Julian Crockford joined the University of Sheffield in 1991 as an undergraduate studying English Literature. This led to a Masters and finally a PhD in Contemporary American Fiction. Following completion of his academic studies, Julian joined the University's Admissions Service, progressing to Admissions Manager for undergraduate and postgraduate taught students and serving briefly as acting Head of Admissions. Since May 2012, Julian has managed the University of Sheffield's Widening Participation Research and Evaluation Unit, which has a remit to research and evaluate the whole WP student journey, from outreach through to student success and progression. As Manager of the Unit, Julian has introduced a collaborative institutional evaluation framework for WP outreach and supports and oversees a range of short term and longitudinal research and evaluation projects focusing on the whole student journey, student success and progression, inclusive learning and teaching, and equality and diversity issues. Julian continues to develop his interest in evaluation methodology and contributes to sector-wide discussions through networks such as the National Education Opportunities Network (NEON). He is currently working on an Educational Doctorate in this area.