Academic Council

Independent members

Vice-Chancellor

Ex-officio members

Co-opted members

Staff representatives

Secretary


Independent members

Dr David Holmes

David Holmes is the chairman of BPP’s Academic Council. He is also a consultant to Oxford University and has advised Saxton Bampfylde, KPMG and a wide range of UK universities as well as the Hong Kong University Grants Committee. He was Registrar and Chief Operating Officer of the University of Birmingham from 1988 to 1998 and of the University of Oxford from 1998 to 2006, as well as a professorial fellow of St John's College, Oxford. He retired from these last two posts in April 2006 but remains an Honorary Fellow of Merton College, Oxford, where he took his first degree in Literae Humaniores, and where he chairs the College’s Remuneration Committee. He was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Civil Law by Oxford in 2006.

He was Chairman of the UK Organising Committee for International Meetings of University Administrators from 1999 to 2003, and has served on numerous HEFCE, UUK and other committees, including sub-committees of the Dearing Review of Higher Education and the Higher Education Regulatory Review Group, which reported in 2006. He served as a lay member of the Council of the University of Warwick from 2006 to 2009 and as Chairman of the Governors of the King Edward’s independent schools in Birmingham from 2006 to 2014.

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Professor Ian Davidson

Professor Ian Davidson MA(Oxon) PhD FCA FCMA is an independent member of Academic Council. In 2014 he was appointed an Emeritus Professor of the University of Sussex, where from 2008-2013 he was the inaugural Head of the School of Business, Management and Economics, and Professor of Accounting and Finance. Prior to that he was Professor of Accounting and Finance and Director of the Business School at Loughborough University; Professor of Financial Management, Associate Dean and Academic Director of the MBA programmes at Warwick University Business School (WBS), and the inaugural Boots Professor of Accounting and Finance at the University of Nottingham. He has also held faculty positions at Bristol University and Denver University in the USA and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. In 2008 he was the external panel member for the 5-year review of programmes at the Judge Business School Cambridge, and has been an external examiner for masters level programmes at most of the top UK business schools including Cambridge, Cranfield (as chief external), Lancaster, London Business School and Manchester Business School. He also served for a number of years as a vice-chairman of the Board of Accreditation of Educational Courses (BAEC) reviewing business programmes in British and Irish Universities and was for a number of years the European director of the US based MBA Roundtable (MBAR), which plays an important role in coordinating the development of MBA programmes .Ian qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse in London and as a Chartered Management Accountant with a division of Westinghouse Electric. He has served for 4 years as a member of Council of the ICAEW with a number of responsibilities, including chairing the ethics committee and membership of the Technical Panel, and has held board positions at a number of small companies. He has written many academic papers in top academic journals on areas including takeovers, financial markets and accounting systems and published a number of books, the most recent being the post-graduate level text ‘Principles of Equity Valuation’. Ian is also a qualified private pilot with instrument and night flying ratings.

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Professor Peter Delves

Peter is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Infection and Immunity at UCL (University College London). He was formerly Pro-Provost (Europe and Central Asia) for UCL, and Vice-Dean (Education) for the Faculty of Medical Sciences. He has published over 160 scientific articles and is a member of the scientific editorial team for the 32-volume Encyclopedia of Life Sciences. His teaching has received numerous awards for excellence and innovation. Professor Delves' textbooks, which have been translated into several languages, are used worldwide and he has delivered lectures to scientists and students in many countries across the globe.

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Dr Jonathan Nicholls

Dr Jonathan Nicholls is currently Director of Strategy and Policy Advice (Education) for the law firm Shakespeare Martineau LLP. He was appointed as an independent member of the Council of the University of Sheffield from 1 August 2017. From October 2007 to January 2017 he was the Registrary at the University of Cambridge. Prior to that he was the Registrar and Secretary for the University of Birmingham, a post to which he was appointed after spending much of his career at the University of Warwick where he was also Registrar. Jonathan was elected as the Deputy Chair and then Chair of the Association of Heads of University Administration between 2007 and 2016, and has also served on a range of national and regional bodies, including in the fields of pay, pensions, health (where he has been a non-executive director of a NHS Trust and governor of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for nine years), schools, and leadership development and strategy. Prior to his career in higher education, Jonathan was a graduate of Bristol University, completed a PhD in medieval English at Cambridge, and spent time at Harvard as a Herchel Smith Scholar.

