Meet the Global Partnerships Unit team

Lawrence D'Souza, Director of International

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Lawrence D'Souza is a Director with responsibility for the Global Partnership Unit and the International Office. The Global Partnership Unit is responsible for the development and management of Trans National Education (TNE) activity within DMU.

Lawrence joined DMU in May 2018. For over a decade he previously held various roles in Coventry University including Lecturer, Internationalisation Manager and Deputy Director for Academic Partnerships. While at Coventry he built TNE activity across the University Group.

He is an experienced strategic and results driven leader with over 13 years’ experience in developing academic partnerships across the world.

Lawrence holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Mumbai University and a MBA from Coventry University. 

T: 0116 257 7500
E: lawrence.dsouza@dmu.ac.uk


Neil Hart, Head of Transnational Education

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Neil Hart is the Head of Transnational Education (TNE) within the Global Partnerships Unit (GPU). He has oversight of the university’s TNE activities, ensuring smooth transition of new partnership developments into mainstream GPU and faculty-based workstreams.

Neil joined DMU in 2021 and has worked in Higher Education since 1996 with more than a decade in TNE roles setting up and managing international and UK based partnerships for Staffordshire University and Coventry University.

He has lived and worked in a number of Sub-Saharan African countries including Zimbabwe, South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo and began his career in education working as a voluntary Physics teacher under the auspices of Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) in the Western Region of Ghana.

Neil has a PhD in Engineering and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

E: neil.hart@dmu.ac.uk


Kerry Harrison, Collaborative Partnerships Manager

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Kerry Harrison is Collaborative Partnerships Manager within the Global Partnership Unit at DMU. Kerry has responsibility for the management and operation of the university’s transnational education partnerships.

Kerry joined DMU in 2009 and is a former DMU student having graduated with a first class honours degree in BA (Hons) Government, Management and Public Policy. 

T: 0116 207 8303
E: k.harrison@dmu.ac.uk


Holly Everley, Global Partnerships Officer

hollyHolly Everley is a Global Partnerships Officer within the Global Partnership Unit at DMU. Helping to co-ordinating the university’s engagement with transnational education (TNE) and overseas recruitment partnerships, her key areas include franchise arrangements and progression agreements. 

Holly joined DMU in June 2020 and has previously been working with the Partnerships Team within Social Impact and Engagement here at DMU.

Holly graduated from York St John University where she studied BSc (Hons) Psychology.

T: 0116 366 4700

E: holly.everley@dmu.ac.uk


Inderjit Mann, Global Partnerships Officer

 

inderjitInderjit Mann is a Global Partnerships Officer within the Global Partnership Unit at DMU. Helping to co-ordinating the university’s engagement with transnational education (TNE) and overseas recruitment partnerships, her key areas include franchise arrangements and progression agreements. 

Inderjit Mann joined DMU in March 2022 and has over 25 years’ experience within the UK education sector.  She has held leadership positions in her previous roles at UK universities where she oversaw quality assurance compliance and management of the delivery of academic programmes in the UK and at international TNE partnerships in China, Hong Kong, Middle East, South Asia, Africa and the EU.

 Inderjit holds a BA (Hons) Business Management degree from Middlesex University London and a Masters in Management from Coventry University.

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E: inderjit.mann@dmu.ac.uk


Patrizia Deidda, Global Partnerships OfficerPatrizia

Patrizia Deidda is a Global Partnerships Officer within the Global Partnership Unit at DMU. Helping to co-ordinating the university’s engagement with Transnational Education (TNE) and overseas recruitment partnerships, her key areas include franchise arrangements and progression agreements.

Patrizia joined the team in September 2019 and has previously been working with the Global Mobility office here at DMU.

Patrizia holds a Bachelor's degree in Art & Tourism from the University of Cagliari in Italy, and a Master's in International Relations from Nottingham Trent University.

T: 0116 207 8479
E: patrizia.deidda@dmu.ac.uk 


Duncan Hepworth, Partnerships Development Manager

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Duncan Hepworth works as Partnership Development Manager within the Global Partnership Unit and is responsible for identifying and developing new Transnational Education Partnerships. Duncan’s geographic area includes Africa, South East and East Asia and the Americas.

Duncan has over 20 years’ experience within the education sector both in the UK and overseas and has been with DMU since December 2017.

Before working at DMU, Duncan has worked in international higher and secondary education recruitment with education institutions and recruitment agents around the world for over five years.

T: 0116 207 8633
E: duncan.hepworth@dmu.ac.uk



Paul Overton, Partnerships Development Manager

paul-overtonPaul Overton is a Partnerships Development Manager in the Global Partnerships Unit (GPU) and is responsible for identifying and developing new Transnational Education Partnerships.

In his roles at DMU, Paul has worked closely with international partners, such as Oxford International Education Group and DMU China, completing several tours of China, West Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia. In May 2020, Paul was a key-note speaker at a UKVI Home Office conference representing not just the position of DMU in the sector but also the wider network of post-1992 universities.

Paul is a graduate from Lancaster University where he studied Philosophy and International Politics.

T: 0116 207 8357
E: poverton@dmu.ac.uk 


India Gray, Global Partnerships Administrator

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India Gray is the Global Partnerships Administrator within the Global Partnership Unit at DMU. India acts as PA to the Director of International and is a key point of contact and support for the unit.

India joined DMU firstly as a student and then professionally in February 2021. She has previously worked in customer service for The Times Newspaper.

India graduated from De Montfort University with a first class BA (Hons) degree in Drama. 

E: india.gray@dmu.ac.uk