Hi, my name is Ashleigh and I am the Head of Post-16 Outreach and Recruitment Events. I have 10 years experience working within higher education and I lead the post 16 team in delivering off and on campus events to prospective students and promoting the University in regional and national areas across the UK, including our First Choice Progression Scheme. Our aim is to inspire students across the country into applying to the University of Sunderland.
Hi, I’m Paul and I coordinate student recruitment activity for schools and colleges outside of the North East region. I am passionate about providing guidance to adults as well as younger sixth form and college students about their options in higher education. I have over 14 years' experience of working in education and enjoy building links with local schools and colleges to help support and raise the aspirations of their students.
Hi, my name is Scott and I coordinate our First Choice Progression Scheme. I’ll be in touch throughout the year about the great range of events and activities we can offer you and your students. I didn’t access university via the ‘traditional route’ so I strive to support everyone to access university at any age.
Hi, I’m Carolyn and I work within the pre-16 team coordinating access to higher education activities for primary and secondary schools. I oversee the development and delivery of sessions and events designed to increase participation of a wide range of students from diverse backgrounds. I also promote the University’s bursaries and scholarships offer.
Hi, my name is Lauren and I’m the Widening Access and Participation Project Coordinator. I have been supporting students in education for over 10 years and I am passionate about providing opportunities for young people to find out more about higher education. In my role I coordinate the bespoke support we offer to care experienced and estranged students, which starts from the very first point of enquiry and continues to graduation and beyond. I aim to inspire students from under-represented groups to consider higher education as a route.
Hi, my name is Jess, and I am a Widening Access and Participation Assistant. I was a student at the university, and during my time studying English and Creative Writing, I was also a student ambassador. I deliver bespoke outreach to pre-16 pupils to help them raise their aspirations and think about their possible routes to Higher Education. My role allows pupils to think about the benefits of university at a young age.
Hi, I’m Becca and I’m a Widening Access and Participation Assistant. I work with schools to encourage pre-16 pupils to start thinking about their futures, and help them to understand how a future in higher education can lead to great opportunities in many areas of their lives. Through sharing my own experiences of higher education, I am able to help pupils make informed decisions about their future.
Hi, my name is Lauren and I am a Graduate Intern for the Widening Access and Participation team. I was a student at the University and I studied Business and Marketing Management. I am passionate about creating equal opportunities for people of all ages from various backgrounds and university is no different. My role involves encouraging young people to engage with higher education through assisting and delivering workshops and events to promote university.
Hi! I’m Amber and I am a Kickstart Widening Access and Participation Administration Assistant. I support the team with administration, planning and delivering in order to help others gain access to higher education in hopes to encourage them to achieve their ambitions.
Hi, I’m Louise and I work in the Access to HE team. Having studied at the University myself I am keen to share my experience with others. In my role, I coordinate the Student Ambassador Scheme and also help to plan outreach activities for Secondary School pupils.
Hi, my name is Samantha and my role includes working with year 12 and 13 students across the region, encouraging them to join our progression scheme and develop their skills for higher education. As a graduate and former student ambassador from the University of Sunderland, I love to share my experience with students to help them with their own university journey.
Hello! My name is Jane and I am a Student Recruitment Assistant. Part of my role is working alongside year 12 and 13 students, encouraging them to join our First Choice Progression Scheme. I am a graduate of the University of Sunderland and I want to share my experiences with students looking to study here as I believe everyone should have access to higher education.
Hi, I’m Wendy and I lead the pre-16 team to deliver targeted outreach provision for local primary and secondary schools. Encouraging participation of under-represented groups is an important part of my role including care experienced and estranged young people and other widening participation cohorts. I work with schools across the region to provide bespoke support which aims to inspire young people to progress to further and higher education.
Hi, I’m Katharine Reed and I’m the Widening Access and Participation Manager. I’ve been developing and delivering activities for young people to raise their aspirations and facilitate their transition into post-16 routes for over 20 years. Through my work, I aim to inspire young people to make informed choices about higher education and beyond.
Hello, I’m David and I work in the Widening Access and Participation Team. I am passionate about encouraging pupils to consider a future in higher education and enjoy being able to share my own experiences of university. Please get in touch if you would like to know more about what we offer.
Hi, my name is Alan Cook and I am the Project Coordinator for Uni Connect. Based at the University of Sunderland, I am responsible for planning and implementing a structured programme of outreach and mentoring activity in targeted schools and sixth forms to raise aspirations and attainment. I was the first person in my family to enter higher education and using my knowledge and experiences, I aim to inspire young people and give them the tools to make an informed decision about their future.
My name is Ashton. I am the Higher Education Ambassador for Uni Connect. I work in collaboration with all five universities in the region to support the development, coordination and delivery of student mentoring and engagement programmes in a defined number of schools and sixth forms. The purpose of my role is to support the progression of young people into higher education.
"We took part in a practical session and I was blown away with the equipment the University had. Not only that, but my students were able to get hands on with the equipment throughout their taster session, which they loved. I will definitely be looking to bring next year's cohort."
St Wilfrid's RC College
"We have had a fantastic visit from the University of Sunderland where the children had the opportunity to programme Lego and there were lots of opportunities to practice coding and debugging exercises.
“Thanks Katharine and Nikki!”
Springwell Village Primary School
"For any school in Sunderland and the surrounding area, it is a must to visit and explore the vast range of ways in which they can help such as visits with Lego kits, providing activities on parents' evenings or arranging international visitors. This is a fantastic resource for all the schools in Sunderland to explore.”
"I could see our students 'grow' as if they were making the transition there and then from secondary to higher education. To see them sitting in a lecture theatre was a proud moment. Many students are still talking about their takeover day – it gave them a real incentive to get it right in Year 10."
"The team at the University of Sunderland were very welcoming, informative and engaging for our Sixth Form students. We learnt so much from the tour and Spark FM taster session. We were so grateful to have access to amazing facilities."
Whickham High School
The day was well organised and all the staff and student reps were very helpful and enthusiastic about university and the subject. It has given our students more focus and even helped to confirm future plans for some who were still unsure of ‘next steps’.
"Thank you for an excellent day!"
Tyne Met College – part of Tyne Coast College