Meet the Student Experience Team

The Student Experience Department works in close partnership with the Students’ Union to support the continuous development of a positive student experience at UWTSD. Here’s a little more about what we do and how to get in touch with us…


Dr Mirjam Plantinga: Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor (Student Experience)

Mirjam has a strategic and operational leadership role across the University in relation to student engagement and representation and the enhancement of the student experience of students across all campuses.  She also engages with optimising student satisfaction and the University’s performance in league tables and surveys. 

Mirjam trained as a classicist and was formerly the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts.


Estelle Hart: Acting Student Experience Manager 

Estelle is acting manager of the student experience team and has a strategic and operational role in developing and managing the Student Experience Department to ensure that the student experience is positive and distinctive. Estelle works in partnership with the Students’ Union to facilitate effective student representation across the University, and ensure that students’ needs are met.

See Estelle re. Student engagement initiatives, Surveys (NSS, PTES, PRES, UKES), Student Representation.  | 01792 481071 (Ext #4071)


Rhiannon Lleision-Jones: Senior Student Experience Officer

Rhiannon is the first point of contact for Student Experience Conventions and Life Design bookings. She handles general Student Experience Queries and manages the Bulletin and Skills Sessions.

See Rhiannon re. Life Design, Student Bulletin, Race to Market queries and General student experience queries | 01792 481225 (Ext #3225)


Lewis Pearson: Senior Life Design Development Officer

Lewis develops the student bulletin, manages the Life Design Website and the student events calendar. He also delivers the Life Design workshops and assists with the skills based sessions.

See Lewis re. Student Bulletin queries, student events calendar and the Life Design website. l 01792 481225 (Ext #3225)


Candice Colclough: Adminstrative Assistant

Candice is the departments’ administrative assistant, and is responsible for content on the Life Design events page, data collection and collation, and other administrative duties.

See Candice re: student events, general queries l 01792 481220 (Ext #3220)


Kay-Marie Webster - Student Experience Assistant (Intern)

Kay provides administrative support to the student experience team and records departmental data. She is also responsible for the Life Design social media accounts and promoting events.

See Kay re. General queries & promotion via Life Design social media channels | 01792 481225 (Ext #3225) 


Hazel Cardew: Student Experience Creative Content Assistant (Intern)

Hazel is the Student Experience teams’ Creative Content designer. She is responsible for designing all graphics and promotional material for the department.

See Hazel re. Creative Content Queries | 01792 481225 (Ext #3225)