Welcoming Michael Hill, our new Steering Group Chair

Starting out his career in adult education, Michael taught English as a second language in Thamesmead, Deptford and Lewisham before moving into further education for 10 years, at South West College London and South Thames College, in staff development and teacher training.

In 1999, he joined Kingston University as Head of Widening Participation and later as Director of Academic Development. As well as working on the institution’s approach to widening participation, Michael worked regionally, setting up the London South Aimhigher partnership and the London South Lifelong Learning Network, working nationally with Action on Access and assisted with the design of the original Quality Mark for care leavers with Buttle Trust.   

Leaving Kingston in 2013, Michael continued his work with private providers of higher education in London, and taught at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) before retiring, but continues in an honorary capacity to train colleagues working in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia on agriculture, nutrition, and health issues.

In addition to his experience and passion, we know Michael’s knowledge of working across the UK and internationally will be an invaluable resource for Aimhigher London. He has always valued partnership working – with other institutions, with students and with colleagues. On his appointment to the position of Steering Group Chair he noted:

“I can see that Aimhigher London’s long history of effective partnership working and how as an organisation it’s able to provide resources, insights and approaches, add value to the work done with parents, guardians, teachers and other staff, in providing opportunities for all young people to recognise their potential and ambitions.”

We would like to take this time to welcome Michael Hill as the new Chair and we look forward to a successful and impactful 2024!

I am passionate about providing opportunities for students to recognise their potential and realise their ambitions Michael says, with an emphasis on helping teaching staff, and their managers, to provide a welcoming, inclusive, and effective academic experience.

Michael Hill MA (Hons), MEd, PGCE, SFHEA, Dip TESOLAHL Steering Group Chair