Leon Smith joins Semestry from Manchester Metropolitan University

November 16, 2015

Today Leon Smith has agreed to join Semestry as Director of Services with full responsibility for managing and delivering technical services to the company’s clients, both prospects and customers. In addition, his role will include a direct influence within the product management process and responsibility for the company’s Centre of Excellence strategy.

Leon has a wealth of knowledge in academic administration, resource planning, teaching space management and scheduling (timetabling) in Higher and Further Education. He has in-depth experience of working with institutions in the UK, Ireland, Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Norway and the Middle East. Leon is joining Semestry from his current role as Director of Registry Services at Manchester Metropolitan University.


During his time at MMU, Leon has provided leadership and had responsibility for student and curriculum data management across the University in both Central and Faculty administrative service areas and in all administrative systems. This management covered undergraduate and postgraduate enrolment coordination, examination management and scheduling and degree congregation organisation and delivery.

With over 20 years of knowledge of the Higher Education sector, Leon has worked as a senior consultant for Scientia plus a range of senior positions at major UK institutions including the University of the West of England, De Montfort University and the University of Leicester.

“Leon will be a key member and leader of the growing client services team in Semestry, which we see as essential to delivering solutions and to the success to our prospects and customers” – Steve Harrison, Director Semestry Ltd.

“I’ve always striven to be at the leading edge of developments in timetabling services and solutions during my career. When the opportunity arose to join Semestry in such a pivotal role, I jumped at the opportunity as I have had first hand experience of the excellence of their systems. I have no doubt they are the future and I cannot wait to have the chance to share that with fellow timetabling professionals.” Leon Smith – Director of Registry Services, MMU.

TermTime is the most exciting development in scheduling I’ve seen in the last 5 years

Dubai Nov 8 – 10, 2015

Semestry has just attended the Ellucian Middle East Live event in Dubai showcasing it’s Cloud based scheduling system TermTime for the first time in this region.

The conference attracted over 450 Ellucian customers and representatives from universities throughout the Middle East and Africa.

Hosting this international event was Mr. Mathew Boice, the Ellucian Vice President, Middle East and Africa. As Vice President, Middle East and Africa, Mathew’s organisation covers countries from Russia to Africa, the Middle East, Europe, India and Pakistan. He has achieved dramatic growth in the last five years and has an expanding network of strategic partners throughout the regions.

At a meeting with Tony Vicente, Semestry’s New Business Development Manager, Mathew Boice said “TermTime is the most exciting development in Higher Education scheduling I’ve seen in the last 5 years”.


There will be more news on Semestry at the Ellucian Middle East Live 2015 to follow….