The CAP team are 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.
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.
The Account Managers are the single point of contact between the Centre for Academic Partnerships and the University's partners. They are responsible for developing and sustaining the relationship between the partner and the various functions that support the partnership both centrally and in the academic faculties. As such, the Centre' s team of Account Managers is pivotal to the success of both the business development of the University's partnerships and the running of their day-to-day operations. The Centre for Academic Partnerships' team of Account Managers come from a wide variety of backgrounds including academia, the further education sector, and private business, but they all share one thing in common - a passion for ensuring their partners' students receive the best possible experience.
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.
Lusi undertakes administrative duties relating to the admission of students to courses operating at our international partners. Her 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.
Aminur 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.
Paula joined the University in 2011 and currently heads up collaborative projects within the Centre for Academic Partnerships. This includes project managing the Office for Students funded Uni Connect programme, Aspire Higher, which is in collaboration with the University of Hertfordshire and University of Northampton. Aspire Higher is one of 29 consortia across England aiming to support the aims of social mobility and increasing the number of young people from underrepresented groups who go into higher education.
Paula also leads on the relationship between the University and the Higher Education Access Tracker (HEAT) and support the evaluation and APP returns from the Centre for Academic Partnerships
Emma Şemi is the Aspire Higher Project Officer for the Aspire Higher UniConnect Programme. She is predominantly working with the Goldington ward students in Bedford to double the proportion of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in higher education by 2021 and to increase the number of students in HE from ethnic minority groups by 20%. Emma has a range of experience working in the higher education sector for over fifteen years and is passionate about supporting young people.
Colleen Galley, Outreach Hub Officer working on Aspire Higher Uni Connect project. Colleen has a degree in Psychology from Concordia University in Canada and a Post Graduate Diploma in Careers Guidance from University of East London. She has 15 years experience of working as a Careers Advisor in London schools and through an online careers platform. This included work on Aim Higher for London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. Her work history involved working with young people in schools and colleges in supporting students. She worked in a Hertfordshire secondary school for 9 years and has worked in higher education for the last 2 and a half years. Colleen’s interests are widening participation and helping young people to reach their potential and raise aspirations.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
Sundip works in the access and outreach team partnering with local schools and communities to give an insight into University. Her background is within Mathematics and she has worked as a Maths teacher for several years within secondary schools around Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and London. email@example.com
Emma Gill 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.
Jitty Marwaha leads on the university's local cultural education partnership (LCEP) activity, including the delivery of Next Steps: Partnerships for Creative Learning programme. This programme forms part of the Luton LCEP and receives partnership investment from ROH Bridge. Jitty has vast knowledge and experience working locally, regionally, and further afield in the cultural sector, education and outreach. Prior to this role, Jitty worked on the university's highly impactful TestBeds:Artist Accelerator programme. She is keen to use LCEP as an opportunity to unify various cultural education stakeholder groups and young people together to make arts education more robust in Luton and across Bedfordshire.
Stephen heads up the Sport 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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