KMPF’s Director, Dr Felicity Dunworth, has been shortlisted for a ‘Contribution to Widening Access’ award from the National Education Opportunities Network (NEON).
Felicity has worked in widening access for over 15 years. She led Aimhigher Kent & Medway throughout its period of Government funding (2004-2011), and when funding came to an end, she worked with partners to set up its successor, the Kent & Medway Progression Federation.
More recently, as a result of further Government-funded programmes, she has also managed the Kent & Medway Collaborative Network (KMCNet) and now the Kent & Medway Collaborative Outreach Programme (KaMCOP). She is a firm believer in cross-sector collaborative working and has strived to build, sustain, and lead effective collaborative partnerships, whilst ensuring that the needs of students are kept at the heart of everything that is done.
Nationally, Felicity was one of the original founders, and then Co-Chair for many years, of the National Network for the Education of Care Leavers, and continues as one of its Trustees. Locally she worked closely with partner organisations to set up the Care Leaver Progression Partnership (CLPP) to help ensure good local collaborative support for care leavers.
Felicity set up and led a national rural and coastal group, participating in presentations and consultations to promote the importance of considering the different challenges faced by schools and students in these communities. Additionally she has served on a number of national committees for the Bridge Group, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, The Office for Fair Access, and the Access Alliance. She speaks regularly at national conferences and briefings.
As a governor in a school with high numbers of students from disadvantaged backgrounds, Felicity keeps fully informed about the issues facing these schools. She pushes for more teacher representation at every level where widening participation is discussed.
The NEON Awards is an annual event which recognises professionals, students, and institutions for their work in the field of widening access, in a range of categories. Winners will be announced at an event at the Palace of Westminster on 17 May.