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
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.
Head of 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.
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.
Assistant Student Recruitment Officer
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 3208
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 Office 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.
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 Deputy Director of External Relations/Director of Student Recruitment.
Student Recruitment Officer
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 7142
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 conventions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 7801
Rebecca supports the Head of Outreach in the management of a team of officers and programmes which are part of the University’s commitment to the widening participation agenda. Rebecca has specific responsibility for the University’s Access to Birmingham (A2B) scheme. The purpose of Access to Birmingham 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 their transition from school or college to university.
Outreach Officer (NCOP)
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 3167
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Assistant Outreach Officer
Tel: +44(0)121 414 5873
Alice is one of two lead staff members on the Year 10 Summer Residential programme organised and coordinated at the University of Birmingham. She runs the Routes to the Professions and UniFest (AimHigher) streams. Alice also assists in organising the Forward Thinking programme, which is a progressive programme for young people from local schools. Along with working on these large scale projects, Alice organises 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.
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.
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 8489
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 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.
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 8489
Jane is currently on maternity leave, her role is currently covered by Harriet Parkes.
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.
Project Assistant (NCOP)
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 3167
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
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.