North West & Northern Ireland

  • 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 18 higher education institutions (HEIs) and 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.

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    Blackpool and the Fylde College Edge Hill University Lancaster University Liverpool Hope University
    Myerscough College logo
    Liverpool John Moores University Manchester Metropolitan University Myerscough College Queens University Belfast
    Royal Northern College of Music University of Bolton University of Central Lancashire University of Chester
    University of Cumbria
    University of Cumbria University of Liverpool University of Manchester University of Salford
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    University Centre at Blackburn College University of Ulster

  • Chris and the committee would be delighted to hear from colleagues across both regions who aren’t currently HELOA members.  Likewise, if you are a teacher and advisor working within a school or college and would like to find out more about the Association and the work we do to support schools, colleges and HE professionals within the North West & Northern Ireland, then please do not hesitate to contact Chris via the below email address.

    Group Chair

    Chris Bayes, Transition to HE Advisor, University of Liverpool
    Email: chris.bayes@liverpool.ac.uk


    Chris has been a member of HELOA since 2008 when he joined the Student Recruitment team at Edge Hill University.  Chris is now in his second spell working within the Educational Opportunities team at The University of Liverpool.

    Chris’ active involvement within the North West & Northern Ireland Regional Group has been previously seen him serve as Vice-Chair (Partnerships) before becoming Group Chair in February 2012.

    Group Vice-Chair, Training

    Jonny Atkinson, Education Liaison Assistant, Edge Hill University
    Email: atkinsoj@edgehill.ac.uk

    Jonny-AtkinsonJonny joined HELOA in November 2013. He first worked for Newcastle University as a Graduate Ambassador in 2008 and recently returned to HE as part of the Education Liaison Team at Edge Hill University. Jonny 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. If you experience great training that you think others would benefit from and/or have any training requests Jonny would be really interested to hear from you.

    Group Vice-Chair, Partnerships

    Kieran O’Sullivan, Education Liaison Officer, University of Liverpool
    Email: kosull@liv.ac.uk

    Kieran O'SullivanKieran 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.

    Web Engagement Officer

    Sean Threlfall, Recruitment Officer, Manchester Metropolitan University
    Email: s.threlfall@mmu.ac.uk

    sean-threlfallSean has been a member of HELOA since July 2012 when he joined the undergraduate recruitment & widening participation team at The University of Manchester. Sean has been actively involved in education liaison, more recently as the recruitment officer at Manchester Metropolitan University.  Sean is responsible for updating the content of the group web pages and producing a schools and colleges e-newsletter aimed at teachers, careers advisors and other key influencers.



    Group Secretary

    Susie Jones,  University of Manchester
    Email: susannah.jones@manchester.ac.uk

    Susie-JonesSusie has been a member of HELOA since September 2013 when she joined the undergraduate recruitment & widening participation team at The University of Manchester as a graduate intern. Susie now works in a student recruitment and admissions team in the University’s languages department where she continues to engage in higher education liaison. As a committee member, she is responsible for administering meeting minutes, managing group memberships, and supporting the rest of the committee with their work.


  • UCAS Events

    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 2013 are detailed below. Further information and how to book can be found at www.ucasevents.com/conventions

    Northern Ireland - 5th and 6th March 2014
    King’s Hall, Belfast

    Manchester - 11th and 12th March 2014
    Manchester Central

    Lancashire - 29th April 2014

    Merseyside - 11th and 12th June 2014
    University of Liverpool

    North and West Cumbria - 27th June 2014
    Sands Centre, Carlisle

    Institution Events

    Please use the UniTasterDays portal to find events hosted by institutions in the North West and Northern Ireland.

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  • For Advisers

    HELOA North West 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 past 3 years, 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:

    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.

    This year, we are looking at organising a shared event in Cumbria with our colleagues from the NE Group.  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
    Email: chris.bayes@edgehill.ac.uk

    Training Opportunities

    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.


    Jonny Atkinson. Education Liaison Assistant.
    Edge Hill 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:


    Blackpool and The Fylde College:
    Kristine Murray (Schools Liaison and Partnerships Manager),

    Edge Hill University:
    Jonny Atkinson, Education Liaison Assistant,

    Lancaster University:
    Rebecca Heron, UK Student Recruitment Manager,

    Liverpool Hope University:
    Emma Fereday, Senior Student Recruitment Officer,

    Liverpool John Moores University:
    Helen Orme, HE Liaison Manager,

    Manchester Metropolitan University:
    Sally Ann Merrell, Education Liaison Team Leader,

    Myerscough College:
    David White,  Schools Liaison Officer,

    Queens University Belfast:
    Donna Rogers,

    Royal Northern College of Music:
    Fiona Stuart

    University of Bolton:
    Laura Carruthers, UK Recruitment Manager,

    University of Central Lancashire (UCLan):
    Carl Ibison,

    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:
    Dr Alyssa Philips,

    University of Salford:
    Andrea Dapoto,

    University Centre at Blackburn College:
    Allison Billington, HE Transitions Officer

    University of Ulster:

    North West and Northern Ireland student finance contacts:

    Student Loans Company (SLC) Contact:
    Jon Legg - jon_legg@slc.co.uk
    Tel: 0777 1624163

    Student Loans Company (SLC) Contact (Yorkshire and Humberside):
    Ian Sinkinson - ian_sinkinson@slc.co.uk
    Tel: 07827 281320

    National Association of Student Money Advisers (NASMA):
    Lorna Chambers - lorna.chambers@mmu.ac.uk
    Tel: 0161 247 6533