Access team expands to the Northeast

Trinity’s Access team is being expanded with the appointment of Regional Access and Teacher Engagement Officer Richard Petty.

The post will be based in the Northeast of England and will encompass delivering outreach activities and building relationships with teachers, parents and schools in the region.

A former Head of Sixth Form, Richard has recently been working with the University of Oxford’s Careers Service to develop a careers education programme for schools in the North of England, known as Oxford Opportunity North. His work on the pilot phase of the programme established a number of relationships with teachers and school leaders from some of the most disadvantaged schools in the College’s link region.

The new role will incorporate Oxford Opportunity North into Trinity’s current schools programme and aim to set up collaborative partnerships with teachers and senior leaders within schools. Together with the college’s Head of Access Richard will design and deliver a teacher engagement programme to ensure they are well-equipped to support students submitting competitive applications to highly selective universities.

Hannah Rolley, Trinity College’s Head of Access, says: ‘Our long-term vision for Trinity’s work in the Northeast is that every school in the region will have at least one teacher directly linked into and supported by our work in the region. We want to support them to develop their knowledge and understanding of University life at Oxford and the associated application processes, meaning they can become champions and support their students to make an application in an informed and effective way. We are optimistic that Richard’s appointment will help us realise this aspiration, and that having a dedicated staff member embedded in the region and its schools will make Oxford feel less distant and unrealistic an option for students in the Northeast.’

Richard says: ‘I was brought up in Newcastle and am struck by how many bright and talented younger people there are in the region, many of whom look to remain in their home region for higher education or apprenticeships.  I am very much looking forward to working with teachers and students in north-eastern England, helping to improve the reach of Trinity College and the university’s North East Consortium in making Oxford a more visible and attractive offer to prospective applicants from that region.’

Published: 18 September 2019

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