Roles and responsibilities
A key part of my role is to focus on our teaching and learning development, by supporting our staff and ensuring students have the best possible experience.
I lead the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Steering Group within WMG and it’s my mission to continue to build and improve on what we offer our students.
My early career
I’ve worked in both academia and industry. I’ve spent the last 14 years at Aston University, most recently as Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching (School of Engineering and Applied Science) and Associate Dean for Postgraduate Taught Programmes. It was at Aston that I won a teaching award, becoming a National Teaching Fellow (NTF) - the biggest teaching achievement of my career so far.
Prior to that I spent a total of 14 years working in industry, as a Mechanical Engineer and Engineering Manager. I’ve worked at Rolls Royce and British Rail. I then took a job at an American rail company, Sperry Rail, where I was based in Connecticut for eight years becoming Vice President for Engineering and R&D.
I’d achieved a lot of what I wanted professionally at Aston. I helped the team achieve a Gold TEF rating in my last year and helped to raise the profile of learning and teaching in the School, winning my NTF Award on the way – it was time for a new challenge.
Working at WMG
It’s an exciting time for learning and teaching in higher education. The team here is growing rapidly, student numbers are at an all-time high and new programmes are being developed all the time.
The people who work here are wonderful. They put their heart and soul into ensuring every student is given the support they need to achieve their aspirations.
It’s a great campus too. Yes, as the University grows there’s lots of building work, but it’s still a fantastic working environment.