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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.

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.



Jessica Watson-James

Jessica Watson-James

Jessica joined Teesside University in March 2022 with significant experience of recruiting and marketing to both UK and international students. Her career has been centred around higher education having worked in Swansea University and Cardiff University previously.

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-Orr

Lindsey Paylor-Orr

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.


Angela Faulkner

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.

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.


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.


 

Ijeoma Mbajunwa

Ijeoma Mbajunwa

Ijeoma joined Teesside University's West Africa Regional Office in 2019. She has provided administrative support for international students from across West Africa who intend to study at Teesside University, since 2014.

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In addition, she is responsible for organising the Teesside English Language Test for applicants from Africa.


Vivian Amadi

Vivian Amadi

Vivian has a background in Economics and joined Teesside University in March 2021. She is currently serving as the Assistant West Africa Country Manager where she plays the role of student support.

 

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.

 

Syed Abidi

Syed Abidi

Syed Abidi is a renowned Educationist, Consultant and Trainer with over 25 years' experience in international education, marketing and recruitment. His responsibilities include expanding the current Pakistan market, overseeing the agent network, training and assuring outstanding support is delivered to students and partners of Teesside University.

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In addition, Syed identifies development opportunities within the Middle Eastern Region including but not limited to KSA, UAE, Oman, Iran and Bahrain.

Syed Abidi is a recipient of a most prestigious Civil Award in Education from the President of Pakistan and has several international commendations and awards in the area of international student recruitment.


Zaeem Masood

Zaeem Masood

Zaeem joined Teesside University in June 2021. He has 15 years of experience in student recruitment. He is responsible for admissions, marketing and recruitment activities in the Pakistan and Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region, including developing and maintaining working relationships with agencies.

 

ZHOU Jiaqi

Padmini Parameswaran

Padmini joined Teesside University in the year 2016. She has 20 years of experience with Education UK. She started her professional career as a teacher and after working with some of the best schools across the country she joined Middlesex University's Regional Office as Manager of Admissions. She was Regional Director at University of Central Lancashire, University of East London and Northumbria University before she joined Teesside University.

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Padmini enjoys interacting with students and advising them on their career choices. She also likes to travel across South Asia and meet students from diverse backgrounds and cultures. Despite her experience, the role is a constant learning curve, even after several years of experience.


Nitin Bhasson

Nitin Bhasson

Nitin joined Teesside University South Asia Regional Office in 2017 as Marketing and Recruitment Manager. Nitin brings over 11 years of work experience in the international education and marketing and recruitment industry.

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Nitin is thrilled to be a part of a prestigious university which has highly ranked courses and a beautiful campus. Apart from student recruitment, Nitin is responsible for business development, agent network management and brand promotion. Nitin loves to visit Teesside as it feels like he's at home because of the friendly environment and people around. The positive atmosphere between staff and the substantial and growing international student body is something he loves to communicate to prospective applicants.


Nitin Bhasson

Priyanka Arora

Priyanka joined Teesside University South Asia Regional Office as Assistant Manager in October 2016, having previously worked for six years as Operations Administrator in Northumbria University India Office.

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Priyanka's role is to provide support to all agents and partners in terms of admission processes and to coordinate with international admissions based in the UK. Priyanka looks after all marketing and promotional activities for student recruitment activity in India.

In her spare time, she likes to listen music, dancing and traveling to explore different things and try every possible cuisine.


Kinjal Gandhi

Kinjal Gandhi

Kinjal recently joined Teesside University as a Marketing and Recruitment Manager. She started her career as a Student Advisor for Higher Education in UK in 2006 and have been trained and certified by the British Council and British Deputy High Commission in India towards promoting UK education and training. Kinjal also previously worked for De Montfort University in Leicester as an International Student Advisor.

Iona Furtado

Iona Furtado

Iona joined Teesside University as a Compliance Manager (South Asia) in 2021. She has 17 years of experience, a better part of which was as a Senior Immigration Officer at Immigration New Zealand. She also previously worked in operations at JP Morgan Chase.

Padvala Nandan Naidu

Padvala Nandan Naidu

Nandan joined Teesside University as a Compliance Manager (South Asia) in 2021. His work involves conducting credibility interviews, verifying maintenance documents, overseeing enrollments and looking after compliance issues for South Asia applicants.

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He has over 10 years of experience in student recruitment for the universities in the UK and Ireland. He previously worked at Nexus Educational Services and IDP Education. He was awarded Top Counsellor for IDP - Pan India in 2019 and 2020 and has delivered more than 50 seminars about studying in the UK.


 

June Chai

June Chai

June joined Teesside University South East Asia regional office in early 2019. Prior to Teesside University, she was also in recruitment of students for Malaysia, the UK and USA institutions for the past 15 years. Her current role includes developing and executing strategic business plans, positioning of Teesside University in SEA, building a strong network of local partners, recruitment of students with her team in the regional office; just to name a few.

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June enjoys the thrill in recruitment and the opportunities to meet with people from different walks of life. Her greatest satisfaction come from her students' success and building lifelong friendship along the way. June looks forward to grow, to learn and to succeed together with Teesside University in this region.


Rachel Lee

Rachel Lee

Rachel graduated from Lancaster University in 2019 with a MBA Master of Business Administration. She joined Teesside University's South East Asia regional office in 2007 when the office started its operations.

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She was previously was the Head of Operations and Finance for SEGi College in Penang, Malaysia. As an Operations Manager, Rachel manages the admission processes for South East Asia, and is also responsible for general operations, finance, office budgets and collaborations with transnational education (TNE) partners. Rachel plays a key role in organising and managing Teesside University's events in the South East Asia region.


Ronnie Chai

Ronnie Chai

Ronnie joined Teesside University as Assistant Regional Manager to support the execution of regional recruitment, marketing strategy, market research, marketing campaigns and marketing communications. He also supports the development and management of partnerships in conjunction with the international partnerships team and supports other initiatives aimed at raising the profile of Teesside University in these markets.

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Prior to working with Teesside University, Ronnie developed significant experience of assisting Southeast Asia students in the pursuit of higher education opportunities. In addition, he was also in student recruitment with a premier education group in Singapore. Ronnie enjoys the process of recruitment as much as the outcome and successes of his work.