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Global Opportunities Team

The Global Opportunities team is part of the Future Students Office at the University of Leicester. We are specifically responsible for student and staff exchanges and study abroad links with universities worldwide.

Within the Global Opportunities team, we all have our own special areas of responsibility and expertise, but we also work as a team, so that even when some staff are away from the office, your enquiries will be dealt with as promptly as possible.

Head of Global Opportunities

Clare Banfa, Associate Director (Mobility)Clare Mytton

Clare leads the management of Global Opportunities team, in order to ensure effective infrastructure for student mobility and international student placements. In particular, she: provides leadership for the student and staff mobility programmes; leads the review and strategic management of student placement policies and processes relating to the recruitment and admission of international students; and manages the strategic use of University funding to support scholarship programmes.


Study Abroad

We are responsible for managing partnerships and student exchanges with universities outside the EU.

Contact: / +44(0)116 252 5687

Peter HoughPeter Hough, Study Abroad Manager

Peter manages institutional relationships and partnership agreements for all Study Abroad and international (non-Erasmus) student exchanges. Within the University he provides specialist support to academic departments on student exchange matters and pastoral support to both incoming and outgoing Study Abroad students. He leads on marketing and communications for outward student mobility programmes and cultural study tours.

silhouetteIrene Adeva Ferrandiz, Study Abroad Adviser

Irene is responsible for supporting both inbound and outbound Study Abroad students. She liaises with internal Study Abroad departmental coordinators, provides support for outgoing students before, after, and during their studies abroad, and works to welcome new students to Leicester from outside the EU.


silhouetteVirgina Garcia Aragones, Global Opportunities Team Assistant

Virginia is responsible for supporting both inbound and outbound Study Abroad and Erasmus+ students. She works closely with our Advisers to ensure students receive the best possible support before, during and after their exchange. She also supports the team in development of marketing materials and events.


We handle Erasmus staff and student exchanges within the EU, and manage partnerships under the Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility schemes.

Contact: / +44(0)116 252 5142

Lucy Stubbs, Erasmus+ Coordinator


Lucy is responsible for all aspects of Erasmus+ Key Action 1 (KA1) student and staff exchanges, Erasmus+ partner universities relationship management, line management and guidance of the Study Abroad Advisers. Lucy is also responsible for providing information to departments about all aspects of the Erasmus+ KA1 schemes, management of incoming Erasmus+ and Study Abroad student administration, calculation and payment of all Erasmus+ student and staff grants.

nallinapattni.jpgNalina Pattni, Study Abroad Adviser (Erasmus)

Nalina is responsible for Erasmus+ Key Action 1 (KA1) student and staff exchange administration. This includes maintaining records of all incoming and outgoing Erasmus exchanges, liaising with Erasmus partner universities and processing Erasmus funding. Nalina’s role also includes the promotion of Erasmus opportunities at the University of Leicester. Nalina is the Equal Opportunities and BME representative for the International Office.

Departmental Coordinators

Students currently studying degree programmes at the University of Leicester are invited to contact their departmental coordinator to discuss how to participate in the Study Abroad and Erasmus+ programme, including what destinations are available, whether they meet the eligibility requirements, and for any academic questions they may have regarding the programme, including credit transfer.

Please view our Department Coordinators webpage for a full list of contacts.

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For further information, please contact the Global Opportunities team:

For Erasmus enquiries please contact:

E: Erasmus Team
T: +44 (0)116 252 5142

For Study Abroad enquiries please contact:

E: Study Abroad Team
T: +44 (0)116 252 5687

The Global Opportunities Team are available to see in person:

09:30 and 16:30 Monday to Friday

Readson House, Ground Floor

96 -98  Regent Road

Leicester, LE1 7DF


For further information about full degree opportunities, please contact the Future Students Office team:

E: Future Students Office

T: +44 (0)116 252 2296

Santander Travel Awards

A minimum of ten travel awards for University of Leicester staff and students, made possible by funds from the Santander Group, will be available for the academic year 2018/19.