Alex Day, Peter Symonds College
Director of Adult & Higher Education
Alex Day has led the adult and higher education division of Peter Symonds College in Winchester for seven years – a period during which funding has been consistently cut and institutions have been under significant pressure to diversify sources of funding. The experience has sharpened her interest in risk and led her to develop a Fellowship proposal to explore attitudes to risk among leaders in sixth-form colleges, particularly in relation to the diversification of income streams.
Her work seeks to identify the barriers to risk-taking and the interventions that might support planning and risk calculation when considering diversification. This is something Alex knows a great deal about. She has been awarded an MBE for her work in diversifying funding for her own division, developing higher education so that, uniquely, her college writes its own degrees. Her work, which has involved both ingenuity and the careful assessment of risk, has resulted in a 25 per cent increase in income for the division.