Students Staff

Meet the team

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  • Ivan Hutchins – Head of International Collaborations and Mobility

    Ivan joined the University of Essex in May 2012 as the Head of Global Mobility. He is responsible for leading the Essex Abroad team in meeting the University's aim of 20% of undergraduates having an international educational experience before graduating. Ivan started working in the international education sector in 2000 and has worked in Australia, Pakistan, Scotland and England.

    Ivan is a graduate of the University of Melbourne, Monash University and LaTrobe University (all in Australia), and as a student completed a study abroad semester at the University of Glasgow. In 2014, Ivan was awarded the title of Erasmus Minister by the European Association of Erasmus Coordinators in recognition of his long experience and service to European mobility programmes. At last count Ivan has travelled to 116 countries for both work and leisure.

  • Maxine Long - International Collaborations Manager

    Maxine acts as deputy to the Head of International Collaborations and Mobility and is responsible for the coordination of the team’s international collaborations activity, alongside covering the responsibilities of the Education Abroad Manager during a period of maternity leave.

  • Victoria Pratt – Education Abroad Manager

    Vicky's areas of responsibility include software integration project management, staff mobility and the development of work and research abroad programmes. Vicky is currently on maternity leave and will be returning to the Essex Abroad team in the summer of 2018.

  • Jan Spalek – International Experience Manager

    Jan is responsible for the management and delivery of the outgoing year abroad programme to enable students to spend a period of study at one of the University’s partner institutions around the world.

  • Julie Procter – Essex Abroad Advisor (Outgoing)

    Julie is currently on secondment until August 2018.

  • Chelsea Morrell – Essex Abroad Assistant (Incoming)

    As part of her role, Chelsea assists the Essex Abroad Advisor with incoming students in all aspects related to their application, arrival and experience at Essex.

  • Natalia Ciofu - Essex Abroad Advisor (International Experience)

    Natalia is responsible for coordinating short-term programmes and managing a number of short-term projects over the coming months.

  • Ellen Laing – Essex Abroad Advisor (Events and Promotions)

    Ellie is responsible for planning and coordinating the major events and visits delivered by Essex Abroad, along with the creation of our promotional activities and materials.

  • Camille Jungwirth – International Visits Officer

    Camille Jungwirth is responsible for the promotion and coordination of the International Visiting Fellowship scheme and the Erasmus+ staff mobility programme.

  • Lauren Holden - Mobility Agreements and Grants Officer

    Lauren is responsible for the administration of Erasmus+ and Bilateral exchange agreements with our international partners as well as administering grants and scholarships for staff and student mobility.

  • Jessica Frank - Essex Abroad Officer

    Jessica is responsible for advising Essex students on all aspects of the study abroad program. She can also advise you on funding opportunities and help you with the application process.