Fanchon Lefreve joined our team in Brussels last September. Before starting at the European Students’ Union (ESU), she worked at a European association as a project officer in the field of sport, health, education and employment – encouraging Europeans to be more active in their daily lives. She started her career in the wider field of education as an intern at the European Commission working on international student mobility, with the Erasmus Mundus programme, and at the French Erasmus+ Agency.
Fanchon grew up in a small village in Brittany in France, but has later lived in bigger French cities, like Strasbourg, Bordeaux and Paris. After an Erasmus semester in Istanbul, she decided to focus on European politics in Sorbonne University in France before coming to the European capital. She is now in Brussels for almost 4 years.
After backpacking on her own in South America for 6 months she has decided to focus on the topic of inclusion and integration of refugees in Europe. She’s very excited to work with ESU on the Together, Moving Forward project, a small grants programmes supporting initiatives fostering positive host-refugees interactions across Europe and facilitating the access of Refugee and Asylum seekers to Higher Education studies.
John Delap comes to ESU from Dublin, Ireland, where he worked for 9 years as a Project Officer at the Access & Civic Engagement Office of the Technological University Dublin. He collaborated with university staff, schools, communities and NGOs to ensure that the university is accessible to young people from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds. He provided 1-1 support to students and co-managed many initiatives focused on widening participation to higher education.
He worked for many years with young people co-designing and delivering international non-formal, residential training programmes for European ecumenical youth organisations. John has a Masters from Trinity College in Dublin, and worked as a researcher on the subject ‘trust and vulnerability in ecumenical leadership development curricula’ at Auburn Theological Seminary and Columbia University in New York. He co-wrote a paper on the relevance of mentoring programmes for university staff and students and presented case studies of his work at the European Access Network.
He is experienced in auditing and strategic planning to make higher education spaces more accessible to all. John is looking forward to collaborating with ESU on projects related to the accessibility of Higher Education and building relationships between Higher Education Institutions and communities.