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Professor Richard Taylor

Professor Richard Taylor studied Law at Oxford University and the London School of Economics and qualified for the Bar before joining the Law School at the University of Central Lancashire where he was Head of the Lancashire Law School for 14 years and, more recently, its Director of Research. He is the founding contributor, since 1991, of a number of chapters on substantive criminal law to Blackstone's Criminal Practice (published annually by OUP), his ongoing work has been cited with approval on a number of occasions in the Court of Appeal in decisions that have made new law. Richard is also the co-author (with his son) of Contract Law Directions, a student text published by OUP currently in its 6th edition and he also sits part-time as a first tier Tribunal Judge.

He was a member of the UK Funding Councils’ Law Panel for the 1996 and 2001 Research Assessment Exercises and has also served on a wide range of other legal and educational bodies including spells as Chair of the Legal Education Committee, and then as Honorary Secretary of the Society of Legal Scholars, which is the Learned Society for University Lawyers in the UK and Ireland. In September 2016, Richard was elected to be Vice President of the Society for 2017-18, and thereafter President for 2018-19.

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Vice Chancellor

Professor Tim Stewart

Tim started his career with the Unilever group in 1993 joining BPP as a tutor in 1997. Tim has worked in a wide variety of BPP roles including Managing Director of BPP Poland and BPP Luton/Milton Keynes, Head of Accountancy and Tax programmes, Dean of Learning and Teaching and Dean of BPP University Business School. He is now Vice-Chancellor of BPP University.

Tim gained a 1st class undergraduate degree from Oxford University, an MSc in Financial Management and is a CIMA qualified management accountant.

Outside work Tim maintains a keen interest in supporting British athletics and in teaching chess to children.

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Ex-officio members

Professor Chris Maguire

Chris Maguire is Dean of Academic Affairs and Proctor at BPP University. Chris was appointed to BPP in 2005 to facilitate the achievement of degree awarding powers and University title. Reporting to the Vice-Chancellor he is responsible for governance, quality and the Secretariat. He is a member of the University’s Academic Council and the Board of Directors and chairs a number of internal committees including the Education and Training Committee. Prior to BPP Chris worked for a number of universities, non-governmental and professional bodies.

Chris is a member of HEFCE’s QARSAC Board, a QAA reviewer, and has held a number of other external appointments, including: Chair of the Association of Law Teachers, Chair of the Lithuanian SPCK Review of Degrees in Creative Industries, consultant panel member to the Albanian Higher Education Quality Assurance Agency, British Council consultant on legal education to the Cypriot Government, World Bank consultant to the Nigerian Council of Legal Education, Chair of the UKCLE funded Phineas Gage Group on Neuroscience, member of the European Union Stage Experts Committee and member of the advisory committees for the UK Centre for Legal Education.

Chris is a member of the Association of Heads of University Administration, the Association of Law Teachers and of the Society for Research into Higher Education. Chris’s research interests centre on professional education, policy formation and enactment and the Affective Domain in Higher education. His latest publication is ‘Of tribes and territories – an employer and regulator perspective on re-thinking legal education’ in Rethinking Legal Education Under the Civil and Common Law edited by Richard Grimes (Routledge 2017).

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Andrew Chadwick

Andrew is a solicitor and is currently Dean of the Law School at BPP. He joined the university in 2012 as Deputy Dean and has worked in legal education for 19 years prior to this. During his career he has undertaken roles which have given him experience in all aspects of the Law School’s business from teaching, programme design, client relationship management and student support as well as operational and strategic management. Andrew enjoys professional relationships with many of BPP’s exclusive firms.

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Sarah McIlroy

Sarah qualified as a management accountant with Reuters and also trained as a secondary school teacher. She joined BPP Professional Education 20 years ago as a tutor and, during her time there, took on a number of roles including programme manager for ACCA and Head of Tutor Training. She also worked part time for several years whilst bringing up her children.

