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

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.  

Ruth Foster

Student Recruitment Officer (International)
Phone: +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 the Kaplan College partnership, Norway and Switzerland recruitment, and supporting on Middle East recruitment and activity.

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.

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 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
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.

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 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
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

Mohammed Ansar

Outreach Officer
Phone: +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 subject-specific lectures as well as quizzes and conferences. He also runs Aspiration Raising Days for school groups on campus, delivers presentations in schools and attends higher education and careers fairs. Ansar is also responsible for the Academic Enrichment Programme (AEP), 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 based outside the Midlands area.

Shaheen Barkat

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

Shaheen is responsible for the development and delivery of the outreach evaluation strategy to assess impact and evidence what works in widening access to higher education, and to facilitate a culture of continual improvement. Shaheen also has a key role in the development and delivery of the broader institutional evaluation strategy across the widening participation student lifecycle for the evaluation of our activity and the delivery of our widening participation targets.

Jess Beider

Assistant Outreach Officer
Phone: +44 (0)121 415 8745
Email: j.beider@bham.ac.uk

Jess works on the Access to Birmingham (A2B) scheme as well as the Routes to the Professions (R2P) programme for Year 12 students who aspire to study subjects such as Medicine, Dentistry and Engineering. She is part of a team that delivers support for young adult carers at the University and is the main contact for the Sarah Hawkins Award. Jess also runs campus visits for students in Years 7-13 and delivers talks to help raise awareness of higher education options for young people across the West Midlands.

Elizabeth Chandler

Head of Outreach (Operations)
Phone: +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. This includes 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. 

Janet Hadley

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

Lucy is responsible for managing the recruitment, training and placement of undergraduate student mentors in local schools. She is also the programme lead for the national Realising Opportunities programme at the University of Birmingham, a unique collaboration of leading, research intensive universities, to promote fair access and social mobility of students from underrepresented groups in higher education. Lucy is also one of the lead officers on the Forward Thinking programme, a progressive programme of activity for pupils in Years 8-11. 

Ester Hill

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

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

Ellie Hinds

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

Ellie works on Access to Birmingham, Mentoring and the Forward Thinking programmes. She is part of a team that delivers support for care leavers considering application to the University and currently studying here. Ellie is the second point of contact for our care leaver initiatives. She also runs campus visits for students in years 7-13 and delivers talks to help raise awareness of higher education options for young people across the West Midlands.

Andrew Hunter

Assistant Outreach Officer
Phone: +44 (0)121 415 9102
Email: a.hunter.2@bham.ac.uk

Andrew works on the Access to Birmingham scheme, Realising Opportunities and Year 10 summer schools. He also provides support to the broader Pathways to Birmingham umbrella. He is part of a team that delivers support for refugees considering application to the University and is a contact for the Article 26 Award. Andrew also runs campus visits for students in Years 7-13 and delivers talks to help raise awareness of higher education options for young people across the West Midlands.

Karen Livingston

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

Karen provides administrative support and assists in the organisation of the Academic Enrichment Programme, National Access Summer School and the Routes to the Professions programmes. She also supports with all campus visits and is the first point of contact for queries from schools.

Sarah Madsen

Outreach Administrator
Phone: +44 (0)121 414 7693
Email: s.l.madsen@bham.ac.uk

Sarah 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 managing stock of promotional and marketing materials.

Alice McGowan

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

Alice works on the Access to Birmingham scheme, Inspired@Birmingham, and the Year 12 residentials National Access Summer School and Academic Enrichment Programme. She is the single point of contact for students who have experience of public care and are considering applying to the University. Alice also runs campus visits for students in Years 7-13, delivers talks and attends fairs to help raise awareness of higher education options for young people across the West Midlands.

Clare O'Driscoll

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

Clare is a main contact for the University’s Access to Birmingham scheme, which aims to increase the diversity of the student body by increasing access and progression into the University for students from underrepresented groups. She also leads another of the University’s Pathways to Birmingham programmes, Inspired@Birmingham, which works to support Year 12 students with the decision making processes around applying to university by providing insights into academic study, student life and career pathways for university graduates.

Clare organises a series of masterclasses in the autumn term designed to stimulate enquiry about university learning and broaden knowledge in a range of subjects areas for school students in Years 8 to 13. She also organises campus visits and gives presentations in local state schools to help raise awareness and aspiration for university study for pupils in years 7-13. 

Gail Rothnie, MBE

Head of Outreach
Phone: +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. She also  works with other colleagues across the University involved in the widening participation student lifecycle.

Gail works with Elizabeth Chandler (Head of Outreach Operations)  in managing the Outreach team which has a wide range of activities with students from Year 6 to sixth form. Activities include Pathways to Birmingham 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.

Gail is the University’s representative on the Management Group for the local Aimhigher Partnership which also includes the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP), and the national Realising Opportunities Programme. 

Jane Patel

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

Jane is 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.

Jane is also the university’s operational lead for Advancing Access; a Russell Group University partnership which provides a variety of CPD resources, online events and offline conferences for teachers and advisers to help them support students’ progression to leading universities. From January 2020 Jane will be overseeing the Financial Award for Young Carers studying at the University and will also be overseeing outreach activity for this cohort of students. 

Laura Taylor

Outreach Officer
Phone: +44 (0)121 414 8729
Email: l.taylor@bham.ac.uk

Laura is one of the operational leads for the Access to Birmingham programme. She regularly visits schools and colleges to promote the programmes, and supports schools and students to complete the scheme. Laura also co-ordinates academic support for Year 13 students involved in the Pathways to Birmingham programmes. In addition to these projects, Laura runs University visit days for schools, and delivers presentations on other higher education topics in schools and colleges across the West Midlands. Her working days are Monday to Thursday.

Claire Tatterton

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

Claire provides administrative support and assists in the organisation of the Your Future, Your Choice summer residential, Forward Thinking programme and Masterclasses. She also coordinates all school visits, both on and off campus, and is the first point of contact for queries from schools.

Aimhigher central team

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 NCOP 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.

Andrea Coyne 

Aimhigher Project Officer
Phone: +44 (0)121 414 2613
Email: a.coyne@bham.ac.uk

Andrea plays a key role in producing marketing resources for young people, parents and education practitioners. As well as creating the new outreach offer, Andrea also supports young people by delivering presentations in schools and colleges.

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 NCOP 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.

Matthew Horton

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

Matt is responsible for coordinating evaluation and monitoring across the NCOP partnerships and Access and Participation Plan. This includes ensuring that strategy and systems are aligned to OfS statutory expectations, including evidencing what works in terms of outreach programmes. The partnerships evaluation approach is supported by Matt’s PhD studies at the University of Birmingham School of Education. Matt has recently received an External Relations Award for Professional Behaviour.

Jess Price

Aimhigher Programme Officer
Phone: +44 (0)121 415 8164

Jess 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 NCOP Officers at the university spokes to ensure delivery.

Baljinder Rana

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

Bal 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) National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) programme working in targeted wards across the region to drive progression to higher education.

Molly Reilly

Aimhigher Administrator
Phone: +44 (0)121 414 6900
Email: m.reilly@bham.ac.uk

Molly’s role is split between providing evaluation and finance support for the NCOP programme. Molly is also responsible for general administration within the NCOP programme, including that of the MyTutor and Unifest programmes.

Aimhigher National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) team

Andy Collins

Outreach Officer (NCOP)
Phone: +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.

Lucy Palmer

NCOP 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 NCOP 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