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International

Meet the team

We are an international team with a mission to engage students, parents and partners in the pursuit of world-class education and life-changing experiences.

The team create opportunities for international engagement, whether that is studying with us here at Teesside University, through TNE across the globe or by engaging in our extensive student mobility activities.

Internationalisation is at the heart of Teesside University and we are proud to advance this agenda through our activity. Our people are our greatest asset; they’re smart, funny, clever, innovative and experienced. Feel free to contact us anytime or just read a little bit about us below.

UK team

George Hunt

George Hunt

George is Teesside's Director of International Development, with responsibility for overseeing international recruitment, student mobility initiatives and international partnerships.

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A graduate of University of Leeds and Northumbria University, George has worked in the UK HE sector for the past ten years and sees internationalisation is one of the most valuable elements of UK higher education. Originally from the Tyne Valley, he is a supporter of Middlesbrough FC but only for the glory.




Adam Rennison

Adam Rennison

Adam joined Teesside University in June 2017, having previously held international roles at Durham University and the University of Sunderland. A graduate of Durham University Business School and Northumbria University, Adam is extremely passionate about providing opportunities for international students in the UK and around the globe.

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As Head of International Recruitment & Mobility, Adam is the operational lead for all areas of international student recruitment and the main point of contact for the University’s Regional Offices and articulation partners.

Outside of work, Adam is an avid traveller who loves to explore new countries and cultures around the world.



Natalie Clark

Natalie Clark

Natalie joined Teesside University in 2015, bringing over 15 years international marketing, events and education experience gained in a variety of private and not-for-profit organisations in the UK, Spain and Brazil. Previous roles include Head of Global Marketing for Pearson Language Tests and Director of Marketing at the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

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As a native Teessider, Natalie is proud to be working to help the University achieve the international recognition it deserves.



Lindsey Paylor

Lindsey Paylor

Lindsey's background is in creative arts and design in the public sector. Lindsey worked in London for several years in marketing and communication roles at University of the Arts, London before joining Teesside University in 2015 as International Marketing Assistant, bringing a keen interest in visual communication.

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In her current role, Lindsey is focussing on developing International Development's marketing assets. Always on the lookout for innovative ideas to create and enhance content, Lindsey aims to widen audiences and increase engagement.



Alli Pyrah

Alli Pyrah

Alli joined Teesside University in 2019. She has seven years of experience in journalism and marketing. She previously lived in New York for six years, where she worked with companies in the US, Canada and Central and South America.



Angela Faulkner

Angela has been with the university for over eleven years, the last six in International Development. Her previous roles involved working with students, businesses and stakeholders, skills she still continues to use in her current role. As Administrator she is responsible for monitoring the department budgets, arranging travel and supporting the Centre Manager with Erasmus+.


Louise Connolly

Louise Connolly

With over 20 years' experience in Administration and PA roles across Teesside, Louise joined Teesside University in September 2013. She has previously worked as a PA in the School of Design, Culture and the Arts and the School of Science, Engineering and Design. Since February 2019, Louise has delivered the role of PA to the Director for International Development.

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Louise new role gives her the opportunity to meet people from a variety of cultures as well as learning new skills. When not at work, Louise enjoys going to the gym, running and spending time with her daughter.


Luke Cumiskey

Luke Cumiskey

Luke joined the University is June 2019, working in the University's Vice-Chancellors Policy team, conducting higher education policy dissemination, and helping build TU's political engagement strategy.

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Luke has worked extensively with the international department within his previous role and looks forward to helping deliver on the ambitions of this truly global team.


Grace Dickinson

Grace Dickinson

Grace joined Teesside in May 2021 with several years of experience working in student recruitment and widening participation. Her previous roles include working in student recruitment and events at the University of Cambridge and as a Regional Manager in international recruitment at the University of York.

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A graduate of the University of Cambridge in Modern and Medieval Languages, Grace spent a year of her degree studying at Lomonosov Moscow State University. Grace's experience of studying abroad inspires her to promote overseas education opportunities to international students.


Imran Rashid

Imran Rashid

  • International Recruitment Manager - Middle East, North Africa and UK International
  • I.Rashid@tees.ac.uk

Imran joined Teesside University in March 2021 and has extensive experience in recruiting both UK and international students across his career. Imran worked in UK student recruitment for Teesside University and the University of Sunderland and then went on to work for QA Higher Education, where he recruited students from the Middle East and North Africa regions.

