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HEFCE names TEF panel members

Chair

Professor Chris Husbands

Vice-Chancellor, Sheffield Hallam University

Panel members 

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

Amie Chapman

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

Nona McDuff

Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Kingston University

Leonie Milliner

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

Ali Orr

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

Chun-Yin San

Students’ Union Deputy President (Education) (2015-16), Imperial College London

Professor Jonathan Scott

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience), University of Leicester

John Simpson

Students’ Union Sabbatical Officer (2015-16), Blackpool and the Fylde College

Dr Vikki Smith

Vice President Business Development, Kaplan International Higher Education

Maureen Sydney

Director of Higher Education, Doncaster College

Barbara Tarling

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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