Meet the Widening Access Team

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Krisha Bainham
Head of Widening Access

Krisha has a Master’s degree in Guidance Practice and is a widening participation specialist with over 20 years’ experience. Krisha is responsible for the direction, planning, implementation and evaluation of the University’s strategic widening access and pre-entry social mobility programmes.

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Elizabeth Bailey
Widening Access Senior Officer

Liz is a graduate from Aston Business School, currently completing an MSc in Strategic Leadership and Management. Over the past 4 years, Liz has worked in widening participation across a variety of fields including medical, dental and veterinary. Liz now joins the team as a Senior Officer.

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Luke Gordon-Calvert
Senior Widening Access Officer

Luke is a BSc (Hons) Geography graduate from the University of Derby where he worked as an Ambassador alongside his studies. He has delivered outreach at Derby for 10 years. Luke is studying an MA in Career Development with UWE Bristol.

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Matthew O'Dare
Widening Access Graduate Intern

Matt is a BA (Hons) History with Education graduate from the University of Derby. During his time at university, he was president of a sports club for two years and knows the union inside out! Matt graduated Summer 2023 and now works as a Graduate Intern here in the Widening Access team.

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Aaron Mace
Widening Access Facilitator

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 a Facilitator for the Widening Access team, organising and leading on a variety of events.

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Nathan Robertson
Senior Widening Access Officer

Nathan is a BA(Hons) Popular Music with Music Technology graduate from the University of Derby, where he worked as a Vocal Coach alongside his studies. After 6 years of service in a variety of settings, Nathan now works as a Senior Widening Access Officer.

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Zunaid Saiyed
Widening Access Facilitator

Zunaid is a BA (Hons) International Relations and Diplomacy graduate from the University of Derby, where he also studied abroad in the Netherlands. Zunaid has a level 2 qualification in Information, Advice and Guidance from Vision West Nottinghamshire College. He organises and delivers activities.