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Meet The Team
Andrew W. Lloyd (Institutional Lead), Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering Professor of Biomedical Materials

Andrew W. Lloyd (Institutional Lead)

Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering Professor of Biomedical Materials

University of Brighton

Professor Andrew W. Lloyd is Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering Professor of Biomedical Materials. Andrew Lloyd graduated from Robinson College, University of Cambridge in 1986 with a degree in Natural Sciences, specialising in bioorganic chemistry, biochemistry and pharmacology. He completed his PhD in biopharmaceutics and was appointed to the academic staff of the University of Brighton in 1989, He was appointed to the chair in Biomedical Materials in 2000 and to his present post as Dean of the Faculty of Science & Engineering in 2003.

The University of Brighton comprises a community of over 21,000 students from over 100 countries worldwide based on five campuses in Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings. The university has a strong academic portfolio and research base across a broad range of subject areas including art, business, science, engineering, education and health. The university has a strong professional focus with the majority of courses offering an opportunity for some element of external engagement such as student volunteering and/or placement. The university is strongly committed to economic and social engagement through the development of mutually beneficial partnerships and collaborations.

Rachel Bowden (Institutional Lead), Head of Institutional Research and Deputy Director of the Strategic Planning Office

Rachel Bowden (Institutional Lead)

Head of Institutional Research and Deputy Director of the Strategic Planning Office

University of Brighton

Prior to this she was a Research Fellow in the University’s Education Research Centre, working for the then Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir David Watson. Her research interests lie in the area of higher education, in particular aspects of the student experience that relate to retention and success; higher education policy and management issues; the development of professional doctorates in the UK, and university league tables, on which she has published numerous articles. She is currently also project managing the University’s participation in the HEA’s What Works? Student Retention and Success Programme.

Matthew Chell, Institutional Researcher

Matthew Chell

Institutional Researcher

University of Brighton

Matthew joined the University of Brighton a year ago, working in the Strategic Planning Office on analysis, including on the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES).  Previously Matthew worked in research and policy for the London Research Centre and the Greater London Authority on a range of topics including housing, energy, air pollution, climate change and sustainable development. He has also taught quantitative methods. In his spare time he enjoys fencing (the sport), badminton and singing in a choir.

Phillip Lewis (Institutional Lead), Senior Lecturer in Department of Mechanical Automotive and Manufacturing

Phillip Lewis (Institutional Lead)

Senior Lecturer in Department of Mechanical Automotive and Manufacturing

Coventry University

Phillip Lewis is a Senior Lecturer based in the Department of Mechanical Automotive and Manufacturing within the Faculty of Engineering and Computing. He undertook a traditional apprenticeship as a production engineer within industry and has spent over twenty five years in the automotive and aerospace industry with various Quality Manager roles. Phillip’s primary discipline is quality management (undergraduate and postgraduate level) but also teaches lean management and metrology within his institution and an international IT Solutions company. He is published in this area as well as Activity Led learning. His PhD is focusing on the development of lean measurement systems in manufacturing.

Coventry University is currently modern university of the year which is due to a substantial rise in the Times league table. Coventry University is the larger of two universities in Coventry and is based on a city centre campus. Coventry University currently has in the region of 30,000 students and is comprised of four faculties: Engineering and Computing, Art and Design, Health and Life Sciences, Business and Environment and Society. As well as its main Coventry campus Coventry University also has a London Campus and has the recently established Coventry University College which offers Higher education qualifications but at a highly reduced rate. Coventry University manages a number of commercial subsidiaries that provide business services to local and national organisations

Natalie Tyldesley, Institutional Researcher

Natalie Tyldesley

Institutional Researcher

Coventry University

Most recently, Natalie Tyldesley was a researcher for Warwick Business School, undertaking the initial scoping review for a project investigating policy impact upon the quality of arts education in Finland, Singapore and Hong Kong. Prior to that, she worked for the Centre for the Use of Research & Evidence in Education, where she undertook a range of data collection and analysis methods.  In the Centre for Health and Social Care Improvement at the University of  Wolverhampton, her most relevant work was on the on-the-job learning in the evaluation of the then new Physician Assistant role.

