Information about our commitment to collaborative partnerships and joint educational initiatives with academic partner institutions. academic partner, academic partnership, partner, partner college, partner institution, partner organisation, partnership provision, collaborative provision, register of collaborative provision, collaborative partners, UK partners, overseas partners, international partnerships, collaboration, joint venture, academic link, liaison, Faculty Board for Academic Partnerships, Joint Academic Committee (JAC), plus each partner institution by name (South East Essex College, Colchester Institute, Writtle College, the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, Insearch Essex, Kaplan Open Learning, University Campus Suffolk, Lowestoft College, Great Yarmouth College, Suffolk New College, West Suffolk College, Otley College)

Contact us

Academic Standards and Partnerships Office (ASPO)

  • Claire Nixon, Deputy Academic Registrar (Academic Standards and Partnerships)


    Claire Nixon

    Telephone 01206 873365

    Email ctnixon@essex.ac.uk

    First point of contact for:

    • external audits and reviews
    • policy analysis and review
    • partnership strategic planning and new partnership proposals
    • partnership legal and financial agreements
    • partners’ PSRB accreditations/links

  • Rachel Frost, Senior Academic Standards and Partnerships Manager


    Rachel Frost

    Telephone 01206 873791

    Email frostr@essex.ac.uk

    First point of contact for:

    • regional partnerships oversight
    • University Campus Suffolk partnership (including UCS Joint Academic Committee)
    • oversight of international partnership enquiries
    • international link agreements oversight

  • Liz Laws, Senior Academic Standards and Partnerships Manager


    Liz Laws

    Telephone 01206 872805

    Email elaws@essex.ac.uk

    First point of contact for:

    • quality assurance and enhancement procedures (faculties/departments) oversight
    • new course approval process (faculties/departments)
    • Academic Quality and Standards Committee
    • Kaplan Open Learning partnership (including University of Essex Online, Kaplan Singapore)

  • Jeanie Armstrong, Academic Standards and Partnerships Manager


    Jeanie Armstrong (0.8)

    Telephone 01206 873825

    Email jarmst@essex.ac.uk

    First point of contact for:

    • Writtle College partnership
    • University Campus Suffolk partnership operational support
    • cross-partner staff development
    • Partnerships Education Committee

  • Rachel Brown, Academic Standards and Partnerships Manager


    Rachel Brown

    Telephone 01206 873840

    Email rcbrown@essex.ac.uk

    First point of contact for:

    • Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust partnership
    • ITE partnership/Ofsted requirements

  • Dr Emma Dollard, Academic Standards and Quality Manager


    Dr Emma Dollard

    Telephone 01206 873665

    Email edollard@essex.ac.uk

    First point of contact for:

    • quality assurance and enhancement procedures
    • external examining procedures
    • annual monitoring and review procedures
    • student engagement in quality processes

  • Cara Shirley, Assistant Academic Standards and Partnerships Manager


    Cara Shirley (currently on maternity leave)

    Telephone 01206 873123

    Email cshirley@essex.ac.uk

    First point of contact for:

    • Kaplan Singapore partnership
    • Edge Hotel School Ltd partnership
    • University of Essex Online

  • Izabela Hutchins, Assistant Academic Standards and Partnerships Manager


    Izabela Hutchins (maternity cover)

    Telephone 01206 873123

    Email i.hutchins@essex.ac.uk

    First point of contact for:

    • Kaplan Singapore partnership
    • University of Essex Online

  • Sally Day, Assistant Academic Standards and Partnerships Manager


    Sally Day

    Telephone 01206 873030

    Email sally.day@essex.ac.uk

    First point of contact for:

    • Edge Hotel School Ltd partnership
    • international link agreements (friendship and progression arrangements)
    • international partnership enquires
    • Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore partnership

  • Charlotte Strohm, Assistant Academic Standards and Partnerships Manager


    Charlotte Strohm

    Telephone 01206 873110

    Email cstrohm@essex.ac.uk

    First point of contact for:

    • South Essex College partnership
    • Colchester Institute partnership

  • Sarah Smith, Academic Standards and Partnerships Executive Officer


    Sarah Smith

    Telephone 01206 873944

    Email sarah.smith@essex.ac.uk

    First point of contact for:

    • quality assurance and enhancement procedures
    • external examiner procedures
    • validation and periodic review schedules and processes

  • Hannah Sirman, PA / Office Administrator


    Hannah Sirman

    Telephone 01206 874855

    Email hsirman@essex.ac.uk

    First point of contact for:

    • general enquiries
    • meeting schedules and arrangements
    • financial transaction queries
    • external examiner payments
    • administrative support for Deputy Academic Registrar (Academic Standards and Partnerships)
    • administrative support for staff development events

  • Kristina Newbatt, Administrative Assistant


    Kristina Newbatt (0.5 fte)

    Telephone 01206 873030

    Email krnewb@essex.ac.uk

    First point of contact for:

    • general enquiries
    • diary management
    • administrative support for the team and the Dean and Associate Dean of Academic Partnerships
    • partnership records and databases

  • Kimberley Watson, Administrative Assistant


    Kimberley Watson (0.5 fte)

    Telephone 01206 873030

    Email kwatson@essex.ac.uk

    First point of contact for:

    • general enquiries
    • diary management
    • administrative support for the team and the Dean and Associate Dean of Academic Partnerships
    • Meeting and conference schedules and arrangements

  • Dominic Micklewright, Dean of Academic Partnerships


    Dominic Micklewright

    Telephone 012068 872869

    Email dpmick@essex.ac.uk


  • Allan Hildon, Associate Dean of Academic Partnerships


    Allan Hildon

    Telephone 012068 873846

    Email alhild@essex.ac.uk