Kirsty Wadsley

Head of Widening Participation
London School of Economics

Kirsty has worked in higher education for over a decade and has developed award winning access initiatives, as well as recently being commended for an Inspirational Leadership award at LSE in January this year.

Passionate about equity in access and student success for all, Kirsty heads an awesome team of ten at LSE who deliver 30,000 hours of dedicated work with young people in London schools and colleges. Each year approx. 60% of students worked with progress to the top 24 research intensive institutions in the UK including LSE once they reach college going age. The Team's mission is access to LSE and higher education as a whole.

Kirsty met Dr Tricia Seifert, Montana State University, in October 2017 at the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) Strategic Enrolment Management (SEM) conference. From there a transatlantic collaboration was born via the development of the Table Top University game building on Dr Seifert's research in this area. In October 2018 Tricia and Kirsty returned to the SEM conference and were awarded the AACRAO research award for their work during the year.

Tricia and Kirsty are interested in how they can further these goals via the use of technology and innovate to make further structural changes to access and success for all. Presenting at 1.30pm on Monday 4 March they cannot to deliver their workshop and connect with attendees who will have the opportunity to play the tabletop U game and contribute to the ongoing development of this important agenda.

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