The International Student Recruitment and Development team is ready to help and advise international students, partners and other key stakeholders about working with and studying on Aston University programmes. We aim to provide you with the best service by handling your enquiries quickly ourselves or occasionally enlisting the help of other key departments at the University. It is our key aim to provide you with the most appropriate reply that meets the needs of your enquiry. 

sasika-hansen Saskia Loer Hansen

Pro-Vice-Chancellor, International

Saskia is responsible for the University's Internationalisation agenda, delivering successful international student recruitment, inbound and outbound student mobility, opportunities for international research funding, and engagement with partners, sponsorship agencies and government officials across the world.

matthew-dean Matthew Dean

Director of International Student Recruitment

Matt is responsible for developing and implementing international recruitment and associated marketing strategies, evaluating effectiveness of the strategies and ensuring appropriate market diversification, and for driving Aston’s international student recruitment planning process with relevant internal and external stakeholders in order to set and subsequently deliver on targets.

wendy-yip Wendy Yip

Director, International Development

Wendy is responsible for providing a key lead for the University’s international collaborations and partnerships. She works closely with the Pro Vice Chancellor International and the senior management team on the University's global engagement strategy and is a key member of the University’s International Strategy Committee, which ensures that the strategic direction includes international student experience at the heart of the University.

yuliya-whittem Yuliya Whittem

Regional Manager

Yuliya is responsible for the implementation of the University’s international recruitment in the following key markets:

anisha-parmar Anisha Parmar

Regional Manager

Anisha is responsible for the South East Asia market. You can speak to Anisha at her forthcoming visits to events in the following target markets:

tom-austin Thomas Austin

Regional Manager

You can speak to Tom at his forthcoming visits to events in the following target markets:

kerry-smith Kerry Smith

Regional Manager

You can speak to Kerry at her forthcoming visits to events in the following target markets:

sarah-tsai Sarah Tsai

Regional Manager

Sarah is responsible for China and the North-East Asia market:


Jonathan Choi

International Student Recruitment Officer

Jonathan focuses on the recruitment of international students and development of East Asian market. He is responsible for developing and executing activities to achieve international student recruitment targets, ensuring a smooth and effective integration with the University’s Admissions process:

junying-jia Junying Jia

International Programmes Development Officer

Junying supports development of a portfolio of high quality taught programmes across the University delivered in collaboration with strategic international partners. She identifies, facilitates, coordinates and develops successful models for teaching partnerships at undergraduate, postgraduate and executive education/continuing professional development levels including development of articulation agreements.

jessica-neumann Jessica Neumann

International Partnerships Development Officer

Jessica builds and maintains relationships between Aston and our International University Wide partners, working alongside coordinators in each of the Academic Schools. She is also responsible for the University's overarching Erasmus student and staff mobility programme.


Jane Dunn

Global Pathways Development Manager

Jane is the strategic lead on the development of partnerships in the UK and responsible for the management of our UK international partnerships and relationships with key stakeholders.  

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Hristina Dimova

International Student Recruitment Officer

Hristina is responsible for the implementation of the University recruitment strategy in the UK and Europe. She also coordinates and oversees the general Agent management activities within the International Office.



Bea Fowler

International Student Recruitment Coordinator

Bea supports the International Recruitment Officer for the UK with the implementation of the UK International recruitment strategy. She also provides introductory experiences for students studying on Aston’s partner pathway programmes, aiding in conversion of students from these partners.

irina-thomas Irina Thomas

International Administrator

Irina supports the International Recruitment team with core aspects of the team’s work: agent management, organization of trips and coordination of materials relating to the trips. She also provides support for the International Development team relating to the planning and running of the Aston International Summer School (AISS) and visits from Global Pathway Partners.