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Member Profile: Rebecca Harland

Posted on: April 08, 2021

Rebecca is the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for FutureHY, the York & North Yorkshire Uni Connect Partnership (UCP). She is the lead for the NERUPI Uni Connect Working Group, which has established an environment for collaborative work and sharing between the Uni Connect partnerships who are NERUPI members.

Before moving into evaluation, Rebecca was a Widening Participation Officer, working across North and East Yorkshire and the Humber region on the National Network for Collaborative Outreach programme (NNCO) and Uni Connect (formally known as NCOP). As a WP practitioner, she developed a keen interest in evaluation, embedding the NERUPI framework in activity design and development. The FutureHY programme is underpinned by the NERUPI Framework to support a robust approach to activity design and evaluation. Rebecca has continued to foster an evaluation culture within the team in her current role and enjoys training and supporting colleagues to centre evaluation within their work.

Rebecca’s own experience as a ‘first in family’ HE student has shaped her professional interests. She completed her BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics part-time whilst working in the education sector and has recently undertaken an MA in Education and Social Justice at Lancaster University as a part-time distance learner.

Rebecca’s MA project explored the application of the NERUPI Framework in the local impact evaluation of the York & North Yorkshire Uni Connect programme and she has kindly shared the dissertation with NERUPI members: ‘What works’ in widening participation? Applying the NERUPI Framework to undertake a local impact evaluation of the York & North Yorkshire Uni Connect Programme - Rebecca Harland (2020)