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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.

Gwen van der Velden

Professor Gwen van der Velden

Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor (Education)

Gwen leads on Warwick’s student learning experience, student engagement & representation, participation & inclusion and online assessment. Together with the Students' Union Officer (Education) she co-chairs the Student Learning Experience and Engagement Committee (SLEEC).

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

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.


Professor Andy Clark

Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor (Education Policy)

Andy leads on championing undergraduate studies across the University, as well as developing education policy. He Chairs the University’s Review of Assessment, the MyWarwick App steering group and the Student Systems Group and Co-Chairs the Academic Quality and Standards Committee.


Professor Will Curtis

Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor (Education Quality & Standards)

Will is Chair of the University’s Partnerships Committee and co-Chair of Academic Quality and Standards Committee and Course Proposal Scrutiny Panel. He also leads the Alternative Pathways focus of the Education Strategy – exploring flexible models and approaches to curriculum design, learning and teaching.


Dr Chris Twine

Academic Registrar

Chris leads the senior team responsible for: Student Recruitment, Outreach & Admissions Service; Education Policy & Quality; Student Administrative Services; Student Opportunity; Academic Technology; Student Complaints & Academic Casework; Work-Based & Professional Learning and Doctoral College.


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.

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.

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 he leads cross-faculty educational innovation, interdisciplinary teaching and student research programmes.

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 Colin Sparrow

Academic Director (Doctoral College)

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.


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.


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.

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.


Isabelle Atkins

Students' Union Education Officer

The Students' Union Education Officer role is to make sure students' education experience at Warwick is the best it can possibly be. They work 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. They support and collaborate with Course Reps and Part-Time Officers to achieve real, positive change, and leads campaigns tackling the education issues at Warwick and beyond.

Sarah Waters

Senior PA to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education)

Sarah works in the University Executive Office as PA to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education), and is Secretary for meetings of the Education Executive team.