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Andrew Rawson:  Committed to student success with all age groups.

As Director of Action on Access, Andrew Rawson uses his considerable national expertise, organisational experience and networks of contacts to drive AonA forward.

Andrew’s background

Andrew’s work evidences a long commitment to, and experience in, access, widening participation and student success with all age groups.  He possesses a background in the national careers service; in leading Further Education Student Services; and in adult guidance services and networks.  All underpin his strong commitment to widening and deepening access and participation in education and training – particularly in higher education in its diverse forms.  His work is predicated on the breaking down of barriers to further and higher education which are still faced by many young and adult learners – in order that they may fully grasp their life chances, maximise their potential and realise their goals.

Ongoing commitment

Andrew Rawson is proud to be an active member of the Executive Group of the Forum for Access and Continuing Education (FACE)  He serves also as a trustee and treasurer of FACE and is involved with the FACE Access and Participation Plan Special Interest Group.

He is an active member of the National Network for the Education of Care Leavers (NNECL) National Strategy Group and is a founder member of the Social Partnerships Network sharing common values related to lifelong learning and social mobility and a commitment to a more diverse higher education system.  (The SPN website can be found at  Andrew is currently working closely with United Kingdom Advising and Tutoring (UKAT) – the professional association for practitioners and researchers interested in advancing the scholarship and practice of student advising and personal tutoring in higher education in the UK.  He advises UKAT on access, widening participation and student retention.

Action on Access : trusted by...

"Congrats on your work anniversary. You certainly have staying power Andrew - and have contributed such a great deal to the cause of widening HE engagement and Lifelong Learning. Truly great work. All the very best, Stuart."

Message on Linked in from Stuart Billingham, Professor Emeritus of Lifelong Learning, York St John

"Thank you so much, I love it when I see you pop up in a meeting, you bring such energy. Please don't worry about hogging - you didn't, you bring very valuable contributions and I appreciate that very much."

Dr Ann Bingham, MProf ofPg CLT (HE RLA FSEDA SFHEA, UKAT Vice-chair (Community Engagement), Senior Teaching Fellow

I told an ex-colleague of mine that I had been emailing you and she considers you (as does everyone I know in the WP sphere) as a celebrity of the sector!

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