James Kennedy was appointed as Director of the International Office at the University of Warwick on 1st September 2008. Before that he spent over thirty years working in various aspects of international education. James manages all aspects of international activity for the University of Warwick, including international student admission and exchange programmes, international student support services, and the development of international research and teaching links.
Prior to this, James spent over twenty-five years working for the British Council, the UKs 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 what has now become the Education UK Partnership, 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 least-developed countries.