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Janet Graham, Director
Janet was appointed as Director in 2006 to set up SPA, and has led the Programme since then. It is now the UK's leading independent and objective voice on good practice and fair admissions to higher education. Janet has spent her working life in higher education. Prior to joining SPA she was Head of the University of Cambridge Admissions Office, managing teams in admissions and data services, widening participation, and publications. She was Director of Admissions and Student Recruitment at the University of Leicester and Director of one of the first HEFCE Widening Participation to HE projects. As a Fulbright Fellow at Western Michigan University, USA, in 1994 she developed an interest in Strategic Enrolment Management, which has fed through to SPA's Applicant Experience Strategy. Earlier she worked at Leicester Polytechnic (now De Montfort University) in roles including Head of Admissions. Janet was a member of the national Schwartz Admissions Review Group on Fair Admissions to Higher Education (2004), the Delivery Partnership on Improving Applications to HE and is a member of the UCAS Council.
Janet is responsible for SPA's stakeholder engagement round the UK, media enquiries and planning and managing SPA strategic objectives and the SPA team. Her current work includes leading on fair admissions with HE providers and stakeholders and research on and the application of contextualised admissions within the applicant experience. Please contact Janet if you are interested in discussing any of aspect of SPA's work.
Mobile: 07733 335580
Dan Shaffer, Head of Professionalism in Admissions
Prior to joining SPA in December 2008, Dan held the post of Assistant Registrar at Aston University, responsible for admissions, enrolment, examinations and teaching facilities. Before Aston University, Dan developed his career in admissions across a range of roles at the University of Central England (now BCU), and additionally worked as a part-time visiting lecturer in Psychology alongside his admissions duties. Whilst at both institutions Dan was responsible for developing policy and good practice in higher education recruitment and welfare activities, as well as gaining practical knowledge of the student experience beyond admissions and contributing to national discussions on good practice.
Since joining SPA, Dan has researched and developed a wide range of SPA's good practice guidance, including: applicant experience; complaints and appeals; equality; and planning and managing admissions. His current work includes: raising unconscious and implicit bias awareness; using admissions to bridge the gap for care leavers; and considerations for positive action in admissions. Dan also leads on SPA’s co-ordination of the College HE Admissions Community of Practice.
Mobile: 07488 234892