Meet the team


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Sarah Husain - Head of Global Opportunities

I am responsible for the strategic direction of Global Opportunities at Liverpool and overseeing the work of the team. Originally from the Wirral, I studied for a BA (Hons) in German with Portuguese Minor at the University of Leeds which saw me spend a year in Austria and a semester in Portugal.  Following my undergraduate studies I completed an MA in Contemporary European Studies at the Humboldt University of Berlin. After working as an International Officer for Leeds Council I returned to my home turf to lead Study Abroad activities at the University of Liverpool. Outside of Global Opportunities, I enjoy spending time with my young family.

Rich Dunning - Deputy Head of Global Opportunities

I am responsible for the operational management of Global Opportunities at Liverpool, new programme development and overseeing the delivery of key projects. Originally from northwest London, I graduated from the University of Liverpool with a BA (Hons) Combined Honours in Portuguese & Psychology, which included spending a year studying at PUC-Rio in Brazil. I also hold a PGCert in Management of International HE from Edge Hill University. I've worked in a number of roles in Global Opportunities at the University of Liverpool, working with both with inbound and outbound students. Outside of Global Opportunities, I’m a bit of a linguaphile & love to read about how languages work - I speak fluent Portuguese and Spanish. I love to travel too!

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Jo Heaps - Global Opportunities Development Manager

I am responsible for new partnership development, Global Opportunities governance and overseeing the delivery of key Global Opportunities projects. Originally from Bolton,  I hold a BA in Japanese Studies with Japanese Language (University of Winchester), an MA in Advanced Japanese Studies (University of Sheffield) and an MA in Translation and Interpreting (University of Manchester). During my BA, I spent a year studying in Japan as an exchange student and have since lived and worked in Japan for four more years, continuing to develop my love of the language, food and culture (and singing J-Pop at karaoke)! Outside things Japanese, I enjoy swing dancing and travel all over the UK to take part in dance events.  

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Dave Murphy - Global Opportunities Manager (Inbound Students)

I am responsible for the management of all inbound programmes and growing the community of international students that visit us here at the University of Liverpool. Originally from the North East of England, I graduated from York St John University with a BA (Hons) History during which time I spent a semester abroad at Union College, New York, which was followed by time working in New York after graduation. Since returning to the UK I’ve worked for a number of universities in the field of international recruitment and study abroad. Outside of university life I love music - whether that’s listening to a new album, going to a show or occasionally writing my own! 

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Eleanor Ehlen -Global Opportunities Manager (Outbound Students)

I am responsible for the management of all outbound programmes and growing the opportunities available to students here at University of Liverpool. I am Liverpool born and raised and I studied for a BSc in Accounting and Mathematics at Liverpool Hope University where I also studied at Ball State University (Indiana, USA) for a year. I have previously worked at Liverpool Hope University running their outbound programme and partook in three volunteering trips to India. I enjoy playing and coaching football and I am a FA Level 1 football coach at a local female grassroots club. I also love travelling, meeting new people and exploring new cultures.  

Aimee Neill - Global Opportunities Adviser

I provide support for students coming to UoL from or going on exchange to Australasia, Austria, Benelux, France, Germany, South East Asia, as well as all Summer programmes (both inbound and outbound). I graduated from the Open University with a Bachelor degree in International Studies and in the summer of 2015 I participated in a summer school learning Mandarin at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China. I also spent part of my childhood in Western Australia and am a dual citizen of the UK and Australia. As a native Liverpudlian I can make a mean pan of scouse (stew) and love welcoming people to my wonderful city! 

Josh Evans - Global Opportunities Adviser

I provide support for students coming to UoL from or going on exchange to the Americas, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Italy, Nordic countries, Poland, Portugal and Spain. I graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2015 with a BSc in Events Management and Tourism. While at University I worked at a summer camp in Maryland, USA, and had the opportunity to visit many other states on the east coast. After graduating I worked in Disney World Florida which was an amazing experience and I can’t wait to go back! I love maps, airports, airplanes and pretty much anything to do with travel!

Niall O'Donnell - Global Opportunities Co-ordinator (Marketing & Events)

I am responsible for the coordination of the marketing and events activity across Global Opportunities. I studied Marketing at Sheffield Hallam University and graduated in 2016, having also completed a year working for The Walt Disney Company at their UK & EMEA Head Office in London. After graduating I worked for Everton Football Club within their Media, Marketing & Communications department, which was a fantastic experience as I am a huge Evertonian. Aside from travel and football, my main interest is music, having played bass guitar for over 13 years.

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Melina Fiol - Global Opportunities Assistant

I'm responsible for providing a wide-range of admin support to the Team and students interested in particpating in Global Opportunities (both inbound and outbound) as well as looking after the Ambassador and Buddy schemes. I studied for a BA Film Studies at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) and during my degree I spent a summer working at Walt Disney World in Orlando and took part in a Summer School in China. My experiences inspired me to successfully apply for a graduate internship with LJMU's Study Abroad Team. A few years on, I'm back in the world of Global Opportunities and excited to continue using my own experiences to help support all students with their own aspirations to go abroad. A big personal goal of mine is to visit every Disney theme park in the world - I only have two more to go!