TASO has Theme Working Groups for each research theme we adopt. The groups offer advice and recommendations relating to their relevant research areas and consist of a mix of practitioners, evaluators, researchers and administrators.

The groups act as external advisory bodies for TASO and provide guidance on decisions affecting our research programmes. This will include responsibility for reviewing the current evidence base on a given research theme, reviewing applications into TASO commissioning rounds, making recommendations for funding awards and monitoring funded projects.

We currently have two Theme Working Groups. The first group focuses on the Effectiveness of Widening Participation Outreach and the second on Examining Gaps in the Student Experience.

Theme Working Group 1 Members: Effectiveness of Widening Participation Outreach

  • Mike Kerrigan, Strategic Data and Intelligence Manager, Nottingham Trent University
  • Alice Dee, Impact Manager, The Access Project
  • Baljinder Rana, Manager, Aimhigher West Midlands
  • Professor Colin McCaig, Professor of Higher Education Policy, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Professor John Butcher, Associate Director Curriculum and Access, The Open University
  • Sophie Cloutterbuck, Director of London Engagement, Vice Chancellor’s Office
  • Stuart Bottomley, Evaluation and Evidence Manager, University of York

Theme Working Group 2 Members: Gaps in the Student Experience

  • Emma Pollard, Principal Research Fellow, Institute for Employment Studies
  • Joanna MacDonnell, Director of Education, University of Brighton
  • Lesley Black, Acting Director of Student Services, University of Winchester
  • Nasser Latif, Teaching and Learning Manager, The University of Manchester
  • Sarah Jane Crowson, Scholarship and Enterprise Development Manager, Hereford College of Arts