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Access Partnerships

Meet the Team

Access Partnerships aims to introduce young people in the North East to higher education.

Our ambition is to encourage informed choices, promote personal development, raise aspirations and ultimately to support the progression of talented state school pupils, particularly those from under-represented groups, into higher education.

Sophie Ray

As Access Officer, Sophie is the project manager. Sophie maintains an oversight of all activities and ensures their successful delivery and evaluation. She is keen to strengthen our relationship with local schools, parents and carers.

Carolyn Lithgo

As Deputy Access Officer, Carolyn is responsible for the creation, organisation and delivery of activities. She also evaluates these events so will welcome any feedback or comments that you have regarding any of the Access Partnership programmes. Carolyn has a Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Sciences and is a keen musician and performer.

Nathan Craggs

Nathan is an Assistant Access Officer supporting the Access Partnerships team and he helps to plan and deliver the team’s events. He also helps with other projects in the office including Year 12 and Year 13 events. Nathan has a Master’s in Business and Management for which he wrote a 25,000 word dissertation on The Devil Wears Prada.

Rebecca Dwyer

Rebecca is an Assistant Access Officer and supports the planning and delivery of events across many projects in our office. She helps with the planning and delivery of Access Partnerships' events, but also supports events for our post-16 projects. Rebecca has a Master's degree in Neuroscience and has also done a bungee jump!

Rich Root

Rich is also an Assistant Access Officer and supports a number of events and activities in our office. He helps with the planning and delivery of Access Partnerships events, as well as spending time on our post-16 projects. Rich was President of St. Cuthbert’s Society and is also an experienced Ballroom and Latin American dancer.

Flo Stockley

As North East Raising Aspiration Partnership Graduate Ambassador, Flo assists in the delivery and preparation of the NERAP activities, but also supports some of the planning and delivery of activity for the Access Partnerships team. Flo studied French and Spanish at university and is an obsessive fan of dogs.

Jade Gittins

Jade supports various activities within Access Partnerships. Her main area of responsibility is providing administrative support to the team, focusing on communications, arranging transport and making sure we cater for any special requirements that our students may have. Jade is also a big fan of football and Formula One.

Upcoming Events

Durham University is hosting NERAP's University Explained: Parent and Carer Event on Saturday 4 November 2017. Click here to find out more!

We are currently developing a range of exciting activities for 2017/18. Keep checking our webpages as more information about our new programmes will be published here in the coming weeks.