Anji is a freelance coach, consultant and educator. She has over 26 years of experience within Higher Education based at the University of Hull, and has worked across clinical, academic and professional services. Most recently she was the Director of Student Services with strategic responsibility for a broad range of student facing services. Prior to this she was Head of Department and senior lecturer in the Faculty of Health and Social Care and also undertook the role of associate Dean Learning, Teaching and Quality.
Anji has a strong commitment and passion for widening participation, and has worked with students from a diverse range of backgrounds during both in her time as an academic, Head of Service and Director of Student Services. She has been responsible for a variety of projects, activities and initiatives with disadvantaged and under-represented students and transformed structures within student services to increase the focus towards support for under-represented and disadvantaged students, including specific additional financial support, designated contacts, targeted initiatives within sport and careers in addition to specific events and peer group activities.
Working across both academic and professional services has provided Anji with significant insights into the challenges faced by both students and staff across academic and professional service areas. This insight has translated into improving policies, processes and working practices to benefit all staff and ultimately students.
She is a current member of the NNECL QM advisory board representing AMOSSHE, where she has been on the executive board since 2019. During her time at the University of Hull she was responsible for the development of the 2020/21-2024/25 access and participation plan and had strategic responsibility for the success and progression aspects of the widening participation agenda. She worked closely with colleagues from across the university to ensure students receive the best possible experience and support, and to embed inclusivity across the institution.