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Meet the Education Executive team

The Education Executive lead the University's strategy for education, and oversee the implementation of the programme of activities to achieve its goals


Professor Chris Hughes

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education)

Chris holds responsibility for maintaining and enhancing excellent standards of teaching and learning across the broad spectrum of the University’s foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate provision. He leads our commitment to widening participation, to employability and to continuing to improve student satisfaction.

Professor David Lamburn

Education Advisor

David was formerly Deputy-Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) and is now acting as External Advisory Consultant (Quality and Standards). David has been closely associated with teaching quality assurance and enhancement work at Warwick and nationally for a number of years.

Gwen van der Velden

Professor Gwen van der Velden

Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor (Student Learning Experience)

Gwen has responsibility for Warwick’s student learning experience, student engagement and educational enhancement. She leads the Warwick International Higher Education Academy. Together with the Students' Union Officer (Education) she co-chairs the Student Learning Experience and Engagement Committee (SLEEC). Gwen also chairs the Office for Students (OfS) National Student Survey (NSS) subgroup.

Gwen is a trans ally (pronouns she/her).


Dr Chris Twine

Academic Registrar

Chris leads the senior team responsible for: Student Recruitment, Outreach & Admissions; Education Policy & Quality; Academic Office; Student Opportunity; Student Complaints; and Degree Apprenticeships.


Roberta Wooldridge Smith

Director of Student Opportunity & Deputy Academic Registrar

Roberta leads Student Opportunity which focuses on the enhancement of the University’s co-curricular offer to students, led predominantly by institutional Employability and Internationalisation Strategies. Constituent teams in Student Opportunity comprise: Study Abroad; Immigration & Compliance; Welcome; Careers; External Relations; Skills Development and Operations & Information.

Maureen McLaughlin

Director of Education Policy & Quality

Maureen leads the EPQ team in the management and coordination of quality assurance, enhancement, policy development and implementation and academic governance across the University. She works to ensure these activities underpin an outstanding learning experience for our students and that the University has an active voice in national quality debates, both learning from and promulgating good practice in the sector.


Professor Andy Clark

Academic Director (Undergraduate Studies)

Andy leads on championing undergraduate studies across the University, helping to strengthen and innovate in our programmes, and working to support joint and interdisciplinary degrees.


Professor Colin Sparrow

Academic Director (Graduate Studies)

Colin champions postgraduate studies across the University. Working closely with the Graduate School, he seeks to ensure our postgraduate programmes, research, and training continue to meet the highest international standards. He supports departments in improving student engagement and in developing new opportunities for postgraduate study.

Associate Professor, Christopher Bisping

Academic Director (Post Graduate Taught (PGT))

Christopher promotes the interests of taught Postgraduate students and the development of an improved framework for postgraduate study at Warwick. Working with colleagues from departments and students across all programmes, he ensures that Warwick maintains and further improves its position as a leading provider of postgraduate education.

Note: Christopher joins Education Executive on 1 August 2020.

Dr. Rebecca Freeman

Dean of Students

Beccy heads up the Dean of Students Office, providing strategic leadership of personal tutoring and the enhancement of the student experience. Engaging closely with colleagues across the University, and more widely within the UK, she works to ensure that academic pastoral support at Warwick is sector-leading, supporting both academic outcomes and the wellbeing of students.


Professor Pat Tissington

Academic Director (Employability and Skills)

Pat leads the delivery of the Employability Strategy across the University, working in close partnership with academic departments, central service teams such as Student Opportunity and the Students’ Union. This includes embedding employability and skills across departmental curricula, expansion of placement-learning and internship opportunities, and enhancing employer liaison activity.


Professor Will Curtis

Academic Director (Partnerships)

Will leads on the development of new and existing external partnerships, and regulatory and governance arrangements to ensure our teaching partnerships deliver excellent student experience and an inclusive curriculum and enhance our academic reputation. As Chair of Partnerships Committee, Will is responsible for the approval and review of the breadth of University collaborative provision, ranging from Degree Apprenticeships to international exchange programmes.

Megan Clarke

Students' Union Education Officer

Megan's role is to make sure students' education experience at Warwick is the best it can possibly be. She works with staff and students across the University to ensure that the student voice is heard, and that student interests are at the centre of everything the University does. Megan supports and collaborates with Course Reps and Part-Time Officers to achieve real, positive change, and leads campaigns tackling the education issues at Warwick and beyond.


Professor Jo Angouri

Academic Director (Education and Internationalisation)

Jo Angouri has been appointed this year as project lead for the internationalisation component of the Education Strategy. She will be working with the Education Executive and in close partnership with academic departments, the International Students' Office, Student Mobility and the Students' Union. Jo will lead on the development of existing and new mobility schemes with strategic partners and on the intercultural experience on and off campus, to ensure Warwick delivers an excellent student learning journey which is international, interdisciplinary and inclusive.

Professor Jonathan Heron
Director of IATL

Jonathan represents the Academic Development Centre (ADC), Institute of Advanced Teaching and Learning (IATL) and Warwick International Higher Education Academy (WIHEA) to ensure that their work is further aligned to the Education Strategy and the priorities of the Education Executive. As Director of IATL [link:] he leads cross-faculty educational innovation, interdisciplinary teaching and student research programmes.