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.
Sam is an experienced teacher and leader, having spent over 17 years providing the vision and leadership required to ensure high quality education for all pupils. Sam is currently working as an education consultant, running a middle leaders program and creating an online CPD toolkit.
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.
Derek spent 23 years as a serving member of the Royal Air Force, before switching to the education sector. He has worked both in schools and universities managing various progression and outreach programmes as a senior leader, with a particular focus on widening participation issues.
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.
Carol has extensive experience as a Careers Adviser working in a university environment, and has supported hundreds of prospective undergraduates through the UCAS application process. A recent first class honours graduate in Psychotherapy and Counselling, and a parent of two adult children, Carol is aware of the issues facing the whole family when planning for university.
Dr Audrey Matthews
Audrey is a former university Principal Lecturer in sciences, who has specialised in admissions and widening participation roles. She a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an active STEM Ambassador.
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.