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Alison Pickard

Alison Pickard
Universities UK
Policy Researcher

​Alison Pickard is a Policy Researcher at Universities UK, leading on specialist institutions and the performing and visual arts. She is also the policy lead for Conservatoires UK, a role she holds jointly with that for Universities UK.

Prior to joining Universities UK, she was Head of Professional Policy for the Incorporated Society of Musicians. With a career primarily in the arts and cultural field, she has been artistic planning manager for London’s South Bank Centre, international service manager at the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and worked in a number of arts and education roles for the British Council.

A graduate of French and Music from Royal Holloway University of London, she has a postgraduate certificate of advanced studies in singing from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and holds an MBA and an MSc in Management and Business Research from the Open University.

Blog

Higher education: a diverse range of opportunities for everyone

8 May 2018
UUK's Dan Hurley on the wide range of opportunities higher education provides, and what the Office for Students can do to help universities make further progress on social mobility.

'Opportunity for everyone' shows how universities are opening their doors, but they must build on this for faster change

1 May 2018
On the launch of UUK's 'Opportunity for everyone' campaign, Chris Millward, the Director of Fair Access and Participation at the Office for Students, urges all universities to continue making progress.