Mr Julian True
Widening Participation Specialist
Planning & Analytics
WP Specialist and Children's University Manager
University of Plymouth
My role of Widening Participation Specialist and Children's University Manager combines my passions for raising aspirations among students under-represented in Higher Education and promoting the variety of learning opportunities available for primary age children in Devon and Cornwall.
I lead on the delivery and continuous development of a customer focused, cost effective and efficient Widening Participation (WP) service which ensures that the University sets, and works to achieve, its WP targets. These support those from defined groups to aspire to, and gain entry to, university. I assist and inform the development of the University’s WP strategy and associated targets, and the preparation of the plans and statements it creates to meet external requirements such as those from the Office for Students.
Working within the policy framework of outreach, recruitment and admissions my role is to ensure that outreach and recruitment plans take account of the University’s WP strategy and that the impact of these plans is monitored, measured, recorded and evaluated.
I also have a key role to play as the representative for the University of Plymouth as the lead institution in the Next Steps South West (NSSW) consortium which is part of the National Collaborative Outreach Programme. I work with the NSSW Manager, acting as a point of liaison and representing Plymouth University at NSSW steering groups.
As the Devon and Cornwall Children’s University Manager I am responsible for engaging with participating schools to increase awareness of higher education among younger students, providing a range of relevant and inspiring outreach activities and hosting our Gold Graduation Ceremonies.
2009 PGCE Primary with French
1999 BA Hons International Business with French