James McNaughton

International experiences

Name James McNaughton
Email J.McNaughton@exeter.ac.uk
Position Assistant Director (International Student Recruitment STEM)
College International Office

Recruiting international students and enhancing our diverse community at Exeter

As an Assistant Director in the International Office, James’ role focuses on international student recruitment, particularly with STEM subjects. James covers the regions of Central Asia, visiting countries like Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan for recruitment fairs.

With over 4,000 international students from over 140 different countries at the University of Exeter, across undergraduate and postgraduate levels, the student body is greatly diverse. This strengthens the campus community, in terms of cultural events and activities taking place throughout the year, such as Diwali or Chinese New Year; “we feel it makes the University a diverse and better place to study.” In terms of research, international postgraduate students help to support the activities that Exeter research groups are undertaking.

The recruitment of international students is carried out through several methods, most notably British Council Fairs. “The British Council runs recruitment fairs around the world in different countries,” with all UK universities and prospective students from the particular country invited to attend. The fair involves “meeting lots of students… and we’ll talk to them about the courses and the programmes that we run here at Exeter”. As well as these fairs, the University has an office in India, and recruitment agencies across the world, to engage international students with the institution. Social media also aids with this process, such as sending out information easily and instantly to students through the year, as well as posting updates to keep Exeter at the forefront of the global education market.

Aim 4: International learning, research & experiences
To grow the numbers of international staff and students in our academic community through extended support

The advantages of cultural diversity at Exeter

"So when students go overseas… they’ll understand the countries they’re in, at a better level."