Meet the team

Get in touch

Introducing our dedicated team of Widening Participation staff. Find out more about them and how to get in touch by looking at the information below. 

Joanna Tolley

Joanna Tolley is our Widening Participation Research and Development Officer.

Joanna is the Widening Participation Research and Development Officer at Greater Brighton Metropolitan College and has worked with young people in the city for over 18 years in both the education and charity and voluntary sector. Her MSc in Applied Social and Community Research specialised in exploring how young people in Sussex interact with support services. She recently led research investigating the experience of young people residing in supported accommodation services accessing education. She has worked at the college since 2016 and manages the UniConnect funding stream.

Get in touch with Joanna at joanna.tolley@gbmc.ac.uk.

Joanna Tolley

Rosie Jones

Rosie Jones is our Widening Participation Coordinator.

Rosie joined the GB MET team in November 2017; her role includes providing impartial information and advice to students wishing to access university, particularly those from underrepresented backgrounds. Rosie runs the Industry Mentoring Scheme and the Freelance Network for our degree-level students and is the main point of contact for care leavers, refugees and asylum seekers who would like guidance around their university options.

Get in touch with Rosie at rosie.jones@gbmc.ac.uk.

Rosie Jones

Donna Geal

Donna Geal is our UniConnect Programme Coordinator. 

Donna joined GB MET nine years ago. Her role in the Widening Participation team is broad, delivering presentations and workshops and providing one-to-one support to advise learners of their education options and prepare them for their next steps. Donna also coordinates Masterclasses, Industry Talks, and Engagement Programmes to raise aspirations and give young people across Sussex insight into studying at university-level. Donna is the lead coordinator for the Student Ambassador scheme and facilitates the Peer Mentoring and Buddy scheme for GB MET students.

Please get in touch with Donna at donna.geal@gbmc.ac.uk.

Donna Geal

Kim Lawrence

Kim Lawrence is our UniConnect Administrator. 

Kim is the Uniconnect Administrator who has been working at GB MET since November 2019. She looks after the Coordinators' reporting and administration and is responsible for recording data directly to HEAT. During COVID-19, Kim was involved in a project to support students with resources to continue their studies.

Get in touch with Kim at kim.lawrence@gbmc.ac.uk.

Kim Lawrence

Sami Read

Sami Read is our BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and Other People Of Colour) Ambassador at GB Met.

Prior to this role Sami worked for the last 15 years in the Education, Not For Profit and Charity sectors and was the Director of a careers advice service based in Brighton. As well as completing her undergraduate at the GB Met West Durrington Campus specialising in representation of people of colour in the Arts, Sami has a counselling qualification from the GB Met Brighton Campus and is currently studying for her Masters in Human Rights and Global Politics part time at the University of Brighton. She is very passionate about elevating voices of colour and championing anti racism within education and has a special interest in the power of decolonising the curriculum to create better bonds of community through knowledge and understanding.

Her dissertation on representation in the arts and decolonising the curriculum is currently being used as an educational resource via SAFTAC. Read more here.

Sami sits on the Equality and Diversity Committee and is a member of the Anti Racism Sub Committee at the college.
 
Get in touch with Sami at sami.read@gbmc.ac.uk
Sami Read
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