Graeme Atherton

Professor Graeme Atherton


Graeme Atherton studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Trinity College Oxford and has been working in the field of education research and management since 1995. After 6 years leading Aimhigher work in London, he founded AccessHE and NEON in the UK. He now leads both the Centre for Levelling Up at the University of West London and NEON. Graeme holds Visiting Professorships at Amity University, London and Sunway University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He is a member of the board of the National Union of Students (NUS) and has produced over 200 conference papers, and publications.

Martin Webster

Martin Webster

Deputy Director

Martin Webster has been working within widening access since graduating from Liverpool Hope University in 2000. Between 2005 and 2011 Martin was Head of Widening Participation at Nottingham Trent University. During that time he was Co-Director of the East Midlands consortium for Routes into Languages, a national outreach project. In 2011, he helped to establish NEON, and became its Operational Consultant, taking an overview of all NEON activities. In July 2022 Martin became the Deputy Director of NEON leading on its day to day operations. Martin has contributed to many NEON research reports and has regularly presented and spoken at widening access events.