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Dr Neil Raven

Dr Neil Raven

Dr Neil Raven
BA, PhD, PG Cert, MBA

Visiting Lecturer

Senior Associate Teacher

Area of research

Visiting Lecturer

Helen Wodehouse Building,
35 Berkeley Square, Clifton BS8 1JA
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Neil is a graduate of the Universities of Kent (BA Hons) and Leicester (MBA and PhD). He began his academic career in 1997 as a lecturer in modern economic and social history. In 2002 he took on the role of co-ordinating a regional higher education outreach programme for the East Midlands Universities Association, before becoming project manager for Aimhigher in the East Midlands in 2006. As project manager he developed and oversaw two large multi-institutional research initiatives aimed at addressing the challenges to educational progression faced by those from backgrounds under-represented in higher education. He was subsequently appointed manager for Aimhigher in the East Midlands in 2008, where he was responsible for income generation and managing a range of widening participation projects, including a regional research and evaluation service.

More recently, Neil held the post of manager for a university student outreach and recruitment team, leading on research and evaluation, and overseeing the scoping and development of a number of access initiatives. Since 2015 he has been running his own educational consultancy, which involves conducting commissioned research and evaluation studies for universities, colleges and educational partnerships across the country. 

Link to Neil Raven Consultancy





  • Widening access
  • evaluation
  • learner motivation
  • learner journeys
  • school effectiveness


  • Fellow Higher Education Academy & Executive Member Forum for Access and Continuing Education



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