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Meet the Education Liaison and Outreach team

The Education Liaison and Outreach team along with our dedicated ambassadors deliver all talks, workshops and sessions off-campus in addition to our range of on-campus events and activities.

To arrange any sessions with them, or to discuss the possibility of working with your institution, please get in touch.

Elita Eliades-Ahmed

Head of Education Liaison and Outreach

Elita profile imageI manage the Education Liaison and Outreach Team at Middlesex University. Following the completion of my studies with a BA English Studies and an MA in Arts Criticism, I have been working in the education sector since 2001 and have been at Middlesex University from 2004. I started my career in the education sector through working as a Student Ambassador and have been promoting the benefits and rewards of Higher Education since.

At Middlesex my focus has been leading the team in managing key stakeholder relationships, specifically with schools and colleges in the UK. I have a special interest in Outreach and Widening Participation work and enjoy working with all of our audiences in the large number of projects we deliver.

Timothy Whittlesea

Outreach Manager

I am responsible for the work we do with younger students as well as widening-participation amongst groups that are under-represented in Higher Education. I am passionate about ensuring that young people have access to the tools and opportunities that will allow them to achieve their future goals. I am particularly interested in making consistent improvements to the work we do in this field by evaluating our work and outcomes effectively. I also love being out-and-about, meeting and working directly with students studying in our local area.

Whilst studying for my PhD in Film, Television and Media I built data driven methods of analysing discourse based on skills I developed whilst studying for an undergraduate degree in Computer Science. I remain interested in using these skills to investigate discourses that surround universities and the outreach work they do.

Aishah Piprawala

National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) Coordinator

I have been at Middlesex University since September 2012, initially I started off as a Sociology & Criminology student, and soon I joined lots of extra-curricular activities and worked in many student roles across the university. My main role was working as a Student Ambassador, I worked with the Education Liaison and Outreach Team at the time and I really enjoyed it that I ended up doing a placement in 2015 within the team.

Since graduating I have worked as the Education Liaison and Outreach Coordinator, and I now have a very new and exciting job as the National Collaborative Outreach Programme Coordinator. I work collaboratively with Linking London, and my work involves delivering various presentations and workshops (IAG) to learners with a view to developing their transferable and study skills, and to explore career pathways. I am deeply passionate about inspiring young learners by exposing them to the opportunities and tools needed for them to achieve and exceed their potential.

Curtis Reid

Education Liaison and Outreach Officer

Upon completion of my BA in Business and following my time as President of Liverpool Students’ Union, I decided to continue my HE journey by completing an MA in International Journalism. Whilst studying I worked full time as Student Opportunites Coordinator, a role which encouraged current students to get more from their university experience by accessing free shows and events through the University’s corporate partners; Tate Liverpool, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic etc. Before joining MDX I spent a year as a Placement Officer supporting the creation of effective placements for LJMU students in local schools and colleges.

My role at MDX is largely focused on outreach and recruitment, the main purpose being to inspire and encourage learners (predominantly year 12/13’s and mature students) to consider higher education as a viable and worthwhile option. I often work with students who require more support and nurturing. In addition to this I deliver presentations, workshops as well as large on-campus events where we interact with numerous young learners. My role is extremely rewarding and I thoroughly enjoy working with young people who are keen to shape their futures for the better.

Jon Chandler

Outreach Projects Officer

I develop, deliver, and evaluate projects to increase attainment and aspiration among certain groups of under-represented students and their parents/guardians and advisors. I have worked in higher education as a researcher, teacher and outreach practitioner since 2010. I earned my doctorate in History from UCL where, alongside teaching and research, I designed and delivered summer schools and taster activities for widening participation students. I then joined the University of Surrey where I managed outreach programmes in the arts and social sciences. Before joining Middlesex I spent a year as the Fulbright Visiting Professor of History at Westminster College, Missouri.

At Middlesex I am responsible for designing and managing our outreach programmes for students who are under-represented in higher education, which includes care experienced and estranged students, refugees and asylum seekers, mature learners, and learners with disabilities. I work with a wide range of organisations including schools and colleges, local authorities, charities, and other higher education institutions.

I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a pretty awesome sax player.

Sarina Mahmood

Education Liaison and Outreach Officer

My role within the team is largely focused on outreach. I support learners planning to progress onto higher education, those who are academically able, as well as those who require more nurturing and may not have had much exposure to higher education. I am also responsible for the younger audience framework, in which I develop a portfolio of activities which aid students at different stages of their education. In addition to this I deliver presentations, workshops and subject-related activities, as well as large on-campus events where we interact with almost 1000 young learners.

I find my role really rewarding and satisfying as it enables me to help learners make those vital life-changing decisions and inspire those who are young to develop transferable skills they need to thrive

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