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HEFCE closed at the end of March 2018. The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.

Many of HEFCE's functions will be continued by the Office for Students, the new regulator of higher education in England, and Research England, the new council within UK Research and Innovation.

The HEFCE domain - - will continue to function until September 2018. At this point we will close the site entirely and all its information will only be available from the National Web Archive.


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Contact the Student Opportunity team

‌Sarah Howlssarah_howls
Head of Student Opportunity

Sarah leads on HEFCE’s student opportunity policy and as such has oversight of all aspects of the team’s work. The key areas she is currently focused on are the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP), reviewing the student opportunity allocation, developing HEFCE’s policy on addressing differential outcomes, reviewing the provision and support for disabled students and the development of the outcomes framework.

t0117 931 7073 

‌Jennifer Allen
Senior Higher Education Policy Adviser

Jennifer is leading on the development of an evidence framework which supports the evaluation of the value delivered through the HEFCE funded support of outreach consortia, improving retention and supporting disabled students. She is also developing and managing the delivery of a communications strategy for the HEFCE funded National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP).

t: 0117 931 7225

Senior Higher Education Policy Advisor

Jenny is the Programme Manager for the NCOP which aims to support the most disadvantaged young people in England and to help them progress into higher education. She oversees the work of the wider NCOP team to engage and support the HEFCE funded outreach consortia, and broader stakeholder communications and engagement.

t: 0117 931 7252

‌Cassie Agbehenu
Higher Education Policy Adviser

Cassie leads on communications for the National Collaborative Outreach Programme. As an account manager, she also supports institutions delivering projects in this policy area.


t: 0117 931 7176

Gemma Cadogan
Higher Education Policy Adviser

Gemma is the project manager for the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP). She was previously project manager for the National Networks for Collaborative Outreach (NNCO). Gemma works Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.


t: 0117 931 7410

Kirsty Johnson
Higher Education Policy Adviser ‌

Kirsty is the project manager for the Catalyst Programme focused on addressing barriers to student success. She also works on issues related to differential outcomes more broadly and supports work on the development of an evidence and impact exchange.

t: 0117 931 7443

Anju Kataria‌
Higher Education Policy Adviser 

Anju is the project manager for the monitoring of HEFCE’s Student Opportunity allocation. She is also an account manager for the National Collaborative Outreach programme (NCOP) and she supports HEFCE’s work to understand the nature, scale and impact of HE sponsored schools.

t: 0117 931 7153

Marcell Phillips‌‌
Higher Education Policy Adviser

Marcell leads on the monitoring returns work for the National Collaborative Outreach Programme and as an Account Manager supporting institutions to deliver projects in this policy area.

t: 0117 931 7155

Tamsin Rott
Team administrator

Tamsin is the Student Opportunity Team administrator and supports the team in communications with external colleagues and arranging meetings and events.

t: 0117 931 7134

Grace Simpson
Higher Education Policy Adviser 

Grace leads on areas of policy which relates to supporting disabled students and postgraduate taught education. She is also an account manager for the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP).


t: 0117 931 7380

Ruth Tucker
Higher Education Policy Adviser 

Ruth contributes to HEFCE’s policy on part-time, mature and flexible study.


t: 0117 931 7367


Page last updated 27 September 2017