Sue Rigby (Institutional Lead), Vice Principal Learning and Teaching

Sue Rigby (Institutional Lead)

Vice Principal Learning and Teaching

University of Edinburgh

Sue Rigby is Vice Principal Learning and Teaching at the University of Edinburgh. In this role she is responsible for strategy around undergraduate and taught postgraduate provision. Her research background is in palaeontology. External to the University she is a member of the Higher Education Information Steering Group and Chair of the HEFCE committee defining the information needs of prospective postgraduate students. She is on the board of HECSU and a variety of Scotland wide learning and teaching fora.

The University of Edinburgh is a research intensive HEI with around 9000 postgraduate students on campus and online. It conducts world-leading research across a wide range of disciplines, notably in Physics, Medicine, Informatics and the Humanities. Research strengths are the main determinant in the development and design of masters programmes at the University, coupled with award-winning (THES 2013) engagement with industry and other stakeholders.

Donna Murray (Institutional Lead), Academic Developer / Head of Masters Provision

Donna Murray (Institutional Lead)

Academic Developer / Head of Masters Provision

University of Edinburgh

As an Academic Developer, and Head of Masters provision in the Institute for Academic Development at Edinburgh, Dr Donna Murray is responsible for supporting Masters students with their studies as well as the enterprise provision for researchers. Academic Development for taught Postgraduates (PGT) is a new area for the IAD, and she is developing Plymouth’s strategy, and activities in this sphere. This involves working closely with Colleges, and Schools, as well as individual programmes, to deliver appropriate support and development. In addition, her role includes undertaking research in relation to the PGT strand. She will be considering different models for supporting the academic development of students; transitions from and to higher education; what constitutes widening participation at a PGT level; and the pedagogy of online and distance learning
at the Masters level.

Michelle Morgan (Project Lead), Principal Investigator and Project Lead for PEP

Michelle Morgan (Project Lead)

Principal Investigator and Project Lead for PEP

University of Kingston

Michelle Morgan is the Principal Investigator and Project Lead for PEP. During her career she has been a Faculty Manager, Researcher and Academic. Michelle is a practitioner who develops initiatives based on pragmatic and practical research. Her various roles have given her good insight into academic and non-academic working practices. Michelle is a highly respected student experience practitioner both nationally and internationally. She is editor and substantive contributor to two books that revolve around her new Student Experience Practitioner Model which is designed to help colleagues support UG and PG students – Improving the Student Experience- a practical guide and Supporting Student Diversity- a practical guide and Supporting Student Diversity, both published by Routledge. She has developed a free portal for staff which provides a range of information and links for anyone interested in improving the student experience in higher education

With more than 21,000 students, Kingston University is the largest provider of higher education in south west London, offering an extensive range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes both in the United Kingdom and overseas. The University is a growing force in research and a pioneer in e-learning. Major developments in teaching, learning and facilities have all contributed to positioning Kingston University at the heart of education and economic development in the region. The Higher Education Business and Community Interaction Survey 2011-12 reported that, for the fourth year running, Kingston had the highest number of graduates starting up their own companies of any institution in the United Kingdom. It also rated Kingston second for graduate start-up turnover, with firms notching up a combined total of £30 million.

Inês Direito, Lead and Institutional Researcher

Inês Direito

Lead and Institutional Researcher

Kingston University

Inês Direito is the Lead Researcher of the Postgraduate Experience Project. Before that she was an Invited Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Education at the University of Aveiro (Portugal). Her PhD focused on transversal skills and learning styles in engineering education, and required her to working closely with students and companies. Previously, she was a researcher in the Department of Electronics and Telecommunications (University of Aveiro), where she worked with a multidisciplinary team of university and industry colleagues in the development of innovative projects in engineering education and research.

Andrea Abbas (Institutional Lead), Sociologist, Education Reader and Acting Head of Centre for Educational Research and Development

Andrea Abbas (Institutional Lead)

Sociologist, Education Reader and Acting Head of Centre for Educational Research and Development

University of Lincoln

Dr Andrea Abbas is a sociologist, a Reader in Education and Acting Head of the Centre for Educational Research and Development. She is Co-Director of the Professional Doctorate in Education and as co-investigator on a 3 year longitudinal ESRC funded project ‘Pedagogic Quality and Inequality in University First Degrees’ her recent work has focused on critically exploring measures of university quality. Details of publications and other research projects can be found at

The University of Lincoln moved from Hull to Lincoln in 2002. It was the first new city centre campus to be built in the UK for decades. More than £140 million has been invested in the Brayford Pool campus, transforming the city centre and revitalising the local area. Students benefit from cutting edge facilities, from eye-tracking laboratories and human performance centres, to moot halls and a model pharmacy. In 2010, the £1.9 million Human Performance Centre was opened, which now provides a centre of excellence for sport and exercise science. In 2011, the building of the Engineering Hub was complete housing the UK’s first purpose-built Engineering School for more than 20 years and the result of a unique partnership between the University of Lincoln and Siemens Industrial Turbo Machinery Ltd.

