Jess is a Senior Adviser at Advance HE, supporting diversity and inclusion across the staff and student lifecycles in higher education.
Currently working with universities with their inclusive curricula development (including issues of internationalisation and decolonisation), she also supports institutions in their work on tackling inequality in access and participation (including attainment and experience ‘gaps’ and APPs). She focuses on approaches which consider intersectionality, the ethical use of equality data, and long term cultural change.
Formerly a Senior Policy Adviser at Equality Challenge Unit, Jess has worked in higher education for 15 years, with professional services roles at post-1992, small specialist, and research-intensive institutions. She has been a member of the SPA National Expert Think Tank on fair admissions, a member of the Action on Access steering group, and Secretary to the Russell Group working group on qualifications. She studied Law at the University of Oxford, and holds an MA in Gender, Sexuality & Culture from Birkbeck, University of London.