Roles and contact details of the Widening Participation team.
Our office is now closed and all staff are working from home.
All face to face campus and outreach activity has been cancelled until further notice. We are working with partners and exploring options for alternative ways to support our applicants, offer holders, and students during these challenging circumstances.
In the meantime you can contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or contact individual members of the team via our emails as detailed below.
Our normal working hours remain Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm.
Laura is Head of Widening Participation (WP) and Deputy Director of Student Recruitment and Admissions (SRA). SRA provides the central focus for WP policy and activity in the University and supports the University’s Widening Participation Strategic Theme to increase the proportion of undergraduate students from under-represented groups admitted to and successfully completing a programme of study at the University consistent with the maintenance of high academic standards for admission and progression.
See below for more information about Laura's work within the team:
Neil is one of the three WP managers in the team with a specific remit of the student life cycle and he is the main liaision between the WP team and the University's College of Science and Engineering. His projects focus on working with vulnerable student groups (such as care experienced applicants) as well as adult returners. He also works closely with local colleges, looking at articulation routes. He is also responsible for the Educated Pass project, which aims to engage boys' interest in Higher Education through their interest in sport.
See below for more information about Neil's work within the team:
Lesley is one of the three WP managers in the team and is responsible for issues concerning admissions and conversion, as well as being the main liaison between the WP team and the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. She manages the Reach Edinburgh and ACES (Access to Creative Education in Scotland) projects, and also co-ordinates the University's work with LEAPS (Lothians Equal Access Programme for Schools). She regularly liaises with admissions colleagues across the University with regards to WP and contextual admissions policies and potential and current applicants.
See below for more information about Lesley's work within the team:
Ryan is mainly responsible for the Reach Edinburgh project as well as supporting the WP management team with liaision with admissions teams across the University.
Susan is responsible for the planning and organisation of a variety of the events and project work delivered by the WP team. These include the Sutton Trust Summer school and on-campus events.
See below for more information about Susan's work within the team:
Emma works on a variety of WP projects, including leading the TutorEd project pilot. She has a background in science communication and delivering CLPL for teachers.
See below for more information about Emma's work within the team:
Gabriele coordinates the Peer Mentoring scheme and works on the ACES (Access to Creative Education in Scotland) project. He is also involved in Communications work across the team.
Jefferson is involved in a variety of aspects of data analysis and monitoring across all of the work of the WP team. He is responsible for producing annual statistical reports on our projects, including those funded by the Scottish Funding Council.
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