Meet the team


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Sarah Husain - Head of Study Abroad

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I am responsible for the strategic direction of Study Abroad 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 Study Abroad, I enjoy spending time with my young family.

Rich Dunning - Deputy Head of Study Abroad

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I am responsible for the operational management of Study Abroad 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 Study Abroad at the University of Liverpool, working with both with inbound and outbound students. Outside of Study Abroad, 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 - Study Abroad Development Manager

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I am responsible for new partnership development, Study Abroad governance and overseeing the delivery of key Study Abroad 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.  

Katie Ford - Study Abroad Manager (Inbound Students)

I am responsible for the management of all inbound study abroad programmes, ensuring that all of our international students are able to fully enjoy and benefit from their experience in Liverpool. Originally from New York State, I earned my BA in Theatre at Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania, which included a semester abroad in France and a summer programme in the Czech Republic. I studied for an MA at Cardiff University in European Studies with a focus in Culture and Ideology as an international student. Before moving to Liverpool, I worked in international education at Charles University, Faculty of Arts in Prague. I’m a travel blogger in my spare time, writing about my experiences living abroad and traveling the world!

Aimee Neill - Study Abroad Co-ordinator (Inbound Students)

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I am a responsible for the administration and pastoral support  for Inbound study abroad students. To further understand this incredible world we live in, I am currently studying part time for a Bachelor degree in International Studies with the Open University. 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 - Study Abroad Co-ordinator (Outbound Students)

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I am responsible for the coordination of our outbound study abroad programmes. 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 - Study Abroad Co-ordinator (Marketing & Events)

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I am responsible for the coordination of the marketing and events activity across Study Abroad. 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 nearly 10 years and been fortunate enough to play at festivals, including Y Not Festival and Tramlines Festival.