The committee provides strategic oversight of the quality assurance and enhancement of all Advance HE’s peer-review services ensuring they are proportionate, reliable and meet the needs of the member community.
Dr Sam Grogan (Chair of Committee)
Following an early career in the creative industries, Sam has spent the last decade and a half in student-centric leadership positions within a range of higher UK education institutions. As Pro Vice Chancellor for Student Experience at the University of Salford, Sam holds Executive responsibility for quality and standards of the academic portfolio, Executive responsibility for the Learning and Teaching Network within the university, Executive responsibility for developing the learning philosophy underpinning the student journey and Executive oversight of the wider pastoral and supporting infrastructure which underpins the student journey and outcomes. These responsibilities focus upon enabling student success in the context of performance against student quality metrics to ensure value for money.
Sam has also led on the university’s academic response to Covid-19. He has ensured teaching and learning practices have adapted towards delivery of excellent student outcomes, and that institutional practices are reimagined to learn from the pandemic as we tilt towards positive and lasting change.
Alongside work at Salford, Sam continues to work in leadership and thought leadership nationally and internationally, building on a range of external engagements and board experiences.
Elaine Buckley (Co-optee)
Elaine has worked in higher education for over 25 years, she has undertaken several roles including Assistant Dean Academic & Portfolio Development and Director of Academic Development & Diversity. Throughout her academic career she has been passionate about professional standards in academic practice and served on the Academic Board, Academic Assurance Committee and Board of Governors at Sheffield Hallam University. She also achieved Principal Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2014.
She continued to build her experience and expertise in professional standards when, in 2014, she was appointment by the Privy Council as a member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), one of the largest UK health and social care regulators in the UK, in 2015 she took over as Chair of the HCPC.
In parallel, Elaine has had a non- executive career spanning 25 years, beginning as a non-executive director at Chesterfield and North Derbyshire NHS Trust and then moving to Sheffield South West Primary Care Trust, followed by a governor role at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Foundation Trust.
In 2019 she became a director to the board on the British Dietetic Association, where she currently chairs the Board of the Sports and Exercise Nutrition Register.
Elaine retired from her substantive academic role in January 2020 and now has a portfolio career working in the areas of academic development, professional standards and corporate governance.
Annette works as a Senior Research Delivery Support Partner at Coventry University. She completed her first Degree in Social Studies at the University of Warwick and later completed her Masters Degree in Leadership and Management at Coventry University. She is also an alumni of Advance HE’s Diversifying Leadership Programme.
Annette has over 30 years of activism around equity, diversity and inclusion, which she has maintained throughout her working career in Higher Education and is a passionate and strategic advocate for the role and importance of institutional leadership in tackling racial inequalities and embedding anti-racist practices. She has a substantive role supporting, developing and implementing a number of strategic and operational initiatives and actions at her institution.
Annette is an accomplished manager and leader and has a principle role in Coventry University’s drive towards extending and building on strategic and purposeful relationships and collaborations on a local, national and global scale. She is recognised for her strategic influence and input on policy, practice and external engagements and is keen to extend her international networks and relations.
Annette is a member of several Boards and Committees including, Coventry University’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Council, including Chair of the Equity Acceleration Group and Race Equality Council. She is currently the first and only international Board member of the esteemed American based ‘National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education’ (NADOHE), which is the leading voice for Senior Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Officers. She is one of the founding members of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group for the Association of Research Management and Administration (ARMA), a member of the Women in Higher Education Network (WHEN) and an alumni of the International focussed leadership Common Purpose programme.
Nona McDuff (Co-optee)
Nona McDuff is the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Students and Teaching at Solent University, Southampton. She was awarded an OBE for her services to higher education and is a National Teaching Fellow and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Throughout her career in both further and higher education, Nona has been driven by her commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion in her teaching, leadership and research. She is passionate about widening access and is dedicated to ensuring inclusion in higher education is recognised as an essential measure of quality in teaching and professional services. Nona is currently a member of the British Council’s Education Advisory Group and the Widening Participation Adviser to the National Saturday Club. She has been a panel member of the Teaching Excellence Framework, a member of the UUK’s Racial Harassment Advisory Group and a member of the ministerial Social Mobility Advisory Group which has prioritised the challenges and barriers students face in Higher Education. As the chair of the Higher Education Race Action Group (HERAG) with over 400 members. Nona was invited to address the All Party Parliamentary Group on Higher Education on diversity in academia where she challenged the ministers to take active steps to promote social justice through education. Nona’s work on the BAME awarding gap and the Inclusive Curriculum Framework gained sector recognition, was awarded the Guardian Teaching Excellence prize (2017) and has been disseminated across five other institutions as part of the Office for Students’ catalyst programme on student success. Nona’s research interests include inclusive curricula and differential attainment and she is regularly invited to speak on disability and widening participation nationally and internationally.
Jon Scott (Co-optee)
Jon is a higher education consultant with extensive experience in academic governance, quality assurance and developing practice in learning and teaching. He has ongoing expertise in undertaking institutional reviews having served as a reviewer for the QAA for over 20 years as well as being an Accreditor for AdvanceHE and for the Royal Society of Biology. He was also a member of the main TEF Panel. As a previous Pro Vice-Chancellor and, prior to that, an Academic Registrar, he has an in-depth appreciation of educational management and governance which has been broadened through his experience of serving on boards of governors and as an academic adviser in both higher and secondary educational institutions.
Jon is an emeritus Professor of Bioscience Education and has led on a range of educational projects, including assessment and feedback, academic integrity, belonging and retention and the student experience. In 2011 he was recognised as UK Bioscience Teacher of the Year, as a National Teaching Fellow in 2012 and as a Principal Fellow of AdvanceHE in 2013.