- Institutional Members
- Events and Partnerships
- Member Information
- Key Contacts
Welcome to the HELOA Northwest and Northern Ireland Group. We have over 100 members in our group, meet 4 times a year and continue to support each other in a professional capacity in the periods in between. Our group represents 16 higher education institutions (HEIs) universities offering a dynamic and engaging range of courses and student experiences. The mix of both traditional and modern institutions in energetic and exciting multi-cultural towns and cities makes our region a top destination for students.
There are other higher education institutions located in the North West and Northern Ireland region who are not listed here as they are not HELOA members. For full details of all HE providers in the region please see the UCAS website.
Chris Bayes, Transition to HE Advisor, University of Liverpool
Chris has been involved in HELOA since 2008, when he joined the Student Recruitment Team at Edge Hill University. Prior to this, Chris worked within Widening Participation at The University of Liverpool. Chris’ active involvement within the NW & NI regional group has seen him previously serve as Vice-Chair (Partnerships), before becoming Group Chair in February 2012.
Chris and the committee would be delighted to hear from colleagues within the region who are not currently HELOA members, but would perhaps like to find out more about the Association and the work we do to support higher education professionals within the North West & Northern Ireland, then do not hesitate to get in touch via the above email address.
Group Vice-Chair, Training
Peter Dolan, Outreach Manager, Liverpool John Moores University
Peter has been a member of HELOA since 2004 and is actively involved in school and college liaison and student recruitment, having previously worked in admissions in the Faculty of Education at the University. Peter is the Vice-Chair (Training) for the North West and Northern Ireland group, with responsibility for organising the group’s annual training day and providing a training element for each meeting.
Group Vice-Chair, Partnerships
Kieran O’Sullivan, Education Liaison Officer, University of Liverpool
Kieran has been a member of HELOA since 2010 when he joined the UK/EU Recruitment Team within the Student Recruitment and Admissions Office at the University of Liverpool. Kieran is responsible for developing partnerships between the NW & NI region and other associations and groups with an interest or involvement within higher education. Kieran is hoping that during his term in office, he is able to build and develop some fantastic working relationships with key stakeholders within the higher education sector. If you have any suggestions for partnerships within the sector that may be of benefit to the NW and NI region, please don’t hesitate to contact Kieran at the above email address.
Throughout the year, the region hosts a number of UCAS Fairs for potential undergraduate students at a variety of locations around the North West. Dates for regional conventions in 2012 are detailed below. Further information and how to book can be found at www.ucasevents.com/conventions
Northern Ireland - 6th and 7th March 2013
King’s Hall, Belfast
Manchester - 19th and 20th March 2013
Lancashire - 21st March 2013
Merseyside - 12th and 13th June 2013
University of Liverpool
Kendal - 4th July 2013
Kendal Leisure Centre
North and West Cumbria - 5th July 2013
Sands Centre, Carlisle
HELOA Northwest and Northern Ireland does not currently organise specific conferences for teachers or careers advisers. However some of our member institutions host teachers and advisers conferences. For more information please take a look at the key contacts section and contact the universities for further details.
Over the course of the past year, the HELOA North West and Northern Ireland group have worked hard to continually develop new partnerships, whilst maintaining our existing collaborative working arrangements. Our regional meetings have been visited by external speakers from a range of stakeholder groups such as:
- The Student Room
- Arkwright Scholarships Trust
- Careers Wales
- Lancashire Lifelong Learning Network
- Student Finance England/Student Loans Company
- National Careers Service
- BSS (Company responsible for delivery of telephone based IAG)
- NEON – National Educational Opportunities Network
- Uni Taster Days
- Manchester Higher
- Teach First
- Into University
- CRAC – The Career Development Organisation
We have also utilised expertise from colleagues within membership institutions on a number of key sectoral issues such as the UCAS Admissions Process Review and have regularly welcomed student panels from partner schools for ‘Meet Your Market’ workshops.
As a group, we are very pleased with how we have been able to develop effective working relations with such a diverse array of groups and anticipate that our Vice-Chair for Partnerships (Kieran O’ Sullivan – The University of Liverpool) will continue to develop our profile amongst stakeholder groups from across the regions with influence on prospective students.
In the near future, we look forward to working in partnership with the HELOA North East group to develop a shared teachers and advisers conference in 2014 We also hope to work more closely with colleagues and associated stakeholders within Northern Ireland in order to become more truly representative of our remit as a dual region.
Welcome from Group Chair
HELOA North West has a membership of over 100 drawn from the 16 Institutions in the North West and Northern Ireland. We meet as a group 4 times a year and continue to support each other in a professional capacity in the periods in between.
Membership is buoyant and the strength of the Association is very much drawn from the commitment and engagement of its members. The work of the Association is very much centred on collaboration and professional development and each year we hold a one day training course for new members. In this field of work, it is essential that members are fully up to date with the latest developments in the HE Sector.
Chris Bayes, Group Chair
Education Liaison Officer, Edge Hill University
The North West and Northern Ireland group is dedicated to providing top quality training to all its members. Each October the region holds a dedicated training day where external speakers run sessions relevant to the diverse membership of the group. In addition to this, a training element is incorporated into each regional meeting; ensuring professionals within the organisation are briefed on the most current issues relevant to their roles. If you would like to share ideas or contacts for training activities please get in touch.
Peter Dolan, Vice Chair (Training)
Outreach Manager, Liverpool John Moores University
- Within the group we’d like to make it easy to share best practice and communicate with other members from the region. Below are the key HELOA members from each institution, who are happy to be contacted by other members:
Edge Hill University:
Ryan Duncan, Education Liaison Officer,
Fred Binley, Head of UK Student Recruitment & Outreach,
Liverpool Hope University:
Emma Fereday, Marketing & Recruitment Officer,
Liverpool John Moores University:
Helen Orme, HE Liaison Manager,
Manchester Metropolitan University:
Sally Ann Lawlor, Education Liaison Team Leader,
David White, Schools Liaison Officer,
Queens University Belfast:
Anthony McGrath, Student Recruitment Officer,
Royal Northern College of Music:
University of Bolton:
Laura Carruthers, UK Recruitment Manager,
University of Central Lancashire (UCLan):
University of Chester:
Shai Vure, Digital Marketing Officer,
Univerisity of Cumbria:
Tamsin Rogers, UK Recruitment Manager,
University of Liverpool:
Christine Todd, Head of UK/EU Recruitment,
University of Manchester:
Karen Varty, Undergraduate Recruitment & Widening Participation Manager,
University of Salford:
Geraldine Musajjakawa, Senior Recruitment Officer,
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Tel: 0777 1624163Student Loans Company (SLC) Contact (Yorkshire and Humberside):Ian Sinkinson - firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 07827 281320National Association of Student Money Advisers (NASMA):Lorna Chambers - email@example.com
Tel: 0161 247 6533