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Buddy Network for new international colleagues

Leeds Beckett is committed to be a globally engaged university. Our international buddy network has been set up to support people joining the University from overseas. This network aims to make the transition to working in the UK easier by giving you the opportunity to contact a Leeds Beckett colleague who has experienced it themselves and is able to support based on their own real-life experiences.

What do I do next?

If you feel that this could be of benefit to you, please have a read through the profiles below and decide who you would like to get in touch with. Please contact buddies directly (using the contact details below) to introduce yourself. Buddies are happy to be contacted in advance of you arriving in the UK and can help with a range of practical questions that you may have.

Our buddies

Francesco Addesa

Senior Lecturer
School of Sport
Headingley Campus

I moved from Italy in February 2014, spent the first two and half years in London working part-time for University of East London and Birkbeck University of London, then joined Leeds Beckett in September 2016. Previously, in 2008 I spent a year at University of Essex as a master student, so I experienced both sides of British university. Living and working abroad is at the same time challenging, as it is not always easy to adapt to different cultural aspects, and fascinating, as it helps you open your mind and see things in different perspective. This certainly makes you more complete both as a worker and as a person.

Abdullah Faruq

Senior Lecturer
School of Sport
Headingley Campus

Hi, this is Abdullah I am originally from Dhaka-Bangladesh and have been working in Leeds Beckett University (LBU) as Senior Lecturer in Sport Marketing with the Carnegie School of Sport for the last 4 years. I have been a resident in UK since 2010 with my family consisting of my wife and my 11 year old son. Over the last 10 years, I have gained significant experience here in UK in the area of housing (rent & purchase), education for children and insurance schemes (content, health & life). I am happy to share my experience with you such that you get settle with ease in LBU and UK , please feel free to contact me in LBU email and office telephone extension.

Mariana Kaiseler

Senior Lecturer
School of Sport
Headingley Campus

I moved from the University of Porto in Portugal to Leeds Beckett University in 2014 to embrace a new professional challenge. I have studied and worked previously in the UK, what has facilitated integration at all levels. I have also received very good support from colleagues at work. Nevertheless, there are always adjustments needed when leaving and working in another country. For me, these were mainly related with academic culture, teaching practices and wide personal life implications.  In regard to the latter, when my child was born new questions arise from maternity leave, healthcare and education systems, and balancing professional life with childcare commitments. I really enjoy working and living abroad and embrace the personal and professional challenges faced as opportunities for growth and development.

Nehal Mahtab

Course Director
Leeds Business School
City Campus

I came to UK in 2006 on a tier 4 student visa to pursue my PhD. I got a full time offer from the University in 2010 and went through the transition of transferring my visa to a Tier 2 and then subsequently the renewal process (During that time, the Tier 2 visa was issued for 3 years initially and then we had to reapply again for the remaining 2 years to be eligible for Indefinite Leave). Subsequently, then I applied for the Indefinite Leave and then the British Citizenship. We are a family of 3 (my wife and one son), hence went through the process of applying for family members and the requirements as well. I am more than happy to help colleagues who are / will be going through the process and assist in the best possible way.

Renan Petersen-Wagner

Senior Lecturer
School of Sport
Headingley Campus

Born and raised in different countries - I am a Brazilian national who was born in Germany, but also lived in France and Brazil for long periods of time - my childhood dream was to go abroad for my PhD studies. In 2010 I have moved to England to pursue such dream, first staying in Durham whilst doing my PhD in Sociology and Social Policy, and then moving to Coventry in 2014 to take my first full time lectureship position (through the Tier 2 immigration route). In 2016, I moved to beautiful Yorkshire to take my current role as a Senior Lecturer in Sport Business and Marketing.

Anne Schiffer

Senior Lecturer
Leeds School of Arts
City Campus

Shortly after a gap year in Australia, I moved to the UK from Germany in 2003 for a one year art foundation course in Birmingham. Needless to say, I ended up staying a little longer. I have lived in Leeds for most of that time though I also spent two semesters in Japan during my undergrad studies, worked in Edinburgh for nearly four years and did my PhD in Belfast. I also travel a fair bit with work for conferences, field research and in my role as ‘global engagement’ champion for the school.

For more information, visit Dr Anne Schiffer's staff profile.

Ali Sajjadi

Course Director
Leeds Business School
City Campus

My name is Ali Sajjadi, I am originally from Iran. I started to work for Leeds Beckett university in 2009 as a part time lecturer. 3 years later I became a fulltime member of staff. I started my job with a dependent to tier 2 visa. After 5 years I got indefinite leave to remain and one year later I got British passport. I am more than happy to help new international colleagues who are going through the same journey.

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