Widening participation team



Sarah-Louise Collins - Director of Widening Participation

Email: Sarah-Louise.Collins@winchester.ac.uk
Tel: 01962 827225
Responsible for: strategic responsibility for Widening Participation at the University of Winchester; and management of the 'Window on HE' team

Sarah is passionate about equality and diversity, widening participation and outreach and has worked in these areas for over 7 years. After graduating from the University of Glamorgan, she joined the University of Winchester as the Aimhigher Projects Officer and later the Widening Participation Coordinator. In this role she delivered a diverse range of activities for schools and targeted widening participation groups including children in care, care leavers and young carers. In March 2016, Sarah joined the National Network for the Education of Care Leavers (NNECL) to manage the HEFCE funded National Networks for Collaborative Outreach (NNCO).  Sarah took up the post of Widening Participation Manager in October 2016, taking up strategic responsibility for widening participation across the university.

Will Kelly - Widening Participation Co-ordinator​

Email: William.Kelly@winchester.ac.uk
Tel: 01962 827656
Responsible for: co-ordination of year 9, 10 and 11 'WINdow on HE' 11-16 activities with linked schools and colleges; co-ordination of the Children in Care activities; co-ordination of the Young Carers activities.

Will was educated in Northumberland before studying a degree in Theatre Production (Stage Management) at The University of Winchester. Whilst studying Will was part of many sports teams and societies, such as Foundation Music's Barbershop, Hockey and Performing Arts Winchester. He also spent 2 years as the Student Union's Equality and Diversity Executive Officer. Prior to coming to Winchester Will was one of Britain's best young public speakers, making it to the final rounds of BBC Two's 'the speaker'. He also played an active part in Northumberland County Council as a student representative. Will is passionate about raising aspirations, awareness and ability when it comes to education


Rachel Lad - Widening Participation Co-ordinator

Email: Rachel.lad@winchester.ac.uk
Tel: 01962 824903
Responsible for: co-ordination of the 'WINdow on HE' Primary Schools Project with linked schools in Andover

Rachel has worked in widening participation and outreach since 2008, at the University of Winchester and University of Reading, delivering a diverse range of activities for schools, colleges and targeted widening participation groups including care leavers.  During her time at The University of Winchester, Rachel worked for the Aimhigher Hampshire & Isle of Wight partnership as the Aimhigher Projects Leader and later as a Widening Participation Co-ordinator, helping to set up the WINdow on HE programme.  From November 2012 - April 2015 Rachel worked as the Project Manager for the Pathways to Property programme; an industry funded and Sutton Trust supported initiative to widen access to the real estate sector and real estate and planning programmes at University of Reading.  Rachel returned to the University of Winchester in 2015 to work with the National Network for the Education of Care Leavers (NNECL) to manage the HEFCE funded National Networks for Collaborative Outreach (NNCO).   Rachel has recently been on maternity leave and has now returned to support the WINdow on HE Primary programme and will be working with primary schools in Andover.

Katherine Lawrence - SCiP Manager and Widening Participation Co-ordinator​​​

Email: Katherine.Lawrence@winchester.ac.uk
Tel: 01962 824926
Responsible for: Project manager for the ‘Further and Higher Progression for Service Children’ project; BME outreach and Service Children outreach

Katherine Lawrence studied Japanese Studies at university and has worked in the University of Winchester’s Widening Participation team since 2013. She has worked in education since 2007 and spends much of her spare time with her local Scout group and teaching languages. 

Michael Hall - Widening Participation Evaluation & Outreach Officer

Email: Michael.Hall@winchester.ac.uk
Tel: 01962 827029
Responsible for: managing the Higher Education Ambassador scheme; secondary school liaison; evaluation of widening participation activities; research into issues relating to widening participation; and collaborative outreach via the Southern Universities Network focused on mature and part-time students.

Michael trained as a secondary science teacher at the University of Exeter and holds an MA in Education Studies from the University of Winchester.  Prior to joining the Widening Participation team he worked in business outreach for the University, organising networking events for local employers.  Before returning to the education sector, Michael worked as a policy adviser and researcher for the construction and manufacturing industries, campaigning on issues such as skills, procurement and infrastructure investment.  He is currently studying for a PhD focused on a reconceptualisation of the notion of graduate employability and lectures part-time on the Education Studies programme. Michael lives in Basingstoke and is a governor of his local infant school.

Philip Dent - Visiting Research and Development Fellow

Email: Philip.Dent@winchester.ac.uk
Tel : 01962 827022
Responsible for: leading national initiatives based at the University of Winchester: the MoD-funded Service Children's Progression (SCiP) Alliance and supporting strategy and sustainability for the National Network for the Education of Care-leavers.

Philip worked in the manufacturing industry managing systems and people before training as a Secondary School teacher. He worked in Primary, Secondary and post-16 education phases providing teaching or leadership focused on holistic approaches to the progression of children and young people before leading a multi-agency, multi-phase partnership as Director for Aimhigher Coventry and Warwickshire, based at Coventry University.

Following the end of the national Aimhigher programme, Philip co-founded The Progression Trust, a social enterprise working to improve lifelong progression for children, young people and adults. As the Trust's Chief Executive, Philip has led practice and research projects working with universities, colleges, schools and training providers across the country and delivered key strategic projects for HEFCE and OFFA, as a strategic adviser on national strategy for access and widening participation.

As a Visiting Research and Development Fellow at the University of Winchester, Philip has led the setting up of the Single Point of Contact for the National Network for the Education of Care Leavers and a Ministry of Defence research and widening participation project focused on the progression of the children of military families.

Philip is Associate Fellow at the Centre for Education, Development, Appraisal and Research, University of Warwick; Associate, International Centre for Guidance Studies, University of Derby; and Associate, Higher Education Academy.

Higher Education Ambassadors

Our enthusiastic and friendly HE Ambassadors are current students at the University of Winchester. They are vital to the success of all our widening participation outreach activities and their backgrounds generally closely reflect the groups of young people we work with.

Group of HE Ambassadors sitting together on steps After training, our HE Ambassadors help the Widening Participation Co-ordinators run a diverse range of on and off campus activities for young people aged 9 – 16.

They act as impartial and positive role models, helping young people to discover more about the University and helping them to gain the knowledge they need to make their own informed choices about higher education.

Being an HE Ambassador can be very rewarding. It also offers opportunities for students to develop a wide range of skills while extending their experience of working in a variety of settings. All our HE Ambassadors are DBS checked.

HE Ambassadors are recruited once a year, usually in November.

Meet the Widening Participation team at the University of Winchester: