Meet the team

Our Student Recruitment and Outreach teams help 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

Schools nationwide can request to participate in in activities offered by our Student Recruitment team. These include visiting your school to deliver talks on higher education topics, tours of our campus, events for teachers and advisers and our popular Open Days. Keep up-to-date on these by registering for our newsletter below.  

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Outreach

If your school is state funded and in the West Midlands region (Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire and Staffordshire), your pupils may also be eligible to take part in our outreach activities. Keep up-to-date on these by registering for our newsletter below.  

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Student Recruitment team

Adam Gore

Head of Undergraduate Student Recruitment and Marketing
Email: a.gore@bham.ac.uk

Adam is responsible for the strategic direction of the University's 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.

Katherine Pagett

Student Recruitment Manager
Phone: +44 (0)121 414 3501
Email: k.a.pagett@bham.ac.uk

Katherine supports the Head of Undergraduate Recruitment and Marketing 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 Officers who provide support to the Student Recruitment Officers in the delivery of their projects and visits to schools and recruitment events across the UK.

Kathryn Barnett

Administration Manager
Phone: +44 (0)121 414 7168
Email: k.e.barnett@bham.ac.uk

Kathryn provides administrative support for the work of the student recruitment office and assists in the organisation of the central services provided at offer holder visit days. Kathryn is responsible for the day-to-day management of the office’s student ambassador team, management of campus tours and assists in the organisation of conferences for teachers and careers advisers.

Jonathan Hunter

Student Recruitment Officer
Phone: +44 (0)121 414 7142
Email: j.a.hunter@bham.ac.uk

Jon is responsible for managing and organising the University’s Open Day events which school groups, individual prospective applicants and parents attend. Jon 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. Jon also represents the University at UCAS Higher Education Exhibitions. 

Linda King 

Student Recruitment Officer
Phone: +44 (0)121 414 3697
Email: l.king.2@bham.ac.uk

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 both on and off campus. She is also responsible for the organisation of the central activities run by the Student Recruitment department at Offer Holder Visit Days. Other projects Linda is involved with include university taster days, teacher and school communications and virtual recruitment activities.

Mary Elliston

Assistant Student Recruitment Officer (UK, UK International and EU)
Phone: +44 (0)121 414 9659
Email: m.e.elliston@bham.ac.uk

Mary visits schools and colleges across the UK to support students with all aspects of the higher education decision making and application process by delivering talks and attending Careers and Higher Education events organised by schools. Part of her role is UK international recruitment, working with schools, colleges and foundation providers across the UK. Other projects that Mary is involved with are the Kaplan College partnership, Norwegian recruitment, and supporting other projects as necessary. 

Georgie Linton-Smart

Assistant Student Recruitment Officer
Phone: +44 (0)121 414 3208
Email: g.linton-smart@bham.ac.uk

Georgie provides support to the Student Recruitment Officers in the delivery of their projects including managing accommodation on Open days and the University's virtual open day platform. Georgie manages the recruitment and training of student ambassadors working with the Administration Manager and provides project management on the organisation and delivery of the Teachers and Advisors conferences. Georgie visits schools and attends recruitment events across the UK, including UCAS.

Jessica Shipley

Student Recruitment Coordinator
Phone: +44 (0)121 414 2244
Email: j.l.shipley@bham.ac.uk

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 Undergraduate Recruitment and Officers in their activities with specific focus on school visits both on and off campus. Jessica coordinates and supports the University’s Undergraduate Open Days, as well as the University’s attendance at the UCAS Higher Education Exhibitions.

Outreach team

Elizabeth Chandler

Head of Outreach (Operations)
Phone: +44 (0)121 414 8599 (working days are Wednesday to Friday)
Email: e.chandler@bham.ac.uk

Responsible for:

  • The University’s strategy for outreach work related to the widening participation and fair access agenda
  • Managing 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, reaching students from Year 6 to sixth form

Gail Rothnie, MBE

Head of Outreach (Policy)
Phone: +44 (0)121 415 8545 (working days are Monday to Wednesday)
Email: g.h.rothnie@bham.ac.uk

Responsible for:

  • The University’s strategy for outreach work related to the widening participation and fair access agenda
  • Managing 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, reaching students from Year 6 to sixth form
  • Representing the University on the Management Group for the local Aimhigher Partnership which also includes the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP), and the national Realising Opportunities Programme.

