Wendy PriceAccess to Higher Education and Scholarships Manager
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 looked after 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.
Louise BaileyAccess to Higher Education Assistant
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.
Chris HarrisClient Relationship Co-ordinator
Hi, my name is Chris and my role includes planning and delivering our applicant Summer School and organising on campus visits for schools. I love encouraging people to come and see the fantastic facilities we have at the University of Sunderland having graduated from here myself. If you would like to know more about any of our activities please get in touch.
Paul JamesonClient Relationship Officer
Hi, I’m Paul and I coordinate the University’s Returners to Learning Progression Scheme. I am passionate about providing guidance to adults as well as younger 6th Form and college students about their options within 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.
Ashleigh LittleEvents Officer
Hi I’m Ashleigh and I am the Events Officer within the post-16 team, with 8 years experience in Higher Education. I develop on campus Open Days and events that give all prospective students the opportunity to come and experience our fantastic facilities first hand, which enables them to make an informed decision about their future studies.
Lindsay BownEvents Assistant
Hi, I’m Lindsay. In my role I assist with the administration and planning of a wide range of key recruitment events such as Open Days and Applicant Days. I provide administrative support to the Events Officer and the Client Relationships Team.
Katharine ReedAccess to Higher Education and Scholarships Officer
Hi, I’m Katharine Reed and I’m an Access to Higher Education and Scholarships Officer. 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.
David MetcalfeAccess to Higher Education Recruitment Assistant
Hello, I’m David and I work in the Access to Higher Education 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.
Nikki SlackAccess to Higher Education Recruitment Assistant
Hi, I’m Nikki and I work in the Access to Higher Education Team. I am passionate that every young person is given the opportunity to realise their potential to fulfil their future aspirations. I love supporting young people in their journey to higher education from delivering Destination Uni events to arranging interactive STEAM workshops for our Bright Sparks Science Club members.
Rachel ClarkAccess to Higher Education Recruitment Assistant
Hello! I’m Rachel and I work in the Access to Higher Education Team. In my role, I help coordinate the Student Ambassador Scheme, and assist with delivering outreach to primary and secondary school students with a focus on coordinating the Bright Sparks programme. I want to help young people with their journey to Higher Education, by ensuring they have all the information and support they need to make an informed decision.
Clare NewmanHigher Education Ambassador (North East Collaborative Outreach Partnership)
Hi, I’m Clare and I work with both the University of Sunderland and the North East Collaborative Outreach Partnership. I deliver activities and events as part of the Future Me programme in schools across the North East. In my role, I wish to support young people in considering Higher Education.
Ashton Byfield-BrownRegional Higher Education Ambassador (North East Collaborative Outreach Programme)
My name is Ashton. I am the Regional Higher Education Ambassador for The North East Collaborative Outreach Programme (NECOP). 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.
Alan CookProject Coordinator (North East Collaborative Outreach Programme)
Hi, my name is Alan Cook and I am the Project Coordinator for the North East Collaborative Outreach Programme (NECOP). 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.
Scott HendersonClient Relationship Officer
Hi, my name is Scott and as part of my role I am responsible for our communications with partner schools and colleges. 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.
"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 Metropolitan College