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  • Katie Akerman

    Director of Quality and Standards, University of Chichester

    Katie is Director of Quality and Standards at the University of Chichester. Her career in higher education started 17 years ago at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, and she has worked at Southampton, Winchester and Bath Spa, as well as for the Quality Assurance Agency. Katie is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a Fellow of both the Association of University Administrators and the Royal Society of Arts.

  • Maddalaine Ansell

    Chief Executive, University Alliance

    Maddalaine is a graduate of Emmanuel College, Cambridge where she studied Classics. She then studied and qualified as a solicitor practising with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and later the US law firm Sullivan and Cromwell LLP. After six years, she joined the civil service on the fast stream.

    She has held a number of appointments including with the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit, Home Office and BIS. She worked on the HE White Paper for the then Minister for Universities and Science, David Willetts, and was appointed to Deputy Director, International Knowledge and Innovation in 2011 where she was responsible for the £375 million Newton Fund.

    Maddalaine became Chief Executive for University Alliance in January 2015. 

  • Paul Ashwin

    Professor of Higher Education, Lancaster University

    I am a Professor of Higher Education and my research interests are focused on the relations between teaching-learning and knowledge-curriculum practices in higher education. I am also interested in the relations between these practices and higher education policies as well as the relations between theories and methods in research into higher education. The kinds of questions that I explore in this research include: What counts as high quality teaching and learning in higher education? How is this positioned in policies and practices? How do we research and theorise these competing notions of quality?


  • Mark Atlay

    Director of Academic Development, University of Bedfordshire

    Mark Atlay is Director of Academic Development at the University of Bedfordshire and a trustee of SEEC, a consortium of universities and HE providers working together to advance the use and practice of academic credit.

  • Ant Bagshaw

    Deputy Director, Wonkhe

    Ant is Deputy Director at Wonkhe. He joined in May 2016 after roles as a policy wonk at LSE and the University of Kent. He has also worked for University College London, the National Union of Students and as a reviewer for the Quality Assurance Agency.

    As Deputy Director, Ant is responsible for leading a range of activities including training, events and projects. Ant is particularly interested in leadership, management and strategy in higher education and the positive impact that effective policy advice can have on decision-making.

  • Tom Bailey

    Strategic Analyst, Imperial College London

    Tom works as a strategic analyst at Imperial College London having previously been on Imperial’s graduate management training scheme. Before that he worked for the 1994 Group and the UK Digital Skills Taskforce. He has previously researched the history of higher education policy, specifically the Robbins report and the Thatcher Governments’ reforms to the organisation, management and funding of university research. He writes here in a personal capacity.

  • Helen Barefoot

    Deputy Director of the Learning and Teaching Innovation Centre, University of Hertfordshire

    Helen Barefoot graduated from the University of Hertfordshire in 1998 and went on to complete a PhD at Cambridge University. She returned to Hertfordshire in 2001 as a lecturer in Neuroscience. Helen is currently the Deputy Director of the Learning and Teaching Innovation Centre (LTIC) where she leads continuing professional development (CPD) for academic staff.

  • Janet Beer

    Vice Chancellor, University of Liverpool

    Janet Beer is Vice Chancellor of The University of Liverpool.

  • Craig Berry

    Deputy Director, Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute

    Craig Berry is deputy director of the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Sheffield. He worked previously at HM Treasury, the International Longevity Centre-UK, the Trades Union Congress and the University of Warwick.

  • Kalwant Bhopal

    Professor of Education and Social Justice, University of Southampton

    Kalwant Bhopal is Professor of Education and Social Justice at the University of Southampton.

  • Dinah Birch

    PVC Research and Impact, University of Liverpool

    Professor Dinah Birch is Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Impact and Professor of English Literature at the University of Liverpool.

  • John Blanshard

    Operations Director for the South, Unite Students

    John joined Unite Students in 2010. Prior to Unite Students, John held several roles at Aldi including Managing Director of the UK’s central region. He went on to direct a regional charity whilst founding a small property development and management company.

  • Eric Bohms

    Managing Director, EvaSys

    Eric Bohms is Managing Director at Electric Paper Ltd. He has nearly 20 years experience of working in the software sector. He is passionate about the HE student experience and has specialist knowledge of HE policy and processes in this area. He also specialises in disruptive technologies, new product development, knowledge management, survey design and deployment, and testing and assessment.

  • Katie Britton

    Former Policy Officer, UUK International

    Katie Britton was Policy Officer, Middle East and Africa, at UUK International.

    Katie was the policy lead for the UK higher education sector’s interests in Middle East and Africa. This includes supporting capacity building activities and research collaborations and building links with established and emerging areas of sector interest. Katie joined the IU with several years’ experience working within UK universities, most recently undertaking qualifications and admissions research. Katie holds BA (Hons) and MA degrees in English and American Literature from the University of Kent, and has studied at their campuses in Canterbury and Paris.

  • Rachel Brooks

    Professor of Sociology, University of Surrey

    Rachel Brooks is Professor of Sociology at the University of Surrey. She is the editor of ‘Student Politics and Protest: International Perspectives’.

  • Claire Buckland

    Head of Uni@Work, Coventry University

    Claire is Head of Uni@Work, part of Coventry University. Uni@Work is a national provider of higher education in the workplace, delivering courses tailored to the business objectives and culture of individual employers. An experienced business leader and sales and organisational development professional, Claire is also skilled in learning and development and quality and compliance, mainly within work- based learning. She is a Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) practitioner for business and an Insights Discovery® Licensed Practitioner.

  • Alex Buckley

    Higher Education Academy

    Dr Alex Buckley works on student feedback at the Higher Education Academy, and leads on their work related to the National Student Survey. All the views posted here are his own and not necessarily those of the HEA.

