Professor Rama Thirunamachandran, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of Canterbury Christ Church University is the new Chair of the HEA Board.
Professor Thirunamachandran succeeds Professor Don Nutbeam, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southampton, who is retiring.
Professor Thirunamachandran has been a member of the HEA Board since 2010. He joined Canterbury Christ Church University in October 2013, following five years as Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost of Keele University; and, from 2002, he was Director for Research, Innovation and Skills at the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).
Professor Thirunamachandran said, “It’s a great privilege and honour to be appointed as Chair of the HEA Board and, on behalf of the Board members, I would to thank Don Nutbeam for his leadership over the last year.
“The HEA’s business is about teaching quality, and this is high on the agenda across the sector and in governments in the UK and internationally – and it’s something about which I am passionate. The HEA is in an enormously strong position to use its networks of best practice and its custodianship of the UK Professional Standards Framework to help to make a real difference to student outcomes through teaching quality.
“The HEA has a central role to play in supporting the HE sector and I am confident its services will support institutions and individuals in their focus on student outcomes.”
Professor Stephanie Marshall, Chief Executive of the Higher Education Academy, said, “We are delighted to welcome Professor Rama Thirunamachandran as Chair of the Board and thank Professor Don Nutbeam for his invaluable contribution as both member of the Board and more recently as our Chair. Rama takes over at an exciting time for the HEA, particularly with teaching quality so integral to improving the overall student experience, and we are very much looking forward to working with his and the Board’s guidance.”