Jessica grew up in Plymouth and East Cornwall before moving to study a BSc (Hons) Geography at the University of Chester. She developed a particular interest in social geography and the roles of structure vs. agency in the formation of intersecting identities. While studying, she worked as a research assistant in the Widening Participation department, investigating the perceptions of WP by academic staff. This experience sparked her interest in Widening Participation and she volunteered as an AimHigher Mentor for disadvantaged young people in local schools.
Jessica worked as a Market Researcher after graduating, before training to teach Geography at secondary level. While teaching, she facilitated school sustainability initiatives, and now works as part of a team to develop resources for an international Sustainable Schools program. Her belief in the value of diversity in Higher Education to individual young people and wider society led Jessica to her role at Plymouth College of Art, where she works as part of the Next Steps South West network supporting the Office for Students’ goals for social mobility. She works with a range of stakeholders to design, coordinate, and deliver outreach programmes that inspire and empower young people to progress to HE study.