Meet the team

Student Ambassador team

Newcastle University, Durham University, Northumbria University

Our Student Ambassador Team welcomes students from Erasmus programmes, undergraduate, and postgraduate courses. We even have Young Leaders from local VI forms for the Annual Festival of International Culture.

They bravely venture into schools around the region armed with presentations, freebies, and endless enthusiasm for language learning. They are fantastic role models for younger pupils with questions about careers, language study and the mysteries of university life. Whether leading enrichment activities in class, chatting with small groups of pupils, or giving whole year assemblies the ambassadors can help promote languages in your school too!

If you would like a Student Ambassador to come to your school click here for more information.


Dr Elizabeth Andersen

University of Newcastle

Sophie Stewart

Newcastle University

In her role as Project Manager, Sophie has the following priorities:

- coordinating events, evaluations & monitoring across the consortium

- brokering partnerships with key stakeholders

- keeping the consortium and schools informed of Routes into Languages work

Sophie graduated from the University of Manchester in 2012 with a degree in Arabic Studies, having spent her third year abroad studying at the University of Jordan in Amman. Prior to taking up the role of Project Manager, she undertook a year-long graduate internship with the Students as Partners programme at the University of Manchester.


Dr Marcela Cazzoli-Goeta

Durham University

Heiddy Roberts

Durham University

Heiddy is an Administrator for the Durham Strand and is based at the University of Durham.


Andrew Grenfell

Newcastle University

Andrew is Manager of Open Learning Resources at Newcastle University. In this role he:

  •  manages the Open Access Centre- a cross-faculty service providing language learning resources for around 3,000 users
  •  manages provision for AV teaching for the School of Modern Languages and INTO

In his spare time he:

  • scuba dives, cycles, climbs hills
  • reads crime novels
  • eats and drinks nice things in good places

Thomas Snell

Newcastle University

Ariane Bogain

Northumbria University

Richard Lund

Northumbria University

Jenny Hayes

University of Sunderland

Annie Malik

University of Teesside

Tim Crocker

Sunderland University