EUA committee elections 2019


Voting slips have now been circulated for the 2019 committee elections. If you are unsure whether your university has received its voting card, please contact Grace Sadiq:

The rules to vote are very straightforward:

- You can choose up to 10 of the nominated candidates.

- You should make your selections on the voting sheet only. (see below for download)

- Completed voting sheets must be returned to the address above by email no later than 5pm GMT on Thursday 27th June 2019. 

- Voting sheets with more than 10 selections will be discounted.

As previously, the candidates with the most votes will form the new committee, which consists of a maximum 10 people. The President is the candidate with the most votes overall. Where two or more candidates receive an equal number of votes overall, the committee decides the role of President and Vice President.

Results will be announced at the EUA conference at the University of Leeds at 10:15 GMT (as per the programme) for more details about the conference or to book your place, please go to:


Results will also be published on the EUA website later that day.

Candidate statements

The candidate statements are presented in alphabetical order

1. Candidate: Ivana Belenova

Senior Partnerships Manager, London South Bank University, UK


Proposed by: London Metropolitan University, UK


I have worked in HE for 14 years, mainly in Student Recruitment and Marketing. I have joined the International Office at London South Bank University 3 years ago and took on a role of an Erasmus Institutional Coordinator. I really enjoyed this new challenge and the opportunity to work with European partners. A year later, my role has developed into a Senior Partnerships Manager and in addition to Erasmus, I was given responsibility to look after TNE arrangements we have with European partners as well as developing new ones. This included franchise, validation, articulation, study abroad and summer school models.

I have been a member of HEURO (UK Association for European Officers) for 3 years and I really appreciated the opportunity to meet other International educators, learn from them, as well as share knowledge and experiences. It has been invaluable, particularly at the beginning of my career in international mobility.

I am very passionate about the benefits of partnerships and I knew from the start I wanted to be involved, so when the call for committee nominations came through, I knew I had to apply. I would like to use my skills and experience to help to support the internationalisation of European HE, but at the same time, learn from others and expand the network of people I work with. I believe that together we could create a community of international educators that can help find solutions to challenges in international education and learn from each other.


2. Candidate: Prof. Robert Buttery

Head of International Relations

University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland 


Proposed by: Existing committee member


Appointed Head of International Relations for the School of Business FHNW in 2008, Robert Buttery's work portfolio includes international issue monitoring for key operational and strategic decisions and their implementation. Robert lectures in Management and International Studies at the FHNW. He represents and promotes his university at Swiss and major international conferences, events and meetings, at which he gives presentations and runs workshops on student and faculty mobility, the use of social media, study destination marketing and higher education international networking strategies. In 2008, in joint partnership with Canadian universities, Robert successfully launched an intensive and ground-breaking programme (Canadian Academics Studying Europe-CASE) for faculty from Canadian business schools. CASE was awarded the BCCIE Award for Outstanding Programme in 2013 and the CBIE Panorama Award for Outstanding International Education Program in Capacity Building in 2014. Robert has lead several student and faculty mobility programs within university international consortiums and is an expert for program innovation, curriculum internationalisation and mobility. Robert sits on the EAIE Joint Leadership Board (2016-2018) as the elected Chair for the EAIE Business Education Expert Community. He is an active member on various international higher education committees.


3. Candidate: Philippa Cahill

Deputy Head of the International Relations Office (acting Head of Office as of Sept 2019)

EM Strasbourg Business School, University of Strasbourg, France


Proposed by: Keele University, UK


In September 2019 I will enter the eighth year of my career in international education. Over the years I have been involved in a wide range of activities, including outgoing mobility advising, design and organisation of incoming short-term programmes, event planning and also management of an international relations office. A British national, I studied for my undergraduate degree in modern languages in the UK before moving to France to complete my master’s in Intercultural Management at the University of Limoges. Whilst I have connected with many colleagues and peers over the years through international conferences and networking events, I am keen to become more directly involved in some of the expert communities that help the field of international education to move forward. Following a period as Head of the Office during maternity leave cover from Sept 19- March 20, my role at EM Strasbourg will remain managerial and include involvement in international networks and communities as a key responsibility. I would be delighted to include membership of the EUA committee as one of these activities. I have had the pleasure of attending EUA events and I strongly believe in the goals behind the association, particularly the support of professional development in the sector.


