Thanks to our proven track record of success, we’ve grown our network of clients across the UK. These range from HEIs, NCOP consortia networks, HE Marketing and Access & WP teams, through to Students Services teams, Schools & Colleges, Local Authorities and Independent Fostering Agencies.
We have two distinct divisions, Cosmos Engagement, providing innovative outreach activities and Cosmos Insight, leading insightful Research and Evaluation programmes. Both perfectly complement each other and have defined our position as experts in Education and Social Care.
Our mission is a simple, yet important one – to improve the educational outcomes, life chances and social mobility of young people.
Our Core Values
– Professional – Passionate
– Quality – People Focused
I previously had a career at Leeds Beckett University, initially as a Widening Participation Practitioner and latterly as a WP Manager: Research & Evaluation. I’m passionate about working with young people to develop and empower them.
I was born into disadvantage and was subsequently taken into foster care at the age of 11 and therefore have first-hand experience of some of the challenges our young people face. Education transformed me and helped get where I am today, despite being looked after until the age of 18. I’m a Sports enthusiast and was selected to run for Great Britain at the European Championships during my university studies. I also graduated with a BSc in Sports & Exercise Science and a MSc in Sports & Exercise Nutrition.
Director, Research & Strategy
I’ve worked in Higher Education and the public sector for 10+ years and have a sound understanding of the wider context, national aims and objectives of work within these sectors. Whether it be a rich qualitative study or large-scale quantitative programme, I enjoy helping clients answer the big questions, make continuous improvements or identify what works and why.
As a trained researcher at heart and firm believer in harnessing an evidence-led approach, I will always be fully committed to delivering truly insightful programmes that can help make a positive difference.
Account Manager, Engagement
I’ve worked in a number of different roles in Higher Education, with the majority of my experience coming from working with young people within Widening Participation, Outreach and Student Recruitment teams.
After completing my degree in Entertainment Management, I found myself working within the universities WP team on a Graduate Scheme. From there, I’ve continued to progress my career within this sector, as I’m passionate about helping young people realise their full potential. As a non-traditional, first generation HE student myself, I have seen first-hand the transformative and lifechanging effect education can have on people.
Having graduated from Lancaster University with a Masters in Psychology of Advertising, I entered the world of commercial market research at Nunwood (which later became KPMG Nunwood). Having initially started on a work placement, I quickly secured a permanent role before going on to gain two further promotions and work up the ranks to Insight Manager, over the course of five years. Throughout this time I was involved in the full range of insight responsibilities, primarily from a quantitative perspective, from survey design to data handling, to producing and presenting outputs for a variety of audiences. Ultimately I was responsible for managing a number of large scale customer experience tracking programmes across a range of sectors including finance, travel and utilities.
Despite having spent most of my career in commercial research, I always wanted to broaden my horizons and have more of a positive impact. I have always been interested in psychology and how people can achieve their most positive potential and see a good education as key to that. Working with Cosmos on educational impact evaluation is a great way to use my research skills to help young people receive the right target opportunities and support they need to give them the best chances to succeed in life.