21 Dec 2015
Director appointed to run International Pathway College
The University of York has appointed Dr Matthew Perry as the new Director of the International Pathway College.
Dr Perry will take up his position on 4 January.
The new college, which will provide university preparation programmes for international students, has been formed in partnership with Kaplan, a leading global education company.
Students will have the opportunity to pursue Foundation and Pre-Masters courses in business, law, social sciences, science, engineering and a range of other areas. The first students will enrol on campus next autumn.
Dr Perry has extensive experience in setting up and running international colleges in a university environment. Before his appointment at York he was Academic Director at INTO, University of East Anglia.
From 1999-2006 he worked for the John Innes Centre, an international centre of excellence in plant science and microbiology, where he was instrumental in developing a successful crop transformation facility.
Dr Perry was an undergraduate at the University of Nottingham studying biology. He also completed his PhD in cocoa research at Nottingham.
After completing his PhD, Dr Perry worked for Mars Confectionery at the company’s cocoa research plantation in Brazil.
He said: “I am very pleased to join the University of York at this exciting time. I particularly enjoy working with students and their families, helping them to realise their goals. I’m looking forward to developing new relationships at one of the leading universities in the country.”
The new Pathway college is likely to generate 359 new jobs with an annual £16.6 million boost for the York economy.
The University will control entry requirements, academic quality and tuition, and all teaching staff are employed by the University.
The 2016/17 academic year will see a total of 270 Foundation Certificate and Pre-Masters students studying at York, rising to almost 450 at full capacity in 2018/19.