Director of Internationalisation

Information on the Director of Director of Internationalisation role.


Global impact is a central feature of the University Strategic Plan and Vision. A global outlook and perspective by the University, its staff and its students is increasingly viewed as an essential component of education for 21st century life and work. Internationalisation includes research partnerships, overseas placements/exchanges for our students and international recruitment. Each of these builds on and reinforces the others and the central role of the DoI is to develop strategies and mechanisms to ensure a coordinated approach. The role amounts to 20% FTE and will include direct input into the School leadership and management structure. Willingness to undertake overseas travel is essential (travel restrictions permitting), circa 4 – 6 weeks per year.

The Director will be supported by a Deputy Director of Internationalisation or Regional Leads.  The Director and Deputy/Regional Leads will agree the split of the role responsibilities between themselves.    

Main Actions and Responsibilities

  • Develop and lead School Internationalisation Strategy to ensure coordination of various international activities towards maximum benefit to the School
  • Represent the School at the College International Group meetings
  • Actively collaborate with Edinburgh Global and its Regional Directorships, Regional Deans, Global Students, and College Deans International.
  • Actively support and be supported by other CSE DoIs and Marketing Team and School Marketing team to facilitate a joined-up, value for money approach to recruitment and partnership-building.
  • Build and support a specialist team to assist in delivery of the School’s internationalisation ambitions and/or call on Faculty to take a lead for specific regions or activities.
  • Responsibility and oversight of international (non-UK) recruitment. Develop strategy and plans to optimise and diversify international student intake in line with the School’s Strategic Plans, and in line with the University’s aspirations on size and shape and enhancement of the student experience.
  • Develop new strategic UG and PGR exchanges and mobility opportunities.
  • Stimulate an active and welcoming international culture within the School for the benefit of all students, international, EU and UK, as well as for postdoctoral researchers and staff.
  • Organise and/or lead overseas delegations to develop international partnerships, in some cases through representation of the School in appropriate College or University delegations.
  • Encourage and support staff to develop partnerships to facilitate application to programmes funding international research.
  • Oversee and guide strategic partnerships at scale in which the School has a lead or major role.

Key contacts

Head of School

CSE Deans International and College International Group

Edinburgh Global

School and College Marketing teams

Director of Teaching and relevant Teaching Office Staff

Head of Graduate School and relevant professional services staff

School UG exchange coordinators

School support and responsibilities

College will match the School contribution by supporting 10% of the DoI’s salary. In return, it is expected that:

  • Schools will relieve the DoI of other duties to allow 20% of his/her time to be allocated to the role;
  • Schools will include the Deans International in the selection process for a new DoI;
  • DoI will play an enthusiastic role in contributing to College internationalisation initiatives and engage strongly with the College International Group’s meetings and actions
  • DoI will be recognised as a senior member of the School’s management team, through membership of the School’s key policy committee(s) and/or with direct and formalised relationship with Head of School.