Director – Programmes and Partnerships
Catherine joined the Aimhigher team in 2004. She has developed key structures to support Aimhigher work in schools, colleges and universities including the Learner Progression Framework (LPF). She established the Vocational Progression Scheme (VPS) in 2007 to encourage parity for vocational learners in applying to Higher Education and has drawn on her own mentoring experience (both as a mentor and mentee) when managing the Aimhigher Associate Programme.
Catherine has a wide experience of supporting learners from diverse backgrounds to unleash their potential which includes Teaching English as a Foreign Language both abroad and in the local FE sector, administering a grant-giving charitable trust to support students with extenuating circumstances to take part in overseas leadership expeditions and representing the UK on the European Board of the Erasmus Student Network.
Telephone: 020 8417 7564
Responsibilities: Single Point of Contact for NNCO, overall schools liaison including recruitment of NNCO ‘cold spot’ mainstream schools, working with parents.
Director – Communication, QA and Target Programmes
Suzanne has worked with students in the area of social inclusion for the past 13 years.
She has taught Social, communication and Life Skills to students with a wide range of learning difficulties in FE, developed and co-ordinated a Mentor programme for high achieving KS4 students at risk of exclusion , developed (in collaboration with the then DfES) and delivered group work modules for the National Excellence in Cities Learning Mentor training.
Currently she is involved in developing progressive programmes of support for targeted young people.
Telephone: 020 8417 7563
Responsibilities: LAC mentoring programme, Research and Evaluation, NNCO work with Special Schools and PRUs
Rabeya started her career in Widening Participation as a placement student at the University of Surrey. In this role as an Educational Liaison Assistant she supported the University of Surrey’s Widening Access and Outreach Strategy, by designing and facilitating aspiration and attainment-raising activities.
After graduating from the University of Surrey in 2012, Rabeya moved to Scotland and worked for Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. She was then offered a role as Programmes Coordinator at Kingston University, London. She worked within the ‘Compact Scheme’ and ‘KU Cares’ team, working with students from under-represented groups. Having gained significant experience working in three different HEIs across the country and in different departments, she developed knowledge and an understanding of the challenges universities face and the expectations students have of university.
Telephone: 020 8417 7179
Responsibilities:Events co-ordinator including LAC