Meet the Schools and Colleges team

Here are some of the members of our Schools and Colleges team, based in Cambridge, Chelmsford and Peterborough.

We work with education professionals across the eastern and London regions to support schools, sixth forms and colleges with a huge range of events and information, advice and guidance activity to assist young people and parents with post-18 options and progression to higher education and degree apprenticeships.

Find out more about our offer or contact us on schoolsandcolleges@aru.ac.uk or 01245 683281 for further information.

Carl Birchall – School and Colleges Engagement Manager

Carl Birchall

Having recently relocated to the area, I have worked in education for over 20 years in a variety of roles. I am enjoying my new job and am passionate about ensuring ARU is committed to supporting students to consider and choose their higher education choices.

I work with an amazing team who deliver outstanding information, advice and guidance to Year 12 and 13 learners. They have created some excellent classroom resources for young learners to support their post-18 options.

If I had to choose a favourite, it would be our newly created session on the importance of emails. This classroom session is engaging, informative and provides potential students with an understanding of the use of email in business and the vital skills they need for university applications and job interviews.

Katie Price – Schools and Colleges Development Officer

Katie Price

I joined the team in 2019 and love the variety that comes with the role. One day I will be delivering a personal statement session to a group of 30 students in a college in London, and the next I am planning on-campus taster days for over 100 people in Cambridge!

Being able to engage with and inspire so many students, each with a different drive and passion is what motivates me the most, and I get a huge sense of achievement when I can successfully guide and support them on their university journey.

Fun fact about me: I love adventure and have scaled the highest mountain in the UK (Ben Nevis) and flew a plane aged 21!

Lauren Tabbinor – Schools and Colleges Engagement Officer

Lauren Tabbinor

Having graduated from ARU in 2014, when I returned as a staff member in 2019, it is safe to say that it was like returning home! The positive student experience, paired with the academic support I received throughout my degree, has always made me ‘pro-ARU’.

I love having the opportunity to work with students and staff members across the eastern region, to showcase who we are as a university, and what we can offer students if they choose to study with us in the future.

The diverse student community at ARU means that it can be home to anybody, and I love the friendly and welcoming atmosphere that the university upholds!

Louise Newley – Schools and Colleges Engagement Officer

Louise Newley

Since hearing my very first student finance talk and visiting an ARU Open Day, I have always felt fully at 'home at ARU'.

My journey to my current role in the Schools and Colleges team has been a little unconventional. I joined ARU as a student in 2016 and have worked various student roles across the university and also completed an internship alongside academics.

I am really excited that I am now in a position to work with prospective students and support their transition from Level 3 to HE.

Whilst working full time, I am currently studying a part-time Masters in Education with Leadership and Management at ARU, so 'spare time' is a term that I don't use very often. Although, I do ensure I take regular breaks, go for seaside walks, and see friends and family.

Ruby Ballaam - Student Recruitment Development & Outreach Officer

Ruby Ballaam

I joined ARU in 2020 after working at another university for two years.

I studied Social Work at the University of Winchester and I had such a great experience that I knew I wanted to work with young people and build aspirations, primarily encouraging students to think about their own futures and who they want to become.

Since joining ARU, I’ve had the unique experience of informing students of our brand-new campus opening in Peterborough city centre. It is such an exciting opportunity for Peterborough, and it’s been great to see the feedback and buzz around the city.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with friends, travelling to new places and seeing the world!

Emily Savage – Schools and Colleges Development Officer

Emily Savage

I am the newest member of the Schools and Colleges team and am finding my feet during my first few weeks at ARU.

I am already enjoying working in such an open and friendly environment, and am looking forward to meeting and engaging with future students, potential applicants, parents and staff at future events. Please come over and say hello!

In my spare time I love to play video games, with my current favourites being Animal Crossing and Diablo (very different games!), re-decorating my house, or catching up with my friends and family over a coffee and cake.




Find out more about our offer or contact us on schoolsandcolleges@aru.ac.uk or 01245 684711 for further information.