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Professor Chris Husbands
Vice-Chancellor, Sheffield Hallam University
Professor Patrick Bailey
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, London South Bank University
Professor Jeff Bale
(Former Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Education) Emeritus Professor, University of Birmingham
Professor Joy Carter
Vice-Chancellor, University of Winchester
Students’ Union Deputy President (Education) and Interim President (2015-16), De Montfort University
Professor Helen Higson
Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Aston University
Professor Janice Kay
Provost and Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Exeter
Sala Kamkosi Khulumula
Former student representative, Empire College London (2014-15); QAA Student Reviewer
Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Kingston University
Chief Executive, Association for Nutrition
Professor Gillian Nicholls
(Former Deputy Vice-Chancellor) Emeritus Professor, University of Surrey
Professor Karen O'Brien
Head of the Humanities Division, University of Oxford
Registrar, Science Council
Professor Susan Orr
Dean of Learning and Teaching Enhancement, Professor in Creative Practice Pedagogy, University of the Arts London
Professor Susan Rigby
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Lincoln
Students’ Union Deputy President (Education) (2015-16), Imperial College London
Professor Jonathan Scott
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience), University of Leicester
Students’ Union Sabbatical Officer (2015-16), Blackpool and the Fylde College
Dr Vikki Smith
Vice President Business Development, Kaplan International Higher Education
Director of Higher Education, Doncaster College
Student, Open University; QAA Student Reviewer
Professor Liz Thomas
Professor of Higher Education, Edge Hill University
Professor Michael Young
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), University of Sunderland
The Higher Education Funding Council for England has appointed members to the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) panel, including academics, students, employers and widening participation experts.
The Government is introducing the TEF to recognise and reward excellent learning and teaching, and has asked HEFCE to implement Year Two of this exercise.
The TEF panel comprises individuals from a range of different organisations. It will be responsible for deciding the assessment outcomes, based on recommendations and advice from a wider pool of academic and student assessors. Over 1,200 applications were received for the roles available.
Professor Chris Husbands, Chair of the TEF and Vice-Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University, said:
"I look forward to working with this panel, which is drawn so broadly from across the sector, to build on the excellent reputation of UK higher education at this important point in its evolution. The panel will bring to bear a range of perspectives and expertise to contribute to the robust and successful implementation of the TEF."
Commenting on the appointments, Madeleine Atkins, Chief Executive, HEFCE said:
"We are delighted with the calibre of panel members, who we have appointed for their standing with higher education providers and students, and their significant commitment to excellence in learning and teaching."
Further appointments will be made to the panel to strengthen representation from employers, and also from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, should they take part.
The list of appointed assessors will be announced by the end of September. The Department for Education will announce the final specification against which providers are to be assessed later in September, following its technical consultation.
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