The Higher Education Academy has appointed two senior leads to its Education and Professional Practice directorate. Dr John Unsworth will be Head of Health & Social Care, and Professor Sean Ryan, Head of STEM. They will take up their roles in November and December respectively.
Dr Unsworth is currently Director of Programmes for Pre-registration Nursing at Northumbria University and he is the Board nurse on the NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group. Prior to that, he was Clinical Director (Nursing) for Northumberland NHS Care Trust and Principal Lecturer at the Primary Care Development Centre. He is a Registered Nurse Teacher. He has research interest in primary health and community nursing.
Professor Ryan is currently Head/Dean of School of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics at the University of Hertfordshire and has had previous appointments at the Open University, the Royal Greenwich Observatory at Cambridge, and at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a member of the accreditation panels for the Institute of Physics, and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board, Zentrum für Astronomie der Universität Heidelberg (ZAH). Sean’s research expertise is in the formation and chemical evolution of the galaxy, in particular the synthesis of the elements in Population II and III stars, and big bang nucleosynthesis.
Professor Stephanie Marshall, Chief Executive of the Higher Education Academy, said, “John and Sean will join us to lead important areas of our work to promote and facilitate discipline-focused communities of practice. Our connections and partnerships in the disciplines are fundamental in our work to support the sector through our focus on the contribution of teaching to the student experience. This year, we are offering a great range of UKPSF aligned events, CPD, and workshops, together with a huge number of resources, suitable for all those who teach or support teaching. John and Sean will bring enormous expertise and experience in the further development and delivery of our strategic and operational plans.”
More information about the Higher Education Academy’s discipline work can be found at www.heacademy.ac.uk/disciplines.