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Imran has a strong passion in assisting and providing opportunities for students in education around the world.


Laura Peat

Laura Peat

Laura joined Teesside University in April 2021 having held a variety of marketing roles including positions at Durham University and most recently Marketing Business Partner for a global FTSE 100 company where she headed up the marketing for three UK business lines.

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Being from the local area, Laura is passionate about bringing students from around the globe to Teesside to further their education.


Alizee Cordes

Alizée Cordes

Alizée joined Teesside University in 2021 with experience in international student support, international mobility and recruitment. Prior to joining the university, she worked at York St John University and University Bordeaux Montaigne (France).

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Alizée is passionate about international education and helping students achieve their full potential. She looks after international mobilities including summer experiences and study abroad.


 
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HOU Liang

HOU Liang

Liang joined Teesside University's International team in 2007 and leads the China office for the University.

Liang originally came as an international student in 1999 from Shandong Province in China; he enjoys much of the local culture and made lots of friends locally.

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The North East of England became his new home. Liang stayed in this region for 12 years before moving back to Beijing to set up the China office. Having been a student himself, he understands international students and is always willing to help them. Benefitting from his own experience in the UK, he is eager to share it with the international students.



WANG Mengsi

WANG Mengsi

Mengsi has been working for Teesside University China office since March 2012. She has worked in a variety of roles including admissions, marketing and recruitment in China. Her current role as Manager of the China office includes responsibility for Business School recruitment and managing the team. Mengsi enjoys traveling across China, interacting with students and providing the most up to date information about Teesside University.


SUN Pingyao

SUN Pingyao

Pingyao joined Teesside University China Office in April 2015 after graduating from the University of the West Scotland (BA) and Cardiff University (PG). Initially responsible for admissions, in September 2016 Pingyao started to work as Recruitment Officer for Creative programmes and managed the agent network, international foundation programmes, public universities, articulation programmes and individual applicants.

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Pingyao truly enjoys traveling all over China and expanding her knowledge when traveling with academics from different Schools. It is an exciting opportunity for her to share her knowledge and experience of our university with students and partners.



ZHOU Jiaqi

ZHOU Jiaqi

Jiaqi accomplished her master program in Southampton in 2014. Her previous working experience at a German education consulting company has brought her great interest in education and marketing. Jiaqi joined Teesside University as the Marketing Officer within the China Office in early 2017 and is responsible for marketing activities in China. She aims to enhance the branding of Teesside University in China.


TANG Tianyu

TANG Tianyu

Tianyu has accomplished his master's programme in Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2015 and joined Teesside University China Office in early 2019. He is responsible for the agent network and Health programmes. He enjoys local food during travel and like extreme sports.


GUO Ying

GUO Ying

Ying graduated from the University of Dundee in 2018 with a master's degree in International Business and Human Resource Management. She joined Teesside University China Office as a Recruitment Officer in early 2019. Her previous overseas study experience and educational background in Teaching (BA) got her interested in working for Teesside University with offices in China. She likes sharing knowledge and cultural insights with students and she believes cultural diversity would make the world more delightful.


KUI Manling (Katherine)

KUI Manling (Katherine)

Katherine joined Teesside University in June 2019. She was a highly engaged international student in Teesside University for more than 2 years. Now Katherine is responsible for recruiting business students and developing partnerships with potential partners in China. Katherine has lived in and traveled to many cities and countries, she is fond of interacting with people from different cultures and backgrounds.


GAO Zisong

GAO Zisong

Zisong graduated from the Teesside University in 2018 with a merit master's degree in Accounting and Finance. She joined Teesside University China Office as an International Officer in middle 2019. Her education background and overseas study experience at Teesside university make her love and understand the university more, and she is willing to devote herself to the work of China office, hoping to let more students know about the university and join the beautiful campus.


ZHAI Jiayue

ZHAI Jiayue

Jiayue graduated from the University of Southampton with Marketing Management and joined in China office in July 2019. She is mainly responsible for Admissions and assists colleagues by responding to enquiries from student or agents as well. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling for enriching the knowledge and experiencing various cultures.

 
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