The team is here to help and support all our partners, students and the wider community. We have a range of backgrounds in higher and further education, arts and culture, the public and private sector, sport and administration.
Please feel free to contact us if you want to discuss any aspect of our work with partners and the community.
Helen leads partnerships activity for the University. Her academic career has focused on providing access to excellence through higher education and research in arts and culture. She trained at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance where she was subsequently a scholarship postgraduate student and then a Research Fellow. She has worked at a number of higher education institutions in the UK and has been invited to contribute to institutions in Europe, USA and Australia. Her personal research area focuses on the relationship between arts and technology and she has led a number of externally funded, large research projects in this context.
Dr Gordon Mellor is the Director of University of Bedfordshire’s Milton Keynes campus, he has operational/academic oversight of the University’s Study Centres and is deputy to Professor Helen Bailey in the Centre for Academic Partnerships, having formerly lead the University of Bedfordshire’s Business School. He started his academic career as an historian- philosopher with roots in education and sport. He has lectured on a broad range of topics both nationally and internationally. As an Olympic scholar he was closely involved in the media coverage of the London Olympic Games in 2012. A champion of the student experience, Gordon is an advocate of high quality, vocationally relevant and accessible higher education provision.
Debra supports the Executive Dean of Academic Partnerships through leading and managing the business development, transition from start-up to operational delivery of both UK and international academic partnerships; including approval, re-approval and maintenance of contracts for academic partners.
Debra’s background is in legal practice and higher education. She has worked on civil litigation cases involving cases heard in the House of Lords and High Court; and, more recently, in a number of higher education institutions’ law faculty with roles ranging from lecturer to academic faculty lead and head of partnerships (international).
Tim leads on resource management, planning, analysis, project management, the development of the academic infrastructure to support partnerships and internal and external communications. He also has oversight of access and outreach activity which is planned and delivered by the Centre for Academic Partnerships. With a background in engineering and teaching, Tim has significant experience of quality assurance in higher education and of the leadership and management of higher education in further education.
Jon Driver works closely with staff throughout the University, and its partners across the globe, to assist in leading the management of partnership provision at the University. He believes that effective partnership provision is essential to the development of the University’s mission to deliver high-quality education to people to whom it would otherwise be unavailable.
Previously, Jon held the post of Assistant University Secretary (Governance), and he continues to support the University’s Governance operation. He has also held managerial roles within the University’s International Admissions, International Marketing, UKVI Compliance, and Adjudication teams.
Aside from his roles at the University, Jon has spent time living in China, working in radio, and serving as Honorary Research Associate with the NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service working on the intersection between philosophy, anthropology and psychiatric medicine.
Eimantas is responsible for developing and imbedding an evaluation framework and establishing a programme of cohesive evaluation and monitoring activity across the various strands of Centre for Academic Partnerships as well as providing data and statistical analysis in support of various on-going or planned projects. Moreover, he is responsible for gathering data from various internal and external sources and providing the statistical findings to CAP senior management for future planning and evaluation.
Richard has worked for the University since 2012, originally as part of the Finance team in a Central Management Accountant role. Within the Centre for Academic Partnerships team, he manages the contracts and compliance for both UK and International partners. This post involves the operational management of partnership contracts, student numbers, fee reconciliations and invoicing.
Shaheda is responsible for partners based in the UK and Overseas. Her key role is to be the first point of contact for the partners and ensure the smooth running of all academic and administrative processes. She has gained experience in the HE sector having worked at the University of Bedfordshire for a number of years as a Student Finance Officer in the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences. Previously she worked for the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission where she looked after a portfolio of UK Universities and NHS Trusts and the scholars based within them.
Garry has worked for the University since 1992. He is an account manager with responsibility for several private colleges. His role chiefly involves managing the relationship between the colleges and the university. He has extensive experience of the HE sector, having worked for a number of years as a senior lecturer, course coordinator, portfolio leader, link coordinator and external examiner. He works for the Centre for Academic Partnerships part-time, and has external professional interests which include academic writing, post-doctoral research and mentoring HEA Experiential Portfolio Route applicants.
Banke has responsibility for some of the partners in Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Her role includes ensuring a smooth running of the University’s provision with the partners and managing the partner relationship in a mutually beneficial way for the long term, she will also focus on the University’s representation with the partner from a marketing perspective. Banke joined the team with a background in International Relations and Business Administration, and significant experience of working in the UK and abroad where she managed international partnerships. More recently she engaged in the education sector where she worked with charities to assist young scholars to improve literacy levels.