In 2010, Sarah joined BPP University Business School to launch the BSc programmes and her most significant innovations include the Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Education and the Graduate Diploma in Accounting designed for KPMG. She has launched a number of apprenticeship programmes in the Business School including 2 degree apprenticeships and is currently developing a proposition for Masters level apprenticeship programmes in Technology and Management. Sarah was Deputy Dean of the Business School from 2015 before being appointed Dean in 2017.

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Juliette Wagner

Juliette started her career as a Barrister in 1995. She has been teaching in the legal industry for 21 years and has held a number of senior academic roles within the Higher Education sector. She came to work at BPP University in 2005 teaching on the Bar Vocational Course and in 2013 Juliette joined the Learning & Teaching Team as the Deputy Dean Learning & Teaching where she managed both the Learning & Teaching Team and The Inclusion & Learning Support Team. In 2017 Juliette was appointed as the Dean of Learning & Teaching, leading the Learning & Teaching Team, Inclusion and Learning Support, Library and Information Services, the Careers Service, English language provision and the PGCE Programme. She is completing a Doctorate of Education with University of Liverpool with particular expertise around retention and widening participation. She is an accredited Higher Education Retention expert and education consultant specializing in innovative Higher Education best practice. Juliette is a Principal fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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Co-opted members

Professor Martyn Jones

Professor Martyn Jones is the Deputy Chancellor of the University and was previously Chairman of the Academic Council 2008-2013. He is currently the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Kingston University having previously held the appointment of Pro Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Support.

 

He is a member of the International Accreditation Advisory Board for the Association of MBAs. Academic appointments have been as Dean of the Business School at the University of Kent and at the Royal Military College of Science and at Cranfield School of Management, where he was Director of the MBA. Prior to this he was a Colonel in the Army.

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James Brown

In September 2016 James was appointed President of the Students' Association. Working with the University and the rest of the Students’ Association the President’s role is to represent the student body and assist in improving the overall student experience. James is a recent graduate of BPP University’s LLB (Hons) programme, and was previously Centre President for BPP University in Leeds. James is also a part-time student on the LPC programme at BPP University Leeds, upon completion of his tenure as President he intends to practice as a solicitor.

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Staff representatives

Professor Lynne Gell

Lynne took up her position on Academic Council on the 30th November 2016. She has professional qualifications as a Registered Nurse and Nurse Tutor, she received a BSc (Hons) in Social Studies (1992), a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (1994) and an MA in Education (1997) and is currently the Director of Nursing and Healthcare Education within the School of Health at BPP University. Lynne joined BPP in August 2011 and has been afforded the opportunity to sit on a number of committees including the Education and Training Committee, Published Information Governance Group, Learning Teaching Assessment and Enhancement Committee and the National Student Survey. A strong advocate of partnership and inter-professional working and learning, Lynne has been instrumental in developing the faculty’s national and international portfolio across a range of health and social care disciplines from levels 3 - 7. Lynne successfully completed her portfolio and was awarded a Professorship in October 2014, Principal Fellow with the Higher Education Academy in September 2015 and was appointed as a Reviewer for the National Teaching Fellowship Awards in 2016.

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Secretary

Dr Boryana Peevska-Cutting

Dr Boryana Peevska-Cutting is Deputy Dean of Academic Affairs at BPP University, with University-wide responsibility for quality assurance, academic regulations, programme approval, institutional review, published information and the committee secretariat.

Formerly an Assistant Professor in Cultural Studies at Sofia University 'St Kliment Ohridski' (Bulgaria), Boryana proceeded to fulfil a range of teaching and senior management roles in professional and higher education in the United Kingdom. While living and working in Suffolk, Boryana was listed as one of the 100 most influential people in the county in 2010.

Boryana is a Quality Assurance Agency Reviewer, a member of the Association of Heads of University Administration, and a member of the Bulgarian Union of Journalists. Dr Peevska-Cutting holds a doctorate from King’s College, London, specialising in higher education policy.

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