  • Anna Bull

    Co-Founder, 1752 Group

    Anna Bull is a co-founder of The 1752 Group, a lobby group and consultancy working to end sexual exploitation in higher education. Anna has been active in voluntary roles in the sexual violence sector, including delivering workshops for young people on sexual consent and healthy relationships and supporting survivors of sexual violence. She is currently a lecturer in the sociology department at the University of Portsmouth. Her academic research examines class and gender inequality and cultural participation. Anna is currently working with music education institutions to improve safeguarding within the sector.

  • Fraser Burt

    Public Affairs Consultant, PB Consulting

    Fraser Burt is a Public Affairs Executive at PB Consulting.

  • Claire Callender

    Professor of Higher Education, Birkbeck and UCL Institute of Education

    Claire is professor of higher education policy at Birkbeck and professor of higher education studies at UCL Institute of Education. Her research and writing has focused on student finances and issues related to the topic. She has been commissioned to undertake research for some of the most significant committees of inquires into student funding in the UK since 1997 and works on numerous research projects for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and others in higher education.

  • Colin Campbell

    Head of Policy and Planning, University of Stirling

    Colin Campbell is Head of Policy and Planning at the University of Stirling. Originally from Belfast, Colin completed a PhD at the University of Edinburgh in 2006 and has worked in a number of corporate planning, change management and research management positions. He currently sits on the UK Performance Indicator Steering Group (UKPISG) for higher education and is co-convenor of the Scottish Planners’ Forum.

  • Giles Carden

    Director of Strategic Planning & Analytics, University of Warwick

    Giles Carden is Director of Strategic Planning & Analytics at the University of Warwick.

  • Joy Carter

    Vice Chancellor, University of Winchester

    Professor Joy Carter is Vice Chancellor of the University of Winchester and Chair of GuildHE

  • Doug Cole

    Head of Academic Practice at the Higher Education Academy


    Doug is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport & Physical Activity with over twelve years industry experience and eight years in Higher Education. Previously Doug spent seven years working in Asia, including China, Hong Kong and Thailand, returning to England in 2007.

    Doug joined the Higher Education Academy as their Head of Academic Practice in June 2015. Prior to this Doug was Head of Employability and Enterprise at Northumbria University.

    In 2012 Doug developed the concept of a framework for employability to support institutions in developing a more consistent, comprehensive and cohesive approach to employability and is conducting PhD research in this same field.  In 2013 Doug went on to develop this work further and co-authored the Higher Education Academy publication Defining & developing your approach to employability: A framework for higher education institutions with Maureen Tibby and both then led on the refresh of this framework in 2015.

  • Lynne Condell

    Manager, Money Advice Team, Liverpool John Moores University

    Lynne Condell manages the money advice team at the Liverpool John Moores University. From 2008 to 2012 she was the Chair of the National Association of Student Money Advisers (NASMA). In 2013 she was awarded an MBE for services to Higher Education.

  • Andrew Connolly

    Chief Financial Officer, University of Exeter

    Andrew Connolly is Chief Financial Officer at the University of Exeter. He is also the Chair of the Financial Reporting Group (FRG) of the British Universities Finance Director Group, the body that produces the HE/FE Statement of Recommendation Accounting Practice (SORP).

  • Dan Cook

    Head of Data Policy and Development, HESA

    Dan Cook is Head of Data Policy and Development at the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

  • Will Cooling

    Freelance writer

    Will Cooling has ten years of experience within higher education policy. He is also a freelance writer who regularly contributes to Fighting Spirit Magazine, and whose work has appeared on Fox Sports and New Statesman. He blogs about politics at

    He can be followed on twitter at @willcooling and contacted through email at

  • Paul Curran

    Vice Chancellor, City, University of London

    Professor Sir Paul Curran is President of City, University of London, and outgoing chair of the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA).

  • Rob Cuthbert

    Emeritus Professor, UWE

    Rob Cuthbert is emeritus professor of higher education management and former Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of the West of England. He edits Higher Education Review and SRHE News, chairs the Improving Dispute Resolution Advisory Service, and is managing partner for the Practical Academics consultancy.
  • Louisa Darian

    Former Deputy Director, Wonkhe

    Louisa Darian was Deputy Director at Wonkhe. Until December 2015, she worked at Which?, where she led the higher education policy programme and projects on housing and public services. 

    Louisa has also worked at the Resolution Foundation, a think tank working to improve the living standards of low to middle income households and at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations. 

    Louisa has written widely on higher education. She authored A Degree of Value: value for money from the student perspective for Which? in 2014 and co-authored the 2013 Student Academic Experience Survey with HEPI.

  • Udi Datta

    Solicitor, Shakespeare Martineau

    Udi Datta is a solicitor at Shakespeare Martineau. He advises on EU law and commercial law with a particular focus on the education sector.

  • Sarah Davies

    Head of higher education and student experience, Jisc

    Sarah Davies is head of higher education and student experience at Jisc. She has worked in technology-enhanced learning for more than 20 years and currently leads Jisc’s work to support learning and teaching in higher education. She has managed significant change and research and development projects in a number of areas of technology-enhanced learning, including digital literacies, learning environments, and assessment, and has also provided consultancy to universities in these areas.

  • Zaki Dogliani

    Reporter, Wonkhe

    Zaki Dogliani graduated from the University of Bristol in 2015 with a degree in Politics and Italian. He spent a year as Editor of Epigram, the independent student newspaper at Bristol.

    He previously worked as Online Editor for BBC Countryfile Magazine and Freelance Editorial Assistant for BBC Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine. His main journalistic interests are news, politics, higher education and music.

  • Susannah Doyle

    Student Services Manager, Unite Students

    Susannah Doyle is an experienced Higher Education Student Services Manager who has worked in two UK Universities and has particular expertise in student disability and wellbeing. She now works for Unite Students as a Student Services Manager.

  • Joy Elliott-Bowman

    Policy and Public Affairs Manager, Independent HE

    Joy Elliott-Bowman is Policy and Public Affairs Manager for Independent Higher Education UK. She currently leads IHE’s work in a number of areas including quality, regulation and immigration policy for both students and education providers. Prior to joining IHE, Joy worked with the National Union of Students as their resident expert in immigration, Tier 4 policy and international students. Joy has worked in the education sector in the UK and Canada for over 10 years.

