SOAS University of London

Academic Services: Widening Participation

Widening Participation Staff

Head of Widening Participation

Marva De La Coudray

Marva De La Coudray
Head of Widening Participation
Marva de la Coudray

Marva is Head of Widening Participation in the Directorate of Academic Services. 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.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4552
  • Email: mc68@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: RG01
  • Office Hours: Monday to Friday
Renata Albuquerque
Widening Participation Manager (Languages & Community)
Renata Albuquerque

Renata manages Capital L - Routes into languages, a consortium of 9 London universities led by SOAS which aims to increase and widen participation in language studies. Renata has responsibility for liaising between government maintained schools, Further Education colleges and universities to provide language curriculum enrichment activities including: ambassador presentations, tutoring and a range of employability, sport and art related activities to pupils aged between 13 and 19 years old and their parents.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4745
  • Email: ra40@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: RG01
  • Office Hours: Monday to Friday

Sarah Tucker
Widening Participation Officer - Post 16
Sarah Tucker

Sarah is responsible for our work with students in Year 12 & 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.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4043
  • Email: st47@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: RG01
  • Office Hours: Monday to Friday
Julien Boast
Widening Participation Manager (Outreach and Progression)
Julian Boast

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.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4113
  • Email: jb73@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: RG01
  • Office Hours: Monday to Friday

Daniel Gomez
Widening Participation Officer- Languages and Communities
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Daniel is the Routes into languages officer, and he works with several HEIs to promote language study. He delivers a wide-range of language-based outreach, and he works with community groups in a variety of different ways to promote engagement with SOAS.

Beth Oliver
Widening Participation Administrator
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Beth is responsible for administrative activities across the Widening Participation team. She supports the team’s preparation and organisation for Taster Days, Summer Schools, Outreach events and activities. She also acts as a first point of contact for requests coming into the Widening Participation team.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4551
  • Email: bo10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: RG01
  • Office Hours: Monday to Friday