College HE Admissions Executive

The College Higher Education Admissions Community of Practice Executive is responsible for overseeing, steering and supporting the continued development of the College HE admissions Community of Practice.  The Exec aims to identify, promote and share best practice, help to solve issues with the community and highlight sources of useful information.

If you would like to contact the Exec or raise a topic for them to consider, please email or share with the rest of the community via the JISCMail forum.

SPA supports the College HE Admissions Community of Practice and is represented on the Executive by Dan Shaffer (Chair) and Jeni Clack. The Executive also currently consists of:

Andrew Cawtheray, Student Experience Co-ordinator, Wakefield College

For the past decade, Andrew's work has involved supporting students enrolling onto HE programmes at the University Centre, including those from groups that do not traditionally progress into Higher Education. He was involved in the development of the 'Buttle UK' HE in FE quality mark for supporting care leavers.

His main focus is on improving the HE student experience, particularly in ways which enhance the development of a broader HE community in College and further improve the retention and success of HE students. Andrew also has responsibilities for ensuring all HE students receive advice and guidance regarding employment and future study options.

Rose Cooper, HE Co-ordinator, Yeovil College University Centre Rose Cooper

Rose is HE Co-ordinator at Yeovil College University Centre ( Rose joined YCUC in September 2016 and has over twenty years’ experience in the higher education sector in the UK and Ireland, most recently as Academic Administration and Student Affairs Manager, and Head of Teaching and Learning Innovation. Rose has also worked as an SAP applications consultant in the UK, Ireland, France, and Germany, and in internal audit within the retail sector.

Rose completed her BSc and MBA with the Open University and then studied for a BA in Human Resource Management at the National College of Ireland before returning to the OU to complete a Master’s in Education. Along the way she completed a Diploma in Education Practice: ICT Skills. She is currently undertaking a PhD at Trinity College, Dublin. Rose actively participates in a variety of professional networks within the educational development field. She holds Chartered Membership of CIPD (MCIPD); Fellowship of Staff and Educational Developers Association (FSEDA), and Fellowship of UK Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Paul Featonby, Director of Admissions and Enquiries, Hartpury College Paul Featonby

Paul has worked in the education sector for over 25 years. Currently Paul leads the Enquiries and Admissions at Hartpury College, a land based College located near to Gloucester and Cheltenham. He sits on the HE Executive responsible for developing the College strategy for the future, and has responsibility for all aspects of student recruitment and admissions for all programmes that are offered. In addition to working at Hartpury, he also works in a consultancy capacity with other education organisations in the UK and overseas.

Prior to 2014 Paul was on the Executive of UCAS and for many years was Director of Information Services, where he led on the introduction of the electronic on-line application system, implementation of the national admissions platform and developing the corporate strategy.

Paul sits on many sector groups and Chairs the UCAS College HE Advisory Group.

Helen Fellows, HE and Education Lead, Shrewsbury College

Helen Fellows has been leading on higher education at Shrewsbury College for the last two years, she is responsible for developing new provision, managing the student experience and overseeing quality - working within the Quality Code. Prior to this she was a Training and Development Manager for Shropshire Council, over her time with the Local Authority she led on a number of projects spanning Social Care, Health, Education and Early Years. She has extensive experience of partnership working and attributes the success of many projects to this approach. Helen is passionate about widening participation and supporting individuals to be the best they can be. Helen has two daughters and happily lives in the historic town of Shrewsbury.

Rhys Thomas, Admissions Manager (HE), Kingston College Rhys Thomas

Rhys manages the admissions process for all Higher Education courses, including HNCs, HNDs and full degrees, at Kingston College. The College offers both academic and vocational courses from Level 1 to Level 6 and is widely regarded as one of the best colleges in London. A recent addition to the team at Kingston, Rhys’s background is in Student Recruitment, having worked at Swansea University for 2 years, where he focused on recruiting Welsh-speaking students to Welsh-medium courses, before moving to London and working at the University of West London and Pearson College London. In all roles, Rhys has worked collaboratively with colleagues across the sector, in networks such as HELOA (the Higher Education Liaison Officers’ Association) and AccessHE, a pan-London organisation that aims to support the progression of under-represented groups to higher education.

Jim Walmsley, Vice Principal, Hereford College of Arts (HCA)

Jim Walmsley has worked in creative arts education for over 30 years and has taught at secondary school, Further Education and University level. Jim studied design to post graduate level and then worked for a number of years as a freelance furniture designer/maker before entering design education. He has held a number of Leadership and Management posts and prior to joining Hereford College of Arts as Vice Principal in 2006 he held an Associate Dean post at Newport School of Art, Media and Design - University of Wales Newport. He has extensive experience of curriculum development and external examining at degree level and has worked collaboratively with Universities and Colleges in the UK, Italy, China (including Hong Kong), India, Malaysia, Taiwan and South Korea. During his time at Newport and Hereford he played a significant role in helping to extend the portfolio of creative arts courses and the reputation of both institutions throughout the UK and internationally.

