Tony Novosel
Tony Novosel

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“American Uncle” Tony Novosel talks Study USA & the Transformational Power of Travel

Meet Tony Novosel…

Tony Novosel MBE is a former motor mechanic, steelworker, and semi-retired academic from Pittsburgh who has dedicated his life to serving Northern Ireland.

In this episode, he talks about:

  • How the collapse of the steel industry was the best thing that ever happened to him
  • Why he first decided to visit Northern Ireland 50 years ago
  • (And why he's been 85+ times since!)
  • Acting as "the American uncle” for NI students on the Study USA programme, (which is is managed by British Council Northern Ireland on behalf of the Department for the Economy)
  • The transformation power travel has had on his own life and the lives of his students
  • Why we tend to oversimplify narratives
  • The grassroots movements that led to a hugely successful academic book about NI
  • Being awarded an MBE
  • And advice he'd give to any student interested in studying overseas!

Check it out.


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