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Maria Jackson

I spent the first ten years of my career working for the Bank of England (primarily in their International Division and their Banking Supervision Division). I then moved into the education sector, taking up the position of Departmental Manager at the Language Centre at Royal Holloway, University of London. After two years, I moved to King’s College London where I spent nearly 18 years in a similar role as Departmental Manager in their English Language Centre.

In 2015 I joined Bloomsbury Institute to work within its Quality Department, becoming Head of Quality in 2016. However, in 2019 I was appointed to a new position within Bloomsbury Institute – that of Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (whilst maintaining my role as Company Secretary and Prevent Lead). In 2023 I was appointed Head of Governance and Company Secretary – a role that includes oversight of both Bloomsbury Institute’s compliance activities (including the role of Prevent Lead) and equality, diversity and inclusion activities.


I am passionate about providing our students with a high-quality academic experience and issues around equality and diversity. I have had the perfect opportunity to combine these two interests over the last year through my participation in a QAA Collaborative Enhancement Project that looked at the improvement of student learning by linking inclusion/accessibility and academic integrity. Outside of work, I enjoy swimming although it is very much a case of stamina over speed and style!

Qualifications, Affiliations and Memberships

  • BA (Hons) French
  • Governance Professionals in HE Certificate

External Memberships

  • Advance HE – Race Equality Charter for Small and Specialist Institutions Design Group
  • IHE Access and Participation Network
  • IHE Demonstrating Inclusive Cultures Working Group
  • London Higher Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Network
  • London Higher Home from Home Project Group
  • Prevent HE Network

Internal Memberships

  • Access and Participation Committee (Chair)
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee (Chair)
  • Senior Management Team
Maria Jackson

Head of Governance and Company Secretary

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