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QAA appoints Chairs and Deputy Chairs to lead latest Subject Benchmark Statement reviews

Date: November 30 - 2022

QAA has announced the appointment of new Chairs and Deputy Chairs to lead the review of 11 Subject Benchmark Statements across 2022-23. This follows an expression of interest phase earlier this year with successful appointments having been made from QAA member institutions across the UK.

New Chairs and Deputy Chairs for Subject Benchmark Statements
The new Chairs and Deputy Chairs for Subject Benchmark Statements due to be reviewed are:
Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry, Food, Nutrition and Consumer SciencesChair: Rosie Scott-Ward, Hartpury University
Deputy Chair: Dr Susan Doherty, Queen’s University Belfast
Area StudiesChair: Professor Nick Selby, University of East Anglia
Deputy Chair: Professor Zahia Smail Salhi, University of Manchester
Communication, Media, Film and Cultural StudiesChair: Professor Einar Thorsen, Bournemouth University
Deputy Chair: Dr Sorcha Ní Fhlainn, Manchester Metropolitan University
Deputy Chair: Professor Jamie Medhurst, Aberystwyth University
Creative WritingChair: Professor Bambo Soyinka, Bath Spa University
Deputy Chair: Professor David Morley, Warwick University
Dance, Drama and PerformanceChair: Professor Paul Johnson, University of Chester 
Deputy Chair: Professor Trish Reid, University of Reading


Health StudiesChair: Dr Jennifer Egbunike, University College London
Deputy Chair: Dr Joanne Smith, University of Bolton
Land, Construction, Real Estate and SurveyingChair: Dr Joanna Poon, University of Derby
Deputy Chair: Cathy Higgs, University College of Estate Management
Deputy Chair: Aled Williams, Council of Heads of the Built Environment
Landscape ArchitectureChair: Professor Helen Woolley, University of Sheffield
Deputy Chair: David Booth, University of Gloucestershire
Deputy Chair: Becky Sobell, Manchester Metropolitan University
OptometryChair: Professor Joy Myint, University of Hertfordshire
Deputy Chair: Dr Irene Ctori, City, University of London
Deputy Chair: Will Holmes, The University of Manchester
Town and Country PlanningChair: Dr Neale Blair, Ulster University
Deputy Chair: Dr Ben Clifford, University College London
Veterinary NursingChair: Catherine Phillips, Hartpury University
Deputy Chair: Susan Howarth, Harper Adams University

Subject Benchmark Statements describe the nature of study and the academic standards expected of graduates in specific subject areas. They show what graduates might reasonably be expected to know, do and understand at the end of their studies. Subject Benchmark Statements do not prescribe or mandate set approaches to teaching, learning or assessment. They capture the ways in which courses in the subject areas are typically delivered at the current time. They are used by providers as a tool for reflection when designing new courses or updating existing courses.

Chairs and Deputy Chairs, alongside Advisory Groups, lead the development of Statements in their subject area to ensure they serve as a useful resource for discipline communities and can inform a range of purposes - including as reference points in the design, delivery and review of academic courses. This process is facilitated by QAA.

You can find out more about QAA’s work on Subject Benchmark Statements on our website. The Advisory Groups for each of the Subject Benchmark Statements listed will be announced in early 2023.

We are currently inviting expressions of interest for the role of Deputy Chair for Dance, Drama and Performance, and Advisory Group members for Area Studies; Dance, Drama and Performance; Landscape Architecture; Town and Country Planning; and Veterinary Science. The closing date is Monday 9 January 2023.