4. Candidate: Dr. Lindsey Carey

Senior Lecturer

Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland, UK


Proposed by: Université de Lille, France


My application to become a member of the European University Alliance stems from my current role, interests and activities. As a Senior Lecturer in the department of Fashion, Marketing, Tourism and Events at Glasgow Caledonian University I have had the additional roles of International Development Lead (since Sept 2017) and Academic Exchange Lead (since June 2017) for Glasgow School for Business and Society. My experience has spanned both strategic and procedural areas relating to partner development and enhancement of student experience through increased mobility opportunities for students. I have had a strategic contribution relating to the development of new or expanded partnerships in order to increase the scope of exchange destinations and been involved in creating shorter term mobility opportunities in particular, as they have been shown to increase the prospects for involvement of students from a widening access background. As International Lead, I have also participated in creating opportunities for double degrees and transnational education. I am also a firm supporter of cross-discipline mobility and international initiatives involving different academic disciplines and have personally led on two staff and student initiatives of this type within GCU. I have recently been part of the European Strategy and Short Term Mobility groups within my university whose remits are cross disciplinary and related to the development of opportunities for students and staff. With additional experience co-creating a module related to the development of competences for the international and intercultural HE classroom for an Erasmus funded Strategic Partnership (Educational Quality at Universities for Inclusive International Programmes (Equiip)) led by the University of Groningen and the subsequent submission of an Erasmus Strategic Partnership bid (involving 2 other European academic institutions and 3 industry partners, 2 of which are international) related to the enhancement of employability and leadership skills for students of fashion programmes, I can also bring a wider research focused view to the role. In this context, I have also contributed to conferences in the area of international development and mobility and jointly delivered the keynote address at the School of Economics and Business, University of Alicante International Week 2019 as well as at the forthcoming Universities UK Go international Conference. With the above background and experience gained through my recent roles and remit within GCU, I would very much welcome the opportunity to play a role on a wider stage and contribute towards supporting the internationalisation of European Higher Education in an expanded arena.


5. Candidate: Caroline Davis

Lecturer and International Strategic Partnership Coordinator (Faculty of Arts)

Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands


Proposed by: Existing committee member


Caroline has over 27 years' experience in international education as both a lecturer in the Faculty of Arts and as an International Partnership Coordinator.


She joined Radboud University in 1990 and lectures in the field of International Business Communication. She is also the academic study abroad adviser for International Business Communication, North American Studies and English Language and Culture programmes.

She passionately believes in the value of a study abroad experience and has combined teaching with creating expanding University networks and exchange opportunities for Radboud students across the globe. As a lecturer she is committed to creating an internationalised curriculum, developing student’s cultural competencies and ensuring that students gain the best possible outcomes from their study abroad ventures. Caroline sees the opportunity for students to study abroad as being vital in creating culturally astute, competent, globally aware graduates ready to work in a culturally diverse workplace and loves being part of the process that changes students’ lives.


Caroline is also a keen supporter of the Internationalisation at Home initiative and has worked with partner Universities to integrate this into the curriculum enabling students another avenue to secure an international experience.


Although Caroline has not lived in the UK for many years, she is particularly keen to see a continuing healthy exchange of incoming and outgoing students to and from the UK.


She is committed to Internationalisation at all levels and believes that collaboration and networking at international fairs and conferences and engaging with international networks, such as EUA, are vital to ensuring effective partner collaboration and securing institutional internationalisation goals.


6. Candidate: Anne-Marie Gorisse

Head of International Relations

Université de Lille, France


Proposed by: Existing committee member – current President


Anne-Marie Gorisse was Head of International Relations and Senior Lecturer in English on a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes for 27 years at a University Business School in Dunkerque. She is currently Head of International Relations for the Law and Political Science Faculty of the University of Lille.


After spending a year in Paris on exchange, as part of her French studies, she is a firm believer in the life-changing experience that studying abroad provides. Having sent other people’s children abroad for the 25 years of Erasmus, she is currently in the process of despatching three of her own sons to their foreign exchange destinations.


As Chargée de Mission, she has been very involved in several European projects, particularly Interreg and URBACT on topics such as Sustainability, Entrepreneurship and Intercultural Communication. She coordinates faculty-led field trips, short courses and also runs short customised programmes for Japanese and American partners.


She strongly believes that none of this cooperation with partners would be possible without regular networking at the various international fairs and conferences (NAFSA, EAIE, etc) where these encounters are instrumental in the further internationalisation of our universities.


Before qualifying as a university lecturer, she began using her language skills, by working in the international division of an Australian commercial bank in the City, before doing a post–graduate certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, having taken the decision to emigrate to France, where she worked as an interpreter for a Japanese multinational in Paris. 


7. Candidate: Michelle Hett

International Coordinator

SRH University Heidelberg Business School, Germany


Proposed by: Existing committee member


Michelle Hett is the International Coordinator for the International Office at SRH University Heidelberg Business School, a role involving anything “International” that comes to the Business School. Michelle particularly enjoys new projects that bring partner universities together, broadening the international experience for the students and staff both at home and away. This has included the development of dual degree programmes, faculty led tours and more diverse activities. Michelle was instrumental in establishing a business bachelor programme completely taught in English at the SRH and is now working to establish an MA taught in English.


