Vice-Chancellor appointed Chair of the Higher Education Academy Board

19 August 2015

Professor Rama Thirunamachandran, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of Canterbury Christ Church University is the new Chair of the Higher Education Academy Board (HEA).

Professor Thirunamachandran succeeds Professor Don Nutbeam, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southampton, who is retiring.

The HEA is a professional body for academic staff in universities and is globally recognised for inspiring excellent teaching as an essential driver of student success.

Professor Thirunamachandran said: “It’s a great privilege and honour to be appointed as Chair of the HEA Board.

“The HEA’s business is about teaching quality, and this is high on the agenda across the sector and in governments in the UK and internationally, and it’s something about which I am passionate. The HEA is in an enormously strong position to use its networks of best practice and its custodianship of the UK Professional Standards Framework to help to make a real difference to student outcomes through teaching quality.

“The HEA has a central role to play in supporting the HE sector and I am confident its services will support institutions and individuals in their focus on student outcomes.”

Professor Stephanie Marshall, Chief Executive of the Higher Education Academy, said: “We are delighted to welcome Professor Rama Thirunamachandran as Chair of the Board and thank Professor Don Nutbeam for his invaluable contribution as both member of the Board and more recently as our Chair. Rama takes over at an exciting time for the HEA, particularly with teaching quality so integral to improving the overall student experience, and we are very much looking forward to working with his and the Board’s guidance.”

Professor Thirunamachandran has been a member of the HEA Board since 2010. He joined Canterbury Christ Church University in October 2013, following five years as Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost of Keele University, and from 2002, he was Director for Research, Innovation and Skills at the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

Notes to Editor

The HEA provides value to the higher education sector by focussing attention on the contribution of teaching to the wider student learning experience. It does this through accreditation of the good standing and teaching professionalism of individuals and through recognition of institutional commitment to the professional development of their teaching staff. This recognition is enabled by the HEA’s lead in the development and on-going management of the UK Professional Standards Framework.

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With almost 18,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 95% of our UK undergraduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2013/14 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey

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