Colin Bryson - Chair

Colin Bryson – Chair

(Newcastle University)

Colin co-founded RAISE. About 12 years ago he had a revelation, that student engagement was the most important issue in Higher Education. Since then he has put that at the forefront of everything he does, in practice and in scholarship. Letting go and becoming a learning colleague instead of a teacher has enabled him to work in partnership with fantastic students, graduates and colleagues – which has been more fulfilling that he could possibly have imagined. He continues to do that in the role of Director of the Combined Honours Centre at Newcastle.

Tom Lowe - Communications Officer

Tom Lowe – Secretary

(University of Winchester)

Tom has served on the RAISE committee since 2015, first as a Student Committee Member and then as Communication Officer. In his professional role Tom is the project manager of the HEFCE funded REACT project, where he facilitates collaborative development between 16 UK HEIs around Student Engagement Development. Previously, Tom was Vice President, Education at Winchester Student Union where he gained a passion for student engagement.

Claire Hamshire - Vice-Chair

Claire Hamshire – Vice Chair

(Manchester Metropolitan University)

Claire has been involved with the RAISE network since 2011 and has been Vice-Chair since elections at the 2012 conference in Southampton. She is the Head of Education in the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care at Manchester Metropolitan University. This role combines faculty teaching with a cross institutional contribution to technology innovation. Claire is passionate about enhancing student engagement and her research interests include learning transitions, games-based learning and narratives; she was awarded a Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellowship in 2012.

Colin Bryson - Chair

Jill LeBihan – Conference Coordinator

(Sheffield Hallam University)

Jill is Head of Student Engagement at Sheffield Hallam University, where she focuses on supporting work with students on representation, module co-creation and design, and extra-curricular reward and recognition.

Jill’s academic background is in English Literature and Women’s Studies, where she has considerable experience as a lecturer and academic leader, with skills in curriculum and programme design. Her publications focus on critical theory and women’s writing. She also has an active interest in teaching innovation and the use of digital technology to support academic delivery in creative ways.

Jill is currently leading a HEFCE Catalyst-funded project on promoting ethical student behaviours, and is co-leading a LFHE-funded project on the use and abuse of the student voice.

Colin Bryson - Chair

Catherine Hayes – Ordinary Committee Member/ Postgraduate & Professional Practice SIG Convenor

(University of Sunderland and University of Cumbria)

Catherine is reader in Pedagogic Practice (University of Sunderland) and Visiting Professor of Higher Education Pedagogic Practice (University of Cumbria) and is qualified in podiatry and a founding Fellow of the Faculty of Podiatric Medicine (Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow) and a Fellow of the College of Podiatry and General Practice (London).

As well as undertaking pedagogic research, evaluation and supervising doctoral and MSc students, Catherine has published widely on qualitative research methodologies and the development of professional practice in health. She has an active interest in transcending disciplinary between science and arts as signature pedagogies and is currently working with colleagues on a monograph title ‘Beyond Disciplinarity in Social Science’.


Jenny Marie – SIG co-ordinator

(University College London)

Jenny Marie directs UCL ChangeMakers, which is UCL’s flagship student engagement initiative. Through this staff and students are supported to work in partnership to enhance the learning experience at UCL, particularly in ways that align to UCL’s Connected Curriculum initiative.

Jenny supports UCL’s Engineering faculty and has been tracking how the introduction of its Integrated Engineering Programme has affected student engagement with the curriculum. She is also interested in assessment and feedback and is currently leading the evaluation strand of UCL’s Assessment Review.

Amarpreet Kau - SIG Convenor

Amarpreet Kaur – Student committee member

(University of Cambridge)

Amarpreet is currently a Masters student studying the Sociology of Reproduction. Her additional research interests include student engagement and creative learning in higher education.

In her role as the Special Interest Group’s (SIGs) Coordinator she oversees most of the events run by RAISE throughout the year outside of the annual conference.

Phil Mooney - Treasurer(acting)

Phil Mooney – Ordinary committee member

(Canterbury Christ Church University)

Phil Mooney is the Student Engagement Officer at Canterbury Christ Church University. A former President of the Student’s Union he now leads the award-winning Partners in Learning initiative at the University. Phil is widely involved in Student Engagement research and practice across the sector, with a particular focus on student/staff partnerships. He is a founding member of the RAISE Partnership Special Interest Group and is currently serving as acting Vice Chair.

Rachel Forsythe – Journal Editor

(Manchester Metropolitan University)

Rachel Forsyth is Editor-in-Chief of the RAISE network journal, the Student Experience in Higher Education Journal and Associate Head of the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching  at Manchester Metropolitan University. As journal editor, she hopes to encourage new authors, or authors new to writing about education, to get involved in scholarly activity around student engagement. In her own practice, she is particularly interested in student engagement in curriculum development and assessment.

Ella Dyer – RAISE Administrator

(Newcastle University)

Ella’s interest in student engagement has grown over a number of years. She was a Student Representative and advocate of the student voice during her undergraduate degree at Sheffield Hallam University. More recently, student engagement was at the core of Ella’s Learning and Teaching Assistant role at Newcastle University.

Ella is in now in her first year of a 1+3 PhD studentship at the Institute of Health and Society, with a specific interest in improving the care in pregnancy after reproductive loss in women with diabetes.

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