Professor Gwen van der Velden DBA NTF PFHEA was until recently Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor (Education) at the University of Warwick. She is currently on sabbatical leave until 2024/25.
Coming from a background in Education, Gwen has specialised in Organisational Culture and Leadership and has worked nationally and internationally with policy leaders on a range of educational matters. Gwen has chaired the oversight group for the UK’s National Student Survey, contributed to the setting of national standards on Student Engagement and has a track record of leading cross institutional educational change in different Universities. In previous roles Gwen has been responsible for Quality Management, Academic Staff Development, Student Learning Services, Educational Technology, Digital Transformation and other aspects of providing Educational Excellence. At the Universities of Kent, Bath and now Warwick, Gwen has led these institutions to top ten positions in national university rankings and through external quality engagements. Alongside this, Gwen has chaired various national networks and has led international leadership development efforts.
Gwen completed her Bachelors and Masters degrees in the Netherlands and her doctorate (Higher Education Management) at the University of Bath in the UK. Gwen has been awarded the UK National Teaching Fellowship and became Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.