Ingrid Widdows


Ingrid Widdows


I have been working with EMBS community college as a consultant since 2014 having been a member of the Board of Directors for the previous 6 months. Contracts have covered a variety of roles but more recently they have been focused on funding applications & supporting the development of EMBS’ business.

Prior to setting up my own company, I have a successful track record of 35 years’ teaching and management experience in Further Education, including at Senior Management level in a large London College.

My background is ESOL and EFL teaching and teacher training (as a CELTA trainer), 14 years managing and developing Adult and Community Education at middle management level and 6 years’ experience of Equal opportunities/Race Awareness Training in the state and voluntary sectors.

I have successful experience of bid writing and project management in both Further and Higher Education including setting up and running the Programmes for the Unemployed at Activate Learning (‘Get That Job’) and ‘Brookes Bridges’ at Oxford Brookes University. I have a PGCE, MA in Applied English Linguistics and a Diploma in Leadership and Management.

Widdows Educational Consultancy Ltd (Ingrid Widdows: Director)


«...I not only consider EMBS a college - I also see it as my family.... »

«I arrived in this country four months ago, without any confidence in my English and really scared to be an independent person at sixteen. I didn't know what my next steps were since the education in my country is really different. One day, my aunt bought me to EMBS. At the beginning I was really insecure as I didn't even know how to use the bus and get there, it made me feel like a child surrounded by grown up people that didn’t understand me at all. Ever since I started to study here, everything negative that I used to feel has changed completely. I’ve got to meet amazing people like Jo and Jane, who took care of me and were concerned about my future. I’ve also got to make amazing friends like Aisha and Abner that always make me laugh and feel positive about life. Of course, this is not the only thing that the EMBS has given me: they also are deeply involved in my education and they help me in any way possible to achieve my purpose, which is go to university and study human rights. If I am being honest, I not only consider EMBS a college - I also see it as my family. »


«...I really enjoyed my time at EMBS, meeting so many different people and making lots of fun and happy memories.... »

«Before I came to EMBS I was very shy and often felt very awkward to start conversations with people around me, I never spoke unless I was spoken to but after a few months of being here I gained confidence and was able to communicate with other people comfortably, made good friends and feel like I knew myself. I really enjoyed my time at EMBS, meeting so many different people and making lots of fun and happy memories.»


«...The staff are really nice and friendly.... »

«Before I came to EMBS I was very shy and not confident, I used to be very afraid to speak English outside of college. But after several months, EMBS helped me to gain more confidence and especially improve my spoken and written English. The staff are really nice and friendly.»