Jonathan Padley

Year joined 2011
Position Widening Participation Officer
Department Admissions Office
Phone number 01223 336248


As Churchill College’s Widening Participation Officer, Jonathan Padley’s main job is to provide information about Churchill and the University of Cambridge to potential undergraduates, their parents, guardians, and teachers.

Jonathan’s work focuses on South Wales, Surrey, Sussex, and the London boroughs of Croydon, Merton, and Sutton, which are the UK areas to which Churchill has outreach responsibility through Cambridge’s Area Links Scheme. He's happy to answer questions from anywhere though and will always make sure that enquirers are pointed in the right direction.

Schools and colleges from Churchill's six link areas are welcome to be in touch with Jonathan about outreach matters, including visits to and from Churchill, as well as queries about Cambridge courses and the University’s admissions process. Prospective applicants can also contact Jonathan to request individual visits to Churchill, to explore the College's grounds, and to discuss entrance.

From 2013 to 2015, Jonathan was seconded to the Welsh Government’s Department for Education and Skills, as the Cambridge representative on the Oxbridge Ambassador for Wales project. He co-led the project’s widening participation research and worked on the implementation of its key policy outcome, the Seren Network, to which he still regularly contributes. From 2015 to 2016, Jonathan was Churchill’s Admissions Tutor for Arts.

Aside from widening participation, Jonathan is also a specialist in English children’s literature from the eighteenth century to the present day. He is an Honorary Research Associate of the Department of English Language and Literature at Swansea University, where his profile shows more information about his research.

College positions


Widening Participation Officer


Admissions Tutor for Arts


Schools Liaison and Recruitment Officer