  • Martin Eve

    Senior Lecturer in Literature, Technology and Publishing. Birkbeck

    Martin is Senior Lecturer in Literature, Technology and Publishing at Birkbeck, University of London.

  • Dennis Farrington

    Visiting Fellow, OxCHEPS


    Dennis Farrington is a Visiting Fellow of OxCHEPS, New College, University of Oxford. He is currently President of the University Board and Foundation of the South East European University, Republic of Macedonia (, and a visiting Professor in the University’s Faculty of Law. Together with David Palfreyman, Fellow and Bursar, New College Oxford, he is the co-author of The Law of Higher Education (Oxford, 2nd ed, 2012) and Updates on the OxCHEPS website.

  • Richard Fisher

    Former Managing Director of Academic Publishing, Cambridge University Press

    Richard Fisher is formerly Managing Director of Academic Publishing at Cambridge University Press. He now works as a non-executive with Edinburgh University Press and Yale University Press, and is a Senior Adviser to the AHRC/BL Academic Book of the Future project. He is also an Associate Editor of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, with special responsibility for sportsmen and sportswomen, and the Academic and Policy Correspondent of the Independent Publishers Guild.


  • Alistair Fitt

    Vice Chancellor, Oxford Brookes University

    Professor Alistair Fitt is the Vice Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University. Alistair was previously Pro Vice Chancellor at Oxford Brookes and had a remit that covered all research and knowledge exchange at the University. Alistair is also Research Lead for University Alliance.

  • Matthew Flinders

    Chair, Political Studies Association

    Matthew Flinders is Professor of Politics at the University of Sheffield and Chair of the Political Studies Association.

  • Jane Forster

    Vice-Chancellor’s Policy Adviser, Bournemouth University

    Jane is the Vice-Chancellor’s Policy Adviser at Bournemouth University, a role which involves supporting the VC and the executive and leadership teams at BU as well as advising on policy that affects BU.  Jane had a long career as an in-house lawyer before moving into this role in January 2016.

  • Simon Gaskell

    President and Principal, Queen Mary University of London

    Professor Simon Gaskell is President and Principal of Queen Mary University of London. He led Universities UK’s work on regulation, culminating in the 2015 report on regulation Quality, Equity and Sustainability: the future of higher education regulation.

  • Leila Gouran

    European Projects Director (Enterprise), Cardiff Metropolitan University

    Leila Gouran is the European Projects Director (Enterprise) at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Prior to joining Cardiff Metropolitan Leila delivered large scale European and governmental projects across South East Wales. Leila is currently undertaking a Professional Doctorate exploring strategies for long term research and enterprise sustainability in higher education.

  • Vicky Gunn

    Head of Learning and Teaching, Glasgow School of Art

    Professor Vicky Gunn is Head of Learning and Teaching at the Glasgow School of Art and former Director of the Learning and Teaching Centre at the University of Glasgow.

  • Chris Hall

    Head of External Relations, ECU

    Chris Hall is Head of External Relations for Equality Challenge Unit responsible for ensuring that ECU’s strategic direction is responsive to its stakeholders and that they receive high-quality engagement and communications.

    Previously Chris was a Senior Policy Officer at ECU, and before that worked at Universities and Colleges Employers Association as secretary to the Higher Education national pay negotiation committees. He has also worked as a funding manager at the Higher Education Funding Council for England and has held policy development positions at the University of Warwick and the University of the West of England. 

    Holding a first degree in economics, he has also recently completed a graduate diploma in law from the University of Nottingham.

  • Peter Halligan

    Chief Executive, The Learned Society of Wales

    Peter W Halligan is Chief Executive of the Learned Society of Wales, Wales’s first national scholarly academy. Previously Professor of Neuropsychology and Dean of Interdisciplinary Studies at Cardiff University, he was also Medical Research Council Senior Research Fellow at Oxford University.

  • Catriona Hanks

    Policy Researcher, UUKi

    Catriona Hanks is Policy Researcher, Outward Student Mobility, and Universities UK International.

  • Stephanie Harris

    Policy Officer to the Vice Chancellor, Bath Spa University

    Stephanie Harris is the Policy Officer to the Vice Chancellor at Bath Spa University.

  • Martin Hewitt

    Dean of Music, Humanities and Media and Professor of History, University of Huddersfield

    Martin is Dean of Music, Humanities and Media and Professor of History at the University of Huddersfield.

  • Rachel Hewitt

    Data Policy and Governance Analyst, HESA

    Rachel is a Data Policy and Governance Manager at HESA, gathering requirements for information that could be met from HESA data. Rachel has a particular interest in graduate outcomes, and previously worked at the University of Bath.

  • Marian Hilditch

    Head of Data Quality, Teesside University

    Marian Hilditch is Head of Data Quality at Teesside University. She is a member of the SROC Steering Committee and SROC representative on the HESA Data Landscape Steering Group (DLSG) Advisory Panel. She writes here in her own capacity.

  • Raegan Hiles

    Head of programme (HEGlobal), UUKi

    Raegan Hiles leads Universities UK International’s work on transnational education (TNE). She heads up the HEGlobal programme, a joint initiative between UUKi and the British Council to empower UK universities’ transnational education activity. Raegan regularly writes about international policy for universities and has published on professional practice in higher education. In previous roles she advised on the student experience and research policy.

  • Steve Hill

    External Engagement Director, The Open University

    Steve Hill is External Engagement Director at The Open University.

  • Matthew Hilton

    Deputy Vice Chancellor and Secretary, Kingston University

    Matthew Hilton is Deputy Vice Chancellor and Secretary, Kingston University and former head of higher education, BIS.

