Hilary Orpin is a Director of Strategic Development in the Faculty of Education, Health and Human Sciences, at the University of Greenwich. She is a Senior Fellow of the HEA. She has worked in higher education since 2007 and specialises in teaching students on the BA Hons childhood and youth studies programme. She was as a professionally qualified youth and community worker who specialised in supporting young people excluded from school to gain qualifications which would enable them to enter further education. As both an HE lecturer and youth and community worker she has supported young people’s transitions from school to further education and further education to higher education.