DR AMANI BELL
UNIVERSITY OF SYNDEY
Amani is Senior Lecturer, Educational Innovation, and Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Sydney School of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney.
DR JESSICA RIDDELL
BISHOP’S UNIVERSITY, CANADA
Jessica is the inaugural Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chair of Undergraduate Teaching Excellence at Bishop’s University, Canada.
Douglas has been QAA’s Chief Executive since October 2015.
Alex is Deputy Chief Executive of GuildHE – one of the officially recognized representative bodies in UK higher education.
National Union of Students
Amatey is the current Vice President Higher Education and Deputy President of the National Union of Students.
Rosie is the Chief Executive at Student Minds, the UK’s student mental health charity.
Dr Amani Bell
Dr Jessica Riddell
Dr Jessica Riddell is the inaugural Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chair of Undergraduate Teaching Excellence at Bishop’s University, Canada.
She explores innovative teaching and learning practices, creates mentorship opportunities for students and faculty, mobilizes knowledge around learning in higher education (with a particular focus on the humanities), enhances professional development initiatives for her colleagues, and participates in a wide range of consultations at the national and international levels.
She is the VP Canada on the Board of ISSoTL (International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) as well as a Board member for the 3M National Executive Council.
Dr. Riddell is the faculty columnist of University Affairs and her articles appear in a series called “Adventures in Academe.” She is also an Associate Professor and the Chair of the English Department at Bishop’s University, as well as the Chair of the Teaching and Learning Centre.
Her disciplinary research theorizes that sixteenth-century drama provides well-documented intersections between politics, performance, and power.
She has published on experiential learning in the humanities, using legal trials as models of undergraduate inquiry, and how we change institutional cultures to support scholarly teaching. She is currently writing a book with two colleagues on teaching Shakespeare in the 21st century.
You can find her on Twitter @DrJRiddell
Douglas Blackstock has been QAA’s Chief Executive since October 2015. His work includes leading QAA’s contribution to the current changes to the policy, regulatory and quality landscape in England and across the UK, and the Agency’s role in developing the Teaching Excellence Framework alongside other sector partners. Douglas joined QAA in 2002 as Director of Administration, and has subsequently held the roles of Director of Resources and Chief Operating Officer and was QAA’s Company Secretary from 2002 to 2016. He led QAA’s work on student engagement for a number of years, and was a member of the NUS & UUK-led Student Charter Group and the subsequent Framework for Partnership Group. He is active in the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA), and chaired the ENQA Staff Development Group. He is a graduate in Public Administration from what is now Glasgow Caledonian University.
You can find Douglas on Twitter @black_dug
Alex Bols is Deputy Chief Executive of GuildHE – one of the officially recognized representative bodies in UK higher education, having previously been Executive Director of the 1994 Group, Head of Higher Education and Assistant Director (Research) at NUS and Secretary General of the European Students’ Union, he has also worked at Universities UK. He is Chair of Governors at Vittoria Primary School, on the Board of the University College of Osteopathy and the Bridge Satellite School and is currently doing his Doctor of Education on student representation at UCL’s Institute of Education. He sits on various sector-wide groups including as a member of UK-wide Standing Committee on Quality Assessment, HEFCW’s Quality Assessment Committee, the Home Office’s Education Sector Forum and observing the QAA and AdvanceHE Boards.
You can find Alex on Twitter @alexbols
Amatey Doku is the current Vice President Higher Education and Deputy President of the National Union of StudentsBefore taking up his position within NUS, Amatey had served for a year as the President of Cambridge University Students’ Union. In that role, he was a Trustee of the University of Cambridge, by virtue of his position, as well as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Students’ Union. Amatey graduated in 2016 with a BA in Human, Social and Political Sciences, specialising in Sociology. His dissertation, titled “Is Oxbridge Institutionally Racist?” focused on institutional racism across the HE sector using Cambridge as a major case study. He studied at Jesus College Cambridge and was heavily involved in student representation, elected first as the independent College Council student representative before being elected as President of the Jesus College Students’ Union, representing 800 students at the College. As Vice President for Higher Education, Amatey will be leading work on tackling institutional racism across the HE Sector, taking a lead on the NUS’s anti-Brexit strategy and working closely to embed student representation alongside the implementation of the HE reforms.
You can find Amatey on Twitter @AmateyDoku
Rosie Tressler is the Chief Executive at Student Minds, the UK’s student mental health charity. Student Minds’ programmes deliver a range of programmes to empower students with the knowledge, confidence and skills to look after their own mental health and support others. Rosie and the Student Minds team have worked with over 120 universities to support a range of student-led peer support groups, anti-stigma campaigns and workshops to equip students to support friends, as well as working on national initiatives such as University Mental Health Day. Rosie has been working on the issue of student wellbeing for several years, initially as the Equal Opportunities and Welfare Officer at the University of Nottingham Students’ Union, followed by a number of different roles at Student Minds managing volunteering, campaigns and relationships, before becoming the charity’s Chief Executive Officer in 2015. In 2017, Student Minds took part in the Universities UK led programme to develop a strategic framework, ‘Step Change’, aiming to encourage more universities to take a ‘whole-university approach’ to student wellbeing and this year the charity has announced it is leading the development of the University Mental Health Charter which will be co-produced with students and the sector.
You can find Rosie on Twitter @rosietressler