Grace Allen is an Assistant Head of Student Experience in the Law School and Lecturer in the Business School within the Faculty of Business and Law at The Open University. Grace has been with the University since late 2019. Before this role, Grace was a senior academic manager at a HE College which focused on championing widening participation, and where much of the student population was of disadvantaged and minority backgrounds. As Head of Faculty, Operations and Delivery Grace supported teaching and learning, student engagement and operations across the academic faculty. At The Open University, Grace is involved in projects focused on awarding gaps, and her research interests more broadly focus on attainment, progression and inclusion of students from diverse backgrounds and cultures within higher education.