The Centre for Academic and International Partnerships is responsible for coordinating, managing and supporting the University of Suffolk’s collaborative activity with partner institutions, both in the UK and internationally. The team act as a central link between partner institutions and the University’s academic and professional services departments.

The team are located on the 5th floor, Waterfront Building on the University's Ipswich campus.

T: 01473 338336

The team comprises: 

Head of Academic and International Partnerships
Dr Kay Thompson (

Partnerships Manager
Lynne Illman (

Partnerships Manager
Dr Scott Parker (

Assistant Partnerships Manager
Mandy Hurricks (

Assistant Partnerships Manager
Annabelle Goard (

Assistant Partnerships Manager
Laura Finbow (

Assistant Partnerships Manager

If you are interested in partnering with the University of Suffolk, please complete the expression of interest form using the link below, and send it to

We will consider the proposal and then contact you to discuss next steps.

Centre for Academic and International Partnerships

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Key areas of activity undertaken by the Centre

Our partners

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The University of Suffolk has established a number of partnerships both in the UK and internationally.

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Kay joined the University in 2013 to project manage the institution's successful application for Taught Degree Awarding Powers and University Title, and concurrent engagement with QAA Higher Education Review. Kay is now responsible for ensuring compliance with the requirements ...

Lynne is one of the Partnership Managers within the Partnership Team and Lynne's main role is managing the following University partners - Partner Colleges, Unitas, Unlocked Graduates, School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT), Global Banking School (GBS) and Unicaf. Lynne tr...

Scott is a Partnerships Manager who primarily oversees the University’s partnership with the London School of Commerce.  In addition, he is involved with other strategic and operational aspects of the Partnerships Team. Scott joined the University of Suffolk in 2018, having worke...

Mandy is Assistant Partnerships Manager and is the main contact for the Unitas and Unlocked Graduates partnerships. Her main role includes liaising with the partners on a day-to-day basis, servicing management meetings with them and clerking the Assessment Boards. Mandy also oversee...

Annabelle joined the Student Life and Registry Services team in 2021 as part of the Office for Student Appeals, Complaints and Conduct (OSACC). In her role as OSACC Administrator, Annabelle was responsible for the administration of casework relating to student appeals, complaints, ...

Laura is a member of the Academic Partnerships team, working with the Higher Education teams at the partner colleges at East Coast College, Suffolk New College and West Suffolk College. Prior to joining the Academic Partnerships team, Laura has worked in various teams across the Uni...