Halpin Partnership, a management consultancy specialising in higher education, has welcomed Shakira Martin to its Advisory Group. In addition to this, Shakira has also joined Halpin’s pool of Consulting Fellows.
Shakira is outgoing National President of the National Union of Students UK, representing 7 million students across Further and Higher Education, most recently successful leading on an organisational turnaround strategy.
She is known for pioneering NUS's Poverty Commission, shining a light on the barriers still facing working class people accessing FE and HE. She is one of only a handful of people to hold the post from an FE background, and the first black woman to have held the role in NUS's 96-year history.
Shakira's campaigning credentials are well-established, with major wins under her belt on student representation, funding, and access. She makes regular local and national media appearances and is passionate about equality in education in terms of access and outcomes. As President she coined the phrase, “It's not just about getting in, it’s about getting on”.
Joint CEO Susie Hills commented, “The addition of Shakira Martin as an Advisory Group Member and a Consulting Fellow will be of huge benefit to both Halpin and our clients, and we are pleased that she has agreed to join us.”