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Progression Co-ordinators

Caroline Adelmann

Caroline Adelmann: Progression Co-ordinator

Caroline is the Progression and Strand Co-ordinator specialising in countryside, and environment. She is delighted to be based at the Royal Agricultural College - her former alma mater.

Before taking up this post she worked as a consultant specialising Environmental Impact Assessment focusing on Land Use, Policy and Ecology on a variety of high profile development proposals. In her previous incarnation Caroline worked as a Board Level Executive/PA, both nationally and internationally, with the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations, various Banks, Newspapers and City companies before deciding to take the plunge and get a degree. This has led to further studies and professional accreditation with the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment. She is currently undertaking a PGDip in Protected Area and Countryside Management at Birkbeck College, London, and considering her next study area.

She is a keen gardener and has managed to re-focus the family garden to include institutional planting (for Mother) with more relaxed style for biodiversity and birdwatching (her cat’s entertainment) and thus excusing her from having to tidy the place too often. Put simply, Caroline loves all things country and green.


Ali Rouncefield-Swales

Ali Rouncefield-Swales: Progression Coordinator

Ali is the Progression Coordinator at the University of Bath. Her work is funded through the Western Foundation Degree Consortium (to continue the work of the WVLLN). 

Ali is passionate about the value of vocational qualifications and the progression of vocational learners into and through Higher Education. Prior to working with the WVLLN, she set up and then managed the Aimhigher Healthcare Strand through its first few years of infancy, building strong relationships with schools and colleges in the process. Most recently, her work has involved managing work related learning and employer engagement in Bristol, working closely with schools, colleges, employers and training providers to support the delivery of vocational qualifications including BTECs, Young Apprenticeships and 14-19 Diplomas. An earlier background in education and skills research is now being strengthened through studying for an MA in Applied Social Research (Education) at UWE, Bristol.

Phone: 01225 385490

Kate Thomas

Kate Thomas: Progression Co-ordinator

Kate Thomas is the Progression Co-ordinator working in the University of West of England.

Kate holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Lifelong Learning and prior to working with the WVLLN, managed a vocational training programme for support workers with disabled people at the University of Bristol. Her work has also included NIACE and ESF project management, curriculum development and training in adult and community learning settings with specific groups such as women returners, work-based learners and visually-impaired adults. She is currently studying for an MA in Education with the Open University and is an active member of the Universities Association of Lifelong Learning's Women in Lifelong Learning Network (WiLL). Her work with the WVLLN is very much informed by her own experiences as an adult educator and lifelong learner.


Frank Williamson

Frank Williamson: Progression Coordinator at the University of Bristol

Born on a dairy farm in the Lake District, I have spent almost all my adult life in HE. BSc at Kings, London, MSc at the LSE and PhD Sydney, studying farmers facing change, then lectured at UNSW for 10 years, returning to the UK 1983. Re-entered ‘the academy’ after 2 years farming and a further year’s consultancy on diversification options for the Duchy of Cornwall’s SW tenant farmers.  1986-2006 were spent with fulfilment at Marjons, Plymouth, lecturing, course leading and eventually as Director of Student Affairs. I was closely involved in Aimhigher SW for 8 years and my wife is still, alongside being WP Coordinator for Plymouth.

My credo includes guiding students’ “to the threshold of their own minds” and ‘stretching the academy’. After my first wife’s death, rearing our 2 youngsters led me to Life Membership of the Green Party; I was National Speaker on Rural Affairs in the Euro campaign in 1989, and Chair of West Devon Borough Planning Committee.

I like all sport and love cricket, am a major fan of the Rolling Stones, happiest travelling and observing/interpreting landscapes and their people. I look forward to nurturing my grandchildren and dying suddenly, but not soon.

Phone: 0117 3314223