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safeguarding standards and improving the quality of UK higher education

Student Advisory Board

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

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

Student Advisory Board Members

Charlie Roper

Charlie RoperCharlie is the President of the University of the West of England Students’ Union. After studying politics for two years, Charlie has taken a break from his studies to represent students. Charlie’s role, amongst many things, ?includes chairing the Students’ Union’s Board of Trustees, being a member of the UWE Board of Governors and chairing their unique Student Governor Forum to ensure students’ voices are heard at all levels. Having been re-elected for a second term, Charlie’s work is set to continue until July 2015.

Tom Lowe

Tom LoweTom is a second term sabbatical officer in the role of Vice President for Education at Winchester Students’ Union representing the students of the University of Winchester. As the first student officer in this new role, Tom’s road to working to represent student views started by being a volunteer Academic Affairs Officer in 2012-13, whilst studying for his degree in BA (Hons) Archaeology and History. Tom has a particular passion for representation and student engagement initiatives at Winchester through projects like the Student Fellows Scheme and Student-Led Teaching Awards.

Nuala McAdams

Nuala McAdamsNuala is a former Vice President for Education at Queens University Belfast Students’ Union and has worked with QAA in 2013 to promote and enhance academic representation. Nuala is currently studying for an MA in Irish History, having completed an BA (Hons)? in Modern history and politics. She brings a Northern Irish student perspective to the Student Advisory Board.

Ruth Tudor

Ruth TudorRuth has recently been elected President of the Open University Students Association (OUSA) after three years as Deputy President. She studied Health and Social Care at the Open University and has an MA in Social Sciences. Ruth can bring the perspective of distance learning and part time students to the Student Advisory Board as well as her experience of working on the Enhancement Themes in Scotland.

Carla Jardim

Carla JardimCarla is currently studying for a part-time PhD in Medieval Studies at the University of York. She also works as Senior Quality Administrator at Leeds College of Music. Previously, in her role at Southampton University Students' Union, she supported Southampton’s writing of their student submission to their QAA review. She completed her undergraduate studies in English Language and Literature at Oxford University where she was a faculty rep.

John Simpson

John is a Students’ Union sabbatical officer at Blackpool and the Flyde college. He has completed his HER reviewer training and has significant experience working at a strategic level in committees at his institution. He has completed his diploma, NVQ, foundation and BA (Hons) top up degree in Management at the college.

Roshani Swift

Currently undertaking her PhD at the University of Lancaster in vocational training and teaching excellence in Higher Education, Roshani is a mature student with lots of experience in quality assurance at different types of institutions. She worked at Blackburn college in curriculum development and quality roles, has been involved in consultancy work at Stockport and Manchester Colleges, and has substantial experience of collaborative work with a range of Universities, predominantly South Wales and Lancaster.

Silviya Kayryakova

Silviya KayryakovaSilviya is Vice President of Education at Sunderland University Students’ Union having completed a BSc in Psychology. She is an international student who is originally from Bulgaria having studied at undergraduate level at Burgas Free University. Consequently, she brings an international perspective to the Student Advisory Board and an understanding of different kinds of HE provision.

Alykhan Kassam

Alykhan is a current Pharmacy undergraduate student at the University of Bradford, where he has served as a Student Representative, a Faculty Representative and as a University Senator. He has extensive experience working in student engagement and national level programmes about teaching and learning. Alykhan has a particular interest in student experience and academic representation, and has contributed to promoting and enhancing the student experience at his institution through his involvement with the Students’ Union, attendance at high level committees and through his work on various initiatives including the Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) scheme and PSRBs.

Josh Elderfield

Josh ElderfieldJosh is the President at Huddersfield University Students’ Union having served for a year as Vice President for Education. He has experience working within learning and teaching to ensure student engagement within quality enhancement. He has also worked closely with the OIA on the production of an information video about their student conciliator scheme. He completed his undergraduate degree in Sports Journalism.

Sara Correia

Sara CoreiaSara is the Student Experience Research Co-ordinator at Swansea University Students’ Union and is responsible for producing their annual student experience report to HEFCW, in common with all Welsh students’ unions. Previously, she was elected international officer at Cardiff University and has achieved a Masters of Research on Muslim Communities from University of Glamorgan.

Tanya Lubicz-Nawroca

Tanya Lubicz-NawrocaTanya is the Academic Engagement Coordinator at Edinburgh University Students’ Association and has herself studied at Colgate University USA and completed an MPhil at Cambridge University in the UK. She is currently supporting the student reps in the run up to Edinburgh’s ELIR review in 2015. Having studied in both the US and UK, Tanya brings a useful international perspective.

