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Welcome to Chris Cottell, who joins Trinity College as Access Officer this week. Chris replaces Emma Johnson, Trinity's first Access Officer, who is moving on to an education policy role at the Department for Education.
Chris will work with Head of Access Hannah Rolley and Teacher Engagement and Access Officer Richard Petty to ensure that schools are supported by Trinity to produce strong applications to competitive universities, particularly Oxford. He will be involved in organising and delivering outreach sessions and working with colleagues across the university and in Trinity's partner schools to ensure schools get the most out of their interactions with Oxford.
Chris says of joining the college: 'I'm really looking forward to joining Richard and Hannah in the access team. I'm excited about organising many school visits in cyberspace, building on the excellent Oxfordshire programme, and extending the benefits of Trinity's diverse academic community to local young people.'
Chris read for an undergraduate degree in Music at Hertford College, Oxford, where he was involved in access as a student ambassador. He has worked at University libraries including Christ Church and the Bodleian, working with students across the University to support their attainment and enrich their thinking. At the Bodleian, he helped develop the OxLibris pilot programme, helping sixth form students in Oxfordshire to build up their research skills and knowledge through facilitating access to the Bodleian’s whole collection. Immediately prior to working at Trinity, he completed an MA in Music at Goldsmiths College, graduating with a distinction.
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