As the Director of the ACCENT London Study Center, Matthew leads a strong team of administrative staff, as well as student interns, and is responsible for the overall management of the study center, liaison with faculty, and administration of many different types of student programming including faculty-led, direct enrollment, island programs and summer programs for both undergraduate and graduate students. Matt joined ACCENT as Senior Programs Coordinator in February 2016, following ten years working in Higher Education administration. Matt has an undergraduate degree in Business IT from Coventry and a Masters degree in London Studies from Birkbeck. His MA dissertation focused on the impact on Woolwich of the expansion and subsequent closure of the Royal Arsenal. In his spare time, Matt enjoys playing and watching football, eating out and going to gigs. Matt has a keen interest in London, its culture and history. He also enjoys taking his vacation in the U.S.
Senior Programs Coordinator
As Senior Programs Coordinator Kate works with students and faculty on all aspects of London programs. After completing her undergraduate degree in French Studies at the University of London in Paris, Kate worked in the ACCENT Paris Center for 14 years before returning to the UK in 2017. After qualifying as a swimming teacher and working in the water with young children for the past year, Kate’s passion for the diversity of big cities and her enthusiasm for sharing different cultures with others brought her up to London and back to ACCENT, this time in her home country. In her spare time, Kate can mostly be found in a swimming pool but otherwise cooking, playing the piano or spending time in her ‘other home’, France.
Senior Programs Coordinator (part-time)
In her role as Senior Programs Coordinator Sara works closely with the rest of the London Study Center team to ensure all programs run smoothly and assists students with any needs they may have. Sara studied Art History and English at the University of Nottingham. She has worked in the Study Abroad field in London since 1988, at the Institute for European Studies and at the University of Delaware before starting at ACCENT in 2011. She lived in Norway for 4 years and enjoys London’s theatres and museums.
Jennifer joined ACCENT in April 2018. In her role as Programs Coordinator, Jennifer will assist with managing students’ London academic programming and excursions, and helping them make the most of London and what it has to offer. Jennifer graduated from Swansea University with a BSc degree in Geography with European Studies (French), and spent a year studying at Université de Jean Moulin in Lyon, France as part of this degree. Originally from Somerset, Jennifer has been living in London since 2017 and loves finding her way around all the food markets and museums on offer. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys playing and watching rugby, taking trips to comedy and theatre shows across the city and travelling around Europe.
In her role as Program Coordinator Umberta works with students and faculty on all aspects of London programs. Umberta graduated in Law at the University of Turin; prior to joining ACCENT, she worked in administration in Italy, then moved to the UK to work for the study abroad program of a Canadian University. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, visiting museums, watching films, hiking and traveling.
Originally from Birmingham, Ellie joined the ACCENT London team in Fall 2018 as a Programs Coordinator, helping ACCENT students with their studies, housing, trips and making sure every aspect of their student experience runs smoothly. Ellie has an undergraduate degree in English and French from the University of Sheffield, and has recently completed a Master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Leeds. In between studying, Ellie has worked at many art organizations and festivals, and has also studied and worked abroad in both France and Italy. In her spare time, she enjoys seeing live music, rollerblading in the park, watching films and exploring European cities.
Gwen joined ACCENT in January 2019 as an Assistant Programs Coordinator and is originally from South Wales. She works closely with the students to support them with different aspects of their study programmes. Prior to working at ACCENT she was working in administration at Swansea University. Gwen has an undergraduate degree in English Language and Linguistics from Sussex University and during her degree she spent a year studying abroad at Stony Brook University in the USA. In her spare time she enjoys going to the gym, hiking, checking out cafes and restaurants and travelling.
Hannah joined ACCENT in April 2018 as a student intern and is now an administration assistant, working in the front office and helping the students in their daily London life. Hannah is studying for a Master’s degree in Visual Anthropology at Goldsmiths College, University of London and completed her undergraduate degree in English Literature and American Studies at the University of Manchester. In her spare time, Hannah enjoys cycling around the marshes and canals in North East London and going to the cinema.