Meet the team

Philip Dent

Philip Dent, SCiP Alliance Director

Phil worked as a teacher, led a multi-agency, multi-phase partnership as Director for Aimhigher Coventry and Warwickshire and co-founded The Progression Trust, a social enterprise working to improve lifelong progression for children, young people and adults.

Phil is Head of Community Engagement, Social Justice and Impact at University of Winchester, leading innovative programmes and approaches combining research and community impact outcomes, focused on progression for under-represented and disadvantaged groups.



Kath Lawrence

Katherine Lawrence MAPM, SCiP Alliance Head of Operations

Kath manages the Alliance's programme of activity and leads the growth in scale and quality of support for Service children’s educational progression. She is a Clore Social Fellow and a Member of the Association of Project Management. With an education background, Kath has worked for the University of Winchester since 2013. She delivered a range of projects and activities in partnership with schools and colleges and developed the University of Winchester's outreach programme for Service children in Hampshire.  

Kath also teaches Japanese and Chinese and enjoys supporting her local Scout group.


Dr Michael Hall

Dr Michael Hall FHEA, SCiP Alliance Researcher

Michael trained as a secondary science teacher and has worked as a policy adviser and researcher for the construction and manufacturing industries, campaigning on issues such as skills, procurement and infrastructure investment.   Michael lectures part-time on the University of Winchester Education Studies programme. His PhD focused on a reconceptualisation of the notion of graduate employability and his recent articles include 

Towards a Parrhesiastic Engagement with Graduate Employability, Power and Education

 Michael lives in Basingstoke and is a governor of his local infant school.





Rachel Lad

Rachel Lad, SCiP Alliance Projects Manager

Rachel has 12 years’ experience working in the higher education sector in widening access and outreach and has led a range of projects and events for targeted groups.  Most recently, Rachel was the Network Coordinator for the National Network for the Education of Care Leavers (NNECL) before NNECL became an independent charity.  Rachel is a governor at a local primary school which has a number of Service children and families.      









Dr Judith Mc Cullouch

Dr Judith McCullouch, Principal Investigator

Judith, herself an RAF veteran and military parent, is passionate about findings ways to ensure children from Service families have the best possible opportunities to succeed.   As a mathematician and a social scientist she uses quantitative, statistical research to build a broad picture and qualitative research to find the stories behind the numbers, thus building a comprehensive picture of the area/field under scrutiny. 







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