Rachel Spacey, Institutional Researcher

Rachel Spacey

Institutional Researcher

Lincoln University

Dr. Rachel Spacey BA (Hons), MA, Ph.D., MCLI is a Research Fellow in the School of Education at the University of Lincoln. Before joining the School of Education in June 2014, she was Senior Research Associate, LISU at Loughborough University working on an AHRC funded project.  From 2004 to 2012, Rachel worked at the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) as a researcher on a range of adult education and family learning projects. She is a qualified librarian and worked in public libraries beforesheI was awarded her Ph.D. in 2004.  Rachel’s research interests include access to education and information for all.

David Lambrick (Institutional Lead), Associate Dean in Faculty of Science and Engineering

David Lambrick (Institutional Lead)

Associate Dean in Faculty of Science and Engineering

Manchester Metropolitan University

Dr David Lambrick has an Associate Dean level, Faculty role centred around Portfolio/Curriculum and Strategic Planning which involves assisting the Dean strategically steer and manage the large (~5500 students) Faculty of Science and Engineering at MMU. This includes shaping all aspects affecting the academic direction of the Faculty. In the past he has had extensive experience of programme development, distance learning and on-line learning particularly at PGT. He was once a physicist.

Manchester Metropolitan University is a large, modern institution with a vocational focus. It engages in teaching, research and enterprise activities at regional, national and international levels and has over 34,000 students. We offer a wide curriculum with an emphasis on employability, having courses accredited by 70 professional bodies. Some 92% of our graduates go straight into work/further study within six months of graduation. The University has made significant investment into its research infrastructure and its postgraduate curriculum. An extensive capital investment of more than £350m will be completed in 2014. The combination of vocational and professional curriculum with strategic research and heavy investment in the physical infrastructure all support our aim of being ‘The University for World-Class Professionals’.


Yvette Solomon (Institutional Lead)

Professor of Education , Professor II in Mathematics Education and Visiting Professor at the Mathematics Education Centre

Manchester Metropolitan University

Yvette Solomon is Professor of Education at MMU, Professor II in Mathematics Education at Oslo University College, Norway, and Visiting Professor at the Mathematics Education Centre at Loughborough University. Her primary research interests are the undergraduate experience of mathematics learning, and gender issues in STEM. Other current research projects include mathematics teacher education, medical education (surgery) and science/engineering curricula in primary schools. Originally a research psychologist, she also has a degree in mathematics and statistics.

James Duggan, Institutional Researcher

James Duggan

Institutional Researcher

Manchester Metropolitan University

Dr James Duggan is a research assistant as ESRI. He conducted his PhD at the University of Manchester on collaboration in children’s services. He has experience of a diverse range of fieldwork, from standard evaluation activities to developing an action research project to provide professionals with a social network to improve collaborative working. His research interests are in critiques of managerialism and neoliberalism in the public sector and exploring co-operative and community-based alternatives.

Carolyne Jacobs (Institutional Lead), Joint Head of Technology Enhanced Learning at the University

Carolyne Jacobs (Institutional Lead)

Joint Head of Technology Enhanced Learning at the University

University of Portsmouth

Dr Carolyne Jacobs is joint Head of Technology Enhanced Learning at the University of Portsmouth. Carolyne has worked in education for over twenty years. She has taught in adult and higher education from pre-degree to postgraduate level. In addition, she has managed a number of local, national and international online learning projects. Carolyne is actively engaged in research about students’ expectations and experiences and recently provided a case study for Supporting Student Diversity in Higher Education- a practical guide (published by Routledge 2013).

Situated in a vibrant, historic city, the University of Portsmouth is one of the UK’s most popular modern universities. It was ranked in the top 400 universities in the world in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013 and is in the top 50 universities in the UK in The Guardian University Guide League Table 2014. Many of our academics are pioneers in their fields and our students learn from experts who are pushing forward the boundaries of knowledge. We have a strong reputation for teaching and research in STEM subjects, but a wider portfolio of courses, a modernised campus and new facilities are proving a powerful draw for students.

