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International Strategy Office
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International Strategy Office

The International Strategy Office assists Oxford’s academic and administrative departments in the design and implementation of international activity that meets aims set out in the University’s Strategic Plan.

The Office carries out activity in five main areas:

1. Strategy and Consultation
Designing initiatives and policy to secure Oxford’s international goals

2. Data Collection and Publication
Collecting, creating, storing, analysing and publishing data on aspects of international activity

3. Monitoring and Analysis
Identifying, analysing and summarising international opportunities and risks for the University

4. Coordination
Organising country and regional networks, and drafting international memoranda and other collaborative agreements

5. Liaison and Diplomacy
Arranging visits to Oxford by international partners, advising on foreign travel by senior University staff, and managing Oxford’s participation in selected international university alliances

Working Collaboratively
Almost all of the International Strategy Office’s activities are carried out in collaboration with other University departments. The Office aims to combine its expertise in higher education internationalisation and its analytic ability with other departments' specialist expertise, developing international activity to suit Oxford’s needs.

An International University
The University of Oxford is among the world’s most international higher education institutions. Oxford has benefited from its world-class international staff, large numbers of excellent international students and engagement with international research programmes. International university rankings have consistently rated the University highly for its international outlook and engagement in recent years, reflecting the continuing internationalisation of its education and research.

Whom to contact:

Nina Tomlin, Acting Director of International Strategy
Nina’s areas of responsibility include:

  • International strategy for Europe and Africa
  • Overall strategic planning and project development
  • Work planning for the department
  • International student mobility policy

Prior to joining Oxford, Nina was Deputy Director of the Ditchley Foundation; she has also worked for Amnesty International, the Home Office, the Electoral Commission, and the Chairman of the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee. Nina holds an MA in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge (Trinity Hall) and an MSc in International Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

Ed Nash, Senior Strategy Officer
Ed’s areas of responsibility include:

  • International strategy for East Asia (including China and Southeast Asia), North America, Oceania and the Middle East
  • Communications strategy – internal and external
  • International students policy

Ed has worked for the Universities of Edinburgh and UCL in international communications roles, and previously as a journalist in the UK and China. He holds an MA from the University of St Andrews and an MSc in Comparative Public Policy from the University of Edinburgh.

Michelle Stevenson, Strategy Officer (secondment)
Michelle's areas of responsibility include:

  • International strategy for South and Central Asia and Latin America
  • Publications

Michelle is currently seconded from the Campaign Relations team in the University’s Development Office, and has previously worked in international business development, and in events and communications roles. She holds a BA from the University of Oxford in Modern Languages, and has an MBA from the University of Bradford Management Centre.

Vacant, Research Officer
The Research Officer's areas of responsibility include:

  • Information gathering across the University on international links
  • Website and database management
  • Briefings and background research

Jill Rodd, Office Administrator
Jill’s areas of responsibility include:

  • Organisation of delegation visits to Oxford, and other events
  • Office management
  • Administrative support of the team

Jill has previously worked as an Examinations Administrator at the Said Business School and as a Data and Research Officer in local government and the NHS. She holds a BSc from the University of Strathclyde and an MSc in Health Sciences (Health Promotion) from the University of Northumbria at Newcastle.

Other contacts

Subject-specific collaboration
Overseas institutions wishing to discuss research collaborations or exchanges in specific subject areas should contact the relevant department:

International students
International students planning to apply to the University should contact the Admissions department:

International alumni seeking information, for example about their local alumni group, should refer to the alumni website:

Other international inquiries
Please send all other inquiries to

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