Michelle, originally from Southampton, is widely travelled, both for work and pleasure, and is never happier than when getting onto a plane to visit another new culture. She started life in medical sciences in the UK, and has worked in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. She moved into education with her previous role as the European Manager for a school’s expedition company, taking teams of students to Africa and Asia as part of a developmental programme for 15 – 18 year old students.

Michelle’s passion for internationalization at all levels of life has brought her to SRH University Heidelberg, Germany to work, although she commutes from home to Dublin, Ireland at the weekends to be with her family.


8. Candidate: Barbara Howell

Associate Dean, International

Coventry University, UK


Proposed by: Existing committee member


Barbara Howell’s portfolio career spans some 20 years in the Higher Education sector in both large and specialist HEIs. Barbara joined Coventry University in 2011 as Associate Dean (International) and during that time has held a dual role to include the Head of Department for Aviation, Aerospace, Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Formerly Barbara was a member of the Executive Team and Head of Faculty Communication Media at Ravensbourne.

Barbara is certified as IENG MBCS CITP, a Fellow of the HEA, has had a number of external examiner roles and has been a QAA Institutional Auditor/Reviewer for the last 10 years (to include overseas review).

Over the past 20 years Barbara has provided institutional representation on and engagement with Lifelong Learning Networks (The National Arts Learning Network, Creative Way Executive Board, South London Life Long Learning Group), HEA Subject Centres (Information & Computer Science, Art, Design and Media, Engineering) and professional bodies (BCS, IET, IMechE, Knowledge East, e-skills, Skillset).

Barbara has also worked with a significant number of key employers through membership of the Broadcast Advisory Boards (members include ITN, BBC, BSkyB, PACT, Channel 4, ITV, London Studios & O2) and the IT Management for Business Employer Forum (members include, IBM, Fujitsu & Ford).

Barbara has extensive experience of international and transnational education [TNE].  Within that context she has set up, coordinated and taken strategic oversight of a significant number of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Malaysia, South Africa, UAE, Oman, India, Ghana, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Singapore, Nepal, Mauritius, Tanzania and Hong Kong. Barbara has also identified markets and developed high quality partnerships with a number of key overseas institutions in China, Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam, Jordan, South Korea, Romania & Brussels for staff/student exchange, funding bids, live projects & joint curriculum development.


9. Candidate: Dr. Murray MacCallum

Academic Director, School of Engineering & the Built Environment

Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland, UK


Proposed by: Existing committee member


Murray MacCallum is the Academic Director for the School of Engineering & the Built Environment at Edinburgh Napier University, where he has been a member of staff for 33 years. He was formerly Assistant Dean (International) in the Faculty of Engineering, Computing & Creative Industries and, prior to that, was Head of Electrical Engineering & Mathematics.


During his academic career, he has taught on a wide variety of courses, from general electronics to more specialist subjects like PCB manufacture, Digital Signal Processing and CAD. He has also supervised many projects at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, and has acted as a supervisor and examiner for a number of PhD students. 


He has designed and delivered many specialist training courses for industry, concentrating mostly on electronics manufacture. He is a qualified instructor with the US PCB authority, the IPC. He has engaged in a number of consultancy projects, most notably the design and installation of a PCB prototyping laboratory in Sri Lanka. He was awarded and successfully completed a Fellowship for the Royal Academy of Engineering.

In more recent times, the focus of his work has been directed at international partner development across the University, which has resulted in the establishment of several successful collaborations in China, India, South Africa and Myanmar. He still maintains academic activity through his research work in medical signal processing and by delivering guest lectures as a visiting Professor at partner institutions overseas.

10. Candidate: Dr. Sofia Mason

Academic Partnerships Officer

Royal Holloway, University of London


Proposed by: Coventry University


Since I began working on international partnerships at Royal Holloway, in March 2018, I have become increasingly convinced of the growing importance of international networks of likeminded professionals committed to enhancing student mobility experiences. It would be a pleasure to serve as a Committee Member and I would bring enthusiasm, organisational skills and a keen sense Pan-European collegiality and team work to the role. Royal Holloway has 72 Erasmus+ agreements with European institutions and is committed to continuing to provide European exchange opportunities for our outgoing and incoming students. I would be pleased to be part of a network of experts in this field, particularly as we navigate new territory in relation to the European Union. My academic background prepared me well for the role; I lived for a year in Spain as an undergraduate, before completing a PhD in the department of Spanish and Latin American studies at the University of Nottingham. My previous two roles at Royal Holloway, working on an international research network based in Modern Languages, and supporting funding applications for international research projects, such as those funded by the EU, have afforded me further insights into collaboration across international higher educations. Professionally, I am interested in sector responses to current political developments. Specifically, I hope to deliver solutions that defend and expand education abroad as the need for inter-cultural understanding grows.