  • Sally Holt

    Former Aspirations Coordinator, Dyke House College, Hartlepool

    Sally Holt is the former Aspirations Coordinator at Dyke House College in Hartlepool, where she was part of the team that set up the College Sixth Form and helped pupils progress to university. She is currently studying for a masters in Education Policy at the UCL Institute of Education, and blogs about educational disadvantage.



  • Daisy Hooper

    Senior Policy & Programmes Manager, University Alliance

    Daisy joined University Alliance in 2012 to focus on social mobility, widening participation and the future shape of universities.

    Daisy has a wealth of public policy and project management experience from the public, private and third sector, including for the British Institute in Eastern Africa, based in Nairobi, at the Social Market Foundation think tank and at Aequitas Consulting, an innovative public policy and public service transformation consultancy.

  • Susannah Hume

    Principal Advisor and Head of Skills, Behavioural Insights Team

    Susannah heads up the Behavioural Insight Team’s programmes on education-to-work transitions and post-16 skills, including further, technical and higher education, and apprenticeships. She leads the Behavioural Research Centre for Adult Skills and Knowledge. She is also interested in education and skills issues facing the UK’s regions, such as employer engagement, reskilling, and matching skills to the local economy. 
  • Sally Hunt

    General Secretary, UCU

    Sally Hunt is General Secretary of the University and College Union (UCU).

  • Lucy Hunter Blackburn

    Former Head of HE, Scottish Government

    Lucy Hunter Blackburn is currently an ESRC-funded postgraduate student at the University of Edinburgh, with a special interest in student funding across the UK, particularly Scotland. She has been published in various places on this topic and blogs at Her past professional roles include four years as Head of Higher Education in the Scottish Government and policy lead on student support for English and Welsh county councils.

  • Sarah Jackson

    Director of Research, Partnerships and Innovation, University of Liverpool

    Sarah is Director of Research, Partnerships and Innovation at the University of Liverpool and was previously Director for the N8 Research Partnership.

    Sarah Jackson joined the University of Liverpool in November 2014 as the Director of Research, Partnerships and Innovation. For the previous five years, Sarah was the Director of the N8 Research Partnership, where she led on innovative collaborations on equipment sharing and industry engagement and was also invited by BIS to undertake two secondments, looking at the efficiency and effectiveness of the research base.

    Prior to working for the N8, Sarah worked in a number of roles – at the Northwest Development Agency, the University of Manchester and as a graduate trainee at Deloitte.

    She has a first class honours in Sociology and an MSc in Innovation Management, both from the University of Manchester, and was a participant on the 2014 Entrepreneurial University Leadership Programme. Sarah’s interests including playing football, walking, watching cricket and being outdoors whenever possible.

  • Jo Johnson

    Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation

    Jo Johnson MP is Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, and Member of Parliament for Orpington.

  • Richard Jones

    Professor of Physics, University of Sheffield

    Richard Jones is a Professor of Physics at the University of Sheffield, a Council Member of EPSRC, and a member of the Industrial Strategy Commission. He blogs at

  • Sunder Katwala

    Director, British Future

    Sunder Katwala is the director of British Future, a non-partisan thinktank that focuses on migration and identity. He is former general secretary of the Fabian Society.

  • Karmjit Kaur

    Head of Political Affairs, Universities UK.

    Karmjit Kaur is Head of Political Affairs at Universities UK.

  • Pooja Kawa

    Policy Assistant, Wonkhe

    Pooja was Policy Assistant at Wonkhe. She joined Wonkhe after completing an MA in World History at King’s College London, where she also worked on an FCO funded executive education programme. Pooja has also worked across a number of roles at the University of Bristol. Pooja is most interested in widening participation and universities’ international partnerships.

  • David Kernohan

    Senior Co-Design manager, JISC

    David Kernohan is a member of Wonkhe’s Editorial Group and works in e-learning. His posts represent his personal opinions, and not those of his employers, projects, or programmes he is or has been responsible for. David blogs at Followers of the Apocalypse.

  • Simon Kerridge

    Director of Research Services, University of Kent

    After flirting with the real world and in the dim and distant past also being an actual researcher, Simon became a research manager and administrator over 20 years ago and has never looked back.  He holds a doctorate in research management and administration and is the past chair of ARMA, the UK’s professional association of research managers and administrators. Simon currently holds a position on the board of CASRAI, the international Consortia Advancing Standards in Research Administration Information and sits on various UK groups in the intersections between research management, information systems management, and library management.

  • Mike Kerrigan

    Strategic Data and Intelligence Manager (Widening Participation and Student Success), Nottingham Trent University

    Mike Kerrigan is Strategic Data and Intelligence Manager (Widening Participation and Student Success) at Nottingham Trent University.

  • Ian Kimber

    Director of Quality Development, QAA

    Ian Kimber took up the position of Director of Quality Development at QAA in February 2015 and is responsible for QAA’s activities in quality enhancement, research and intelligence, business development and international.

    Prior to working with QAA, Ian was with the Australian Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). Firstly, as a Special Advisor then as Executive Director, Regulation and Review. Ian’s expertise in regulation and quality assurance in higher education and other education sectors was founded with the State Government of Queensland, Australia, where he was Executive Director of the Office of Higher Education for seven years. Ian also had responsibility for the regulation of Vocational Education and Training, and non-State schools, during his time with the Queensland government.

  • Paul Kirby

    Research Fellow, LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security

    Paul Kirby is Lecturer in International Security at the University of Sussex and incoming Research Fellow at the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security. His academic research concerns gender violence and the politics of war. He is a former Editor of Millennium: Journal of International Studies and the European Journal of International Relations. Paul has written critically elsewhere on metrics, pay-to-say open access, the contemporary journal system, and the digital commons. He is also the author of a short guide to ‘Open Access in the Social Sciences’, and tweets as @ProfPCK.

  • Dewi Knight

    Senior Education Adviser, China at the British Council

    Dewi Knight is Senior Education Adviser, China at the British Council. He previously worked in policy, strategy and communications roles for the University of Bedfordshire, The Open University and the Liberal Democrats. He is a member of Wonkhe’s Editorial Group.

