Meet the team

Our Student Recruitment & Outreach Team helps motivated and talented students discover whether the University of Birmingham is the right choice for them.

This includes working on a range of events with schools, colleges and UCAS; as well as here on our campus, such as open days and summer schools.

The Outreach team’s main focus is to raise aspirations and improve attainment among local students, so we offer several well-regarded initiatives for schools and colleges  in the West Midlands area.

Student recruitment team

Kathryn Barnett

Office Manager
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 7168

Kathryn provides administrative support for the work of the Student Recruitment office and assists in the organisation of the general services provided at Applicant Visit Days. Kathryn is also responsible for the day-to-day management of the office’s Student Ambassador team and assists in the organisation of conferences for teachers and careers advisers.

Elizabeth Chandler

Head of UK/EU Undergraduate Recruitment
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 8599

Lizzie is responsible for the strategic direction of the Universities' schools and colleges liaison development within the UK and Europe, working closely with colleagues across External Relations. This involves the management of a team of Student Recruitment Officers and Support Staff, who work with schools and colleges across the UK and Europe, giving presentations on Higher Education issues at schools and colleges; hosting events on campus and managing the production of resources aimed at providing students, teachers and parents with useful advice and information.

Christine Cox

Student Recruitment Administrator
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 3374

Christine coordinates and co-manages the University’s Undergraduate Open Days. She is also the central contact for teachers wishing to arrange a group visit to the University by their school or college. Christine is lead administrator for our programme of Year 10 Discovery Days which provide a great opportunity for schools to bring students to a Russell Group university and give students the chance to experience several different subjects in a day. Christine also has responsibility for booking prospective students on to campus tours.

Anna Jenkins

Student Recruitment Officer
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 7142

Anna is responsible for managing and organising the University’s Open Day events to which both school groups and individual prospective applicants and parents attend. Anna visits schools and colleges across the UK to support all aspects of the Higher Education decision making and application process by delivering talks and attending Careers and Higher Education events organised by schools. Anna also represents the University at UCAS Higher Education conventions. 

Linda King

Student Recruitment Officer
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 3208

Linda works with schools and colleges across the UK delivering presentations and providing advice and guidance on a range of issues relating to higher education. Linda is also responsible for the organisation of the central activities run by the student recruitment department at applicant visit days. Other activities Linda is involved in include attending UCAS exhibitions and hosting school visits to the university.

Michelle Panagamuwa

Student Recruitment Officer (UK/EU)
Tel: +44 (0)121 415 8095

Michelle’s role involves working with students, parents and teachers to provide advice and guidance relevant to higher education. This includes predominantly UK-based activity; visiting schools and colleges across the UK as well as hosting visits onto campus, for both UK students and international students domiciled in the UK. Michelle also engages in EU recruitment activity, visiting schools and attending exhibitions within the EU to provide advice and guidance to prospective students, who may wish to pursue higher education within the UK.

Jessica Oakes

Student Recruitment Coordinator
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 2244

Jessica provides administrative support to the Student Recruitment team and is the first point of contact for queries from schools. Jessica supports the Head of UK/EU Undergraduate Recruitment and Officers in their activities with specific focus on school visits off campus. Jessica is also the Executive Assistant to the Director of Recruitment. 

Katherine Pagett

Student Recruitment Manager
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 3501

Katherine supports the Head of Undergraduate Recruitment in the delivery of Student Recruitment activities in the UK. Her focus is on developing and managing relationships with schools and colleges and providing events and resources for teachers and careers advisers. She also visits schools and colleges to deliver presentations on a variety of Higher Education topics including researching and applying for university and hosting on campus visits. 

Additionally Katherine manages the support staff and Assistant Student Recruitment Officer who provide support to the Student Recruitment Officers in the delivery of their projects and visits to schools and recruitment events across the UK. 

Outreach team

Mohammed Ansar

Outreach Officer
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 7169

Ansar organises the Raising Aspirations in Secondary Education Programme ( RAISE) which includes a number of activities aimed at years 7 to 11 students such as the Christmas Science Lectures, The Physics and Biology Big Quizzes, Birmingham Science Festival and the History Day.  He also delivers Aspiration Raising Days for school groups onto the campus and  delivers presentations in schools and attends school and college HE and Careers fairs. Ansar has responsibility for the Academic Enrichment Programme, a year 12 residential programme in August with follow up support in year 13.

Shaheen Barkat

Outreach Officer
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 9017

Shaheen is the lead Officer for the evaluation of the University’s Outreach strategy. This includes the evaluation of Outreach activity to assess impact, assess performance against targets and facilitate a culture of continual improvement. Shaheen is also responsible for the Routes to the Professions programme. The programme aims to support access of underrepresented groups into professional courses in Medicine and Law and into professional careers. Students on the programme will receive tailored careers advice, application and interview support, guidance on relevant work placements, mentoring by students on professional courses, and the opportunity to shadow current students.

Laura Taylor

Outreach Officer
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 4020

Laura is responsible for managing the recruitment, training and placement of undergraduate student mentors in local schools.  She is also one of the lead officers on the Forward Thinking programme, a progressive programme of activity for pupils in Years 8-11.  In addition, Laura organises visits to the university for school groups, delivers presentations in schools, and attends higher education and careers fairs.

