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Dr Faith Butt

Dr Faith Butt: Director, Division for Lifelong Learning

Faith Butt is Director of Lifelong Learning, University of Bath. She is a member of the Executive of the University of Bath, the Senate and the Council.

Educated at the University of Durham where she read Economics, Faith spent her early career in the City of London and then management consultancy. After a career break raising her family and following a period of further study at Reading, Faith joined the University of Surrey working across the broad portfolios of Lifelong Learning, including spells managing continuing professional development, adult education and latterly the Business Skills Unit established with HEROBAC funding. She was the University of Surrey’s representative on the SETsquared partnership bid writing team which attracted £13m in the HEIF 2 round.

Her particular area of expertise is in entrepreneurship education for SMEs. Both at Surrey and latterly at Bath, she has been involved in programmes aimed at developing women as entrepreneurs. These projects have attracted both HEFCE and ESF funding and involved partnerships including SBS and the Federation of Small Businesses.

In addition to being Director of the Division for Lifelong Learning, Faith has university-wide responsibilities for Continuing Professional Development and Enterprise Education. Faith is also involved in other regional projects aimed at enhancing links between Further and Higher Education and business partners. These include the Foundation Degree Consortium, the Western Vocational Lifelong Learning Network and the Higher Level Skills Pathfinder project. She represents HE on the SWRDA Regional Advisory Group on Women’s Enterprise and the University of Bath on the HERDA Special Interest Group for Widening Participation.


Professor Geoff Channon

Professor Geoff Channon: Assistant Vice Chancellor

Professor Geoffrey Channon, Bsc (Econ), PhD, FRHistS, FRSA

Geoffrey Channon is a widely-published business historian. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 1991.  He has held a number of senior academic posts at UWE including a University-wide responsibility for quality assurance between 1999 and 2002 and again in 2008.   He was the founder Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences and led it between 2002 and 2007.  More recently he has had University responsibility for Learning, Teaching and the Student Experience.  He is the co-chair of DEAN, the Deans and European Academics Network, a pan-European organisation of senior academic leaders and managers.


Dr Paul Hartley

Dr Paul Hartley: Pro-Vice Chancellor

Paul Hartley is Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Gloucestershire, where he has overall responsibility for academic development. His academic background is in modern languages, and his first degree and research degrees were obtained from the University of Leeds. His research and publications are in the areas of German and comparative literature; applied language; and computer-assisted language learning. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Linguists. His previous posts include Dean of the School of International Studies and Law, and Assistant PVC (Coventry University).

Paul has extensive experience of the development and quality assurance of collaborative partnerships both in the UK and overseas. He has for many years been an institutional auditor and an assessor for degree-awarding powers and university title with the Quality Assurance Agency, for whom he has also conducted audits in Europe and in Hong Kong and China.


Ms Meriel Lee

Ms Meriel Lee: Assistant Director, Teaching and Learning, Support and Development

Meriel Lee is Assistant Director, Learning Support and External Relations, at the Open University in the South West, based in the centre of Bristol.

Meriel has extensive experience in higher and further education in various curriculum and staff management roles, where she has been able to demonstrate her commitment to the personal and professional development of both her peers and students.

Having gained her MBA with the Open University, Meriel joined the OU in 1998 as Regional Manager with the Open University Business School, later managing the presentation of the programme globally. During this time Meriel has developed interests in blended and e-learning and management of dispersed teams.

Currently, Meriel is leading the involvement of the OU in the South West in the Western Vocational Lifelong Learning Network, the Information, Advice, Guidance and Learner Support Strand of the South West Lifelong Learning Network and the Higher Level Skills Pathfinder project with UCP Marjon and Plymouth City Council Children’s Services.


Dr Alun Thomas

Dr Alun Thomas: Deputy Vice Chancellor

Alun Thomas is Deputy Vice Chancellor at Bath Spa University with responsibility for Marketing and Communications, Library and Information Services, Students' Union and Strategic Planning, in particular development with Further Education Colleges.

Alun has been at Bath Spa University since 1996 following various strategic level posts within HEFCE including Head of the Quality Assessment Division and later Head of Institutions and Programmes Division. He chairs the University's Academic Quality and Standards Committee (AQSC), the Appeals Committee and the Equality and Diversity Steering and Environmental Advisory Group. Alun is currently a member of Norton Radstock College Board of Governors and has a PhD in Glacial Geochemistry from the University of East Anglia.


Professor Avril Waterman Peason

Professor Avril Waterman Peason: Pro Vice Chancellor

Avril Waterman-Pearson is Professor of Veterinary Anaesthesia and a Pro Vice-Chancellor with responsibility for Education and the Student Experience and the faculties of Engineering and Science at the University of Bristol . She is also leading on the development of fEC tools for research and for teaching and the development of a new University Library and a new building for the Students Union in the heart of the precinct.

She first joined the University of Bristol as a student, gaining her Veterinary degree, her clinical postgraduate training and her PhD all at Bristol. Following periods as a Lecturer at the Universities of Glasgow and Liverpool, she returned to Bristol in 1981 to a Research Fellowship combining this with duties as Veterinary Officer to Bristol Zoo. She was appointed Lecturer in Veterinary Anaesthesia in 1984, promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1990, Reader in 1993 and Professor in 1997. She served two terms as Head of Head of Department of Clinical Veterinary Science (1998-2004). She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, Foundation Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia, Past President and Hon Secretary of the Association of Veterinary Anaesthetists, and former Editor of the Journal of Veterinary Anaesthesia. She is a recipient of the BVA William Hunting Silver Medal, the Livesey Medal of the RCVS (1989), the BSAVA Simon Award (1993) and the Merial International Grand Prize for research into the alleviation of animal pain (1999).


Nigel Warner

Nigel Warner: Academic Registrar

Nigel Warner is the Academic Registrar and Senior Lecturer at the Royal Agricultural College.

Nigel has been at the RAC now since 1989, initially as lecturer/senior lecturer in Farm Mechanisation, and, since 2000, as Academic Registrar where his responsibilities include quality assurance and enhancement, servicing the main academic committees, maintaining collaborative relationships with partner universities and colleges and acting as institutional contact with a number of external academic agencies.

Nigel has been involved in a number of external academic initiatives including the development of the QAA subject benchmark statement for agriculture, development of a cross-European Masters programme in Agricultural Engineering, and in the development of new agricultural curricula for the Libyan Government as part of a UNESCO-funded project.

Outside College, Nigel acts as senior external examiner for HND programmes at the University of Gloucestershire and is currently Chair of Governors at Thomas Keble School, Eastcombe.

In his quiet time, when he has any, he enjoys nothing more than sitting back with a glass of red wine and listening to some of the greatest rock groups ever - Pink Floyd, Genesis, Led Zeppelin and Lynyrd Skynyrd!