About DMU's Educational Partnerships team
De Montfort University (DMU) has a rich and mixed portfolio of UK Collaborative Provision (UKCP) activity which adds intrinsic value to the DMU brand and offer. DMU has a long-standing history of engagement in UKCP, and the development of the university’s collaborative portfolio over the last thirty years has enabled the university to establish regional and national presence and visibility, and contribute to the widening participation and access agendas.
DMU values UKCP as an integral component of its strategic mission and vision, and recognises the mutual benefits of such collaboration to the university, its partners, students, staff and the local community. In this context, DMU will actively pursue engagements with a range of high-quality, relevant, and appropriate, regional and national partners whose work is complementary and compatible with DMU, and whose values align to those of the university, bringing tangible and sustained benefits to staff and students of all institutions.
The Educational Partnerships (EP) team at DMU are responsible for UKCP, and act as a service provider in the scoping, planning, approval and monitoring of UKCP. Executive responsibility for UKCP sits with the Pro Vice-Chancellor (PVC) Academic. EP are based in the PVC Academic’s office, within the Directorate of Governance and Legal.
T: 0116 207 8030
Meet the team
Bobby Upple, Partnerships Manager
Bobby leads the Educational Partnerships (EP) team at DMU, with responsibility for the development and management of all UK academic partnerships.
Bobby joined DMU in September 2015, having worked in Further Education (FE) and affiliated organisations for 20 years. He held various roles in FE including lecturer, programme area manager, senior policy manager, E&D projects manager, Chair of Governors, and prior to joining DMU, as a director with two sector organisations.
Since joining DMU, Bobby has managed both UK and international partnerships, and has represented the university internationally and nationally, promoting DMU, and the city of Leicester, as a destination for students. Across his career, Bobby has worked in partnership with education institutions in South Africa, India, China, Hong Kong, Denmark, and Abu Dhabi.
Bobby is a graduate from Nottingham Trent University, where he studied Mathematical Methods for Information Technology, and has a teaching qualification from the University of Greenwich. He is an Advance HE Associate, PRINCE2 Practitioner, and a trained mentor.
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Paul Overton, Senior Partnerships Officer
Paul Overton is the Senior Partnerships Officer in Educational Partnerships (EP) with a shared responsibility for the development and management of UK academic partnerships.
Paul joined EP in November 2019, having been employed at DMU since July 2005, most recently as International Admissions Manager and Immigration Compliance Manager. Prior to joining DMU, Paul worked as a career’s advisor for the UK Government helpline, Learndirect.
In his roles at DMU, Paul has worked closely with international partners, such as Oxford International Education Group and DMU China, completing several tours of China, the Middle East, and India. In May 2019, Paul was a key-note speaker at a UKVI Home Office conference representing not just the position of DMU in the sector but also the wider network of post-1992 universities.
Paul is a graduate from Lancaster University where he studied Philosophy and International Politics.
T: 0116 207 8357
Sam Johnson, Partnerships Officer
Sam Johnson is a Partnerships Officer within the Educational Partnerships (EP) team at DMU. Sam has responsibility to assist in the coordination of engagements with UK Collaborative Partnerships. He provides account management services to collaborative partners, and ensures that the quality and standards of provision delivered through the University’s UK collaborative partners network is maintained and enhanced.
Sam joined DMU in July 2017 and joined EP as a Partnerships Administrator in September 2017, before becoming a Partnerships Officer in January 2018.
Sam is a strong believer in the power of education as a tool for social change and has previously worked with the Ministry of Education of Namibia on projects aimed at improving educational attainment in line with the then UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, as well as English Language projects in Brazil and Japan. Sam also holds a degree in Education Studies.
T: 0116 207 8480
Fay Kelham, Partnerships Officer
Fay is a Partnerships Officer within the Educational Partnerships (EP) team at DMU. Fay has the responsibility to assist in the coordination of engagements with UK Collaborative Partnerships. Providing account management services to collaborative partners and ensuring that the quality and standards of provisions delivered through the University’s UK collaborative partners network is maintained and enhanced.
Fay joined DMU in 2009 as a former DMU student having graduated in BA (Hons) Marketing with HRM. She is a Prince 2 Practitioner and has also completed a coaching qualification with DMU. Fay joined EP in May 2020 after gaining over 10 years’ experience in the provision of Executive Education to working professionals.
T: 0116 250 6026
Gemma Keats, Data Support Officer
Gemma Keats is a Data Support Officer in the Educational Partnerships (EP) team at DMU. Gemma supports the university’s engagements with UK educational collaborative partnerships and is responsible for maintaining student data for University Wide Learning students and ensuring that students at collaborative partners have a comparable and high-quality experience. The responsibilities cover a large part of the student lifecycle from the point of on-line registration through to assessment and progression.
Gemma has ten years’ experience of working in Higher Education administration. She joined the International Admissions Team at DMU in April 2016 before moving to EP in March 2020. Prior to this she has worked in admissions and programme support roles at the University of Leeds and Kaplan Open Learning. Gemma is a graduate from the University of Lancaster where she studied BA (Hons) English Language and an MA in Applied Research and Consultancy.
T: 0116 250 6582
Louisa Kozielecka, Data Support Officer
Louisa Kozielecka is a Data Support Officer in the Educational Partnerships (EP) team at DMU. Louisa supports the university’s engagements with UK educational collaborative partnerships and is responsible for maintaining student data for University Wide Learning students and ensuring that students at collaborative partners have a comparable and high-quality experience. The responsibilities cover a large part of the student lifecycle from the point of on-line registration through to assessment and progression.
Louisa has 8 years’ experience of working in Further Education administration, and joined the EP team at DMU in December 2020. Louisa is currently undertaking a BSc Information Management with Arden University via distance learning.