  • Angus Laing

    Dean of Lancaster University Management School

    Professor Angus Laing is Dean at Lancaster University Management School and former Chair of the Association of Business Schools.

  • Mark Leach

    Editor, Wonkhe

    Mark Leach is the founder, Editor in Chief and Director of Wonkhe. Mark worked in policy, politics and public affairs in and around UK higher education and founded Wonkhe whilst working as a jobbing policy wonk in the sector. The first part of his career took him to the National Union of Students, HEFCE, University Alliance, GuildHE as well as a stint in politics as a special adviser to the former Shadow Minister for Universities & Science. Mark began work on Wonkhe full time in mid-2014. (more…)

  • Kate Little

    Student Support, University of Liverpool

    Kate Little works in student support at the University of Liverpool and is a former policy lead for NSS at the National Union of Students. Her views are personal and do not necessarily reflect the views of her employer.

  • Carl Lygo

    Group Chief Executive, BPP Professional Education,Vice Chancellor BPP University

    Carl Lygo is CEO of BPP Holdings Ltd and Vice Chancellor of BPP University. Carl is a qualified barrister, having practiced in London and Yorkshire, and is also a Professor of Laws. He holds a first class undergraduate degree in law as well as a higher research degree in law and further qualifications in business subjects. Carl has recently been included as one of the UK’s ‘Hot 100 lawyers’ by The Lawyer and recently Education Investor shortlisted Carl for the prestigious award of ‘most valuable contribution to Education by an individual’.

  • Dean Machin

    Associate, UCL

    Dean Machin taught political philosophy at UCL (2012-15) where he remains an associate member of staff. He has worked on higher education policy for David Willetts and has written a report for the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission on data sharing for the benefit of research and policy-making.

  • Simon Marginson

    Director, CGHE

    Simon is Professor of International Higher Education at the Institute of Education, UCL, Joint Editor-in-Chief of Higher Education and Director of the Centre for Global Higher Education Studies (CGHE).

  • Liz Marr

    Director of Teaching (Learning and Teaching Innovation), The Open University

    Dr Liz Marr is Director of Teaching (Learning and Teaching Innovation) at The Open University. She has oversight of the University’s access curriculum and Open Programme, the development of research and scholarship in the areas of widening access and inclusion and strategic management of the University’s validation services.  Through this latter she has overall responsibility for the University’s UK and international validation partnerships, including private and alternative providers.

    Liz has over twenty years’ experience in UK higher education and is co-author of ‘Identity Crisis: Working in Higher Education in the 21st Century’. She is managing editor of the journal ‘Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning’, an editorial board member of Learning and Teaching in the International Social Sciences (LATTISS) a Trustee of SEEC (Creating Learning Opportunity through Credit) and Chair of the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning (UALL) research sub-committee. She is also a member of the Executive of the Forum for Access and Continuing Education (FACE) and chair of the Action on Access Forum. Her research interests lie in vocational progression to higher level learning, alternative and flexible routes into higher education and higher education management.

  • Colin McCaig

    Principal Research Fellow, Centre for Education and Inclusion Research, Sheffield Hallam University

    Dr Colin McCaig is Principal Research Fellow at the Centre for Education and Inclusion Research at Sheffield Hallam University

  • Nona McDuff

    Director of Diversity, Equality and Inclusion, Kingston University

    Nona McDuff is Director of Diversity, Equality and Inclusion at Kingston University.

    She was previously Deputy Head of the Faculty of Business at South Thames College. Nona is a member of the Minister of Universities and Science Advisory Group on Social Mobility and the Leadership Foundation’s Diversity Advisory Group. She is currently leading a Higher Education Academy Project on the BME attainment gap.

  • Fergal McFerran

    President, NUS-USI

    Fergal McFerran is President of NUS-USI, the union of students’ unions in Northern Ireland.

  • Andrew McGettigan

    Author and Researcher

    Andrew McGettigan’s book ‘The Great University Gamble: money, markets and the future of higher education’ was published by Pluto Press in April 2013. He is a regular contributor to Radical Philosophy and blogs at Critical Education.

  • Colum McGuire

    Former Vice President (Welfare), NUS

    Colum was Vice President (Welfare) at NUS from 2013 to 2015. He was previously VP Welfare at Kent Union.

  • Robert McLaren

    Assistive Technology Officer, Association of Dyslexia Specialists in Higher Education

    Robert McLaren is the Assistive Technology Officer for the Association of Dyslexia Specialists in Higher Education. He is a member of the Campaigns Team of Diversity and Ability, a social enterprise that supports disabled students in higher education. Robert also works on policy as a member of the British Computer Society’s Digital Accessibility Specialist Group. He writes here in a personal capacity.

  • Andrew McRae

    Head of English Department, University of Exeter

    Andrew McRae is Head of the English Department at the University of Exeter. He writes his own blog at

  • Sonal Minocha

    Pro Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement), Bournemouth University

    Dr Sonal Minocha has over 10 years of senior management experience across the public and private sectors in global HE. Sonal started her career as a business graduate before moving into an academic career which started at University of Northumbria, UK. Since then, Sonal has worked in both public and private sectors of Higher Education globally. In recent years, she held the position of Executive Dean at the University of Bedfordshire Business School before joining Bournemouth University in the summer of 2014. Her appointment as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement) brought with it a re-energised institutional approach towards comprehensive internationalisation and the creation of a long-term vision for a global BU that is anchored to, and complementary to, the University’s wider strategic vision.

  • David Morris

    Deputy Editor, Wonkhe

    David Morris is Deputy Editor of Wonkhe. Until May 2016, David worked in the policy department at the National Union of Students, and undertook policy work on further and higher education issues. His main areas of wonkery included HE learning and teaching, admissions, student surveys, learning analytics, further education funding and apprenticeship reform. As Deputy Editor of Wonkhe, David is responsible for managing the website’s editorial content, and also contributes to the weekly and daily email briefing services.

