Meet the team
Rachel Loftus: Student
I have been working at York St John University for 11
years, graduating this year with a BA (Hons) in Business
Management. Most of my time is spent administering bursaries
and fee waivers; maintaining university fund budgets as well as US
I also give students advice on financial issues. This includes
making sure they are receiving all the funding they are eligible
for. I also talk to students, who are thinking
of changing course or suspending their studies and
outline the financial implications this may have for them.
I am a member of the National
Association of Student Money Advisors.
Sarah Swallow: Student Funding
I have a degree in Applied Social Science and a
Master's degree in Social Policy, both from The University of
York. I also have a Level 1 Certificate in Counselling Skills
and a Level 1.01 qualification in British Sign Language.
I joined York St John University in 2010,
initially as a Research Assistant but later that year as a
Student Adviser. I joined the Student Funding Advice Team in
2012. I mostly work with students who find themselves in
financial difficulty and give advice on a range of
topics: student funding packages, budgeting, the Access to
Learning Fund and debt management.
I am a member of
Association of Student Money Advisors .
Simon Ganderton: Transition Coordinator
I have a Law degree and
postgraduate qualification from Northumbria University. I
started working at York St John
University in 2010. I provide advice and guidance on
social welfare issues, this includes: welfare benefits, employment
law, debt and consumer rights.
I also work on
Student Induction, with a view to making the student transition
from home to University as straightforward as possible. I
help organise Welcome Week and content for our Welcome Week
website. I was also involved in developing a peer-mentoring scheme
at York St John University called the Buddy Up Scheme.
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comments about our service.
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