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Inspiring Women Staff Next Event

We are excited to announce that our forthcoming event focuses on the topic of Career Resilience and we are delighted to welcome Maureen McLaughlin, Director of Education Policy and Quality as our keynote speaker.


Originally from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Maureen studied English Language & Literature and later a Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at Manchester University. She then studied for an MBA in Higher Education Management at the Institute of Education. Following a brief but illuminating first career as a HMRC Tax Inspector, she moved to work in the further education and higher education sector since 1989 and held senior administrative positions, both central and faculty based, in six UK universities (Manchester Metropolitan, Liverpool, UWE, South Wales, Gloucestershire and Warwick) as well as the post of Manager of the Committee Secretariat/Clerk to Council at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji. Maureen was also Secretary to the ARC Quality Practitioners’ Group for 10 years and am a member of both AUA and ATEM.

Maureen originally joined QAA in 2009 as an Assistant Director and was Institutional Review (England and Northern Ireland) Method Coordinator. She led on the training and deployment of reviewers, including the introduction of student reviewers in England and NI reviews; led review teams in overseas reviews of UK higher education provision in Singapore and China, and also led on the QAA's first formal overseas institutional review of the Macao Polytechnic Institute in 2013.

Maureen briefly rejoined the HE sector in early 2014 as the Dean of Quality & Standards at the University of Gloucestershire where she led the University through its successful QAA Higher Education Review in April 2015. She has also been an external adviser to a number of UK and overseas institutions on approaches to quality assurance and preparation for external review.

Maureen returned to QAA in autumn 2015 as Head of Engagement leading on the Agency’s wider engagement with the key HE stakeholders. Following a restructure she was appointed as Head of Universities and Standards, working with cross Agency teams to develop and deliver stakeholder engagement, institutional liaison programme, the redevelopment of the UK Quality Code, and the development and delivery of services, events and activities for QAA’s key stakeholders: students, institutions and PSRB.

Maureen was delighted to have the opportunity to join such the prestigious and ambitious University of Warwick in July 2019. As Director of Education Policy & Quality, she has had the privilege to lead the committed and professional EPQ team in the management and coordination of quality assurance, enhancement, policy development and implementation and academic governance across the University. Her role is principally 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.

Maureen is widowed with one daughter and outside of work likes to travel, read 19th novels and 20th history, cinema, theatre, going to concerts, football and for her sins (her words not ours!), is a long suffering Newcastle United FC supporter.

Event Details

Tuesday 10th December – 12pm – 2pm

Lunch and networking at 12:00pm

Keynote by Maureen McLaughlin will begin at 12:20pm, followed by a Q&A.

Workshop will begin at 1pm.

You are welcome to join us for both the keynote and the workshop or just one part.

Please sign up here to indicate which elements you will be attending for catering purposes.

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Past Speakers

The Inspiring Women initiative was launched in 2015 in order to inspire and encourage Warwick’s many talented and capable female staff.

The very popular Inspiring Women speaker series features a mixture of academic and professional services staff, prominent Warwick alumni and other high-profile women across a range of careers. Read more about our past events and speakers.

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