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Jess Moody is a Senior Policy Adviser and leads on social mobility and sexual orientation.

Telephone: 020 3870 6013

Jess Moody is a Senior Adviser, focussing on the equality aspects of social mobility and student diversity in Higher Education, as well as leading on work around the protected characteristics of sexual orientation, and religion and belief.

 Key ongoing projects include:

  • Leading on the ‘Increasing Diversity’ project supporting a number of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in England and Wales to tackle barriers to under-representation in student recruitment, transition and success. The project supports the HEIs to form collaborative teams, conduct qualitative and quantitative research, and design positive actions.
  • The equality aspects of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and Higher Education and Research Act (HERA)
  • Guidance and training on supporting religion and belief for staff and students
  • Supporting the sector with creation of a national LGBT+ Network of Networks (staff)
  • Enhancing disclosure of equality data

Other responsibilities:

Jess is available for policy queries on the above topics, as well as issues relating to staff networks, equality monitoring and positive action schemes.  She also delivers a range of consultancies, supports a number of regional practioner networks,  and contributes to policy roundtables and speaking engagements on a range of topics related to structural inequality in higher education.

She also prepares briefings, guidance documents and blogs for ECU and Wonkhe.

Previous experience:

Jess brings to ECU nearly fifteen years of experience working in different universities (within the Russell Group, post-1992, and small specialist). Her previous focus has been on fair access policy for UK and international students. Her most recent role operated at the intersection of admissions policy, data analysis, process improvement and widening participation.

As an experienced manager within professional services she has contributed to institutional self-assessment for the Race Equality Charter, and has an active interest in how policy meets practice in today’s resource-limited university environment.

She is a member of the Action on Access Advisory Forum, supports the Jisc Analytics Labs Equality strand, and is a former member of the National Expert Think Tank of Supporting Professionalism in Admissions (SPA) . Jess is also a volunteer  mentor for the Social Mobility Foundation.


Jess has a degree in Law from the University of Oxford and an MA in Gender, Sexuality & Culture from Birkbeck (undertaken as a mature student/student parent alongside a full-time leadership role). Her dissertation examined how women’s access to Higher Education and male-dominated subject disciplines affected early discourses of homosexuality.