successful models for teaching partnerships at undergraduate, postgraduate and executive education/continuing professional development levels including development of articulation agreements.

Junying Manages the Chinese MoE approved Joint Programme in BSc in Construction Project Management with Northeast Forestry University and coordinates the Aston International Summer School.

Matt Dean, Director

Matt Dean, Executive Director, International

Matt leads Aston’s global international strategy. Global engagement is one of the  key points in the University's new strategy. Matt’s directorate operates globally to promote Aston and welcomes the opportunity to engage with new and existing  partners.

Pawan Budhwar

Pawan Budhwar, Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor International (India)

Pawan is a Professor of International HRM at Aston Business School, an Associate Pro Vice Chancellor International (India), Aston University and the Joint-Director of Aston India Centre for Applied Research, Birmingham, UK. He is also the Co-Editor-in-Chief of British Journal of Management. He is responsible for developing partner collaborations in India and leading on Aston’s India strategy.

Jumy Adeosun

Sarah Tsai, Regional Manager (North East Asia)


Jumy Adeosun

Ines Mengyi Li, Country Manager, China

Selena Teeling

Selena Teeling, International Relations Manager (Aston Business School)

Selena is responsible for the College of Business and Social Sciences’ international partnerships, from exchanges and double degrees to international partnership networks and collaborative projects, including Global Innovation Challenge and Going Global Partnerships.

Thomas Austin

Thomas Austin, Head of Global Recruitment and Sales

Thomas has overall responsibility for international student recruitment. This includes management of Aston’s International Student Recruitment team, developing and maintaining our network of agents across the globe, representing the university at international events and advising colleagues within the university on qualifications and trends from different regions.

Wendy Yip

Wendy Yip, Director, International Development

Wendy is responsible for providing a key lead for the University’s international collaborations and partnerships. She works closely with the Pro-Vice-Chancellor International and the senior management team on the University's global engagement strategy and is a key member of the University’s International Strategy Committee, which ensures that the strategic direction includes international student experience at the heart of the University.

Yuliya Whittem

Yuliya Whittem, Head of Global Operations

Yuliya is responsible for the delivery of a sector leading recruitment and sales infrastructure, providing the platform for ongoing international recruitment growth and wider international objectives. She is the key lead for the efficient delivery of large-scale recruitment processes, including international scholarships and finance processes, agents and sponsor management and due diligence processes. Yuliya works with colleagues across multiple teams within the University to improve recruitment processes and customer experience supported by the Global Operations team. 

Dr Professor Nicholas Theodorakopoulos

Frazer Roberts, International Student Recruitment Officer  

Frazer is responsible for student recruitment in the Middle East and North Africa. He also works closely with the colleagues to support the partnerships in those regions. Frazer promotes Aston University at key events, working with agents, partners, and other key stakeholders within the markets.

Jumy Adeosun

Jumy Adeosun, International Recruitment Consultant Contractor


Dr Professor Nicholas Theodorakopoulos

Dr Keith Schofield, Deputy Dean: International


Dr Professor Nicholas Theodorakopoulos

Stewart  Begley, International Relations Manager

Stewart builds and maintains relationships between Aston and our international exchange partnerships, working alongside each of the Academic Schools. Stewart is also responsible for the University’s overarching Erasmus+ staff and student mobility programme.

Jumy Adeosun

Dr Karen Maher, Associate Dean International, Aston Business School 


Jumy Adeosun

Favour Latunde-Dada, Marketing and Administrative Officer (Africa)


Jumy Adeosun

Dr Nadia Naim, Associate Dean International, Aston Law and School of Social Sciences & Humanities