11. Candidate: Caroline Skudder

Senior Academic Advisor, International Relations & English teacher at the adult continuing education department

Université Grenoble Alpes, France


Proposed by: Université de Lille, France


Having worked in the international relations field of my university for the last 13 years, I have dealt with all the areas that the job requires from networking with our partners, prospecting for new partners, welcoming delegations, welcoming incoming exchange students, selecting outgoing exchange students, giving out information sessions in lecture halls, drawing up double diplomas and agreements, studying course catalogues and looking for matching courses and advising students academically on what programmes and courses to take. I have attended regularly all the conferences of the EUA and have always found them extremely interesting, practical and straight to the point. I admire the dedication of the board members and would like to contribute my intake to the team and make use of my knowledge, experience and networks. Alongside my duties at the international relations, I have been teaching English to adults for 25 years and was head of the English department for 7 years before being appointed at the international relations. So my experience in students' academic welfare and my teaching capacities have been put to use for my job at the international relations which required an academic staff.


12. Candidate: Dr. Suzanna Tomassi

Deputy Director (Partnerships)

The Open University, UK


Proposed by: Existing committee member


Dr Suzanna Tomassi is Deputy Director (Partnerships) at the Open University (OU) Validation Partnerships unit in the UK. The OU has pioneered distance education and is the biggest university in the UK with over 170.000 students, as well as one of the biggest transnational education (TNE) partnership providers.

Suzanna has been working within the HE sector for many years. Over this time she was promoted through a number of different jobs at four different universities. Her professional interests include alumni relations and everything related to TNE and internationalisation. Suzanna is particularly interested in the commercial side of TNE activities and as a result, she has spent 13 years in business development, working with international partners, setting up and successfully managing collaborative provision.

Like a lot of people in business, Suzanna gets immense enjoyment from hitting her targets. Sometimes those are work related, like having a paper accepted for a presentation at an international event, coming up with an idea for a new income stream or setting up an academic partnership from scratch in a new market. Other times these are personal targets, such as gaining an MBA and a PhD whilst working full–time and raising a family or planting 100+ baby plants in her back garden on a Saturday afternoon.

Suzanna is passionate about internationalization and widening access to higher education. As a student she had an opportunity to experience internationalisation and study abroad. This triggered her life-long passion about the HE sector.

Suzanna is a serious collector of academic degrees and she completed so far two Masters Degrees, an MBA programme in HE Management (Institute of Education, University College London) and a PhD in Economics. She has been frequently presenting on the subject of internationalisation and partnerships in the UK and abroad, while her chapter on academia-industry partnerships is due to be published in July 2019 in the Oxford University Handbook of HE. Suzanna had also served as an elected external member for 9 years on the board of a university Council.

Suzanna’s energy and obsession to get the job done are mixed with a lot of fun, especially when she is off duty playing with mud volcanoes in Azerbaijan, trekking through a Columbian jungle in search of the Lost City, climbing Machu Picchu, investigating lava on Etna, searching for quirky jewellery at flea markets or making pickles, jams and cider using produce grown in her back garden (albeit not all at the same time!).


13. Candidate: Elissa Williams

Global Education Manager

Keele University, UK


Proposed by: Existing committee member

Elissa has worked in International Education since 1990 starting her career with a 12 year stay in Africa. Setting up a Tourism and Hospitality programme for the government of Kenya was a sharp learning curve combining culture and wildlife with curriculum development and teacher training. Loathe to leave Africa, Elissa moved to Uganda to set up the first private travel and tourism college after the Civil War, followed by setting up the first degree programme in East Africa in Hospitality, Tourism and Catering. A short stay at Parnu Majandskool between posts in Kenya and Uganda involved curriculum development for a newly emerging Estonian tourism industry after the departure of the Soviet Union. Links with USAID led to the opportunity to work in Community Tourism Development throughout Uganda sponsored by the North Carolina Zoo (USA). Chimpanzees, gorillas, handcrafts and fascinating communities became part of UCOTA, a community tourism initiative still going strong today.

In 2001, Elissa decided to move to the UK to take on the role of International Tutor at the University of Chester. Combining development in international exchange and experiential learning opportunities for second-year students involved projects in Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Costa Rica, Brazil and Disneyworld Florida! The placements changed lives and focused students on their future directions. Elissa is now the Global Education Manager at Keele University overseeing a strong and diverse exchange programme as well as setting out strategies for an international student experience. Diverse and exciting partnerships have been developed in Europe and Japan. 

Elissa has also been involved with BUTEX as Vice- Chair, now Chair. One could say that international education has been a big part of Elissa's life throughout her wide and varied career.

The voting sheet can also be downloaded here: