I am an Open University graduate (BSc and MEd) and I have been an OU tutor since 1999. I worked as a technical consultant and project manager for IT companies developing and selling EPOS equipment to UK retailers. I then moved to work in widening participation with agencies such as Partnerships 4 Progression and Aimhigher. I then spent some time as an elearning specialist with Sussex Learning Network before joining the OU as an Educational Advisor. In this role, I specialised in working with students and staff in prison.