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Meet the Centre for Academic Partnerships Team

Supporting our partners

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.

Professor Helen Bailey, Executive Dean of Centre for Academic Partnerships

Helen BaileyHelen 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.

Gordon Mellor, Associate Dean of Academic Partnerships

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.

Partnerships Operations

Tim Gregory, Director of Academic Partnerships Operations

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.

Eimantas Bosas, Partnerships Analyst

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 Miller, Partnerships Contracts and Compliance Manager

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.

Account Managers

Dimitris Kontodimopoulos, Academic Partnerships Account Manager

Dimitris has been involved with international HE for over a decade both in the UK and overseas and through a diverse range of responsibilities. He has accumulated significant experience in international strategy development, particularly in the context of transnational education and student mobility. He is currently managing a range of the University’s partnerships and has a cross-functional remit for new business development.

Shaheda Khatun, Academic Partnerships Account Manager

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 Layden, Academic Partnerships Account Manager

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 De-Marro, Academic Partnerships Account Manager

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 Akter, Academic Partnerships Account Manager

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.

Access and Outreach

Roisin Kendall, Access Partnership Manager

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.

Paula Page, Collaborative Outreach Project Manager

Paula PagePaula 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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International Collaborative Partnerships

Rozina Mohammed, Collaborative Partnerships Administrator

Rozina is the administrator for Vietnam and Egypt. She recently worked with Kaplan Hong Kong and has been working with this partner for a number of years. Rozina previously worked for the TNE team within the University’s Business School.

Parminder Puar, Collaborative Partnerships Administrator

The Kaplan Singapore administrator is Parminder and he brings to this role his valuable experience gained from working within faculty and the Exams and Assessments Office. Parminder looks after the franchised undergraduate Accounting and postgraduate MBA courses for this partner. He is also taking responsibility for partners in Italy, Mauritius and the Maldives.

Harry Sutton, Collaborative Partnerships Administrator

Harry is the administrator for our partners in Sri Lanka and Myanmar, dealing with both undergraduate and postgraduate franchised provision. Harry recently joined the University and brings with him plenty of professional administration experience.

Manprit Marvaha, Collaborative Partnerships Administrator

Manprit administrates provision for Kaplan Hong Kong and undertakes some of the administration for Majan College in Oman. She has worked at the University for eight years, mainly in the Faculty of Creative Arts, Technologies and Science administration, before joining the Centre for Academic Partnerships.

Arts and Culture

Emma Payne, Arts and Culture Projects Manager

Emma-Rose Payne is UoB’s Arts and Culture Projects Manager. Joining UoB in January 2017, Emma heads up UoB’s 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 Pitt, Assistant Director of Sport Operations

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 Larkin, Sports Facilities Manager

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 Emanuel, Sport Development Officer

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 Bowsher, Duty Officer

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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