Center Director / Director of Strategic Academic Development
As the Director of the ACCENT London Study Center, Matthew leads a strong team of seven 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. Also serving as Director of Strategic Academic Development, Matthew works with partner institutions’ administrators and faculty to develop innovative and cutting-edge programming for students at ACCENT across Europe.
Originally from Bristol, Matthew took over the leadership of the London study center in July 2017. Studying American and Canadian Studies at the University of Birmingham, Matthew spent his junior year at the University of California Berkeley as a part of the UCEAP reciprocity program and, following his graduation from Birmingham, pursued a master’s degree in history at the University of Kansas. He moved to Los Angeles, to the University of Southern California, in 1997, first as a graduate student and then progressing through the staff ranks in a seventeen-year USC career, working as an academic advisor for students in the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, director of international programs for the USC Annenberg School of Communication & Journalism (for six years – where he first worked with ACCENT London), and then from 2012-2017 as Associate Vice Provost for Global Engagement, in the offices of the Provost and the Vice President for Strategic and Global Initiatives.
Matt joined ACCENT as Senior Programs Coordinator in February 2016, following ten years working in Higher Education administration. In his role now as Assistant Director, Matt aids the London Center Director with the daily management of the study center and the front office team. 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
Timothy joined ACCENT as a Programs Coordinator in November 2014. As Senior Programs Coordinator role Timothy works helping students with their questions as well as assisting in organizing social and cultural activities. After graduating from the University of East Anglia with a degree in Politics, Timothy taught English as a foreign language in the UK, Portugal and France for several years. He is a keen traveler and enjoys discovering new music, discussing current affairs and cycling in his free time.
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.
Harry joined ACCENT in November 2015, following two years working in the cycling industry. As a Programs Coordinator he works closely with students to ensure that their experience in London is memorable and worthwhile. In fact, his favourite part of the job is recommending to students the off-the-beaten gems of London’s thriving food scene. Harry completed his BA in American Studies in 2013 at the University of Sussex, as part of which, he spent a year at the University of California, Berkeley. Born and raised in London, Harry spends his spare time eating and drinking his way around the city, reading about its fascinating history, and getting lost on his bike. He is also an avid sports fan, and is well versed in both British and American sporting culture.
Kadri joined ACCENT in July 2016. As a Program Coordinator she helps ensure that students make the most out of their Study Abroad experience in London by answering their enquiries and creating a welcoming environment. Kadri did part of her undergraduate degree in Palermo, Italy and has an MSc in International Public Policy from Queen Mary University of London. Kadri is originally from Tallinn, Estonia. Before joining ACCENT, she helped refugees settle in London by working for the British Red Cross. She has also worked with international volunteers in Italy. Kadri spends her free time discovering London and trying to improve her photography skills. She enjoys discussing current affairs and following the hectic British political scene.
Caitlin is the administrative assistant at ACCENT and is very excited to be helping the London team welcome incoming study abroad students. She is currently pursuing an undergraduate BA Geography degree at King’s College London and hopes to embark on a career in metropolitan urban planning after graduating. Caitlin is a keen traveller and spent a semester of her second year studying at the University of Toronto. Born and raised in London, Caitlin spends her free time exploring the city and is always happy to give advice to students looking for interesting places to visit.
Assistant Programs Coordinator
Jessie was born in Reims, France before moving to Bristol and later London in order to pursue her studies. She is a recent Physical Geography Graduate from King’s College London. Jessie is excited to be working at ACCENT as she herself took part in a semester study abroad program at the University of Toronto. This experience has made her passionate about welcoming incoming students in an effort to help provide the best possible study abroad experience for them. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with friends and exploring the city.