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Where can you find the North team?

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2021 Events – Face to Face

5th February 2021 - Manchester (Old Trafford)

10th March 2021 - Newcastle (St James' Park)

12th March 2021 - Leicester (King Power Stadium)

17th March 2021 - Sheffield (University of Sheffield)

24th March 2021 - Liverpool (Anfield)

21st April 2021 - Birmingham (Edgbaston Stadium)

29th April 2021 - Leeds (Elland Road)


UCAS Fairs - Dates to be added for 2021 soon.

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Karen Burns

Undergraduate Recruitment Operations Manager

Karen manages the Lancaster-based team and is responsible for the delivery of Lancaster’s student recruitment plans at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Karen co-ordinates Lancaster’s UCAS fair attendance and is the university’s primary contact for the Higher Education Liaison Officers Association (HELOA).

Karen has degrees in Modern Languages and English Literature as well as an MBA from Lancaster. She has worked in HE for seventeen years in a variety of roles from admissions to outreach and faculty administration, but never tires of sharing her passion for education and for Lancaster.




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Kirk Wadsworth

Kirk is the Student Recruitment Officer for the schools in Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East. He also works with the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Having looked after boarding students for the last 10 years and working closely with parents, Kirk is keen to develop links with prospective and current parents to help them navigate the HE landscape.

He studied Business Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University before switching to Sport Science degree at the University of Wales – Bangor, due mainly to his love of sport and the outdoors.  After 7 years in the Royal Engineers he ventured into the world of education as a PE teacher and Boarding House Parent, travelling to Austria and Thailand before returning home to a State school in the Lake District. Kirk's favourite part of working at Lancaster is its proximity to the Lakes and the Dales.

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Nichola Mason

Nichola is the Student Recruitment Officer for the North West and is faculty lead liaison for Science and Technology. She studied in Lancaster at the University of Cumbria for a degree in teaching. Nichola loved teaching but wanted to see the world so decided to move aboard soon after graduating, and from there lived in Portugal, Sicily, Menorca and France working as a childcare manager. 

Missing the northern charm Nichola returned from her 4 years abroad and started working in FE in school partnerships, admissions and events. It was within this role that Nichola found her calling for HE, and where she learnt how valuable sound advice and guidance is on helping those progressing from FE to HE. 

Nichola is keen to use her FE experience to help develop Lancaster's pre 16 support offer to schools and colleges. 

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Joanna Gray

Joanna is a Student Recruitment Officer, with a focus on working with schools in the East and West Midlands. She also works with Lancaster University’s Management School (LUMS).

She is a graduate of the University of Kent and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, and is passionate about sharing the incredible opportunities that a university student experience can offer. Joanna has worked in international student recruitment as well as UK, and has a background in teaching English overseas, and tutoring in UK HE institutions; Joanna enjoys meeting and supporting potential students from all different backgrounds, with their varied and exciting aspirations.

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Elle Zientek

Elle studied Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster University, and after graduating she worked as a HE Engagement Assistant at a large FE College in her home town in South Yorkshire.

She then returned to Lancaster as a Student Recruitment Assistant. Elle's role involves delivering sessions in person and virtually to support students with their progression into HE. She also co-creates the Schools & Colleges Newsletter which includes useful content for Teachers and Advisers relating to university.

Additionally, Elle is a College Adviser and supports current Lancaster students during their time at University.

Pronouns: She/her


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Jonny Parks

Jonny is a Student Recruitment Assistant and Lancaster University History graduate, who completed their MA in History at Lancaster and also worked within the recruitment team as an Outreach Ambassador. In his current role Jonny supports Officers in the North team, as well as assisting the development of Lancaster University’s postgraduate recruitment plans for 2020/21.

In his spare time he is usually found near a musical instrument of some description or out exploring the Lake District, but most likely near an instrument. His favourite Lancaster fact; ‘did you know the term ‘dinosaur’ was coined by Sir Richard Owen, a born and bred Lancastrian?’  


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Bracken Sturgess

Bracken is a Student Recruitment Assistant, working to support the Officers in preparing college students for higher education. She organises our webinars which you can find here, keeps the Working with Schools page up to date and has built the Resource Hub to give students access to what they need to get ready for university. 

She studied Animal Behaviour at Liverpool John Moores University and has a PGCE from Edge Hill University. Bracken has worked in Dog Care at Guide Dogs, as a Science teacher and in education recruitment before finding her niche in Higher Education. She loves being part of students decision making for their future, and giving them the tools to get there.

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Lucy Kaulbarsch

Lucy is a Student Recruitment Assistant, but has been part of Lancaster University since she was 17, starting as a Cleaner alongside studying at Sixth Form. She then continued to work at Lancaster University whilst being a student here. Lucy has recently graduated with a degree in Marketing, and will be using her knowledge and experience in customer facing roles to support the team. 

"Lancaster is definitely the best place I’ve ever worked; it’s friendly, fun and has the best work culture you could imagine." Lucy's favourite part about her job is being able to provide a real insight for potential students into university life, so she can help them make decisions about their university choice which will have a huge impact on their life.


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