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Meet the NCOP Team


Central Team


Andrew Jones, Director 

Andrew JonesI joined Linking London in October 2007 as the IAG Progression Coordinator. I hold a PGCE and a Post Graduate Diploma in Careers Guidance. I previously worked in the Sports and Leisure industry as a Personal trainer and Gym Manager, before moving on to work as an IAG adviser in the Connexions Service. I then worked as a Higher Education Co-ordinator in further education colleges in Brighton and London, as well as taking on the role of Aimhigher Project Officer. I have much experience of both supporting vocational learners into higher education and of identifying the barriers these learners need to overcome.


T: 020 3073 8185

E: as.jones@linkinglondon.ac.uk 

Sarah Fisher, NCOP Programme Coordinator 

testI joined the team in July 2017 and am the Programme Coordinator for Linking London’s National Collaborative Outreach Programme. After graduating with a degree in Geography, I spent 5 years working in Santiago, Chile predominantly as a sustainability consultant specialising in community relations. After returning to the UK, I completed a PGCE and worked for 2 years as a Geography teacher at a school in Lambeth which gave me first-hand experience of the barriers to higher education that young people face.

T: 020 3073 8183

E: s.fisher@linkinglondon.ac.uk

Louise Izzard, NCOP Programme Officer

LouiseI joined Linking London in November 2018 as the NCOP Programme Officer. I worked as both a student and careers ambassador for the University of Reading whilst studying for my degree in Philosophy. Upon graduating, I took up a full time role at the university as the Outreach and Access Officer. I also have a background in education as I most recently worked for Chungdahm Learning as an English teacher in Seoul, South Korea. I am experienced in working with a wide variety of learners and have a passion for facilitating educational and career opportunities with students of all backgrounds.

 

T: 020 3073 81862

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HEI Based Engagement Officers

 

Rebecca Barton, Ravensbourne University London 

My role within the London NCOP programme involves liaising with both Linking London and the Outreach team at Ravensbourne, in order to plan and implement workshops and presentations for design and media students. I have worked in further education for over 20 years, largely teaching creative subjects within foundation courses but also within outreach where I have been involved in encouraging and supporting students from disadvantaged backgrounds as they move towards further and higher education, showing them how to apply and prepare for interviews within creative courses. 

Mandip Birk, St Mary’s University Twickenham London

I completed a degree in International Relations with Politics at the Nottingham Trent University. I also have both a PGCE (FE) and CELTA qualification.  In my previous role as a Student Learning Advisor, I have over 10 Years’ experience working in FE Colleges. I have worked with students (Level 1 to 3) across a range of curriculums/ qualifications delivering both group and 1:1 tutorials.  My role within the NCOP is to learner-centred sessions on meta-cognitive and study skills in order to further equip students with the tools needed to achieve (well) academically at level 3 and beyond. I also lead on selecting and training a new cohort of undergraduate (student mentors) at St Marys University to be deployed as teaching assistants in partner colleges with a high proportion of ward learners.

Hattie Moore, The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama

I am the NCOP Coordinator for The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, a specialist university for research and training in the dramatic arts. We work across Hub 1 and 2 delivering masterclasses to support students with their studies, and provide conservatoire style expertise.  I work for the NCOP part-time, and am a freelance Drama Practitioner specialising in making Theatre and the Arts accessible to all.

Zee Mohammed, Middlesex University London 

As the Outreach Projects Officer within the Education Liaison team at Middlesex University, I manage the NCOP Bid 2 project which is aimed at providing CPD sessions for further education college staff supporting learners with their post-18 options including transition to HE. We deliver workshops and organise a staff conference in the summer. Prior to joining the university, I worked as a careers adviser with pupils aged 13-19 in schools and colleges in West London. Through that job, I realised that a lot of students from underprivileged backgrounds faced many obstacles in life and simply lacked aspirations for higher education.

Aishah Piprawala, Middlesex University London

I studied Sociology & Criminology at university, and I’m a really big education enthusiast! I thoroughly enjoyed school and found that at each stage the learning experience just seemed to get better and better. For me university was the icing on the cake; it developed me both personally and academically. I found myself taking part in lots of extra-curricular activities and working in a wide array of student roles across the university.  Currently, I work as Education Liaison and Outreach Advocate & National Collaborative Outreach Programme Coordinator my job is about inspiring young learners; to entice them, get them thinking about university, and equipping them with the knowledge and tools needed for them to achieve and exceed their potential.


College Based Engagement Officers

 

Suzanne Humphreys, Havering Sixth Form College

I joined Linking London in October 2018 as the NCOP Engagement Officer based at Havering Sixth Form College. I am passionate about offering education and career opportunities for all regardless of age or background. I achieved a BA Hons Degree in Business Management as a mature student. As a Student Coach in a large sixth form college in East London, I gained experience in supporting young people to achieve to their full potential. This included helping to remove barriers to progression such as mental health issues or financial hardship. I also supported students with applications to higher education, apprenticeships or employment, working closely with the Careers department. I am keen to ensure that all young people have opportunities, guidance and support to succeed in their chosen course or career regardless of their background or personal circumstances.

Tina Jones, Coulsdon College

I joined Linking London as a NCOP Engagement Officer in Oct 2018 based at Coulsdon Sixth Form College but only covering an additional 8 hours per week alongside my current role at as a Careers Officer / UCAS Co-ordinator. I have been at Coulsdon College for 9 years with my first 3 years working in the HR Department. Within my current role I support students and co-ordinate the whole of the UCAS process and send off all the applications. As the Careers Officer I help students on 1-1 / group sessions with an open door policy with CVs, employability, part-time jobs, Apprenticeships, mock interviews, HE progression and organising the HE Progression Events.  I am very passionate about what I do, especially as a lot of our students are from very different and deprived backgrounds who appreciate that extra support with guidance and opportunities for their future progression.

Amelia Page, Barking & Dagenham College and Havering College of Further and Higher Education

I joined the Linking London team in January 2018 as the NCOP Engagement Officer. Whilst studying for my degree in Archaeology and History, I worked as a Student Ambassador for the University of Reading. I also studied at Peking University (PKU) in China for a month, experiencing first hand a different cultures view of education and university life. After completing my dissertation on widening participation in Archaeology, I pursued a career as an Outreach Officer for GSM London, helping students overcome the barriers to participation in higher education. As such, I have a wealth of experience in assisting all learners reach their full potential. 

Jack Spear, London South East Colleges

I work for the NCOP as a Student Engagement Officer across London South East Colleges (LSEC). With a variety of courses offered at LSEC I am committed to supporting our talented and diverse student population with the option of progressing into higher education. Having grown up in the area I now work in and as a History & Philosophy graduate from Cardiff University, I am keenly aware of the potential benefits that a university experience can provide young people from London. It is for this reason that I believe regardless of background or circumstance it is essential that anyone should have the option to progress into University if they are capable of doing so. My work largely consists of collaborations with local Universities and their Outreach Teams as well as sustained one-to-one support for the students across our 5 campuses here in LSEC.