Ryan Bird

Ryan BirdRyan is the Student Engagement Manager at University of Bristol Students’ Union and as such takes a strategic lead on areas of student engagement including advice, campaigns and representation. He has experience of HE in FE through teaching on a foundation degree course at Weston College. Ryan completed an undergraduate degree in Human and Physical Geography at the University of Reading and has a PGCE from the University of West England.

Ellie Russell

Ellie RussellEllie is currently the Projects Officer for The Student Engagement Partnership; an initiative collaboratively funded by organisations across the HE sector in England to support, develop and promote student engagement. In her work, Ellie manages a number of projects in conjunction with QAA, including the Annual Quality Report project. Previously, she was Quality and Student Engagement Consultant for NUS, having studied Politics and Parliamentary studies at Leeds University. Prior to this, Ellie was elected as a two term Vice President for Further Education in 2005.​

Sophie Timbers

Sophie is the current Vice President Education (June 2015/16) at Cardiff University Students’ Union having been elected by Cardiff University students. She represents students at the highest level of decision-making through sitting on University Council and has lots of experience of strategic level committees at her institution. She sits on the oversight group for the University’s largest Education project which is positioned to support and enable the University to respond to the future Teaching Excellence Framework introduced in 2016/17. At the beginning of her post, she was involved in discussing, through a panel, the future of HE for Cardiff University in 2030. Sophie has recently graduated with a First Class Honours in BA English Language & Communication and now continues to represent all 28,500 Cardiff University students in her role.

Tatjana Lipai

Tatjana is currently working on her BSc top up degree in Professional Broadcast techniques, having completed her foundation at Salford City College. She is an international student from Slovakia, has recently been trained as a HER student reviewer and is completing her first review. She was the LSR for Salford City College review and has worked in high level committees at her institution.

Amira Svensk

Amira is currently studying her BSc in Psychology at the University of Buckingham.
She is an international student from Finland and has a strong understanding of her role on the SAB as an alternative provider student. She has been elected president of a European student’s union previously and has experience of student representation internationally.

Ellen-Rose Jones

Ellen-Rose is a recent graduate, previously vice president of education and now president at the University of South Wales. She was heavily involved in the QAA HER Wales review and has been involved in national level programmes in Wales, including the HEA What Works? Programme. She has extensive experience of working at strategic committee level.

Chris Banks

Chris BanksChris Banks has combined a career in national and international food and drink businesses with companies like Mars and Coca-Cola with an increasing involvement in the UK public sector, particularly in the areas of education, employment and the reform of public services. He now runs his own food and drinks business and chairs the Public Chairs’ Forum, a network of Chairs of Public Bodies committed to increasing the efficiency and effectiveness with which public services are delivered.

Chris was until recently Deputy Pro-Chancellor of the University of Birmingham and he remains a Governor of the University of Birmingham School, the first University Training School in the country. He was a founding member and Chair of the Learning and Skills Council and previously Chair of Directgov, Deputy Chair of the National Employment Panel, advising Government on Welfare to Work reform, and a member of the Commission for Women and Work.

Antony Chapman

Anthony ChapmanTony Chapman is Vice- Chancellor of the Cardiff Metropolitan University. Previously he was a Senior Lecturer in Applied Psychology in what is now Cardiff University, before joining the University of Leeds in 1983 as Professor of Psychology. Later in Leeds he was Dean of Science, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Visiting Professor. He has been President of the Psychology Section of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, President of the British Psychological Society, President of the Association of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences, Chair of the UK Deans of Science Committee, Chair of Higher Education Wales, and a Vice-President of Universities UK (UUK).

In 2004-07 he was the Senior-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wales. He is an Honorary Fellow of the British Psychological Society, elected for his 'research and leadership', and has been awarded a University of Leicester honorary DSc for his contributions to Psychology. He is an Academician in the UK Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences (AcSS) - one of 60 founding Academicians - elected for his exceptional, distinguished and substantial contributions to the Social Sciences.

John Tredwell

John TredwellAfter graduating in economics and teacher training, Mr John Tredwell worked in the sixth-form college sector for nearly all his career. He became Deputy Principal at Itchen College, Southampton, and in 1984 was appointed the first Principal of Worcester Sixth Form College, which he led through incorporation and substantial growth before his retirement in 2008.

John has a long-standing interest in student guidance and progression to higher education. He has served on the National Guidance Council, the boards of County Careers and Connexions, the Graduate Teacher Training Registry and, for eight years, the board of the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). He served on many enquiries into higher education admissions and into post-qualification application, including the Wilson Enquiry and the Delivery Partnership Steering Group. Other higher education commitments include membership of the Oxford University Research Ethics Committee and trusteeship of ENTHUSE at the National Science Learning Centre at York University.


Further details

Read the minutes of previous SAB meetings