In her current role, Melanie is a team member of the Network for East Anglian Collaborative Outreach (NEACO), employed through UEA and funded as part of the Uni Connect programme. She is responsible for raising awareness and understanding of higher education amongst parents and carers of underrepresented groups within the Eastern region.
Her role focuses on creating and sustaining parent and carer networks across Norfolk, and supporting research and evaluation into parental engagement. She leads on the recruitment, training and coordination for the Parent and Carer Ambassadors scheme. She is responsible for collaboratively developing events, projects, campaigns and resources that offer impartial advice, guidance and information for parents and carers.
Melanie co-coordinates Wellbeing Wednesdays; free weekly online sessions delivered by a broad range of practitioners that are designed to support and boost wellbeing.
Previously, Melanie worked as a Project Officer for UEA Health and Social Care Partners. Her role was to build project and event management support for research groups, identify barriers to progress and create processes to track and evaluate partnership impact.
Before working in higher education, Melanie worked in diverse project management roles in the creative arts, developing outreach and learning provision, widening participation and engagement and delivering large events and symposiums.
With a strong interest in the links between creativity, wellbeing and mental health, Melanie is an active member of UEA’s Wellbeing Interest Network (WIN), has completed Youth Mental Health First Aid training (YMHFA) and is currently participating in an introduction to counselling course, approved by The Norwich Centre.