About

Organisation of the Network

Who's Who

Annette Hayton convenes NERUPI (Network for Evaluating and Researching University Participation Interventions) She was previously Head of Widening Participation at the University of Bath and at Goldsmiths, University of London. She has many years of experience in managing activities designed to support successful progression to higher education as well as developing strategies to ensure that all students have a positive experience of university study. Annette is interested in how educational theory, research and evaluation can be developed and applied in practice to promote positive change within the education system, aiming to combine theory and practice in her work. She is co-developer of the NERUPI Framework and has published a number of books and articles on widening participation and is Innovative Practice Editor for the journal ‘Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning’. Annette is a member of ICHEM (International Centre for Higher Education Management) at the University of Bath and a Trustee of Midsomer Norton Schools' Partnership (MNSP) and leads on the Bath Hub.


Kate Holmes joined the NERUPI team as a Development Officer in October 2018 after 15 years working in a variety of widening participation roles based at Bournemouth University. Starting as Summer Schools Coordinator for Aimhigher, she went on to support and teach on the CPD Masters Framework and then creating vocational progression agreements as Progression Strand Leader for the South West Lifelong Learning Network. She next became an Outreach Officer heading up a team with responsibility for developing and managing a range of programmes and partnerships with schools, colleges and communities. Kate's role at BU increasingly involved monitoring, evaluation and research leading her to the NERUPI Framework and eventually becoming part of the NERUPI team where she has worked closed with Annette Hayton, NERUPI Convenor, to build the Network and provide events and resources to support members. Since December 2021, she had reduced her hours to focus on developing online resources for the NERUPI Reflexive Cycle Toolkit; she supports the NERUPI Toolkit Working Group.


Dr Sally Griffin joined the NERUPI team in March 2022 as a NERUPI Development Officer. She has worked in widening participation for twenty years and prior to joining NERUPI was the Access and Participation Manager at Bath Spa University, where she wrote and reported on the university’s Access Agreements, Widening Participation Strategic Assessments and Access and Participation Plans, and managed activities designed to support successful progression to higher education. A strong supporter of the importance of collaboration to widen participation, Sally has been involved in a number of national and regional boards and steering groups including Aimhigher, the local Uni Connect Wessex Inspiration Network and the Service Children's Progression (SCiP) Alliance. Bath Spa University was an early adopter of the NERUPI Framework, participating in the pilot and development stage so Sally has direct experience of applying NERUPI in practice. Sally supports the working groups on Access and Participation Plans, Uni Connect, and Student Ambassadors.


Chantelle Cummings joined the team as a NERUPI Development Office in March 2022. She has a background in gender and equalities across several sectors including government, education and civil society. She previously worked as a Senior Gender Adviser for a peacebuilding organisation where she supported a global team to integrate gender and inclusion principles into their work using an intersectional approach, as well as leading on research and cross-organisational learning. She has worked closely with senior management teams to review organisational strategies, policies, and processes to create enabling environments for more inclusive work cultures, and assisted Commonwealth governments to plan, implement and monitor their Gender Equality Action Plans. While working for the Institute of Physics, she advised and mentored schools to pilot a Gender Equality Charter focussed on schools-led action research and led science ambassador workshops in conjunction with universities to increase young people’s confidence and the uptake of girls in STEM. Chantelle supports the working groups on BAME Student Experiences, Student Voice and Parents as Influencers/ Students.


Academic Advisory Board

NERUPI is advised and supported by an Academic Advisory Board.

Dr Andrew Bengry, Bath Spa University, co-developer of the NERUPI Framework, sits on the board permanently as Academic Adviser.

The board is chaired by Professor Jacqueline Stevenson MBE, University of Leeds

and also includes:

Professor Paul Ashwin, Lancaster University

Professor Vikki Boliver, Durham University

Dr Matt Dickson, University of Bath

Dr Constantino Dumangane Jr, University of York

Dr Clare Gartland, University of Suffolk

Professor Margaret Greenfields, ARU

Professor Nicola Ingram, Manchester Metropolitan University

Professor Marie-Pierre Moreau, Anglia Ruskin University

Dr Richard Waller, UWE Bristol

Dr Mark Walmsley, University of East Anglia

Annette Hayton, Senior Research Fellow and NERUPI Convenor, University of Bath


NERUPI Steering Group

The NERUPI Steering Group consists of representatives from participating organisations.

NERUPI Steering Group

Annette Hayton, Senior Research Fellow and NERUPI Convenor, University of Bath (Chair)

Dr Sally Griffin, NERUPI Development Officer, University of Bath (Administrator)

Renata Albuquerque, Access and Student Success Manager, SOAS

Amy Burt, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, University of Kent

Sophie Cloutterbuck, Director of London Engagement, London Met University

Marva De La Coudray, London Metropolitan University

Fatmata Daramy, University of Law

David Dobraszczyk, Student Recruitment & Access Officer, University of Reading

Rebecca Harland, Monitoring & Evaluation Officer, FutureHY Uni Connect

Scott McKenzie, Open University, Wales

Sally Tazewell, Lecturer / HE Learning Adviser, Weston College

Dave Thomas, Student Success Project Manager, University of Kent

Emily Warwick, Cardiff University

NERUPI Member Organisations

A list of our current members can be found here: Our Members

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