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Student Services Team

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The offices of Student Services are based in Garden Cottage, by the Castle's side entrance.

Students pass our offices every day on their way to and from Bader Hall, so drop by any time for a cuppa and a chat!

During normal office hours, please call the SLC Main Office on extension 4418.

Call 01323 834418 if you are off campus. (+44 1323 834418 from overseas.)

We pick up our messages on a regular basis, so always leave a voicemail and we'll get back to you just as soon as we can. 

Ria2020Ria Bourne

Director of Student & Enrolment Services

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Ria has worked in Student Services within the UK Study Abroad industry for many years, helping students from across the world to have an engaging and transformative experiences in the UK. After spending the past ten years in London working for two U.S. University’s study abroad program centres, Ria is now enjoying life in the countryside and can often be found walking her dog, Ellie in the Castle grounds.

Ria is interested in the impact that study abroad has on identity development (racial, social and ideological) and strongly believes in employing a critical social justice focus to foster a positive study abroad experience.



Kayleigh Erickson

Assistant Student & Enrolment Services Manager

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Kayleigh has engaged in student advocacy and support, specifically in the areas of mental health, sexualized violence, and the transition to post-secondary education over the past 8 years. During her undergraduate degree at the University of Victoria, where she studied Political Science and Sociology and received a diploma in Social Justice, Kayleigh worked in progressive leadership positions in Residence Life and Education, was elected to all three levels of university governance including being the Chairperson of UVic’s Student Society, implemented the first undergraduate mental health campaign, and was a Bystander Intervention facilitator.

Kayleigh is also a passionate volunteer and is currently a board member with ‘Dancing Backwards’. She has worked with numerous organizations, including being a Disability Advocate with Together Against Poverty Society, a Mental Health Network Leader with Equal Voice, and most recently, co-leader of the Brownies in Hailsham, UK. In these roles she learned the importance of taking an intersectional, interdisciplinary, and person-centred approach to the work she does.

In her spare time, you can find Kayleigh hiking, paddle boarding, exploring new cities, attending musicals, supporting women in politics, and making crafts with the Brownies!

Ang2020Angelica Laron

Student Life Co-ordinator

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Angelica is a graduate from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and International Relations. During her time at UBC, she gained several years of experience in student affairs though residence life and teaching assistant positions. This is where she developed her passion for enhancing the student life experience through academic and co-curricular opportunities. Angelica is returning to the BISC in her role as a Student Life Coordinator. Angelica believes that learning and growth goes beyond the classroom and she is excited to be continuing to support students succeed at the BISC through fun and educational programs. Her portfolio includes career readiness, intercultural programming, and community outreach.

Angelica loves the outdoors and her hobbies include hiking, paddle boarding, and snowboarding. You can often find her walking or running through the many footpaths the local area has to offer. One of her favourite ways to connect with other cultures is through food. She loves to explore new cuisines and try out new recipes. She is excited to see how students will connect in their own ways with other cultures during their time at the BISC.

Angelica is looking forward to meeting the incoming students and working with the close knit BISC community to make the students’ experience the best possible.

MadiSSMadie Andrews

Student Life Co-ordinator

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Madie is returning in her role to the BISC as the Health and Wellness Student Life Coordinator. Through her studies in Kinesiology at the University of Toronto, work in residence life at U of T and the University of Guelph, and the past year at the BISC, Madie has developed and continued practicing her passion for student affairs, student success and in the holistic student experience. As the Health and Wellness Student Life Coordinator, Madie works with the student body to make the BISC a healthier campus where students can find balance between physical, mental, and social health. If you have ideas on health promotion or are passionate about wellbeing, let’s connect and make change happen!

Madie loves the outdoors and when on campus, enjoys the green footpaths that surround the UK countryside! Madie loves to hike, and does so as much as possible, travel, read (the Rose garden is the perfect place for this), podcasts, and getting too competitive in any sport.

Madie loves working for Student Services and helping to create the best experience possible for all BISC students. She is looking forward to meeting the incoming students and to the year they will share together.

Sophie Eliades


Sophie has been working with students at the Bader International Study Centre for a number of years, becoming in integral part of the BISC community while providing support to students accross a variety of needs both generally and specifically needs encountered by students living and studying abroad and away from home for the first time.

Sophie is always excited to meet the new students from around the world, and frequently can provide recomendations for local resources as a long-time resident of the area herself.

karen website pix.JPG Karen Sedgwick


 Karen has an Advance Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling and a UKATA Diploma in Transactional Analysis (psychotherapy). She has many years of experience helping clients reach a deeper understanding of themselves and their relationship with others.  

Karen is a member of both the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and UKATA (UK Association for Transactional Analysis) and work within their ethical framework.

​Karen believes the key to successful therapy is the relationship between the counsellor and client. A good relationship provides the solid and supportive foundation necessary to promote change and growth.

Dr Sarah Andersen Dr Sarah Andersen


 Dr Andersen trained at UCL, qualifying in 1997. She also completed a degree in the history of medicine and travelled abroad before training as a GP in Sussex. Paediatrics, elderly care medicine and mental health are her areas of special interest. She is also particularly keen on the holistic aspects of healthcare, and would like to focus on health more than disease, and ability more than disability. In 2017 she reached the end of a part time Masters degree in Global Health at Sussex University. Her current research project is on the potential health benefits of singing, and she has been known to prescribe singing as we do have a choir at the BISC. She lives in Brighton and enjoys walking with her partner, two children and dog. 'NHS Stories' is an art project that she has run recently and the photographs from it can be seen on Facebook under the title " NHS Stories".

Bader International Study Centre
Herstmonceux Castle
Hailsham, East Sussex
United Kingdom, BN27 1RN
Phone: +44 1323 834444
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