Colin Bryson – Chair
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.
Phil Mooney – Vice Chair (acting)
(Canterbury Christ Church)
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.
Claire Hamshire – Conference Coordinator
(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.
Tom Lowe – Secretary (acting)
(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.
Amarpreet Kaur – SIG Coordinator
(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.
Deena Ingham – Committee Member
Student engagement has been a focus of my practice as a student, a disciplinary academic, and now as an academic developer. The engagement of students has been essential to developing excitement, raising standards and quality in my practice. My research concerns the legacy of degrees from the perspective of graduates – drawing on student and graduate engagement to improve higher education.
Linford Butler – Student Committee Member
Linford is a performer and theatre-maker currently pursuing an MA in Contemporary British Theatre and an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He also works at Lincoln to improve student experience through digital education practice.
He has been a Student Committee Member of RAISE since July 2016 and is keenly involved in student engagement practice.
Stella Bosun-Arije – Student Committee Member
(University of Sunderland)
Stella is currently a second year doctoral student in Nursing and as part of her student engagement interest, is prepared to promote student engagement activities both at regional and international levels.
She has previously served as President of a Student Union, and was a Student Representative during her previous degrees. In her roles as a Student Representative she contributed to student engagement through advocating student voice.