Meet the 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, click here to get in touch.

Elita Eliades

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.

Nikki Jell

Education Liaison Manager (Student Recruitment)

My role involves working with school and college staff, understanding the needs of their students and working collaboratively to engage and support young people age 16+ into successful futures. I work with colleagues across the university to organise and deliver events and workshops both on our Hendon campus and in colleges and schools.

Having previously taught GCSE and A level Business Studies, Psychology and Sociology, I recognise the importance of ensuring students are well prepared for the transition to higher education. I work with our partner schools and colleges to equip students with the skills, knowledge and mindset they need to succeed. I feel privileged to work with like-minded colleagues both within Middlesex University and across our partner institutions who share my desire to increase the life chances and opportunities of the students we work with.

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 Opportunities 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.

Zee Mohammed

Outreach Projects Officer

Before joining the MDX Outreach team I worked as a careers adviser with over 500 pupils per academic year in schools and colleges in West London. Through that job, I realised that a lot of pupils coming from less privileged backgrounds faced many obstacles in life and simply lacked aspirations for higher education. I believe these students need the most inspiration throughout their education and I feel privileged to project manage programmes involving students from a widening participation background where I deliver a variety of workshops to learners and college staff. I am also involved in events on and off campus where I meet prospective students and other stakeholders which I thoroughly enjoy.

Prior to my role in education, I worked as an architect for many years and continue to use my own life experience of studying, working and living in different countries to inspire this young generation to make informed decisions, break down barriers to progression, develop skills and the right attitude and most importantly to enjoy the journey!

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