Meet the Widening Access Team

Krisha Bainham

Head of Widening Access Unit

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Krisha has worked at the University of Derby for 19 years and has worked within higher education since completing a BA (Hons) Sociology and Business Psychology degree in 1997. Krisha has a Masters degree in Guidance Practice and has been involved in widening participation work for over 15 years, providing direction, support and leadership to teams of widening access and outreach professionals.

Jo Astley

Widening Access Manager

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Jo has been with the University of Derby since 2015. Her areas of responsibility include developing and overseeing the team's targeted activity in regard to specific WP groups, including projects with White Working Class Boys and Looked After Children. Jo is also responsible for Swadlincote schools, as well as overseeing the team's evaluation and monitoring activity, and representing the University of Derby on the Higher Horizons+ Management group.

Luke Gordon-Calvert

Widening Access Officer

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Luke is a BSc (Hons) Geography graduate from the University of Derby where he worked as an Ambassador alongside his studies. Luke has been delivering outreach activity at the University for three years, following a brief period in teacher training and as a Supply Teacher. Luke is the Officer responsible for Derby City schools.

Connor Todd

Widening Access Graduate Intern

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Connor is a BSc (Hons) graduate from the University of Derby in Sport and Exercise Science and spent the last year working as an Officer Trustee within the Union of Students. Connor is the Widening Access Graduate Intern, who supports the administrative and events work of the team.

Charlotte Wisson

Widening Access Co-ordinator

T: 01332 592533

Charlotte is a qualified primary school teacher who completed her PGCE at the University of Derby and a BA (Hons) Geography degree at Keele University where she worked as a Student Ambassador throughout her studies. Following working as a primary school teacher in Derby, Charlotte has become a Widening Access Co-ordinator, facilitating many of our events and activities.

Aaron Mace

Widening Access Co-ordinator

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Aaron is a BA (Hons) Technical Theatre graduate from the University of Derby, where he worked as a Student Ambassador throughout his three years of study. Aaron now works as an events co-ordinator, facilitating and leading on a variety of activities. 

Our Student Ambassadors

We have a dedicated team of trained Student Ambassadors who help the team to deliver activities. They offer authentic advice and guidance and give school and college students information about what university life is really like.