    David is the 2016 winner of the CIPR’s ‘Most Promising Newcomer to Education Journalism’ award.

  • Joel Mullan

    HE policy professional

    Joel Mullan has worked in policy and strategy roles for organisations including the HE Commission, 1994 Group and Jisc. He is a former school governor and started his career working on schools policy in local government. He writes in a personal capacity.

  • Angela Nartey

    Policy Officer, UCU

    Angela Nartey is a policy officer at the University and College Union (UCU), specialising in widening participation and fair access. Angela is currently leading work to develop member-led proposals for supporting greater fairness, accessibility and transparency in undergraduate application and admission processes. Prior to joining UCU, Angela worked in policy roles at the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS), and in the voluntary and health sectors.

  • Christopher Newfield

    Professor of Literature and American Studies, UC Santa Barbara

    Christopher Newfield is professor of literature and American Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara. His main current areas of research are literary knowledge and Critical University Studies (also a book series at Johns Hopkins University Press).  His books include Mapping Multiculturalism (edited with Avery Gordon), The Emerson Effect: Individualism and Submission in America (Chicago, 1996), Ivy and Industry: Business and the Making of the American University, 1880-1980 (Duke, 2003), and Unmaking the Public University: The Forty Year Assault on the Middle Class (Harvard, 2008). His writing also covers American political psychology, race relations, science studies, the future of solar energy, and humanities-based approaches to economics. He teaches courses on Detective Fiction, California Noir, Innovation Studies, Critical Theory, the Future of Higher Education, and English Majoring After College, among others. He blogs on higher education funding and policy at his own blog, Remaking the University, reviews at The Los Angeles Review of Books, and writes for the Huffington Post, Inside Higher Ed, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. He has recently completed a film, What Happened to Solar Energy Innovation? and a third book on universities Restoring Public Universities: How Private Sector Solutions are Wrecking Public Universities, and how to Fix Them.

  • Jonathan Nicholls

    Director of Strategic and Policy Services (Education), Shakespeare Martineau

    Jonathan Nicholls is Director of Strategic and Policy Services (Education) at Shakespeare Martineau.

  • Fleur Nielsen

    Head of Policy, Council of Deans of Health

    Fleur Nielsen is Head of Policy at the Council of Deans of Health.

  • Jackie Njoroge

    Director of Strategy, University of Salford

    Jackie Njoroge is Director of Strategy at the University of Salford and a member of the HESPA executive.

  • Richard Peachey

    Dispute Resolution Consultant, CMP Resolutions

    Richard Peachey is a Dispute Resolution Consultant at CMP Resolutions.

  • David Phoenix

    Vice Chancellor, London South Bank University

    Professor David Phoenix is Vice Chancellor of London South Bank University and chair of MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities.

  • Nick Pilcher

    Lecturer, Edinburgh Napier University

    Nick Pilcher is a lecturer and programme leader at The Business School, Edinburgh Napier University (UK). His research interests centre around language and culture, qualitative research methods, and education.

  • Rachel Piper

    Policy Manager, Student Minds

    Rachel Piper is Student Minds’ Policy Manager. She joined the team in August 2015. Her work focuses on tackling inequalities in student mental health, through research, policy and partnerships with other organisations. Rachel has led on the delivery of Student Minds’ Student Living Project with the UPP Foundation the accompanying public report.

  • Philip Plowden

    Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Derby

    Philip Plowden is Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Derby and was formerly a solicitor and barrister, specialising in human rights and public law.



  • Alex Pool

    Former board member, QAA

    Alex Pool is a PhD student at Barts Cancer Institute, Queen Mary, University of London and former QAA Board member.

  • Aaron Porter

    Associate Director (Governance) at Leadership Foundation and Director of Insights, Hotcourses Group

    Aaron Porter is Associate Director (Governance) at Leadership Foundation and Director of Insights, Hotcourses Group. Previously Aaron was President of the National Union of Students and has served as a board member for HEFCE, UCAS, HEA and the OAI.

  • Alex Proudfoot

    Chief Executive, Independent Higher Education

    Alex Proudfoot is Chief Executive of Independent Higher Education, and a trustee of the UK Council for International Student Affairs.

  • Hannah Pudner

    Assistant Director, OU Wales

    Hannah is an Assistant Director at the Open University in Wales, responsible for much of its external strategic work, including widening access, employer engagement, innovation, partnerships and research engagement.

    Previously Hannah was Director of the National Union of Students Wales, and a Senior Policy Adviser for HEFCE in the Learning and Teaching team, specialising on quality assurance, quality enhancement, public information and student engagement. She has an MA in Higher and Professional Education awarded from the Institute of Education. 

    Hannah is also Deputy Leader of the Wales Green Party and a governor of Cardiff and Vale College.

  • Colin Raban

    Interim Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Greenwich

    Colin Raban is an emeritus professor of the University of Derby and was recently employed as Interim Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Greenwich.

  • Bill Rammell

    Vice Chancellor, University of Bedfordshire

    Bill Rammell is Vice Chancellor of the University of Bedfordshire and a former universities minister.

  • Mike Ratcliffe

    Higher Education Manager, University of Oxford

    Mike is a career academic administrator, who’s held senior posts at Winchester and Oxford Brookes universities. Having become unnaturally interested in universities in themselves, he is particularly fascinated with their history and philosophy and has been doing PG study at the UCL Institute of Education on the history of the university curriculum.
  • Claire Reddleman


    Claire Reddleman is an academic and photographic artist who works on maps and mapping, contemporary art and theoretical approaches to abstraction. Claire received her PhD in cultural studies from Goldsmiths, University of London, and is currently working on two books, ‘Cartographic Abstraction in Contemporary Art’, forthcoming from Routledge, and ‘Robinson Crusoe in the Twenty-First Century’.

