Esther Wilkinson

Head of international


I am responsible for driving the development and delivery of Jisc's international strategy, coordinating and providing a leadership role for international activities across the Jisc portfolio, and positioning these within Jisc's vision and overall strategy.

A key part of this role includes the strategic and business development of Jisc's transnational education support programme. 


I am a higher education specialist, with experience in strategy and policy, international, technology, teaching and learning, research, training, and data resources.

I have worked in various roles in higher education (after a short spell as a police officer); as ‘planetary protection officer’ on the Beagle2 programme at the Open University, and delivering a number of projects in the Research Councils for 13 years, (ranging from nuclear physics, £multi-million longitudinal studies transversing medical and social sciences, and in setting up the RCUK strategy unit).

Following this, I was assistant director in the UK HE international unit delivering overseas programmes including HEGlobal and the Dikti Scholarship Scheme, in addition to managing operations for the unit.

I have a PhD in chemistry from Imperial College.

Media coverage

Forging digital education is a European task
GÉANT Community Blog, July 2019

Could borderless education help improve the student experience at home?
WonkHE, January 2018

The future of TNE depends on global partnership
Arab States Research and Education Network, March 2016

Bridging the IT infrastructure gap: Transnational education and the global citizen
The Observatory for Borderless Higher Education, August 2015