After teaching English at a college in Leeds for several years, I joined Go Higher West Yorkshire in 2018 as a Progression Officer. I further developed my understanding of the programme through my role as the Project Officer (Outreach) for the Wakefield region until 2019 before moving to Sheffield’s Uni Connect team as a Schools and Colleges Programme Manager for Rotherham. Home is where the heart is, as they say, and in 2020 I moved back to Go Higher West Yorkshire as the Area Manager for Leeds and Calderdale. We manage a team of Progression Officers who work in schools and colleges around West Yorkshire, also focusing on underrepresented groups in HE.
Our officers co-ordinate and deliver a programme of activity to support targeted learners in Higher Education.
We also approve funding for Uni Connect Activity and develop processes/documents to support project outcomes.
Stakeholder engagement is also a key part of our role, working with key influencers e.g. Leeds City Region LEP, local authorities, to encourage collaborative working and joined-up thinking.