Meet our Progression Specialists
Our Progression Specialists work one-on-one with students on our programmes to help them work their way through the university application process. They have many years of experience in teaching and a passion for helping students achieve their potential.
Beckie has worked as a science teacher for over 10 years and has led various initiatives in schools aimed at narrowing the attainment gap. Her experience also includes several years mentoring students through the UCAS statement writing process. She is passionately committed to helping students realise their true potential.
Sarah has worked in education for over twenty years, both in teaching and leadership roles. She has worked on a variety of school development initiatives as well as developing a mentorship role for students on placement, trainee and newly qualified teachers. She is passionate about helping students to develop their talents and achieve their full potential.
Helen has taught English, EAL and Media courses in high schools and colleges in the UK and overseas. In her former role with the ethnic minority achievement support service, Helen developed staff training and pupil mentoring programmes to support school staff and individual students in narrowing the attainment gap.
Nicola has worked in FE for the past three years leading the schools partnership provision for New College Nottingham; she previously worked in a Nottingham City Academy overseeing the 14-19 agenda and college and university links programme. Nicola has extensive experience in employer engagement and brokering relationships between the education sector and business.
Ali studied philosophy at the London School of Economics and went on to become a secondary English teacher. He has worked with EAL students, the Latin American Women’s Rights Service and schools across south-east London to increase participation and HE progression of recent arrivals to the UK.
Ali has an MA from the University of Westminster where he also worked on improving the accessibility of the admissions processes.
Alongside her work as a Progression Specialist, Rosamund is an English teacher in Hertfordshire. She has a masters degree in Leading Teaching and Learning and has held a number of leadership roles in schools, specialising in student intervention and coaching.
Claire Gibson Oxley
Claire taught Art, English and Critical Thinking, serving as a head of sixth form and senior leader. Now a freelance higher education advisor, she is committed to helping students find the right path towards their chosen careers.
Yvonne has spent over three decades working within the comprehensive education system. Much of that time has been spent in senior leadership and latterly as the Principal of a large, successful comprehensive in Wiltshire. Extensive experience of leading and managing a variety of teams as well as working with students and stakeholders to improve the life chances of all children.
Leona's most recent appointments have been managerial posts in the social care sector and she worked in the education sector for a number of years during her time as a practitioner. Leona gained experience in multiple roles which were based in schools, pupil referral units and other alternative education provisions specialising in improving attitudes to learning, raising standards of achievement and widening participation.
Keith worked as a teacher and Access to HE Co-ordinator in schools and FE colleges for 16 years before going on to leadership roles in awarding organisations and post 16 skills bodies. Keith is currently working as an education consultant and is a governor at a secondary school in Essex.
Sarah was previously International Director at Bath College where she worked with students from all over the world to help them progress to university in the UK. She taught organisational behaviour at UWE Bristol, is a qualified coach-mentor and is also a respite foster carer.
Emma Salgard Cunha
Emma's background is in the Higher Education sector. She completed her doctorate at the University of Cambridge where she now also works in access, outreach and public engagement. An experienced examiner, tutor and university lecturer, she has particular interests in student progression in humanities and arts subjects, and in research-led initiatives for widening participation.
Heather has extensive recent experience of advising post- 16 students on the UCAS process, and a background as a Literacy and Skills for Life specialist tutor in the FE sector. She is currently working towards an MA in Student Affairs in Higher Education.
Susan has worked in education for over 40 years, most recently as Vice Principal of a large academy. Since 2010, she has worked as an education consultant, supporting senior leaders in schools which have been placed in special measures.