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, and can be contacted via email at  

The team comprises: 

Director of Academic and International Partnerships
Stuart Agnew (

Head of Academic and International Partnerships
Dr Kay Thompson (

Partnerships Manager
Lynne Illman (

Partnerships Manager
Claire Newton (

Assistant Partnerships Manager
Mandy Hurricks (

Assistant Partnerships Manager
Annabelle Goard (

Assistant Partnerships Manager
Laura Finbow (

Assistant Partnerships Manager
Danni Stanton (

Partnerships Administrator
Sarah Hodge (

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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Stuart Agnew is an Associate Professor (Criminology) and has held several roles within University of Suffolk since he joined in 2008 from University of Teesside.  Having previously been an Associate Dean in the School of Social Sciences & Humanities, Course Leader for Criminolo...

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 - Unitas, Unlocked Graduates, School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT), L D Training and London School of Commerce (LSC). Lynne transfer...

Claire is one of the Partnerships Managers working within the Partnerships team. Claire is responsible for overseeing the following University Partners, Global Banking School (GBS), Hanbridge Institute, Unicaf, Rushmore Business School and our Partner Colleges. Previously Claire ...

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 works within the Centre of Academic and International Partnerships as an Assistant Partnerships Manager. She is the main contact for the Global Banking School (GBS) partnership. Prior to joining the Academic Partnerships team, Annabelle worked within the Office for Student...

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...

Sarah is the Partnerships Administrator for the Centre for Academic and International Partnerships. Sarah has worked within Education for the last seventeen years and can often be found with her nose in a good book. She is more than happy to recommend a good read. ...

Danni is an Assistant Partnerships Manager, working within the Centre for Academic and International Partnerships, predominantly supporting the London School of Commerce partnership. Danni recently joined the university following several years working in Safeguarding and time spent...