Marketing, Communications and Digital

The Marketing and Communications team can offer professional support, advice and guidance to you in a variety of ways across the broad spectrum of:

  • Research communications
  • Student recruitment
  • Digital and web activity
  • Internal communications
  • Reputation, profile and brand management

As members of the University External Relations team, we can provide advice and guidance across a number of different areas related to these disciplines and can put you in touch with the relevant people where appropriate.

 Our core objectives as a team are to:

  • Enhance the College research profile, demonstrating the reach, impact and outputs of the research activity of all four Schools to all stakeholders internally and externally, in the process developing brand awareness in relation to our key research strengths
  • Work closely with the academic community to empower them in raising their profile and that of their work throughout the research life cycle (pre, during and post-bid)
  • Position the undergraduate and postgraduate offerings of all four Schools as a destination of choice for prospective undergraduate students from all backgrounds, attracting and converting a high-quality and diverse student body at scale to ensure targets are met. Work with senior stakeholders to influence recruitment targets and support the College in shaping its portfolio to optimise recruitment.
  • Increase overall market share of undergraduate overseas students, focusing on key current and emerging markets, ensuring growing targets are met
  • Recruit a diverse international postgraduate student body across the College through a targeted and segmented marketing approach, reducing reliance on any one particular market (informed by solid market analysis) and ensuring targets are met
  • Embed effective internal communications activity throughout the College to ensure academic and Professional Services staff are well-equipped to deliver the College’s and University’s strategy

Contact the team 

Samantha Schofield
Head of Marketing and Communications 

 Student Recruitment

Angela Slater (Lead for Student Recruitment)
Digital Projects Manager

Kirsty Matthews (on maternity leave)
Student Recruitment Marketing Manager

Christina Baghdady
Student Recruitment Marketing Officer
Tel: 0121 414 3347 (ext. 43347)

Matthew McCormick
Marketing Assistant
Tel: 0121 415 1051 (ext. 51051)

Abbie Cooper
Student Recruitment Marketing Officer

 Student Recruitment and Partnerships (Birmingham Business School)

Find out more about the Student Recruitment and Partnerships team for the Birmingham Business School.

Partnership & Student Recruitment Manager

Andy Hammond
Tel: +44 (0) 121 414 2819

Undergraduate Recruitment and Admissions Officer

Shavinder Manku
Tel: +44 (0) 121 414 2929

MSc Recruitment and Admissions Officer

Kate Henderson
Tel: +44 (0) 121 415 8273

MBA Recruitment and Admissions Officer 

Richard Hewitt
Tel: +44 (0) 121 414 4378

School Hub Administrator - Influence and Engagement

Jodie Hopewell 
Tel: +44 (0) 121 414 8305

External Partnerships Officer

Dr Laura Hilton 
Tel: +44 (0) 121 415 8359 
Working days: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 

 Communications and Public Affairs

Chloe Ainslie
Communications Manager
Tel: 0121 414 8301 (ext. 48301)

Ceara Wason (Lead for Public Affairs)
Marketing and Communications Officer
Tel: 0121 415 1050 (ext. 51050)

Hannah Bradley 
Marketing and Communications Officer

Chelsea Wood
Project Communications Officer (Birmingham Business School)
Tel: 0121 415 9219 (ext. 59219)

Elizabeth Kirsch (on maternity leave)
Public Affairs Manager


You can send your website requests to the CoSS Digital Team inbox.

Madeleine McGarrie
Digital Marketing and Communications Manager

Paul Carpenter
Digital Marketing and Communications Officer

Julie Foster
Digital Marketing and Communications Officer

Vanessa Chesterton
Digital Marketing and Communications Assistant


Professional Services