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Director of Widening Participation: Anne-Marie Canning

Anne-Marie is the Director of Widening Participation at King’s College London. In this role she provides leadership and strategic direction for full lifecycle widening participation across the institution. Anne-Marie is currently leading a project with the Cabinet Office examining whether behavioural insights can improve the experience and outcomes of non-traditional learners at university. Anne-Marie is a member of the Universities UK Ministerial Advisory Group and recently served as Chair of the Russell Group Widening Participation Association. 

In 2008 Anne-Marie was appointed as the first full-time Access Officer at University College, Oxford and her work at Univ earned her a University of Oxford Teaching Award. Anne-Marie has a degree in English and Related Literatures from the University of York and served a sabbatical term as the president of the students' union. Anne-Marie has served as a local councillor and is now a community governor at the Archer Academy. You can follow her on Twitter @amcanning.

Deputy Director of Widening Participation: Kate Kettle

As Deputy Director of Widening Participation, Kate works closely with the Director of Widening Participation to ensure the smooth operational running of every aspect of the department’s work. She line manages the widening participation team and supports the Head of Widening Participation in the delivery of the department’s strategic aims and objectives. In addition, she directs projects that specifically encourage students from black and minority ethnic backgrounds to consider higher education. 

Kate previously spent four years developing outreach programmes at Oxford University. Prior to that, she worked in Accenture’s corporate consulting practise with a particular emphasis on change management within the public sector. Kate holds a BA (Hons) in History from Balliol College, Oxford University. 

Widening Participation Manager (Pre-16): Billy Reed

Billy oversees the department’s work with pre-16 students, including the King’s Scholars scheme and our partnership relationships. He is also responsible for the development and implementation of evaluation of widening participation activity at King’s and manages the Widening Participation Grants programme for staff-led widening participation projects. Billy graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in History.

Widening Participation Manager (Post-16): Doreen Thompson-Addo

Doreen oversees the department’s work with post-16 students, including the K+, Realising Opportunities and Sutton Trust programmes. She also has oversight of the department’s relationships with teachers and our work with key target groups such are care leavers and mature students. Doreen is also responsible for developing the support in place for on-course widening participations students and our special admissions consideration process for WP applicants. Doreen graduated from the University of Keele with a degree in International Relations and has spent most of her career in the voluntary sector, most recently as Programme Manager at the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust.

Widening Participation Officer (Vulnerable Groups): Anne-Marie Henderson

Anne-Marie is responsible for supporting and advising students who may face challenging circumstances with the transition to university. This includes students who have been or who are currently in local authority care, asylum seekers and refugees, young carers and mature students.  She also leads and delivers the Realising Opportunities programme at King’s College London . She joined the Widening Participation Department after working as a secondary school teacher for a number of years. Please get in touch if you are interested in any of these projects. 

Widening Participation Officer (Partnerships): Luke Chapman

Luke manages the relationship with some of our key partners, such as The Brilliant Club and IntoUniversity, as well as acting as the main schools liaison contact. He also produces written materials and targeted communications to support WP learners and publicise the department's activities. Before joining King’s, Luke worked for the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), UCAS and the University of Oxford.

Widening Participation Officer (K+): Syreeta Cumberbatch

As K+ Officer, Syreeta's job is to oversee the K+ scheme and support participants through every stage of the programme with us. She works with the team to provide the sixth form students on K+ with a varied and meaningful programme of activities and ensure that they get information, advice and support to help them with the next stage after their sixth form studies. She graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2010 where she studied History and Hispanic Studies. After graduating she trained and taught in further education for three years before going on to establish and lead a schools and young people’s programme in the arts and heritage sector. She joined the Widening Participation department at King’s in 2015.

