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Meet the team

Our friendly team are based across the UK and work in close collaboration with schools and colleges to provide opportunities for students and support progression to higher education.

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Student Recruitment (North)

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Carl Griffiths

UK Student Recruitment Manager

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I've been involved with student recruitment and widening participation roles for over 12 years, and currently manage Lancaster's North and Midlands based teams, developing plans to help us engage with schools and colleges from across the UK. I work closely with the team and our colleagues across the University to identify how we can best provide support, advice and guidance to our colleagues within the secondary and further education sectors, helping students to make the best choice for their next steps into higher education.

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BA Hons Geography, 2009, University of Cambridge | PGCE Secondary Education, 2015, Aberystwyth University

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Nichola Mason

Student Recruitment Officer (North West: Lancashire and Cheshire)

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I am responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with schools and colleges across Lancashire and Cheshire. An integral part of my role is working with young people offering advice and guidance on their progression pathways towards studying for a degree at university. Previously, I worked with school partnerships within Further Education and it was here I experienced how valuble accesible and supportive information/guidance is when suporting young people's progression beyond sixth form/college.

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BA Hons Primary Education, 2008, University of Cumbria

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Jonny Parks

Student Recruitment Officer (North West: Cumbria, Isle of Man)

As a Student Recruitment Officer based in our North Team, I act as the main contact for schools and colleges in Cumbria and the Isle of Man. In this role I engage with prospective students, parents, carers and teachers to provide advice and guidance to support a student’s progression to higher education. In addition to the Undergraduate focus of my role, I also act as the Postgraduate recruitment lead for our team, primarily encouraging PGT students from across the UK to continue their academic journey at Lancaster University.

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BA Hons History, 2017, Lancaster University | MA Hons History, 2018, Lancaster University (Furness College)

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Kirk Wadsworth

Student Recruitment Officer (North West: Lancashire and Greater Manchester)

I primarily look after schools and colleges in the North West regions of Lancashire and Greater Manchester. Previously I worked in boarding schools for over 10 years and liasied closely with teachers, students and parents putting me in a good position to offer advice and guidance on the university landscape and where Lancaster sits within UK university options. After serving 7 years in the Royal Engineers, I returned to education teaching PE in high school and was head of boarding before joining the team at Lancaster.

BA Hons Sport Science, 1998, Bangor University

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Elle Zientek

Student Recruitment Officer (Yorkshire & Humber, North East)

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I primarily act as the key contact for schools and colleges in the North East and Yorkshire & Humber regions. In this role I also deliver presentations and attend events such as HE Fairs to support students with their progression into higher education. I also have an additional role at the University, as a College Adviser for Lonsdale College, whereby I provide pastoral support to current Lancaster students during their time at the University.

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BA Hons English Language & Linguistics, 2018, Lancaster University (The County College)

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Callum Gough

Student Recruitment & Events Coordinator

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I support on and off campus events for schools and colleges, as well as assisting my colleagues in all regions developing captivating activities both in-person and virtually. Furthermore, I analyse various data to determine the effectiveness of our recruitment activity.

BA Hons Business with International Management, 2017, Northumbria University

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George Canning

Student Recruitment Assistant

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As one of the Student Recruitment Assistants, I support the Officers in attending HE Fairs across the North of England and further afield, as well giving presentations and workshops. I also look after postgraduate recruitment events within our team with Jonny and support the wider administrative needs of the department.

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BA Hons Acting, 2016, University of Wales Trinity Saint David and California State University Fullerton | PGCE Secondary Education, 2018, Manchester Metropolitan University

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George Johnson

Student Recruitment Assistant

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As a Student Recruitment Assistant, I travel the country, mainly the North, to visit schools and discuss all things higher education, with presentations on everything from Student Finance to Personal Statements. I also attend UCAS fairs, as well as smaller fairs run by schools and colleges to give information on Lancaster’s courses and the student experience.

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BSc Hons Psychology, 2021, Lancaster University (Furness College)

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Henry Blackburn

Student Recruitment Assistant

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My role is to help young people make the best decision for them. I work with the team to ensure prospective students make informed choices with their post-18 options. As well as this, I deliver workshops and presentations to many different audiences from students to carers mainly across the North to prepare people for university life, whether that be on Student Finance or choosing the right university or course for you. The role is varied and offers lots to be proud of.

