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

Kathryn Barnett

Office Manager
Tel: +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 Applicant 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.  

Ruth Foster

Assistant Student Recruitment Officer (International)
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 7037
Email: r.foster.1@bham.ac.uk

Ruth 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. Her main focus is UK International Recruitment, working with Schools, Colleges and Foundation providers across the UK. Other projects that Ruth is involved with are; Kaplan College partnership, Norway and Switzerland recruitment, supporting on Middle East recruitment and activity and working with the International Officers on the work they undertake.  

Adam Gore

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

Adam 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.

Jonathan Hunter

Student Recruitment Officer
Tel: +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 to which both school groups and 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 (currently on maternity leave)
Tel: +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. Linda is also responsible for the organisation of the central activities run by the student recruitment department at applicant visit days. Other projects Linda is involved with include university discovery days, teacher and school communications and virtual recruitment activities.

Georgie Linton-Smart

Assistant Student Recruitment Officer
Tel: +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 Open days and the universities virtual open day platform. Working with the Administration Manager on the recruitment and training of Student Ambassadors and providing project management on the organisation and delivery of the Teachers and Advisors’ conferences. Georgie visits schools and recruitment events across the UK, including UCAS, and acts as the key contact for EU agents and recruitment within the EU.

Ciara Newby

Student Recruitment Officer (International)
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 8095
Email: c.j.m.newby@bham.ac.uk

Ciara works with international schools, colleges and providers providing support and guidance for overseas students who are already in the UK. In addition to developing relationships with these schools she also manages our UK international agent relationships. Ciara visits schools and colleges throughout the UK to deliver presentations on higher education topics and represents the University at UCAS Higher Education Exhibitions as well as hosting on campus visits for potential students.

Katherine Pagett

Student Recruitment Manager
Tel: +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 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. 

Jessica Shipley

Student Recruitment Coordinator
Tel: +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. Jessica is also the Executive Assistant to the Deputy Director of External Relations. 

Outreach team

Mohammed Ansar

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

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, Biology and Maths Big Quizzes, the Year 11 Achieve Conference, Year 8 Sunshine Lectures and the History Quest.  He also delivers Aspiration Raising Days for school groups onto the campus, delivers presentations in schools and attends higher education and careers fairs. Ansar also has responsibility for the Academic Enrichment Programme, a year 12 residential programme in August for students living in the Midlands area and the Higher Education Insight Programme, a summer residential for students living outside of the Midlands area.

Shaheen Barkat

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

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 is delivered in partnership with the Schools of Medical and Dental Sciences, Law, Business, Engineering and the Universities Careers Network team to offer a comprehensive programme that provides students with a unique opportunity to get a real insight into studying medicine, dentistry, law, finance or engineering related courses at the University of Birmingham as well as receiving tailored advice, guidance and support at key points throughout their university application process.

Kathy Buckley

Outreach Administrator
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 7693
Email: k.buckley@bham.ac.uk

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.

Elizabeth Chandler

Head of Outreach (Operations)
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 8599
Email: e.chandler@bham.ac.uk

Lizzie is responsible for the University’s strategy for outreach work related to the widening participation and fair access agenda. Lizzie 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. 

Rebecca Clark

Outreach Manager
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 7801
Email: r.clark.2@bham.ac.uk

Rebecca 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.  Rebecca gives presentations to sixth form students and teachers in order to support prospective university applicants.  

Janet Hadley

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

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
Email: l.hall@bham.ac.uk

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.

Ester Hill

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

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
Email: j.kingston@bham.ac.uk

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.

Alice McGowan

Assistant Outreach Officer
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 5873
Email: McGowaAV@bham.ac.uk

Alice is one of two lead staff members on the Year 10 Summer Residential programme organised and coordinated at the University of Birmingham. Alice also assists in organising the Forward Thinking programme, which is a progressive programme for young people from local schools. Alice 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, Alice 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.

Harriet Parkes

Outreach Officer
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 8489
Email: h.parkes@bham.ac.uk

Harriet 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. Harriet is also the lead contact for outreach activity for young carers. Harriet also supports various outreach projects such as the Mentoring Scheme, A2B and Birmingham Link. Harriet organises campus visits and presentations in local state schools to help raise awareness and aspiration for university study for students in years 7-13. 

Gail Rothnie

Head of Outreach
Tel: +44 (0)121 415 8545
Email: g.h.rothnie@bham.ac.uk

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. 

Laura Taylor

Outreach Officer (working days: Monday to Thursday)
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 4020
Email: l.taylor@bham.ac.uk

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. 

Aimhigher National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP)

Fatima Begum

Finance and Administrative Assistant (NCOP)
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 6900
Email: f.begum.2@bham.ac.uk

Andy Collins

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

Andy is the University’s lead officer for the  National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP). The purpose of the NCOP 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.

Sophie Hall

Outreach and Aim Higher Project Officer (NCOP)
Tel: +44(0)121 414 6900
Email: s.l.hall@bham.ac.uk

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. 

Gary Hilton

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

Matthew Horton

Research and Evaluation Officer (NCOP)
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 2510
Email: m.s.horton@bham.ac.uk

Baljinder Rana

NCOP Lead
Tel: +44 (0)121 415 8310
Email: b.rana@bham.ac.uk

Ambreen Rashid

Project Assistant (NCOP)
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 3167
Email: a.rashid@bham.ac.uk

Ambreen 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 NCOP programme.  Ambreen also manages the day to day office budgets, administration and evaluation.

Mike Thompson

Aimhigher Manager
Tel: +44 (0)121 415 8176
Email: m.a.thompson@bham.ac.uk