Melita Sidiropoulou, Institutional Researcher

Melita Sidiropoulou

Institutional Researcher

University of Portsmouth

Dr Panagiota (Melita) Sidiropoulou is a part-time lecturer at the School of Education and Continuing Studies of the University of Portsmouth, and a part-time Senior Research Associate at the Department for Curriculum and Quality Enhancement of the same university. As a lecturer Melita is responsible for dissertation supervision and lecturing in various units. Her PhD at the University of Edinburgh -published both in Greek and English- and other publications focused on new education policies, school curricula changes, and the significance of arts education. Melita’s research interests include education policy, philosophy of education, arts education, and character education. Furthermore, in her role as the Institutional Researcher for the University of Portsmouth, Melita contributes to the HEFCE Postgraduate Experience Project. Melita believes that good education is one of the most powerful and worthwhile forces in today’s world.  It is her passion to improve and promote opportunities for access to such an education.

Debby Cotton (Institutional Lead), Professor of Higher Education Pedagogy and Head of Educational Development

Debby Cotton (Institutional Lead)

Professor of Higher Education Pedagogy and Head of Educational Development

Plymouth University

Debby Cotton is Professor of Higher Education Pedagogy and Head of Educational Development in the Pedagogic research Institute and Observatory (PedRIO), Plymouth University, UK. She has a doctorate in Education from Oxford University, and has published widely on a range of higher education topics including: the gender and ethnicity attainment gap; inter-cultural interaction; widening participation; and sustainability in the curriculum.

Plymouth University is one of the largest universities in the UK, with over 30,000 students and almost 3,000 staff. It also extends its reach with a well-established, vibrant college network across the South West and beyond, including overseas partners. With a mission to be ‘the enterprise university’, Plymouth is committed to delivering an outstanding student experience and enjoys a reputation for excellence in teaching and learning alongside world-class research. RAE 2008 saw Plymouth named as a top 50 research University and the ‘most improved,’ with 80% of its research judged as being of international repute. The University houses Europe’s largest Marine Institute, with state-of-the-art marine research facilities. It is also one of the founding partners in the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry and is the largest provider of health education in the South West.

Karen Gresty (Institutional Lead), Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) in the Faculty of Science and Environment

Karen Gresty (Institutional Lead)

Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) in the Faculty of Science and Environment

Plymouth University

Karen is Associate Dean (Teaching & Learning) in the Faculty of Science and Environment at Plymouth University, and is a member of the steering group of the University’s Pedagogic Research Institute and Observatory (PedRIO). She has a biology background and was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2009 and became a Principal Fellow of the HEA in 2013. Her current research interests centre around ‘risk’ regarding research-informed teaching and she currently supervises one PhD student, investigating scholarly activity by staff teaching HE students in an FE context.

Plymouth University Profile

Patricia Nash, Institutional Researcher

Patricia Nash

Institutional Researcher

University of Plymouth

Tricia Nash has many years of educational research experience and has published with colleagues from Exeter University, in the area of inclusion in regard to school age children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. She has for the past two and a half years transferred her knowledge and skills to the study of the inclusivity of non-traditional groups in Higher Education including care leavers and first generation students at Plymouth University. Her research skills encompass both quantitative and qualitative approaches.

Mick Fuller (Institutional Lead), Head of the Graduate School and Chair of UKCGE

Mick Fuller (Institutional Lead)

Head of the Graduate School and Chair of UKCGE

University of Plymouth

Professor Fuller has responsibility for the strategic activities of research students at Plymouth and is currently very active with international recruitment and the sourcing of productive international research partnerships. He is also the Chair of the UK Council for Graduate Education (UKCGE) and member of the Steering Group for the European Universities Association’s Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE). He is a member of the UK Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Steering Group for the UK Quality Code for Higher Education and is a member of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) advisory group on the Postgraduate Taught Evaluation Survey (PTES).