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BA Hons Drama, Theatre & Performance, 2022, Lancaster University (The County College)

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Catherine Brabin

Student Recruitment Assistant

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BA Hons Theatre and English Literature, 2022, Lancaster University (The County College)

Student Recruitment (Midlands)

Emily Day

Student Recruitment Officer

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I've worked in roles focused on student recruitment, widening participation and the education sector generally for over 13 years. Working alongside Claire, I am responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with schools and colleges across the Midlands. My role is to offer the best support, advice and guidance to students, teachers, advisers as well as parents and supporters across secondary and further education sectors, helping students to make the best choice for their next steps into higher education. I also serve in a voluntary capacity as the Midlands Chair at HELOA.

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BA Hons Business Management and Psycology, 2009, York St John University

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Claire Owen

Student Recruitment Officer

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As a Student Recruitment Officer in the Midlands, I’m keen to build meaningful relationships with schools and colleges to support students with their decision making and transition into higher education. I’ve worked as a Careers Adviser in schools and colleges for over 15 years and very much enjoy helping students to understand their post 16 and post 18 options, as well as understanding how to access and navigate careers and labour market information.

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BA Hons Sociology with Social Policy, 2000, University of Warwick

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Student Recruitment (South)

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Hilary Beck

Student Recruitment Officer (East of England, South East and the Channel Islands)

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My role as a Student Recruitment Officer involves working with schools and colleges across the East and South East of England, helping students make informed choices about their future. As a Southerner who chose to study in the North, I enjoy telling students about these benefits and expanding their horizons when choosing a place to study.

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BSc Hons Pharmaceutical Chemistry, 2015, Manchester Metropolitan University

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Aki Hanabusa

Student Recruitment Officer (London)

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After moving to the UK from Japan in 2011 for my own studies, I now manage Lancaster University’s relationships with and provide tailored advice and support to schools and colleges across Greater London region. As part of this, I attend HE fairs, deliver presentations and workshops – you'll also see me at London UCAS fairs! It is my passion to support and guide students in this life-changing decision-making process.

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BA Hons Politics & International Relations, 2015, University of Westminster | MA Hons Gender Studies, 2016, School of Oriental & African Studies

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Jess Shaw

Student Recruitment and Events Coordinator

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Originally from West Yorkshire, I have lived in London since 2017 and support the South Office with coordination and delivery of student recruitment events and activities. I enjoy visiting HE fairs and schools across London/South of England and delivering presentations relating to higher education. I also look after the bi-monthly Schools and Colleges newsletter as well as our Twitter account.

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LLB Hons Law, 2014, Lancaster University (Cartmel College)

Widening Participation

Carla Lockwood

Widening Participation Manager

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My role as involves working with my colleagues in the Widening Participation team to provide young people with opportunities to find out more about higher education and gain an insight into life at Lancaster University. I am passionate about enabling students to successfully progress to their chosen university and achieve their potential, irrespective of background or barriers.

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Jake Brown

Widening Participation Officer (Lancaster Access Programme)

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I work on our key widening participation projects supporting students from underrepresented groups to progress to university. I mainly focus on managing our Lancaster Access Programme and large scale campus events such as residentials and experience days. I also work to support and assist WP students across wider work and events offered by the University.

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BSc Hons Physical Geography, 2016, Lancaster University and Macquarie University

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Ele Dove

Widening Participation Officer (Realising Opportunities)

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BSc Hons Forensic Anthropology, 2013, Liverpool John Moores University

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Jamie Carbert

Faculty Liaison Officer (Health & Medicine, Science & Technology)

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I lead a variety of different projects, working in collaboration with the faculties of Health and Medicine and Science and Technology, to support our widening participation aims as outlined in the Access and Participation Plan. This includes opportunities for schools to visit our campus, such as our STEM Skills Challenge, and also very targeted initiatives for students like Access to Medicine. I also work closely with the Student Recruitment Officers to support school and college campus visits.

BSc Hons Geography, 2015, Lancaster University (Furness College)

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Dr Martin Walker

Faculty Liaison Officer (Arts & Social Sciences, Management School)

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I lead on the development and implementation of targeted subject-level widening participation programmes across the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and our Management School. I also develop and manage relationships across those two faculties, working in collaboration with academics, departments and professional teams to deliver impactful and high quality activity. Additionally, I act as a coach and mentor to a group of students on the Lancaster Success Programme as well as providing pastoral and welfare support to Pendle College students.

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BA Hons History, 2011, Lancaster University | MSc Hons History & Philosophy of Science, 2014, Utrecht University | PhD, 2019, Lancaster University

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Alex Hackett-Evans

Widening Participation Coordinator

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BA Hons Physics with Astrophysics and Cosmology, 2019, Lancaster University (The County College)

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Jessie Whaite

Widening Participation Coordinator

BA Hons Primary Education, 2013, Edge Hill University

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Gareth Williams

Widening Participation Assistant

BA Hons History, 2016 and MA Hons History, 2017, Lancaster University (The County College)

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