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Meet the team

Connecting you to adventure

Our dedicated team are here to keep you updated on the wealth of work and study abroad opportunities available to you. We support outgoing and incoming students to ensure you enjoy and benefit from the experience. 

Donna Beckington

Head of Global Opportunities Team 

Donna is responsible for the strategic direction of Global Opportunities at Queen’s and oversees the work of the team. She is also the Erasmus Institutional Co-ordinator.

Ruairi McGrillen

Global Opportunities Development Officer 

Ruairi is responsible for developing new international opportunities. He also manages the delivery of short programmes and travel scholarships.


Conleth Burns

Global Opportunities Officer

Conleth is responsible for the co-ordination of our Outgoing Erasmus/Exchange students programmes.

Karen Gruhn

Global Opportunities Officer

Karen manages all inbound Erasmus and Study Abroad students. She is also responsible for Erasmus Bilateral Agreements and Systems. 

Rachel Mulligan

Global Opportunities Officer

Currently on career break

James Clendenning

Global Opportunities Clerical Officer

James provides administrative support for all incoming Erasmus students and outgoing Erasmus Study Placement students.

Chris Compton

Global Opportunities Clerical Officer

Chris provides administrative support for all incoming Study Abroad students and outgoing Erasmus Work Placement students.

To call the Global Opportunities Team from outside the UK, dial +44 28 9097 5255.

Email: or for queries about the Erasmus programme