Padideh Jalali '84, Prof. Trevor McMillan, Stephen Cutts '91 and Adam Konowe '89

Keele in the USA elects new president, board member

Current member Adam Konowe succeeds Neil Smith as president; veteran civil servant and diplomat Stephen Cutts joins board

Keele, Staffordshire, August 10, 2016 — Keele in the USA announced today that Adam Konowe was unanimously elected president, while Stephen Cutts joins the board of directors.

Adam Konowe currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area and serves as vice president of client strategy for TMP Government, where he specializes in marketing for aerospace and defense companies. He is also an adjunct professor at American University teaching communications to undergraduate and graduate students. Earlier in his career, Adam was a television producer-director in D.C. He earned an MA at American University, a BA at the University of Rochester and spent his junior year aboard at Keele in 1988-89. Adam succeeds Founding President Neil Smith, whose leadership and energy have inspired Keele in the USA from its inception in 1999 to the present.

"I'm honored to follow in the footsteps of Neil Smith, whose has given so much to Keele over the years," said Adam. "My primary goals are to help Keele in the USA connect with more American-based alumni, as well as advance priorities of the university, which continues to move from strength to strength."

The latest addition to the Keele in the USA board of directors is a veteran of the UK Civil Service and currently serves at United Nations headquarters in New York. Stephen Cutts graduated from Keele University in 1991 in American Studies and English, with physics, and has enjoyed a truly international career that stemmed from his experiences as a Keele student. After a short spell as a teacher Steve experienced rapid promotion in the UK Civil Service, serving in the Export Credits Guarantee Department and OECD. By 2005 he had risen through increasingly responsible positions to be Deputy Executive Director of the OECD. He gained the EMBA from INSEAD, while reinforcing its position as "The Business School for the World" by developing the Africa Initiative. From 2008 to 2013 he served as director of strategic planning and evaluation and then assistant secretary general for corporate affairs at the Commonwealth Secretariat. Steve moved to New York in May 2013 as assistant secretary-general (central support services) at the United Nations. Among other duties, he is responsible for the UN’s multi-billion procurement function, spanning the UN Headquarters and all UN Secretariat agencies and peace-keeping programs around the world.

Steve says, "Keele University gave me a real opportunity as a mature student. Learning how to learn set me up for the rest of my professional career and I really owe all to Keele. Keele opened me up to a diverse environment that started to give me a global outlook, and I became addicted to that. Throughout my career I’ve followed organizations where I can work in an international group." Steve Cutts was honored as Doctor of the University by Keele in 2016.

More U.S. high school counselors tour Keele

Second group visit by American educators this spring

Keele, Staffordshire, April 18, 2016 — Sarah Beech, international development officer, this week welcomed eight high school counselors from the United States to experience all that Keele University has to offer prospective students. American counselors support high school students through the decision making and application process relating to where to go to college. The counselors met staff from across Keele, spoke with current American students and experienced some of the facilities available to all students.

To enhance Keele's student recruitment activity in the U.S., the university has entered into a consortium with Manchester, Northumbria, De Montfort and Birmingham universities, collectively known as "Explore England." This visit follows the consortium's first activity, a program of schools visits and presentations in Texas at the beginning of April.

Keele vice chancellor hosts alumni dinner in Boston

Attendees include two Keele in the USA board members

Boston, Mass., October 17, 2016 — Keele University Vice Chancellor Trevor McMillan, his wife Christine and International Development Manager Sara Beech hosted a convivial Keele in the USA dinner.

Alumni attendees included Keele in the USA's recently elected president Adam Konowe '89, fellow board member Stephen Cutts '91 and Boston-area alumna Padideh Jalali '84. Professor McMillan provided an update on Keele University, including campus expansion and redevelopment plans, as well as unprecedented success in recent UK university surveys. Keele has been ranked number one for student satisfaction in 2014, 2015 and 2016, as well as number one for both affordability and graduate employment. All three alumni shared their unique Keele University experiences and the desire to assist Keele in the years to come.

​British Council features Keele University alumna in YouTube series

Morgan Davison '11 credits Keele for professional and personal success

Manchester, April 2, 2017 — The British Council is launching a series of short films on YouTube highlighting the life-changing impact studying in the UK has on those coming from abroad - and the inspiring things international students go on to achieve when returning home. 

The films, produced by the British Council and the GREAT Britain campaign, are part of Study UK: Discover You, which promotes the quality and diversity of British education overseas so that a UK education is the first choice for the brightest and best students in the world.


Twenty-five films will be produced during 2017-18 and include alumni that have made an extraordinary impact on lives and communities in over 15 countries.

Keele University alumna Morgan Davison is one of the first to be featured worldwide. She graduated from Keele in 2011 after earning an MA in human rights, globalization and justice. Davison returned home to the USA and noted in the video how her Keele experience has been transformational for her subsequent career.

"The quality of the education I received is why I came and keeps my work going. My life as a student on the course at Keele was a phenomenal experience, it was a wonderful social life and some of the students on my course became some of my best friends today. I know I made the right choice by studying in the UK."

To watch the video, click here or on the video box that accompanies this story.

U.S. high school counselors visit Keele

UK-wide celebration of the Bard attracts American educators

Keele, Staffordshire, March 14, 2016As part of "Shakespeare Week," commemorating 400 years since the death of the great playwright, the British Council USA organized a tour of universities in the Midlands for U.S. high school counselors.

The International Office and School of English collaborated to welcome 17 American counselors to Keele earlier today.

The counselors took part in a campus tour, a mini-lecture focusing on the "To be or not to be" speech from Hamlet, and an exposition of articles and publications produced by English academics and students.

The counselors were able to ask questions about studying at Keele to a panel consisting of current U.S. Keele students Anne Gahart and Jonathon Fabella, Admissions Representative Claire Evans, International Officer Sarah Beech and English Lecturer Nick Seager. Special thanks go to English lecturers Rachel Adcock and Rebecca Yearling for delivery of the program.

U.S. high school counselors and their Keele University hosts pose outside Keele Hall

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