Jenni Woods

Member Representative for Kingston University and Community Trustee

Jenni has more than 15 years’ experience working in higher education as an outreach practitioner and a senior manager. She is committed to fair access and supporting the success of students from all backgrounds, at all stages of their education. Jenni firmly believes in the power of education to transform individual lives and benefit society as a whole.

As Associate Director for Widening Participation at Kingston University, Jenni manages a high-performing department that delivers a range of highly innovative and challenging work. She has led the development of a comprehensive school, college and community education programme that engages learners across all key stages of their primary and secondary education and offers CPD opportunities for teachers and careers advisers. Jenni designed and implemented Kingston University’s distinctive Compact Scheme, which supports students from disadvantaged backgrounds through the university admissions process and helps them prepare for the academic and social aspects of higher education. She has also managed the implementation of an award winning support programme for care leavers – KU Cares – which has been extended to support other marginalised and vulnerable groups including students estranged from their families, young adult carers and asylum seekers. In developing support, Jenni and her team work directly with learners from these groups to understand the key challenges they face and ensure that provision is shaped appropriately.

Jenni recognises the importance of collaboration in supporting educational outcomes and has nurtured strong links with schools, colleges, other universities, local authorities and third sector organisations throughout her career. She is an active participant in several national and regional educational networks, and is a member of the Executive Committee for the Forum for Access and Continuing Education (FACE). Jenni also has responsibility for managing Kingston University’s role as lead higher education provider for the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) in London, which has been introduced to meet government targets to increase participation in higher education.

Jenni is married with three sons and lives in west London. Her eldest son is autistic and has a diagnosis of ADHD, and as such Jenni has a particular interest in inclusive provision for learners with special educational needs and disabilities.