Kathy Buckley

Outreach Administrator
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 7693

Kathy provides finance and administrative support to the team of Outreach Officers, manages the evaluation, monitoring and reporting of the team’s activities and administers the mentoring schemes. She maintains outreach contacts in local schools and colleges and is also responsible for updating the team’s webpages on the University’s website and managing stock of promotional and marketing materials. Working days: Monday, Thursday, Friday.

Andy Collins

Vocational Project Officer
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 3167

Andy is currently working on a project around BTEC applications to the university, analysing application patterns and performance, and developing materials and activities to support students progressing from vocational pathways to the university. 

George Green

Assistant Outreach Officer
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 5873

George is one of two lead staff members on the Year 10 Summer Residential programme organised and coordinated at the University of Birmingham. He runs the Routes to the Professions and UniFest (AimHigher) streams. George also assists in organising the Forward Thinking programme, which is a progressive programme for young people from local schools. George is a point of contact for the University's Masterclass programme, which is designed to stimulate enquiry into university learning and broaden knowledge of subject areas. Along with working on these large scale projects, George organises many school campus visits, is part of the A2B team and delivers presentations to enthuse, inform and advise students in local educational institutions about Higher Education.

Janet Hadley

Outreach Administrator
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 6722

Janet provides administrative support to the Access to Birmingham scheme and is the first point of contact for queries from students and teachers. Janet also supports the Head of Outreach and Outreach Officers in their activities, with particular responsibility for the Office Finance Administration.

Lucy Hall

Outreach Officer
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 8729

Lucy is involved with organising the Access to Birmingham (A2B) and Realising Opportunities Schemes. She regularly visits schools and colleges to discuss the programmes and coordinates the A2B Module for students participating in the A2B scheme. As part of the Outreach team Lucy also runs University visit days for schools and delivers presentations on other higher education topics in schools and colleges across the West Midlands. Working days: Wednesday-Friday.

Sophie Hall

Outreach and Aim Higher Project Officer
Tel: +44(0)121 414 6900

Sophie plays a key role in supporting the coordination of the AImhigher regional network whilst developing and delivering new outreach activity for the University of Birmingham. Sophie is responsible for producing and marketing new and sustainable resources for young people, parents and practitioners. As well as creating new outreach offer, Sophie also supports young people by hosting aspiration-raising days on campus, delivering presentations in schools and colleges and attending higher education/careers fairs. 

Ester Hill

Outreach Officer
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 8039

Ester works with pupils from as young as Years 5/6, introducing higher education to them through our Primary Engagement Programme, through to Years 12/13.  Ester also conducts talks in schools and hosts school and college visits to campus.  Ester also oversees our Forward Thinking Programme and runs the University’s UniFest and Your Future – Your Choice Year 10 summer residentials.

Julia Kingston

Assistant Outreach Officer
Tel: +44(0)121 414 8729

Julia is the first point of contact for students leaving care, giving them transitional support to higher education. She also works on various aspects of the Access to Birmingham (A2B) scheme from visiting schools and colleges to highlight the A2B programme, answering student email queries to supporting applications and activities within the scheme.  As part of the Outreach team Julia also runs University visit days for schools and delivers presentations on other higher education topics in schools and colleges across the West Midlands. Working days: Monday, Tuesday.

Jane Patel

Outreach Officer
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 8489

Jane is a main contact for the University's Masterclass Programme which is designed to stimulate enquiry into university learning and broaden knowledge of subject areas. Jane is the lead contact for outreach activity for Young Carers. Jane also supports various outreach projects such as the Mentoring Scheme, A2B and Birmingham Link. Jane organises campus visits and presentations in local state schools to help raise awareness and aspiration for university study for students in years 7-13. 

Ambreen Rashid

Outreach Administrator
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 8332

Ambreen provides project support to the outreach team with particular responsibilities for the Forward Thinking and Masterclass projects.  She assists in the day to day running of the office, from data collection in readiness for evaluation to ensuring officers are equipped with necessary material for the smooth running of activities.  She is the general point of contact for school/college requests for campus visits and visits out. 

Gail Rothnie

Head of Outreach
Tel: +44 (0)121 415 8545

Gail is responsible for the University’s strategy for outreach work related to the widening participation and fair access agenda. Gail manages a team of Outreach Officers whose activities include the Access to Birmingham scheme and a comprehensive programme of outreach work with schools in the West Midlands including campus visits, progressive programmes of intervention with specific target cohorts, student mentoring, residential activity, work with teachers and advisors, transition activity preparing young people for higher education study and subject enrichment activity. Outreach activity is with students from year 6 to sixth form. Gail is the University’s representative on the Management Group for the local Aimhigher Partnership, and the national Realising Opportunities Programme. 

Anne Snell 

Access to Birmingham Manager
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 7801

Anne manages the Access to Birmingham (A2B) scheme. The purpose of this scheme is to recruit the most able students from diverse backgrounds to the University from the Greater West Midlands area. Successful applicants on this programme take part in a variety of activities which ease the transition from school or college to university life.  Anne gives presentations to sixth form students and teachers in order to support prospective university applicants. 


Visiting the university
Reaching out to regional schools and colleges
Meet the team