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Queen Mary Academy

Keynote speaker


The Value of Teaching Recognition in Building a Culture of Educational Excellence

Our keynote speaker for Thursday 11 March 12pm is Professor Helen E Higson OBE DL, Provost and Deputy Vice Chancellor at Aston University

Helen Higson completed her first degree in English Literature from Newnham College, followed by an MA with the Open University and a PhD at Birkbeck College.  Until 1st March 2021 Helen was Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Aston University. 

She is Professor of Higher Education Learning and Management in Aston Business School, a Principal Fellow of Advance HE, and a National Teaching Fellow. Helen has been Deputy Chair of the TEF Subject Main panel, and is on the Board of Advance HE. Her current research includes intercultural training, employability competencies and closing the degree attainment gap. 

Helen was awarded the OBE in 2011 for services to Higher Education and was recently appointed as Vice Lord-Lieutenant for the West Midlands.