  • Gareth Rees

    Research Professor in the Cardiff School of Social Sciences and Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales

    Gareth Rees is a Research Professor in the Cardiff School of Social Sciences and Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales. From 2010 until 2013 he was Director of Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD).

  • Phil Richards

    Chief Innovation Officer

    Phil leads and continuously develops a world class futures team at Jisc. He was formerly director of IT at Loughborough University, head of ICT at Plymouth University and assistant director of information services at Aberystwyth University. He has a first class honours degree in physics and a doctorate in nuclear structure physics from University of Oxford.

  • Kendall Richards

    Lecturer, Edinburgh Napier University

    Kendall Richards is a lecturer in academic support, retention, progression and widening access for international, mature and direct entrants at the School of Computing, Edinburgh Napier University (UK).

  • Alastair Robertson

    Director of Teaching and Learning Enhancement, Abertay University

    Dr Alastair Robertson is Director of Teaching and Learning Enhancement at Abertay University. Prior to joining Abertay in 2013, he worked for a number of years supporting quality enhancement at a national level. His academic background is in solid state chemistry.

  • Emma Sabzalieva

    College Registrar, St Antony’s College, Oxford

    Emma Sabzalieva is College Registrar at St Antony’s College, Oxford. She also undertakes research on higher education, society and politics in post-Soviet Central Asia. The editors are graduates of the MBA Higher Education Management at the UCL Institute of Education, London.

  • Justin Shaw

    Managing Director, Communications Management

    Justin Shaw is Managing Director of education specialist consultancy Communications Management. We provide analysis, strategy advice and creative campaigns that boost presence, profile, reach and influence for Higher Education Institutions, business schools, FE colleges, schools, skills providers; and the businesses, agencies and charities that support them. Insight-led and impact-focused, we’re UK based, with global expertise.

  • Sue Shepherd

    Research Associate, University of Kent

    Sue Shepherd is a research associate in the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research at the University of Kent working on the ESRC-funded Extending Working Lives project and a higher education management consultant.

  • Jonathan Simons

    Head of Education, Policy Exchange

    Jonathan is Head of the Education Unit, where he directs research on all aspects of education including Early Years, schools, skills and HE. Before joining Policy Exchange Jonathan worked at Serco Group, where he was Director of Strategy and Market Development in both the company’s specialist education and health practices. Prior to that, he was Head of Open Public Services in the Cabinet Office, where he co-authored the Open Public Services White Paper, and Senior Policy Adviser and then Head of Education in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit under the administrations of both Gordon Brown and David Cameron, where he worked on a range of education issues including the expansion of Teach First, the future of Academies, a national funding formula, and the pupil premium.

    Outside of work Jonathan is the Chair of Governors and Co-Founder of Greenwich Free School, a new 11-18 school set up in Woolwich under the Coalition free school policy which has been frequently referenced and praised by politicians and commentators including Michael Gove and Andrew Adonis. He is also Vice Chair of Governors of one of his local schools, and is a Trustee of WWV, a small charity that promotes volunteering amongst school children and other groups including ex offenders, ex servicemen, and disabled young people.

    Jonathan holds a degree in Politics from the University of Durham.

  • Matt Sisson

    Projects and Communications Manager, BUFDG

    Matt Sisson is Projects and Communications Manager at the British Universities Finance Directors Group.

  • Jacqueline Stevenson

    Professor of Education Research, Sheffield Hallam University

    Professor Jacqueline Stevenson is Professor of Education Research and Head of Research at the Sheffield Institute of Education, Sheffield Hallam University. She is a sociologist of education with a particular interest in policy and practice relating to equity and diversity in higher education, widening participation, access and student success, pedagogic diversity and the stratification and marketisation of higher education.

  • Geoff Stoakes

    Head of Special Projects, Higher Education Academy

    Dr Geoff Stoakes is Head of Special Projects at the Higher Education Academy and organiser of the HEA’s nationwide Pro-Vice-Chancellor network working group on the TEF.

  • Tony Strike

    Director of Strategy and Planning, University of Sheffield

    Dr Tony Strike is Director of Strategy and Planning at the University of Sheffield, Chair of the Russell Group Directors of Strategy and Planning and a member of the HESPA national executive board.

  • Mary Stuart

    Vice Chancellor, University of Lincoln

    Mary Stuart is Vice Chancellor of the University of Lincoln. She is a graduate of the University of Cape Town and the Open University where she obtained her Doctorate in Social Policy in 1998. Mary was previously Deputy Vice Chancellor at Kingston University and a Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of Sussex between 2000 and 2005.

  • David Sweeney

    Director (Research, Education and Knowledge Exchange), HEFCE

    David Sweeney is Director (Research, Education and Knowledge Exchange) at HEFCE.

  • Rolf Tarrach

    Former President, University of Luxembourg

    Professor Rolf Tarrach is former President of the University of Luxembourg and former President of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC).

  • Paul Temple

    Reader Emeritus in Higher Education, UCL Institute of Education

    Paul Temple is Reader Emeritus in Higher Education at the UCL Institute of Education where he until recently co-directed its Centre for Higher Education Studies and its MBA programme in higher education management. He was previously head of the University of London’s planning division, and has written on university strategy, management, and on higher education issues in Central and Eastern Europe.

  • John Thompson

    Higher education writer

    John Thompson has written widely on higher education policy, including a series of reports on the Browne Review and what followed for the Higher Education Policy Institute. More recently he has written about the 2015 Summer Budget HE proposals for the Sutton Trust.

  • Simon Thorpe

    Director of Studies, Leeds College of Art

    Simon Thorpe is a Director of Studies at Leeds College of Art with a particular interest in employability and enterprise in the context of the Creative Industries.

  • Adam Tickell

    Provost and Vice Principal, University of Birmingham and Chair, UUK Open Access Implementation Group

    Adam Tickell is Provost and Vice Principal at the University of Birmingham and is Chair of the UUK Open Access Implementation Group, which brings together universities, librarians, funders, learned societies and publishers in a collective endeavour to monitor and promote open access to research.