Humaira is responsible for overseas partners within the Centre for Academic Partnerships. Her key role is to be the first point of contact for the partners and ensure the smooth running of all academic and administrative processes. She has gained knowledge and experience in the HE sector through her previous role at a health education charity managing a portfolio of pharmaceutical partners and other charities. Key responsibilities included providing support in the development and delivery of bespoke training to healthcare professionals within the NHS.
Roisin helps manage the team that promotes access to Higher Education to all, regardless of age, race, gender or socio-economic background. The team runs a progressive outreach programme of activity for the engagement of potential learners. She helps ensure we remain on course to hit our targets, established as part of our Access Agreement. She also engages with the wider local and national picture of widening participation and access. email@example.com
Paula manages the Network for Collaborative outreach hosted at the University of Bedfordshire. The National Networks for Collaborative Outreach (NNCO) scheme aims to encourage more young people into higher education (HE). It will deliver a nationally coordinated approach to working with schools, universities and colleges to help people access HE.
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Laura leads the collaborative partnerships administration team that works on a range of academic courses operating at our international partners. The team, based in the Centre for Academic Partnerships in Luton, is responsible for administrative processes associated with students studying at our international partners.
Our Collaborative Partnerships Officers are each responsible for the administration of an assigned group of courses operating at the international partners. They manage the team of administrators associated with these courses, undertaking administrative duties relating to the admission, registration, assessment mark entry, progression and awarding of students at these partners, working closely with relevant staff across the University and at the partners, to provide high quality administrative support.
Jess leads the team that provides support for courses operating at international institutions in Sri Lanka, , Myanmar, Guyana, Jordan, , Vietnam, Hong Kong, Singapore, Maldives, Malta Mauritius and Trinidad.
Karen oversees admissions and leads the team that provides support for courses operating at international institutions in Sri Lanka, Nepal, Myanmar, Italy, Guyana, Jordan, Egypt and Spain.
Shahjahan undertakes administrative duties relating to the admission of students to courses operating at our international partners. His work includes processing applications and offer letters, considering equivalent international qualifications and ensuring entry requirements are met, and the maintenance of student databases.
Our Collaborative Partnerships Administrators (International) perform a range of duties for nominated partners and courses which include: registration, course related and assessment administration, processing enquiries from the partner(s) and within the University, examination and assessment administration, and the maintenance of student databases, including unit information leading to progression and award decisions.
Amna provides support for courses operating within Accounting, Business, Law and Human Resources at partner institutions in Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Singapore, Maldives, Jordan and Trinidad.
Tiffany provides support for courses operating within Computer Science, Health and Education at partner institutions in Sri Lanka, Nepal, Myanmar, Italy, Guyana and Jordan.
Manprit provides support for courses operating within Law, Business and Health at partner institutions in Vietnam, Sri Lanka and Myanmar.
Rozina provides support for courses operating within Creative Arts and Education at a partner institution in Cairo, Egypt.
Harry provides support for courses operating within Business Administration at partner institutions in Trinidad, Mauritius, Maldives, Jordan, Guyana, Malta, Sri Lanka and Myanmar.
Emma-Rose Payne is the University of Bedfordshire's Arts and Culture Projects Manager. Joining the University in January 2017, Emma heads up its collaborative arts and culture projects, which aim to widen participation in the arts and enable artists in UoB’s communities to thrive. Originally from Norwich, Emma has international experience in establishing cultural place making opportunities in partnership with educational institutions and creative organisations. Prior to joining the University Emma was Learning and Participation Manager at Trestle Theatre Company and Lecturer in Drama Education (MA, PGCE) at Middlesex University. Throughout 2016, she was part of the SIG consortium for the Arts, Health and Wellbeing All Party Parliamentary Group, supporting the inquiry report, “Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing”. She is a fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts (RSA) and University of Exeter alumni.
Stephen heads up the SportBeds department which incorporates sports develop and operations elements. Stephen’s departmental focus is on five key elements of high level performance, competition, participation, academic support and working with key external partners. Stephen’s departmental goal is to improve the opportunities for Sport at the University of Bedfordshire.
Daniel’s principle role is to run and contact manage all of the owned and bought-in sporting facilities across the various sites of the University, to ensure our students and staff have the support and facilities required to meet their academic and sporting needs.
Cherrelle’s role encompasses sport development, building community links and expanding sports opportunities, across the whole University, for students and staff. Cherrelle also leads on the University sports scholarship scheme and the development of coaching opportunities.
Helen runs the day-to-day operations of our facilities which include Alexander Sports Centre, Arena, Astro, Aspire Gyms and pitches.
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