Grace Simpson

Grace Simpson


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Grace is an experienced consultant and public policy professional with a Master of Public Policy with distinction. She has significant experience in English higher education policy, specialising in widening access to education and supporting disabled students. As a consultant, she has a track record of successfully managing impact and operational evaluations for education and employment programs. Grace has a strong research background with experience engaging with varied and hard-to-reach stakeholders.

Influential work

  • Managed the impact and operational evaluations for a program aimed at widening access to higher education in England, delivering workshops and recommending actions to improve performance and outcomes
  • Managed the evaluation of a program to support people with complex barriers to employment in England, working closely with the client to support the implementation of recommendations
  • Managed research into universities’ engagement with sponsored schools to understand and devise a role for the arms-length body for higher education in England, resulting in a national conference and new work-stream in the area
  • Devised a new approach to funding support for disabled students in higher education in England
  • Commissioned and oversaw research into models of support for disabled students in higher education in England to understand the extent to which inclusive support was being implemented across the sector.

Outside of Nous

Before joining Nous, Grace was a senior consultant for a UK research consultancy, where she managed impact and operational evaluations relating to education and employment. Before this she worked for several years as a policy advisor for a UK arms-length Government agency specialising in higher education policy. Latterly she led on policy relating to disabled students and postgraduate taught education.

Grace holds a Master of Science in Public Policy from the University of Bristol and a Bachelor of Sociology from the University of Manchester.

In her spare time...

Grace loves to travel and is currently enjoying exploring Melbourne and wider Australia. She likes reading, running and yoga and has recently discovered a joy of flying small planes.