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safeguarding standards and improving the quality of UK higher education

Student Advisory Committee

The Student Advisory Committee (SAC) meets three times a year to facilitate discussions between students and QAA on developments in the higher education sector.

SAC meetings are attended by QAA's Chief Ex ecutive and other members of the QAA Board, and have shaped national student-centred projects with NUS, introduced student reviewers onto QAA review teams, and influenced QAA's overall strategy.

Student Advisory Committee Members

Co-chair - Robert Cashman

Robert is a graduate of the University of Cambridge, where he served as the Students' Union Education Officer for the 2015-16 academic year. In this role he represented students on academic matters across the Collegiate University and on the General Board of the Faculties. He is experienced in supporting student representatives in their roles and has served as a student member of internal quality review panels.

Co-chair - Amatey Doku

  Amatey is the current Vice President for Higher Education of the National Union of Students (NUS). In this role, he also sits on the NUS Board of Trustees. Prior to this, he served as the President of Cambridge University Students' Union. His dissertation, titled 'Is Oxbridge Institutionally Racist?', focused on institutional racism across the higher education sector.

Shumela Ahmed

Shumela is a mature undergraduate studying Journalism and Politics at the University of Stirling, where she is also a Students' Union Non-traditional Student Officer. She entered higher education through an Access to Higher Education course, having left school at 14 with no qualifications. In her role she has presented on projects about non-traditional students at QAA Scotland international conferences.

Emma Beenham

Emma is the Academic Affairs Officer at Aberystwyth University Students' Union, where she also studied Physical Geography. Emma was an active academic representative during her time as a student and has been heavily involved with leading student voice projects for several years, as well as representing students on scheme review panels.

James Brown

Stuart Cannell

Stuart is currently studying on a part-time MA Higher Education at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU). He started working for QAA as a Student Reviewer in 2013, and since then has taken part in 15 separate reviews and served as a Student Assessor for TEF Year Two. He is currently working as a Quality Officer at MMU and has previously held both a staff and student representative role within Ulster University Students’ Union.

Caroline Fielder-Shatell

Josh Gulrajani

Matthew Kearns

Matthew is studying for a PhD in International Politics at Newcastle University, having previously studied at the University of Sheffield and the University of Leeds. He has acted as a course representative and student ambassador for learning and teaching at these institutions, participating in several periodic reviews. He is currently a QAA student reviewer, with experience of both further education colleges and alternative providers.

Rojan Kumar

Rojan is President of Edinburgh Napier University Students' Association, following a year as Vice-President Education. He has played a large role in developing student representation at Edinburgh Napier, including at committee level, and has experience of representing students outside his institution, in both international work and the Scottish Parliament.

Becky Lees

Becky is a part-time master's student at the University of Chester studying Theology, Media and Communications. She also spent time as a Vice-President Education at the Students' Union, representing students on committees and successfully campaigning for University funding, and has demonstrated good awareness of the wider policy changes affecting UK higher education.

Tom Lowe

Aaron Lowman

Ran Magnusdottir

Ran is a Neuroscience PhD student and Postgraduate Officer at the Royal Veterinary College, and a Marie Curie Fellow. Previously, she studied for a taught master's degree at University College London and an undergraduate degree at the University of Akureyri in Iceland. She has campaigned for increased recognition of postgraduate student issues, and particularly for support services and support for teaching.

Beth Massey

Beth is currently a distance-learning master's student with the University of Leicester in the Department of History, Politics and International Relations. She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Nottingham in History and Politics, from which she graduated in 2016. During her three years as a student, Beth has been heavily involved in student representation as both a course and education representative, in addition to having served on the Election Committee and Scrutiny Panel with the students' union. In 2016-17 she was elected as Education Officer for the students' union.

Kevin McStravock

Kevin is a graduate of Ulster University, with a degree in Journalism with French. During his time as a student, Kevin was actively involved in many aspects of student life, serving as a representative for his course and his school before being successfully elected as the Vice-President for Ulster’s Coleraine campus in 2016. Kevin is currently the President of Ulster University Students’ Union. One of his key projects for the year is the implementation of a staff-student partnership agreement within his institution..

Hannah Reilly ​

Hannah is Director of Student Engagement at Cardiff Metropolitan Students' Union, with experience as Education and Welfare Officer at the University of Wales Newport. She has acted as a student reviewer and student engagement adviser for QAA, and has extensive experience working in quality assurance across Wales.

Olivia Sharp

Olivia is the Student Community Development Coordinator (Representation and Societies) at Leeds Trinity University. In her current role she has developed course representative training, and was involved in prepared the student submission for a QAA review and drafting the Students' Union's response to the Government's White Paper. In her previous studies at the University she was an active course representative.

Robert Simkins

Rob is the elected Group President for Trinity Saint David Students’ Union, having graduated from the Carmarthen campus with a degree in Outdoor Adventure Education. In addition to his role as Group President, Rob is also an elected member of the NUS Wales National Executive Committee, where he represents students on a national level within Wales.

Tania Struetzel

Tania is the Quality Enhancement Officer (Student Engagement) at Middlesex University, having previously worked at Hull University Students' Union as Student Voice Manager. She studied at the University of Freiburg and the University of St Andrews, where she was heavily involved with student representation. In her role as Postgraduate Officer at the St Andrews Students' Association she successfully implemented a postgraduate representation system. She has extensive experience of working at university committee level and strategic thinking in quality assurance.

Further details

Read the minutes of previous SAC meetings.