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About Us

Meet the Team

Meet the staff of the Higher York Access Centre

Picture of JennyJenny Anderton - Assessor

I have worked at the Higher York Access Centre as an assessor since 2009.  Before that I studied a BHSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy at York St John University.  My previous employment has been with people with learning disabilities and mental health difficulties.

I am currently studying an MSc in Autism at The University of Strathclyde and enjoy spending my free time investigating new technologies and tinkering with computers. 


Picture of KevinKevin Colbert - Access Centre Manager

Kevin is the Centre Manager and DSA Assessor, he has worked in Higher Education since the mid 1980's, supporting disabled students through DSA since 1999.





Jon PetchJon Petch - Assessor

I have been working in the sector of disabled student support and undertaking Assessments of Need for the past 10 years. Before starting work with Higher York Access Centre in 2007 I co-managed the Equality and Diversity Office at University of Salford. Whilst I undertake assessments for all forms of disability, my area of particular interest is complex support provision and autistic spectrum. I currently work at York St John University for two days per month, the rest of my time is spent working with other institutes of higher education throughout the north of England as a Needs Assessor and HE support Consultant.


Isla MacneilIsla Macneil - Assessor

I completed a degree in the History of Art at the University of York in 2011 before going on to a post-graduate certificate in Stained Glass Conservation and Heritage Management.  Whilst at university I was employed as a Disability Support Worker.  Through this role I worked as a note taker, library support worker and mentor.  In addition I also worked to make texts accessible for visually impaired students and so became familiar with a variety of specialist software programmes.  In 2013 I started working at the Higher York Access Centre as a DSA Needs Assessor.  I regularly attend training sessions in assistive technology in order to remain up-to-date with what is available.


Pauline MacneilPauline Macneil - Assessor

I have been working at the Higher York Access Centre since 2011.  Previous to working here in my current role as a DSA Needs Assessor, I worked at the University of York, first as a Disability Support Worker and then as a Disability Advisor.  My area of particular interest is sensory impairment and long term medical conditions.



Claire WallisClaire Wallis - Assessor

I studied a degree in English and American Literature at the University of Kent, graduating in 2008. This included one year at a university in America, I chose to go to Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts. After this I studied a MA in Postcolonial Literature, also in Kent. I moved back to York, my hometown, and started working as a support worker for students with disabilities at York St John University. This then lead to me becoming a Needs Assessor with Higher York Access Centre in January 2010.  I regularly attend assistive technology training and assessors conferences to stay up to date with advances in the field.

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Higher York Access Centre
York St John University
Lord Mayors Walk
YO31 7EX
T: 01904 876542
E: accesscentre@yorksj.ac.uk