Widening Participation Officer: Tom Weaver

Tom is responsible for the Teacher Advocate Award and provides support for K+, where he organises Career Days and the e-mentoring scheme. He also manages our student ambassador programme and School Governors Network. He graduated from Newcastle University in 2013 with a degree in Geography, followed by an Msc in Human Geography at University of Amsterdam in 2015. Previously, he has held roles at Newcastle University and Royal Holloway University of London where he was responsible for organising and delivering a variety of outreach visits and events.

Widening Participation Officer (King's Scholars): Joe Collin

As Pre-16 Widening Participation Officer Joe is primarily responsible for the design and delivery of King’s Scholars. Working with years 7-9, this initiative aims to encourage scholars to attend university, delve into the subjects that they love and provide bespoke advice on subject decisions. He also holds the responsibility for developing a new Widening Participation website, alongside co-ordinating a number of pre-16 WP activities.

Before joining King’s he taught History at Heartlands Academy in Birmingham and read History and Politics at St Anne’s College, Oxford. 

Planning and Widening Participation Analyst: Eleri Burnhill

In Eleri's role as Planning and Widening Participation Analyst she divide her time between the Widening Participation and Planning and Student Analytics Departments. Her main responsibilities include analysing student and survey data to evaluate widening participation programmes at King’s and producing statutory widening participation reports. Before joining King’s, she graduated from the University of Bath where she studied Sociology and Social Policy followed by a Masters of Research in Social Policy.  

Widening Participation Coordinator: Effy Alexandrou

Effy is the Widening Participation Coordinator for engagement with pre-16 students. This involves coordinating the development of the King’s Scholars programme and the delivery of a wide range of activities. Effy graduated from the London School of Economics with a degree in Sociology. Effy has previously worked as a Mentoring Coordinator at IntoUniversity.

Widening Participation Administrator: Aisha Warsame

Aisha is responsible for administrative support within the department, working particularly closely with the Widening Participation Officer (K+). She also acts as a central point of contact for enquiries in the Widening Participation Department. Aisha graduated from King’s College London in 2016 where she studied Neuroscience (BSc).

Widening Participation Officer (Summer Schools and Dental Outreach): Kirsty McLaren

Kirsty divides her time between Widening Participation and Dental Outreach. Her main responsibilities include the planning and delivery of the Sutton Trust Summer School, the Dental stream of the K+ programme and the Extended Support Dentirstry Programme (ESDP). Before King’s, Kirsty graduated from Durham University in 2014 where she studied Psychology (BSc). Since then she has undertaken Sabbatical student leadership roles, and has worked on Sutton Trust and Care Leavers programmes for Durham University.

Widening Participation Officer (Student Lifecycle): Maija Koponen

As Student Lifecycle Officer Maija is responsible for developing and implementing initiatives to support widening participation learners on course at King’s. A central part of the role is working in collaboration with the Cabinet Office’s Behavioural Insights Team and colleagues from across student services to deliver programmes that further the department’s commitment to full lifecycle widening participation. Maija has a degree in sociology and French from the University of Glasgow and completed her MA in Child Studies at King’s. She previously worked in the King’s External Affairs & Government Relations team.

Outreach Officer (Outreach for Medicine): Michaela O'Connell

Michaela is responsible for the planning and delivery of Outreach for Medicine activities; this includes school visits, Medical Activity Days and Med-View. She is also greatly involved in King’s flagship widening participation medical degree; the Extended Medical Degree Programme, where she works as part of the admissions team and with first year students. Michaela graduated from the University of Liverpool where she studied Anatomy and Human Biology (BSc). 

On Purpose Associate: Holly Budgen

As the On Purpose Associate, Holly is responsible for supporting the delivery of the departments BME engagement strategy and work with vulnerable groups. Holly graduated from the London School of Economics with a degree in Philosophy, before training as a maths teacher on the Teach First programme. After this, she was Director of start-up education charity TalentEd, which provides high ability disadvantaged pupils with weekly mentoring from retired teachers, and most recently, worked with Promoting Equality in African Schools in Zambia, improving access to quality secondary education.  

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