  • Rosie Tressler

    Chief Executive, Student Minds

    Rosie is the Chief Executive at Student Minds, the UK’s student mental health charity. She has been working on the issue of student wellbeing for several years, first as the Equal Opportunities and Welfare Officer at the University of Nottingham Students’ Union, followed by a number of different roles at Student Minds managing volunteering, campaigns and relationships, before becoming the charity’s Chief Executive Officer last year. Rosie and the Student Minds team have worked with over 100 universities and Students’ Union’s in developing and delivering peer support, student campaign groups and training schemes, as well as working on national initiatives such as University Mental Health Day.

  • Cat Turhan

    Policy Officer, GuildHE

    Cat Turhan is a Policy Officer at GuildHE. She writes in her own capacity.

  • Peter Tymms

    Professor of Education, Durham University

    Peter Tymms is Professor of Education at Durham University.

  • Stevie Upton

    Postdoctoral Research Associate, Institute of Higher Education, University of Georgia

    Dr Stevie Upton is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia. Before moving to the US she conducted research at an independent think tank in the UK, during which time she was also seconded to the AHRC.
  • Ben Verinder

    Managing Director, Chalkstream

    Ben is managing director of Chalkstream, an agency specialising in reputation and market research, consultancy and training in the education, publishing and technology sectors. Previously Ben ben was the Communications Director at the Association of Colleges, a Chartered Public Relations Practitioner judge on a number of national public relations awards and a regular speaker on communications, reputation and market research.

  • Sorana Vieru

    Vice President (Higher Education), NUS

    Sorana Vieru has been Vice President (Higher Education) at the National Union of Students since 2015.

  • Martin Vogel

    Director, Vogel Wakefield

    Martin Vogel is a founder director of Vogel Wakefield, which calls itself the counter-consultancy for leadership development. He was a former journalist and strategy advisor at the BBC.

  • Shân Wareing

    Pro Vice Chancellor, London South Bank University

    Shân Wareing is Pro Vice-Chancellor for Education and Student Experience at London South Bank University (LSBU) and a Professor of Teaching in Higher Education.

  • Steve West

    Vice Chancellor, University of the West of England

    Steve West is vice chancellor of the University of the West of England

  • Andy Westwood

    Professor of Politics, University of Winchester

    Andy Westwood is Professor of FE and HE at the University of Wolverhampton. He is Chair of the OECD Forum on Social Innovation. He previously worked as Chief Executive of GuildHE, head of policy at The Work Foundation, director of the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion and in Whitehall where he spent five years as a special adviser to ministers in the Treasury, Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills and the Department for Communities and Local Government.

  • Jonathan White

    Bargaining and Negotiations Official, UCU

    Jonathan White is Bargaining and Negotiations Official at the University and College Union. He leads the union’s work around precarious contracts and the growth of new workforces in further and higher education.

  • Benedict Wilkinson

    Senior Research Fellow, Policy Institute at King's

    Dr Benedict Wilkinson is a Senior Research Fellow in the Policy Institute at King’s. Upon completing his PhD at King’s College London, he joined the Policy Institute first as a Research Associate (2013), and then Research Fellow (2014), before being appointed as a Senior Research Fellow in 2015. Although he specialises in defence, security and foreign policy, he also works on a raise of public policy issues including Higher Education. He has recently contributed to a range of projects exploring policy challenges including The Characteristics of High Performing Research Units, UK Election 2015: Setting the Agenda, Issues and Ideas on Higher Education: Who Benefits? Who Pays?.

  • Kirsty Williams

    Cabinet Secretary for Education, Welsh government

    Kirsty Williams is Cabinet Secretary for Education in the Welsh government and Liberal Democrat AM for Brecon and Radnorshire.

  • James Wilsdon

    University of Sheffield

    James Wilsdon is professor of research policy and director of impact and engagement in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Sheffield. An updated book edition of The Metric Tide was recently published by Sage Publications.

  • Jonathan Woodhead

    Policy Adviser, Birkbeck, University of London

    Jonathan is Policy Adviser at Birkbeck, University of London. He leads on all aspects of public affairs, stakeholder engagement and policy development.

    Jonathan has experience of the world of politics and higher education having worked as a Political Assistant to Mark Prisk MP, the former Business Minister and latterly as a Policy Adviser to The Rt. Hon. David Willetts MP, now Lord Willetts of Havant. He was also the Senior Public Affairs Officer at Universities UK and a former Executive Officer to a London based Vice-Chancellor.

    He holds a BA in International Relations and an MA in War Studies from King’s College, London.

  • Tom Yazdi

    Senior Consultant, Linstock Communications

    Tom Yazdi is Senior Consultant at Linstock Communications. He has worked with clients across higher education, financial and professional services and the third sector. Alongside developing evidence-driven communications campaigns, Tom advises organisations grappling with sensitive issues or crises which threaten reputation damage.

  • Andy Youell

    Director of Data Policy & Governance, HESA

    Andy has spent 25 years working with data and information and with the systems and people that process it. Four years in the aviation industry was followed by five years with the PCFC and HEFCE where he ran data collections and liaised with the newly-formed HESA. In 1996 he joined HESA in a role focussed on improving the standard, and the broader understanding, of data quality. Andy became Director of Quality and Development in 1998 and assumed responsibility for the development of HESA systems (including the core data collection system and the HEIDI analysis system) and for quality issues throughout HESA via the ISO9001 standard.

    In 2013 Andy was appointed Director of the Higher Education Data & Information Improvement Programme (HEDIIP) which was created to reduce the burden and increase the value and accessibility of data and information about HE. Andy is now working with colleagues at HESA to drive forward the implementation of the architecture that HEDIIP created.

    Andy has advised governments in Bulgaria, Saudi Arabia and Oman on data processing and quality issues and he has worked on a UN project in Jordan that developed statistical reporting for universities across the Middle East.