With over 15 years’ experience in widening access at Kingston University as a practitioner and senior manager, Jenni’s commitment to widening participation is rooted in her belief that higher education has the power to contribute to social inclusion, transform individual lives and benefit society as a whole.
As the senior manager of a high-performing WP department that consistently makes substantial progress against widening access goals, Jenni has led a range of highly innovative and challenging work: She designed and implemented Kingston University’s distinctive Compact Scheme and managed the implementation of a tailored support programme for care leavers – KU Cares – which has been extended to other marginalised and vulnerable groups including estranged students, ex-Foyer residents, asylum seekers and young adult carers. In developing support, Jenni and her team work directly with learners from these groups to understand the key challenges and ensure that provision is shaped appropriately.
Recognising that effective widening participation is underpinned by collaboration, Jenni is focused on strengthening internal relationships across faculties and professional services, and nurturing external links with schools, colleges, HEIs, Local Authorities and third sector organisations. She ensures Kingston’s proactive participation in several national and regional collaborative networks, is a member of the Executive Committee for the Forum for Access and Continuing Education (FACE) and oversees the University’s role as lead HEI in the London NCOP.