James Kennedy has been Director of the International Office at the University of Warwick since September 2008. James manages all aspects of international activity for the University of Warwick, covering international student recruitment and exchange programmes, support for international students including immigration assistance, and the development of international research and teaching links.
Before coming to Warwick, James spent over twenty-five years working for the British Council, the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. His postings took him to Kuwait, Malaysia, Swaziland, Malawi, Germany, Kazakhstan and Russia. He was instrumental in the mid-1980s in establishing a collaborative programme between the British Council and UK education institutions to promote British education around the world. He was also responsible in Africa in the 1990s for managing several major donor-funded programmes to support the development of basic education in leastdeveloped countries.
He has degrees in modern languages and applied linguistics, and in his early career taught in teacher training institutions in Laos and Tanzania.