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DVC/PVC Network

A unique forum to share successful strategies for enhancing HE teaching and learning. The invitation only network for Pro Vice-Chancellors, Vice-Principals and Deputy Vice-Chancellors.

Upcoming network events

DVC/PVC network event, 10-11 November 2021

The next event will be held in person in Fazeley Studios Birmingham on the evening of 10 November starting with a reception at 18.00 followed by dinner (with a speaker) and then running from 9.00 until 15.30 on 11 November.

You will appreciate that we need to have a contingency plan in case the health situation were to deteriorate.  If this were to happen, two remote meetings will be held instead: the first on the afternoon of 10 November from 14.00 to16.00 and on the morning of 11 November from 10.00 to 12.00.

The event will include discussion on

  • Staff and student mental health, focussing in part on UUK’s Step Change Framework
  • The challenge of maintaining a broad-based curriculum in a marketised environment
  • Making the case for Learning and Teaching more effectively
  • reimagining the student experience post-COVID’

More details on the topics and speakers will follow. 


We have not secured an allocation of bedrooms for the meeting this year. If you need to book accommodation we recommend you book a central location within Birmingham based on your Institution's budget.

You can book a place on the event via the link below.

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The Chatham House Rule applies to these events.

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Making the case for learning and teaching more effectively (10 November)

Debbie McVitty

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As Wonkhe’s editor, Debbie has oversight of Wonkhe’s daily insight, debate and analysis of higher education policy. Debbie has previously worked in policy and communications roles at Universities UK, the University of Bedfordshire, and the National Union of Students.

Reimagining the student experience (11 November)

Hillary Gyebio-Ababio

Vice President for Higher Education, National Union of Students
Hillary is the National Union of Students’ Vice President for Higher Education 2020-22. Previously, having worked at the University of Bristol Students’ Union as the Undergraduate Education Officer, and the Chair of the Widening Participation Network, she has worked extensively with students in Higher Education, with a deep passion in widening participation, anti-racism and decolonisation.

Dr Harriet Dunbar-Morris PFHEA, NTF

Dean of Learning and Teaching, Reader in Higher Education
University of Portsmouth
As Dean of Learning and Teaching at the University of Portsmouth, Harriet is responsible for providing leadership in the enhancement and evaluation of the student experience. She champions the student voice, and facilitates partnership working, ensuring student engagement is central to the University's activities.

Mary Curnock Cook CBE

Independent Education Expert
Mary Curnock Cook is an independent education expert serving in a non-executive capacity on a number of Boards.

Mary is chair of Pearson Education, its UK arm, and also chairs the governing body of the Dyson Institute. She is a non-exec Director at the Student Loans Company, the London Interdisciplinary School, the Student Room and Education Cubed, and a Trustee at the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI).

Annie Willingham

Students’ Union President
University of Bath
Annie is currently the Students' Union President at the University of Bath and previous Education Officer.

Annie works alongside a team of 5 additional Students' Union Officers who represent over 18,500 students (undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research) across a variety of key issues impacting the student experience.

Leading on Student (and Staff) Mental Health (11 November)

Nkasi Stoll

Final year PhD candidate and Research Lead for the Black Student Wellbeing Study
King's College London
Nkasi's research centres around anti-Black racism, Critical Race Theory in the education and psychology context, and Black student mental health. Nkasi is also the Co-Founder of Black People Talk, and Director of Black Students Talk; which designs, delivers and evaluates mental health support groups and resources by and for Black students. 

Gareth Hughes

Psychotherapist, Researcher and Development Lead for the University Mental Health Charter
University of Derby
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Gareth Hughes is a psychotherapist, researcher and the development lead for the University Mental Health Charter. He is also the clinical lead for Student Space, a site hosted by Student Minds to support student mental health during the pandemic.

Professor Steve West CBE, DL

Vice-Chancellor, President and CEO
University of the West of England
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Professor West is the President of Universities UK (UUK) and Chair of the UUK Mental Health in Higher Education Working Group. He is also Chair of the West of England Academic Health Science Network and Non-Executive Director for the University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust.

Rosie Tressler OBE

CEO, Student Minds
Rosie is the CEO of Student Minds, the UK's student mental health charity. Student Minds develops innovative approaches to support healthy university communities, collaborates on research, and empowers students, university professionals and connected communities to create change.

The challenge of maintaining a broad-based curriculum in a marketised environment (11 November)

Dr David Manning

Historian, History Department
University of Leicester
Dr David Manning is an historian, with sector-wide experience of teaching and learning in higher education stretching back well over a decade, who has recently intervened in debates about the state of the university sector with two provocative blog articles for WonkHe.

Gabriel Roberts

Author of ‘The Humanities in Modern Britain: challenges and opportunities’ HEPI 2021, English Teacher
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Gabriel Roberts studied English as an undergraduate and master's student at Christ's College, Cambridge. He then studied for a year as a special student at Havard University before completing a D.Phil in English at Worcester College, Oxford. Since 2015, has taught English at secondary schools in London. He is the author of The Humanities in Modern Britain: Challenges and Opportunities (2021), which was published by the Higher Education Policy Institute.

Jovan Luzajic

Policy Manager, UUK
Jovan Luzajic is a Policy Manager at Universities, where he has worked in a number of roles including Senior Policy Analyst, since 2006. During his time at UUK Jovan has worked on a wide range of higher education policy areas with a particular focus on the student funding reforms in England and their impact on students and higher education providers, and the financial sustainability of universities.
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Event sponsor

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A leading provider of survey and evaluation solutions, evasys has more than 60 higher education customers across the UK and Ireland and over 1,000, worldwide.

evasys enables universities and colleges to streamline module evaluation and student surveys, whilst driving up response rates and helping to close the student feedback loop – and, ultimately, contributing to improvements in NSS outcomes, particularly around Student Voice.

Widely integrated with other education technology systems such as virtual learning environments (VLEs) and student portals, evasys provides instant and detailed feedback reports for course and module leaders, as well as extensive insights and management information for academic managers.

Fully supported pilots of evasys are available to allow institutions to easily understand the benefits of a central, digital system that enhances student engagement/retention and facilitates module and course leader engagement.

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