Keynote speakers

Teaching and Learning Conference

Teaching and Learning Conference speakers

Professor Janice Kay CBE, Provost and Senior Deputy-Vice-Chancellor, University of Exeter, will open the Conference giving her perspective on the challenges and opportunities for HE gained from her roles as Chair of the TEF Subject Level Pilots, and Vice Chair of the Higher Education Academy.

Closing the first day of the Conference, and contextualising international developments for education and student mobility, the keynote will be delivered by Dr Erik Lithander, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International and Student Recruitment), University of Bristol.

Internationally renowned expert on student engagement, George D. Kuh, Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus of Higher Education, Center for Postsecondary Research, Indiana University will deliver the opening keynote on day two of the Conference.

Professor Janice Kay, CBE

Janice KayProfessor Janice Kay is the Provost and Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Exeter. She is a professor of cognitive neuropsychology, first appointed to Exeter through a Wellcome Trust University Lectureship. Her research, which has received funding from the Economic and Social Research Council, Wellcome Trust and the Medical Research Council, is concerned with theoretical modelling, assessment and rehabilitation of disorders of perception, speech, language and memory. In the role of Provost, Janice is deputy to the Vice-Chancellor. She provides strategic leadership for the overall corporate plan and oversees the portfolio of University strategies, ensuring their delivery as part of a coherent institutional schedule of activity. She holds specific accountability for the University’s strategic planning and budgeting processes as well as the University’s Global Advancement function. The Provost is responsible for the management of the University’s six Colleges, through the six Pro Vice-Chancellors.

Janice was appointed as Deputy Chair of the prestigious panel which assessed the first national Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) exercise in 2016 and is Chair of the TEF Subject Level Pilot. Janice is Vice Chair of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Higher Education Funding Council for England Quality, Accountability and Regulation Strategic Advisory Committee.

Janice has been prominent in widening access initiatives, nationally and regionally. She played an integral role in the establishment of the highly successful Exeter Mathematics School, the new Education Campus at Cranbrook, Exeter, and the South Devon University Technical College. She is a non-executive director of the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust.

Janice was recognised in the 2017 Queen's New Year honours with a CBE for services to Higher Education.

Dr LithanderDr Erik Lithander

Dr Erik Lithander joined the University of Bristol in the role of Pro Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President in February 2016.

Prior to joining The University of Bristol, Erik spent three years as Pro Vice-Chancellor (International and Outreach) at the Australian National University in Canberra, and six years as Director of International Affairs at University College Dublin, Ireland’s largest university. He has also held the role of Associate Director (International Relations) at the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

Originally from Sweden, Erik holds a Candidature in Political Science from Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium, a BSc (Econ) from the London School of Economics, and an MPhil and PhD from the University of Cambridge, where his research focus was on contemporary Latin American literature. He is an alumnus of the executive education programme at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and of the LH Martin Institute’s “Leading Universities” programme, based at the University of Melbourne.

His portfolio at the University of Bristol is focused on matters relating to internationalisation, student mobility, public affairs, communications, home and international student recruitment, admissions, alumni relations and development.

Professor George D. Kuh

George KuhGeorge D. Kuh is adjunct research professor at the University of Illinois and Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus of Higher Education at Indiana University (IU). He is a senior scholar and founding director of the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) as well as the founding director of IU’s Center for Postsecondary Research and the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). George has more than 400 publications and made several hundred presentations on topics related to assessment strategies, institutional improvement, college student engagement, and campus cultures. He has consulted with about 400 institutions and organizations in the U.S. and abroad. His recent books include Using Evidence of Student Learning to Improve Higher Education (2015), Ensuring Quality and Taking High-Impact Practices to Scale (2013), High Impact Practices (2008), and Student Success in College: Creating Conditions That Matter (2005, 2010). His work has been recognised with awards from the American College Personnel Association, American Educational Research Association, Association for Institutional Research, Association for the Study of Higher Education, Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, Council of Independent Colleges, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, and National Center on Public Policy in Higher Education as well as eleven honorary degrees.