Claire Churchill

Outreach Manager
Phone: +44 (0)121 414 6603
Email: c.s.churchill@bham.ac.uk

Responsible for:

  • Managing all the Pathways to Birmingham programmes including relationships with school and college partners
  • Leading on national initiatives including engagement with POLAR4 Quintile 1 students 
  • Leading on post-16 outreach opportunities including the Masterclasses Programme
  • Overseeing visits to partner schools
  • Care leavers and young carers

Clare O'Driscoll

Outreach Officer
Phone: +44 (0)121 414 8489
Email: c.odriscoll@bham.ac.uk

Responsible for:

  • Access to Birmingham (A2B)
  • Inspired@Birmingham
  • Masterclasses
  • Campus and school visits

Jane Patel

Outreach Officer 
Email: j.e.patel@bham.ac.uk

Responsible for:

  • Routes to the Professions (programme delivered in partnership with the Schools of Medical and Dental Sciences, Law, Business, Engineering and the Universities Careers Network team)
  • The operational lead for Advancing Access
  • Financial Award for Young Carers

Alice McGowan

Outreach Officer
Phone: +44 (0)121 414 7801
Email: a.v.mcgowan@bham.ac.uk

Responsible for:

  • Access to Birmingham
  • Academic support for Year 13 students involved in the Pathways to Birmingham programmes
  • Supporting care leavers considering applying to the University
  • Campus and school visits

Mohammed Ansar

Outreach Officer
Phone: +44 (0)121 414 7169
Email: m.ansar@bham.ac.uk

Responsible for:

  • Raising Aspirations in Secondary Education Programme (RAISE) which includes a number of activities aimed at years 7 to 11 students such as subject-specific lectures as well as quizzes and conferences
  • Aspiration Raising Days for school groups on campus as well as school visits
  • Academic Enrichment programme (AEP)
  • National Access Summer School (NASS)

Shaheen Barkat

Outreach Officer
Phone: +44 (0)121 414 9017
Email: s.barkat@bham.ac.uk

Responsible for:

  • Developing and delivering the institutional Access and Participation Plan (APP) evaluation strategy
  • Developing and delivering the Outreach and Access evaluation strategy
  • Evaluation of widening participation interventions
  • Evaluation training and capacity building

Lucy Hall

Outreach Officer
Phone: +44 (0)121 414 4020
Email: l.hall@bham.ac.uk

Responsible for:

  • Recruitment, training and placement of undergraduate student mentors in local schools
  • Programme lead for the national Realising Opportunities programme at the University of Birmingham
  • Forward Thinking programme for pupils in Years 8-11

Ester Hill

Outreach Officer
Phone: +44 (0)121 414 8039
Email: e.h.hill@bham.ac.uk

Responsible for:

  • Primary Engagement Programme
  • Your Future, Your Choice Year 10 summer residentials
  • Forward Thinking programme
  • Campus and school visits

Ellie Hinds

Assistant Outreach Officer
Phone: +44 (0)121 415 8745
Email: e.k.hinds@bham.ac.uk

Responsible for:

  • Access to Birmingham
  • Mentoring
  • Forward Thinking programme
  • Care leavers initiatives
  • Campus and school visits

Emily Birkett

Assistant Outreach Officer
Phone: +44 (0)121 415 8745
Email: e.p.birkett@bham.ac.uk

Responsible for:

  • Access to Birmingham
  • Routes to the Professions (R2P)
  • Support for supporting young adult carers at the University
  • Sarah Hawkins Awards
  • Campus and school visits

Janet Hadley

Outreach Administrator
Phone: +44 (0)121 414 6722
Email: j.hadley@bham.ac.uk

Responsible for:

  • Administrative support for Access to Birmingham
  • Managing queries from students and teachers
  • Supporting the Head of Outreach and Outreach Officers in their activities, with particular responsibility for the office finance administration

