As a team, we are here to support your students on their journey to higher education. Our staff and dedicated student ambassadors work closely with schools and colleges within London and the wider area to prepare students for university, raise aspirations and provide dedicated information, advice and guidance.
We can deliver a number of preparatory workshops for higher education, from writing a personal statement to presentations on student finance. Working both physically and virtually, we are able to meet you and your students in a way that suits you.
My strategic leadership shapes the direction for outreach and recruitment activities, as well as widening participation initiatives. Following graduating with a BA in English Studies and an MA in Arts Criticism, I have been working within the FE and HE sectors since 2001 and have been at Middlesex University since 2004. My career started through working as a Student Ambassador and have been promoting the benefits and rewards of Higher Education since.
My ability to build and maintain relationships with education providers and HE partners (including government bodies, local councils and youth groups), has been fundamental in the delivery of a diverse range of initiatives that are aligned with young people’s needs, as well as responsive to government agendas. With a passion for social mobility and socio-economic integration, my initiatives aim to drive reform through a portfolio of deliverables, increase attainment and remove barriers to learning within educational establishments.
In a voluntary capacity, I have held numerous committee and advisor member roles in schools and colleges, where I have led on child safeguarding agendas, fundraising, enterprise and estate planning projects. I am also an advocate of positive mental health and actively promoting well-being practices in the workplace that aid a healthy work-life balance, such as meditation and mindfulness.
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.
My role focuses on engaging students up to the age of 16, introducing them to Middlesex University and empowering them to make informed decisions on their educational and employment futures. I am involved in managing widening participation projects which supports the university in meeting its Access and Participation Plan obligations and improving equality of opportunity for the young people we engage. Our team is fortunate to work with inspirational colleagues within Middlesex and in our supportive partner organisations such as Linking London, AccessHE and Unitas to name a few.
Before joining the team I have spent a decade marketing and planning content for national education and employability programmes and promoting educational activity at major visitor attractions across the country.
Our team of 3 are dedicated higher education experts. We work closely with schools and colleges to support students in their next steps. We are all very passionate about raising aspirations and providing clear information, advice and guidance as well as practical tips on applying to university. Between us, we have experience in admissions, project management, events as well as a key insight into healthcare applications. Within the team Sophie specialises in community relationships and external partnerships with stakeholders, Anjali focuses on the communications and social media of our team and Natalie concentrates mainly on relationships with our faculty and academic staff.
This allows us to work closely with our key feeder institutions to create a programme of presentations, workshops and exciting resources to support the transition into university.
I trained as a secondary school English teacher at the UCL Institute of Education and went on to work in schools in Hackney, Islington and Tower Hamlets before moving into the Higher Education sector. After leaving teaching and taking time out to travel, I made the move into HE, working within faculty at Middlesex and London School of Hygiene and Tropical medicine, before accepting the current role in the Ed Liaison Team.
I am the main point of contact for schools wanting to benefit from Pre-16 activity. It is my responsibility to create, curate and deliver a programme of workshops and activities for young people designed to raise aspirations and provide information advice and guidance about HE and beyond. I hope that my experience of working directly with Pre-16 learners as well as my experience working within faculty will help provide an inspirational and informative menu of projects and events for young people and their advisors.
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.
As the Education Liaison Coordinator, my responsibilities include organising the planning and delivery of recruitment activities, building relationships with key stakeholders and developing workshops and programmes focused on IAG, raising aspirations and improving attainment. I have a background knowledge in degree apprenticeships having previously worked in Middlesex University’s Centre for Apprenticeship and Skills for 18 months.
Prior to joining MDX, I gained a degree in Human Geography and worked within event management, volunteer coordination and mental health support.