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Returning to full time education later in life Rachel has recently graduated from Brunel University London with a First in Education and winner of the Education Prizes for the highest average grade and highest grade for her dissertation. Rachel continues her studies at Sussex University in a Master’s in International Education and Development. Her research interests are in the fields of access to Higher Education, and English language acquisition. Rachel is passionate about supporting Sustainable Development Goal 4, quality and equitable education for all, for life, as she sees herself reflected in this goal.
Rachel also teaches English as a foreign language and has been instrumental in the set up and running of classes and social groups for asylum-seekers housed in West London. During her time at Brunel, she has been involved with volunteering as a researcher, for which she was awarded Volunteer of the Year, 2022. The paper focussed on the barriers asylum-seekers face when accessing Higher Education and was presented at a summer symposium at the University of Sussex in 2023.
In addition, Rachel has worked as a Programme Assistant, managing project teams working on solutions to issues faced by Mayukwayukwa refugee camp in Zambia. Whilst at Brunel, Rachel has also held the positions of Course Representative, Widening Access Student Ambassador, Student Representative for the Student’s Union, Work Placement Development Officer, Urban Scholars Intern and Peer Assisted Learning Leader. Prior to retuning to full time education, Rachel worked at institutes of education for over a decade and before that in project management.