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We have teamed up with the incredible team at Wonkhe to sponsor a special edition episode of their top-rated Podcast, the Wonkhe show. Wonkhe is the home of higher education policy, bringing the sector together through expert analysis, debate and insight. Alongside a community of diverse voices, they provide platforms to drive the policy conversation forward. Every week a panel of top wonks will dissect the week’s big policy developments, feature interviews and views from around the sector.
We are delighted that we have been joined by some of our key authors to discuss the topic of building back the student experience in the year ahead.

You can listen to the Podcast Episode, right here. 

About our author speakers

Professor Stephanie Marshall

Stephanie Marshall

Professor Stephanie Marshall is the Vice-Principal (Education) at Queen Mary University of London. As Vice-Principal she led the development of the Education and Student Success Enabling Plan to support Queen Mary’s 2030 Strategy: “Opening the Doors of Opportunity”. Working closely with the network of Directors of Education, the roll out of the strategy had a clear focus on diversity, inclusivity and success. Since February 2020, Stephanie has led Queen Mary’s approach to co-creating a blended and mixed-mode education, and is continuing to ensure each and every student is able to benefit from our approach.

Stephanie was previously Chief Executive Officer of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) from 2013 to 2018, positioning the HEA as a global leader in teaching excellence. At the HEA, she led its transformation from a government-funded organisation to become a highly successful, sustainable organisation with extensive global reach and membership spanning 45 countries worldwide. During this time she launched the ‘Global Teaching Excellence Award’ in partnership with THE.

Stephanie is the author of approximately one hundred articles, book chapters and books, all focused on international comparisons. Most recent publications in 2019 included the 5th edition of “ A Handbook for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education : Enhancing Academic Practice” and “Strategic Leadership of Change in Higher Education”.  Find out more here.

Stephanie continues to be much sought after to present keynotes at global conferences including (in 2018) CAULLT in Australia (network of PVCs teaching and learning), AMEE in Finland (2018), and AMSE in Poland (2019) and the recent World Universities Summit on progressing the sustainable development goals during the pandemic. More recently, she has shared Queen Mary’s experience of mixed-mode education via the HEPI blog and 2021 Annual Policy Briefing Day. She has been a panel member on the German Excellenz Initiative, and has twice been the chair of the Norwegian Centres for Excellence Initiative.  She has continued to support the roll out of the Norwegian Initiative in terms of workshops on Evaluation and Impact and Leadership and Management of Change.  Most recently, she has supported the work of the WHO Academy’s Quality and Standards Evaluation and Impact group, and been appointed to the London Higher AccessHE Steering Group.

Stephanie has a global reputation for developing and promoting academic leadership and learning. She is passionate about higher education enabling an inclusive society which supports an absolute commitment to equality, diversity and the public good.


Tom Lowe

Tom Lowe

Tom is the Head of Student Engagement and Employability where he leads the University of Winchester's careers, student development and extra-curricular opportunities, staffing and strategies relating to fostering student success. Tom is also the Vice Chair (Acting) for the international network RAISE (Researching, Advancing and Inspiring Student Engagement) and the programme leader for the MA in Student Engagement in Higher Education, working at the cutting edge of Student Engagement in international Higher Education.

Tom has recently published with Routledge a co-edited book " A Handbook for Student Engagement in Higher Education: Theory into Practice " which offers an array of case studies of best practice, sector commentaries and critical reflections on engaging students in educational developments. Find out more here.


Elspeth Jones

Elspeth Jones

Elspeth is Emerita Professor of the Internationalisation of Higher Education, Leeds Beckett University and recently received the inaugural North Star Medal of Lifetime Achievement in the A. Noam Chomsky Global Connections Awards.

She is founding editor of the influential series, "Internationalization in Higher Education ". This series addresses key themes in the rapidly changing and highly topical field of internationalization in higher education. Critical contemporary issues are examined, along with the complex and varied topics arising as internationalization continues to progress and grow in importance. Up to the minute and international in both appeal and scope, peer-reviewed monographs and edited collections offer theoretical and interdisciplinary perspectives with practical applications for researchers, leaders and practitioners across higher education. Find out more. 


Debbie McVitty

Debbie McVitty

Debbie is a former chief of staff at Universities UK,  director of policy at the University of Bedfordshire, and head of policy at the National Union of Students, and is a founding member of Wonkhe’s editorial group.

Debbie co-edited "  Influencing Higher Education Policy  " published by Routledge. Drawing together a team of expert contributors from across the sector to offer contemporary descriptions and critical reflection of practice in higher education, Influencing Higher Education Policy uncovers the nature of policymaking and interpretation. With a suite of authors whose experiences range from governmental to academic, this book shares insights from professionals working in the field of higher education policy to provide useful, practical, and implementable information. Find out more.


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