As Vice Principal at HCA he has responsibility for Curriculum Design, Development and Delivery including Admissions, Recruitment and Retention, Quality Assurance and Student Experience. He remains passionate about all aspects of the creative arts and never ceases to be amazed by the ideas and talent demonstrated year on year by students at Hereford.

Arti Saraswat, Senior Policy Manager for Higher Education, Association of Colleges (AoC)

Dr Arti Saraswat is the Senior Policy Manager for Higher Education at the Association of Colleges. She has previously held research positions at the London South Bank University, University of West London, University of Southampton and University of East London. She has undertaken consultancy roles for the Mixed Economy Group of Colleges and London Workforce Development, London Higher and she has worked on projects funded by the Gatsby Foundation, HEFCE and the Quality Assurance Agency. She has done extensive research on College Higher Education, focusing on organisational cultures and identities, employer engagement and student experience. Formerly a Senior Research Fellow at the University of East London where she led on a significant project funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Association of Colleges (AoC) on part time College HE. She has recently joined the Association of Colleges and has an in-depth knowledge of the College HE sector and the policy that surrounds it.

Lisa Underwood, University Level Administration Officer, Birmingham Metropolitan College

Lisa Underwood has been on the College HE Admissions Community of Practice Executive since September 2014. She has worked in HE Administration for 12 years but solely doing HE Admissions for the past 3 years. The college has a mix of provision of directly funded programmes and a number with partner universities. There are currently around 700 HE students full and part-time enrolled. Lisa attends UCAS Regional Meetings for the Midlands area. If you have any questions about any aspects of HE Admissions you are more than welcome to contact Lisa by email at

Liz Wyman, Head of Resources and Guidance, Newcastle-under-Lyme College

Liz Wyman is responsible for, amongst other things, all admissions including HE at Newcastle-under-Lyme College. HE students are a very small percentage of the college total and all staff who work with HE also work with FE, including teaching staff. She is also responsible for careers guidance within college, and as part of that role sends over 800 level 3 students to HE every year.

Liz spent 8 months on secondment with SPA visiting colleges and gathering good practice. She is now the AoC representative on the UCAS Qualifications Advisory Group.

In her spare time Liz watches Everton Football Club all over the country, and loves to cook and eat vegan food. Liz would be happy to be contacted by email at

Sally Dodsley, HE and International Manager, Vision West Nottinghamshire College

Sally Dodsley worked overseas in the tourism sector for many years and subsequently delivered Travel and Tourism qualifications from Level 1 through to degree level on her return to the UK. Sally is now the HE Manager at West Notts College in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire and has been in this post for the last two years, making a positive contribution to the college's HE community through in-reach and outreach activities and the development of new HE programmes. Sally very much enjoys partnership work and networking, and is a strong advocate for widening participation and ensuring that young people and mature students alike are enabled to make informed choices about their study.

Sean Johnson-Hargreaves, Academic Services Manager, Stockport College

Sean is responsible for managing the academic and learning support service for Higher Education at Stockport College.  He leads on College admissions practices and policies as well as the widening participation, student access and success initiative.  Sean has developed programmes designed to increase participation in HE from target groups with all activity rooted firmly in his belief that higher level study and skills development should make positive, meaningful change to students’ lives.

Sue Lane, Adult Admissions CIT Leader, Runshaw College

Sue Lane has worked in the Public Sector for over 35 years. She is currently the Admissions Interview Team and Enrichment Co-ordinator at Runshaw College in the North West of England. Runshaw is a partner college of the University of Central Lancashire. The college operates an independent Adult FE and HE Admissions Team to ensure impartiality in terms of recruitment and selection. The service is accredited to the Matrix Quality standards for information, advice and guidance. Sue has recently been involved in the launch and marketing of the college's new University Career Degrees and the college's move towards independent listing on UCAS. She has recent first-hand experience of the University Applicant Experience with her own family which has given her a greater insight into the needs and concerns of both applicants and their families. She has been a member of the SPA Community of Practice since its inaugural meeting. Sue has previously worked for the Civil Service, the Careers service and Connections.

If you would like to contact the Exec or raise a topic for them to consider, please email or share with the rest of the community via the JISCMail forum.

Fri, 28/04/2017 - 13:27