He also holds the post of Professor of Plant Physiology in the School of Biological Science and has an active research group comprising 5 research students and 1 postdoc working on aspects of abiotic stress physiology in plants.  His current research students come from Syria, Iraq, Kurdistan and Saudi Arabia.  He has supervised 35 research students and examined over 45 from across the UK, Cuba, Pakistan, Fiji, France, Denmark and Ireland. He is an International Member of the Plant Biotechnology Research Group (BPRG), King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Jo Smedley (Institutional Lead), Director of the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching

Jo Smedley (Institutional Lead)

Director of the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching

University of South Wales

Jo Smedley is Director of the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching. Her work focuses on applying information technologies to enhance performance in academic and corporate environments. Her significant quality assurance and enhancement experiences have been achieved through her career in Further and Higher Education in the UK and Europe. As Director of the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at the University of South Wales, Jo continues to teach and learn as an important ingredient of assuring knowledge currency in student engagement, experiences and expectations.

The University of South Wales is one of the largest UK university’s and the largest in Wales with five campuses spread throughout the region, based across Newport, Pontypridd and Treforest. Our students learn by doing and we support our students’ entrepreneurial spirit by encouraging start-ups and University spin out companies. 93% of our graduates are in employment or further study six months after course completion. We are renowned for its applied research. Over 5,000 students that choose to study at postgraduate level with us each year. As a major post-92 university we deliver the full range of STEM subjects.

Diane Nutt (Institutional Lead), Principal Lecturer Learning and Teaching and University Teaching Fellow

Diane Nutt (Institutional Lead)

Principal Lecturer Learning and Teaching and University Teaching Fellow

Teesside University

Dr Diane Nutt is Principal Lecturer Learning and Teaching and University Teaching Fellow at Teesside University, where she has oversight of staff and curriculum development activities relating to student engagement and student success. Diane set up the successful Student Retention Team at Teesside and has led several research projects into retention-related issues, including two funded by the European Social Fund. Diane is Chair of the European First Year Experience Network and of the EFYE Conference Organising Committee and has provided consultancy support on retention and first year experience (including for postgraduate students) to several institutions across Europe.

Teesside University is dynamic, energetic and innovative – Providing Opportunities, Driving Enterprise, Delivering Excellence. It was the first modern university to win the University of the Year Times Higher award. It is founded on a rich past with over 80 years in innovative equation and is one of the top UK universities for widening participation in higher education. We have invested £200m on our friendly town campus at the heart of Middlesbrough. Our students love Teesside with 84% of our students stating that they are happy with the teaching on their course. Teesside is a research active university with an international reputation for excellence in enterprise. Our alumni include opera singer Suzannah Clarke; Marek Reichman, Design Director for Aston Martin; Deborah Dyer (singer, Skin); Roger Shannon, Cannes award-winning film producer. The university is one of only five UK universities to receive cross-University accreditation through Investors in People Gold.

Lyndsey Muir, Institutional Researcher

Lyndsey Muir

Institutional Researcher

University of South Wales

Lyndsey has worked at The University of South Wales since August 2008, starting out as a Lecturer and Curriculum Developer for the Technology Enhanced Learning Team within the School of Health and Social Sciences. In August 2012 Lyndsey moved into the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching where she manages and delivers staff development initiatives. Her passion is to inspire academics to develop excellent learning, teaching and assessment practices.

Gina Masters (Institutional Lead), Assistant Registrar for Student Management

Gina Masters (Institutional Lead)

Assistant Registrar for Student Management

University of Wolverhampton

Gina Masters has worked at the University of Wolverhampton for over 27 years in a variety of roles and departments ranging from central Registry units to School and Faculty administrative departments. I am currently the Assistant Registrar responsible for the Student Management Division, and manage over 70 front line support staff in four Student Centres on three campuses, and staff in the central Student Records Unit and Systems Unit. I have particular responsibility for the administration of variable fees, bursaries and scholarships within the University, and for producing monitoring returns for OFFA and HEFCE on our NSP and Access Agreements.

The University of Wolverhampton has a long and cherished history dating back to Wolverhampton’s Mechanics’ Institute and College of Art in the mid-1800s. In time, teacher training colleges and colleges of health were incorporated, all of which helped to develop our rich heritage and a tradition of academic excellence in vocational higher education. The University is now a major player in the UK higher education sector, contributing to knowledge transfer, economic development, wealth creation and social justice. It is a beacon for widening participation in education, the University of Opportunity – renowned for creativity and innovation – developing students and staff who are entrepreneurial, eminently employable and well connected within a research and professionally informed environment.