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Meet the Team

Seán Hand

Sean Hand

Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Europe)

As DPVC, Seán works closely with the University’s Executive, especially the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (External Engagement), and with the European Engagement Team, to extend and deepen relationships with European university partners, and to pursue opportunities for funding, student mobility, and European research and teaching collaboration.

Seán has a B.A. (M.A. Oxon) and a D. Phil. from the University of Oxford, and an MBA and a D.Litt. from Warwick. Among his publications, he has written, edited or translated nine books, acted as general editor of a series of ten critical collections, and guest edited four special journal issues.

He was made a Chevalier des Palmes Académiques by the French Government in 2004, and he is a Member of the Academia Europaea, a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is an Honorary Professorial Fellow of Zhejiang University, and has been an Honorary Professor of Monash University, a Visiting Fellow at St. Catherine's College, Oxford, and a Visiting Fellow at the National University of Singapore. He has been an assessor for the AHRC, the European Science Foundation, the Irish Research Council, the Israel Science Foundation, and the South African National Research Foundation, and a Vice-Chair of the MSCA Individual Fellowships competition. He is a member of the Arts Emergency network, and a mentor for the Social Mobility Foundation. He speaks several European languages.


Gillian OlivieriGillian O

Associate Director, International Strategy and Relations

Gillian supports the development of the University’s international strategy by identifying and evaluating international opportunities and advising the Executive Office on prioritisation. She work closely with academic and professional services colleagues to promote, develop and deliver mutually beneficial international research and education collaborations in line with the international strategy. Building and managing relationships with strategic international partners as well as key organisations, networks and policy-makers in the UK and in the University’s priority countries is an important part of her work. The team she manages is responsible for the delivery of major strategic international partnerships and programmes (e.g., EUTOPIA, Monash Warwick Alliance). Previously, Gillian worked in the division for International Co-operation of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). She was mainly responsible for setting up bilateral research programmes with the BRICS countries, South Korea, Japan and Romania and headed the task force set up to provide Switzerland with a replacement scheme to the European Research Council grants, due to the country’s exclusion of Horizon 2020.

Gillian studied biology at the University of Lausanne and Zurich, Switzerland. She obtained her PhD from the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Germany, on the molecular phylogenetics and conservation genetics of mouse lemurs in Madagascar.


Mike HaymesMike

International Partnerships Manager

Mike has worked for the University of Warwick since 2013. In his current role, Mike works with the Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor (Europe), colleagues in ISR, and academic and administrative stakeholders to provide strategic and operational management in support of Warwick’s engagement with the EUTOPIA alliance.


Lewis BeerLewis

International Partnerships Officer (EUTOPIA)

Lewis supports Warwick’s involvement in EUTOPIA, working with a range of academic and administrative stakeholders in all six universities of the alliance in order to develop, implement, and report on projects across the various work packages. He is closely involved in EUTOPIA initiatives relating to internationalisation, inclusion, regional engagement, and innovation. Prior to taking on this role in September 2020, he worked in the Warwick Enterprise team supporting student entrepreneurs, and before that he was a lecturer in English Literature at the University of Warwick and Cardiff University.


Denise HewlettDenise

International Partnerships Officer (EUTOPIA/Europe)

Denise has worked at the University since 1999. Her current role involves supporting Warwick’s involvement in EUTOPIA, working with a range of academic and administrative stakeholders in all six universities of the alliance in order to co-ordinate the project. Denise also provides support internally and externally for strategic and operational management across activities within the European Strategy. She is responsible for promoting funding opportunities throughout the University, coordinating activities and has management for all finances for both the strategy and EUTOPIA.


Laura TownsendLaura T

International Partnerships Assistant (Europe, Oceania & Africa)

Laura has worked at the University since 2012. Her current role involves providing administration support to the International Strategy and Relations team. Laura works closely with colleagues to support major strategic international partnerships, with particular focus upon Europe, Oceania and Africa.