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Meet the Education Strategy 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 Lorenzo Frigerio

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education)

Lorenzo 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 access and 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.


Adam Child

Academic Registrar

Adam 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.

Lee Griffin
Academic Director (Post Graduate Taught (PGT)

Lee 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. Lee is also the Education Executive lead on Academic Integrity.

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Professor Letizia Gramaglia
Academic Director (WIHEA & ADC)

Leti represents the Academic Development Centre (ADC) 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 WIHEA and Head of Academic Development she leads on evidence informed educational enhancements and staff-student partnership.

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Dan Derricott
Director of Education Policy & Quality

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

Professor Dan Branch
Academic Director (Doctoral College)

Dan 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

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; Careers; Employer Engagement; Warwick Volunteers: Internationalisation; Skills 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.

Dr Elena Riva

Director of IATL

Elena is the Head of Department at IATL (Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning) and in this role she leads cross-faculty educational innovation, interdisciplinary modules and student research programmes.

Vaishnavi Ravi

Students' Union Vice President Postgraduate

As the Postgraduate Officer, Vaishnavi represents the interests of students, to make sure their experience at Warwick is the best it can possibly be. Vaishnavi will work with staff and students across the University to ensure that the student voice is heard, and the student interests are at the centre of everything the University does.


Holly Roffe

Holly Roffe

Students' Union Vice President for Education

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.

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

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