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Meet the Student Strategic Advisory Committee for 2022-23

Date: November 2 - 2022

QAA will shortly welcome 12 new members to its Student Strategic Advisory Committee (SSAC), after their appointments were confirmed by the QAA Board.

SSAC is a key pillar of QAA’s student engagement work and reports directly to the QAA Board through two student co-chairs who also serve as QAA student board members. SSAC members are recruited annually and can serve a maximum of two terms.

The newly appointed members of SSAC are:

  • Lucy Adams, Student, Leeds Beckett University
  • Liam Brady, Sabbatical Officer, University of Glasgow
  • Ness Chigariro, Sabbatical Officer, University of Birmingham
  • Dan Chevalier, Sabbatical Officer, University of Winchester
  • Kathryn Cribbin, SU Staff Member, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Cali Jakes, Student, Lancaster University
  • Alam Mahbubul, Student, Nottingham Trent University
  • Conor Naughton, Student, Nottingham Trent University
  • Zoë Newth, SU Staff Member, Bath Spa University
  • Stella Maris, Student, University of St Andrews
  • Jack Medlin, Sabbatical Officer, Keele University
  • Ellis Thomas, SU Staff Member, University of South Wales

These nominees will join those returning for a second term on SSAC:

  • Christopher Brasnett, Graduate, University of Bristol
  • Jamie Crawford, Sabbatical Officer, Blackpool and The Fylde College
  • Amy Gallacher, Sabbatical Officer, University of St Andrews
  • Sean Holm, Student, Swansea University
  • Ondrej Kucerak, SU Staff Member, Cardiff Met University
  • James McHale, Student, University of Leeds
  • Emma Murphy, Sabbatical Officer, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Harry Williams, Graduate, Keele University

SSAC will be joined by two new co-chairs, who recently commenced their role as student board members. Chloe Field, NUS’ Vice President for Higher Education is the NUS-nominated board member and Xenia Levantis, a postgraduate student at University of Bristol is the independent student board member who was appointed following an open recruitment exercise.

Welcoming new and returning members to SSAC, QAA’s Director of Membership, Quality Enhancement and Standards, Dr Ailsa Crum commented: 'The views of our diverse and passionate Student Strategic Advisory Committee make an enormous contribution to QAA’s work in ensuring students receive the quality education they deserve. I am delighted to welcome new and returning members to the committee and look forward to the important conversations we will share over the next year.'

SSAC Co-Chair and Independent QAA Student Board Member Xenia Levantis commented:

'I am very pleased to be joining the QAA Board and Student Strategic Advisory Committee. QAA has led UK higher education in engaging students with quality assurance - individually and collectively - on local and national scales. Students and institutions are facing immense challenges and I look forward to working with QAA as it continues to work collaboratively with students as partners over the coming year.'

The committee will hold their first meeting online on 9 November.

You can view further information on the Student Strategic Advisory Committee and its members on the QAA website.