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Plenary Session Speakers

As chair of the Scottish Higher Education Enhancement Committee, the conference will be convened by Professor Andrea Nolan.

The programme will include a series of plenary sessions giving perspectives relevant to the current Enhancement Theme, Graduates for the 21st Century. The speakers will consider graduate attributes from a number of perspectives: from school education (and the changes Curriculum for Excellence will bring in Scotland), through how best to support student to succeed in higher education, to those of employers and the research community - and including student reflections on the development of graduate attributes.

The purpose of these sessions is to stimulate debate, considering the significance of these perspectives for teaching and learning in higher education.

Following last year's success, most of the plenary sessions will be videoed and posted to this site after the event.

Please see below for details of some of the speakers we look forward to welcoming to the conference.

The conference will be chaired by:

Plenary speakers include:


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Professor Andrea Nolan, Senior Vice-Principal, University of Glasgow and Chair of SHEEC (Scottish Higher Education Enhancement Committee)

Andrea Nolan graduated as a veterinary surgeon from Trinity College Dublin and after a short time in veterinary practice, embarked on an academic career which took her to the Universities of Cambridge, Bristol and the Technical University, Munich, leading to her appointment as a Lecturer at the University of Glasgow in 1989.

She was appointed Professor of Veterinary Pharmacology in 1998 and took up the post of Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine a year later. She was appointed Vice Principal for Learning & Teaching in the University of Glasgow in 2004, and in 2006 incorporated internationalisation into her portfolio.

She was appointed Senior Vice-Principal in 2009.
Her academic career has been developed in the discipline of veterinary pharmacology, with particular interest in the management of pain in animals.

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Sir Andrew Cubie, CBE FRSE

Andrew Cubie is a Consultant to Fyfe Ireland LLP. He has been variously Chairman and Senior Partner of that firm having specialised in Corporate law. He holds a number of non-executive Directorships in UK public and private companies.

He has been engaged in education issues throughout his professional career. He has been Chairman of Governors of George Watson's College, Chairman of the Court of Napier University, and the Chairman of the Committee of University Chairmen for all UK Universities. He was Convenor of the Independent Committee of Inquiry into Student Finance in Scotland (‘the Cubie Committee’) which brought about the abolition of tuition fees in Scotland. He is a former Chairman of the Confederation of British Industry in Scotland.

He is currently the Chair of the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework, chairs the JNC of the Universities Superannuation Scheme and is a Director of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. He acts as a consultant to Higher Education institutions and organisations both in the UK and abroad and is currently an adviser to the World Bank in regard to governance issues for higher education in India. He serves as a member of the Management Board of HMIE. He was a Fulbright Commissioner until January 2009. He is Chairman of a number of not for profit organisations, engaged with the arts, health and the sea.

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Professor Ian Diamond

Ian Diamond is Chief Executive of the Economic & Social Research Council, and RCUK Chief Executives’ Champion of Research Careers and Diversity.

He is a social statistician who has worked on many aspects of official and social statistics with applications, most notably, in censuses, population and health and environmental noise.

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Professor George Kuh

George D Kuh is Chancellor’s Professor of Higher Education at Indiana University Bloomington where he directs the Center for Postsecondary Research.

Founding director of the widely used National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), George has written extensively about student engagement, assessment, institutional improvement, and college and university cultures, and consulted with more than 275 colleges and universities in the United States and abroad.

His two most recent books are Student Success in College: Creating Conditions That Matter (2005) and Piecing Together the Student Success Puzzle: Research, Propositions, and Recommendations (2007).

In 2001, he received Indiana University’s prestigious Tracy Sonneborn Award for distinguished career of teaching and research.

George received the BA from Luther College, MS from the St Cloud State University, and PhD from the University of Iowa.

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Professor Philip Winn, Chair, Graduates for the 21st Century: Integrating the Enhancement Themes

Professor Philip Winn is the Deputy Principal (Strategy) at the University of Strathclyde, where he has responsibility for a raft of strategic polices, including estates development and information policy.

A psychology graduate of the University of Hull, Professor Winn remains active in neuroscience research.

Before moving to Strathclyde in January 2010, he was at the University of St Andrews, where he was Dean of the Faculty of Science from 2005 to 2007 and Vice-Principal (Learning and Teaching) from 2007 to 2009.

In these roles, he was a member of the Universities Scotland Learning and Teaching Committee and SHEEC, and has experience as an ELIR reviewer.