Nona McDuff is the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Students and Teaching at Solent University, Southampton. She was awarded an OBE for her services to higher education and is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Nona is currently a member of the Advance HE Peer Review Quality Committee and of the UUK’s Racial Harassment Advisory Group. She has been a panel member of the Teaching Excellence Framework and a member of the ministerial Social Mobility Advisory Group which has prioritised the challenges and barriers students face in Higher Education. As the chair of the Higher Education Race Action Group (HERAG) with over 400 members. Nona was invited to address the All Party Parliamentary Group on Higher Education on diversity in academia where she challenged the ministers to take active steps to promote social justice through education.
Nona’s work on the BAME awarding gap and the Inclusive Curriculum Framework has gained sector interest, and was awarded the Guardian Teaching Excellence award (2017) and has been disseminated across five other institutions as part of the OfS catalyst programme on student success. Nona’s research interests include inclusive curricula and differential attainment and she is regularly invited to speak on race, disability and widening participation nationally and internationally.