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Gwen van der Velden

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Email: G dot van-der-velden at warwick dot ac dot uk
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Professor Gwen van der Velden

Academic Director, Warwick International Higher Education Academy

At Warwick, Gwen van der Velden is the Academic Director of the Warwick International Higher Education Academy, which consists of over 75 selected Fellows who are all educational leaders in their own right. Gwen is also a member of the Education Executive at Warwick which is responsible for oversight of the strategic development and operational management of learning and teaching at Warwick. The Education Executive consists of Prof Chris Hughes (PVC Education), Prof David Lamburn (DPVC Education) and Gwen, and is supported by Roberta Wooldridge-Smith, the Acting Academic Registrar. Gwen co- chairs the Student Learning Experience and Engagement Committee (SLEEC) with Liam Jackson, SU Education SABB. She also chairs the Student Communications Board. She is a member of Warwick’s Education Committee, the Academic Quality and Standards Committee, The Student Personalised Information Board and various other groups aimed at enhancing the student learning experience.

At national level, Gwen currently holds the following responsibilities and roles:

Gwen has ample international experience, having studied and worked as an educational developer at the Radboud University Nijmegen (Netherlands) and undertaken a staff exchange with the University of Hyderabad (India) in 2012-2013. Benefitting from research project involvement in Australia and Spain and collaboration with the WIHEA’s sister academy at Monash University in Australia, Gwen enjoys the opportunity to learn from Higher Education Leaders globally.

Student Engagement in Learning and Teaching Quality Management:
A Study of UK Practices

In 2012, the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) commissioned Professor Gwen van der Velden, Prof Rajani Naidoo, Dr Paulo Pimentel Botas, Dr Alex Pool and Dr John Lowe to undertake research into student engagement practices in UK higher education institutions. A parallel project took place at King's College under the leadership of Dr Camille Kandiko, which explored student views of quality in higher education.

The Bath research resulted in three publications which will, in turn, contribute to the national debate and policy development in this area:

  • an overview report summarising key research findings and implications for policy and practice.
  • detailed research findings.
  • a good practice guide for institutions and students' unions.
Project aims

The main aims of this research project were to:

  • consider student engagement practices across UK higher education institutions and other providers
  • relate findings to current national policies and debates on the changing role and influence of the student voice in institutions.
  • identify and disseminate good practice to the wider sector.
Project team

The project team has been led by Professor Gwen van der Velden, Academic Director, WIHEA, and comprised the following staff from the University of Bath:

  • Professor Rajani Naidoo, Senior Lecturer (Higher Education Management) and Deputy Director, Centre for Innovation, Marketing and Consumption, School of Management
  • Dr John Lowe, Lecturer, Department of Education
  • Dr Paulo Charles Pimental Botas, Research Officer, School of Management
  • Dr Alexander Pool, Education Officer (2012/13), Students' Union