Marva is Head of Widening Participation in the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT). She provides leadership and strategic direction in areas relating to widening participation, access, outreach and partnership development. Marva also works closely with external agencies responsible for delivering the government's widening participation and social mobility agenda including BIS, HEFCE & OFFA.
She represents the university and HE sector on several regional and national boards including the Advisory Board for Open College Network London and Forum for Continuing Education. She has contributed to national and international conferences in areas such as access and partnership development. Since 2010 Marva has been the co-Director of the London Consortium of the Routes into Languages programme – a partnership of 15 HEIs. Internally Marva sits on a number of senior School committees where she contributes to strategic areas such as curriculum development, learning and teaching, quality assurance, external relations and student support.
Renata manages a team responsible for SOAS's student ambassador scheme, with a focus on community, languages and culture outreach, and the WP team's partnership with SOAS Student Union. Since 2017, she has been Co-Director of Capital L, the London consortium of Routes into Languages, a partnership of 6 London universities aimed at addressing the decline in language studies.
Renata co-chairs the Transitions Student Outcomes Panel Working Group and is a member of the “What Do I Do With This?”: Knowledge, Skills and Employment, Student Outcomes Panel Working Group and the Sanctuary Scholarship Steering Group. She represents SOAS at The Elephant Group, a consortium of secondary schools and universities aimed at ensuring that the top third of non-selective state school pupils access the top third universities. She is also one of SOAS's representatives at UCML, the University Council for Modern Languages.
She has published a paper on working with creativity and autonomous learning methodologies in language extra-curricular activities and continues to explore the impact of pedagogy on access and progression activities.
Julien has been at SOAS since 2008 and in his current role supports the transition of students from a variety of backgrounds into SOAS by devising and coordinating a programme of outreach and progression activities.
Sarah is responsible for our work with students in Year 12 and 13 and those on Access programmes. She organises a range of activities for schools, colleges and other organisations with the aim of encouraging students from under-represented backgrounds to consider university. She is also involved in running the Student Ambassador scheme, in which current SOAS students represent the School by assisting in widening participation events.
Caterina is responsible for designing and delivering outreach activities aiming to raise awareness of the opportunities and benefits of studying languages and related disciplines, and to support the progression and success of students from a variety of backgrounds into university and employment. She also supports the activities of Capital L, the London consortium of Routes into Languages.
Simon is responsible for developing SOAS’s links with community and youth organisations that work with groups underrepresented in higher education. He is also responsible for working closely with the SOAS Students Union supporting students to create, organise and deliver a range of student-led activities in line with the School’s widening participation priorities and the student life cycle.
Ilaf completed her Masters at SOAS in 2018/19 whilst working as an Outreach Student Ambassador with the WP team. She is currently running SOAS's General Ambassador Scheme alongside the creation and delivery of the online Critics Programme that aims to develop critical thinking skills and widen participation in the Arts.