Karen Livingston

Outreach Administrator
Phone: +44 (0)121 414 8332
Email: k.j.livingston@bham.ac.uk

Responsible for:

  • Administrative support for the Academic Enrichment Programme, National Access Summer School and the Routes to the Professions programmes
  • Supporting campus visits
  • Managing queries from students and teachers
  • Supporting the Head of Outreach and Outreach Officers in their activities, with particular responsibility for the office finance administration

Claire Tatterton

Outreach Administrator
Phone: +44 (0)121 414 8332
Email: c.tatterton@bham.ac.uk

Responsible for:

  • Administrative support for the Your Future, Your Choice summer residential, Forward Thinking programme and Masterclasses
  • Coordination of campus and school visits
  • Managing queries from schools

Aimhigher central team

Laura Taylor

Uni Connect Manager
Phone: +44 (0)121 415 8310
Email: b.rana@bham.ac.uk

Laura is responsible for the Aimhigher West Midlands partnership made up of six of the region's universities. Aimhigher work with regional schools and colleges to support learners who are typically underrepresented in higher education, to make informed choices about their future educational and career goals. Aimhigher West Midlands is also part of the Office for Students (OfS) Uni Connect rogramme programme working in targeted wards across the region to drive progression to higher education.

Andrea Coyne 

Uni Connect Programme Officer
Phone: +44 (0)121 414 2613
Email: a.coyne@bham.ac.uk

Andrea has responsibility for a wide range of activities and projects associated with the central management hub of Aimhigher. She leads on the development and implementation of a programme of interventions and works with Outreach Officers at the university spokes to ensure effective delivery.

Isabelle Kelly

Uni Connect Project Officer
Email: i.r.kelly@bham.ac.uk

Isabelle plays a key role in producing marketing resources for young people, parents and education practitioners. She leads on the communication plan for Aimhigher West Midlands, as well as managing key projects and supporting wider Aimhigher projects.

Fatima Begum

Finance and Monitoring Assistant Officer 
Phone: +44 (0)121 414 6900
Email: f.begum.2@bham.ac.uk

Fatima works on finance primarily for the Uni Connect Programme. This involves creating tools and guidance to enable partners to report finance. Fatima is also involved in the evaluation of the Outreach Hub piece.

Lauren Venables 

Aimhigher Assistant
Email: l.m.venables@bham.ac.uk

Lauren provides support across all functions of the central team to help facilitate the Aimhigher West Midlands partnership. This includes administrating and supporting the provision of centrally held activities and projects, aiding in monitoring and evaluation of the programme and supporting on financial reporting. Lauren is also on hand to complete any administrative duties the team requires.

Gary Hilton

Evaluation Assistant Officer
Phone: +44 (0)121 415 8312
Email: g.hilton@bham.ac.uk

Gary works on monitoring and evaluation primarily for the Uni Connect Programme. This involves creating tools and guidance to enable partners and practitioners to evaluate interventions. Additionally Gary is involved in the analysis of results and the production of reports for a variety of audiences. He is also responsible for administering and developing the Aimhigher Activity Database.

Aimhigher Birmingham team

Andy Collins

Outreach Officer (Aimhigher)
Phone: +44 (0)121 414 3167
Email: a.d.collins.1@bham.ac.uk

Andy is the University’s lead officer for the Uni Connect programme. The purpose of Uni Connect is to support the most disadvantaged young people in England to progress into higher education. Locally, the University is working in collaboration with five other local universities to develop a wide range of activities to meet this aim.

Lucy Palmer

Aimhigher Project Assistant
Phone: +44 (0)121 414 3167
Email: l.r.j.palmer@bham.ac.uk

Lucy supports the lead officer with developing and delivering project activity, working with schools and colleges in developing a range of interventions and opportunities to support students as part of the Uni Connect programme. Lucy also manages the day to day office budgets, administration and evaluation.

Kerys Meredew

Aimhigher Plus Progression Ambassador
Email: k.meredew@bham.ac.uk

Charlotte Playll

Aimhigher Plus Progression Ambassador
Email: c.playll@bham.ac.uk

Chante Wildman

Aimhigher Plus Progression Ambassador
Email: c.wildman@bham.ac.uk