The UK Standing Committee for Quality Assessment draws on expertise from across the higher education sector.

The Committee includes the UK higher education funding bodies, regulators, sector body representatives, academics and students.

The current constitution of the Committee is:


Professor Nic Beech, Vice-Chancellor, Middlesex University

Deputy Chair

Professor Clare Peddie, Vice Principal Education (Proctor), University of St Andrews


Tom Rowe, Universities UK

Association of Colleges (AoC) representative

Dr Arti Saraswat, Senior Policy Manager HE, AoC

GuildHE representative

Alex Bols, Deputy Chief Executive, GuildHE

Universities UK representative

Dr Charlotte Snelling, UUK

Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) representative

currently vacant

Committee of University Chairs (CUC) representative

John Rushforth, Executive Secretary, CUC

Department for the Economy Northern Ireland (DfENI) representative

David Rooney, DfENI

(Alternate:  Trevor Cooper, DfENI)

Office for Students (OfS) representative

Nicholas Holland, Competition and Registration Manager, OfS

(Alternate:  Jean Arnold, Head of Competition and Market Entry, OfS)

Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) representative

Dr Cliona O’Neill, Head of Student Experience, HEFCW

Independent Higher Education (Independent HE) representative

Alexander Proudfoot, Chief Executive, Independent HE

Scottish Funding Council (SFC) representative

Kathryn O’Loan, Assistant Director (Teaching & Quality), SFC

National Union of Students (NUS) representative

Hillary Gyebi-Ababio, Vice-President (Higher Education), NUS

Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA) representative

Ben Elger, Chief Executive, OIA

Professional Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) member

currently vacant

Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) representative

Vicki Stott, Executive Director of Operations, QAA

Sector member

Professor Claire Taylor, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Wrexham Glyndwr University

Sector member

Professor David S Jones, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Education and Students, Queen’s University Belfast

Sector member

Charlotte Gorse, London School Director, Istituto Marangoni

Sector member (shared membership)

Professor Amanda Chetwynd, Provost, Student Experience, Colleges and the Library, University of Lancaster

Professor Mary Bishop, Strategic Education Consultant and NED

Sector member

Steve Denton, Chief Operating Officer and Registrar, Nottingham Trent University

Sector member

Jon Renyard, University Secretary, Arts University Bournemouth

Student member

Ondrej Kucerák, Aberdeen University Students’ Association

Student member

Sam Maesschalck, Lancaster University Students’ Union

Logos of the members of the UKSCQA