Thursday 13 November
Dídac Ramírez i Sarrió
Rector, University of Barcelona
Dr Dídac Ramírez i Sarrió has held the Chair in Financial Economics and Accounting at the University of Barcelona (UB) since 1990. He holds PhD degrees in Economics and Business Sciences and in Philosophy and Education Sciences from the UB.
He has held managing posts within the UB (Vice-Dean at the Faculty of Economics and Business Science, Vice-Rector for Economics and Administration, UB delegate at the University School of Hotel Management and Tourism, and Director of the Department of Mathematics for Economics, Finance and Actuarial Sciences as well as outside the UB (treasurer of the FC Barcelona, President of the Catalan Society of Philosophy, a branch of the Institute of Catalan Studies, Member of the Board of Directors and Coordinator of the Auditing, Financial Control and Risks Committee at the Quinta de Salut l’Aliança).
He has combined these management activities with more than 30 years of teaching at the university and with his research as a permanent member of the Royal Academy of Economic and Financial Sciences and principal investigator of the IAFI group, among many other projects.
Chair, EQAF Steering Committee
Dan Derricott is the European Students’ Union representative to the EQAF Steering Committee and during the Barcelona and London Forums (2014 and 2015) will be Chair of the Steering Committee, the first student to take this role. Dan is studying to obtain a Masters degree in public policy & management from the University of York alongside working for the University of Lincoln, developing and delivering strategy on student engagement.
Dan is active as a student reviewer for the Quality Assurance Agency for HE (QAA); the European University Association; the European Network for Quality Assurance and the Finnish Higher Education Evaluation Council. Until recently Dan was also the student member of the QAA UK Board and the founding chair of their national Student Advisory Board.
Plenary Session I
Deputy Chief Executive, Higher Education Academy
Professor Philippa Levy leads strategy and services for the HEA’s support of learning and teaching development and innovation across the disciplines and in interdisciplinary areas. She also has executive responsibility for initiatives relating to the use of digital technologies in learning and teaching, and to working with students as partners.
Phil joined the Academy in 2012 on a seconded basis from the University of Sheffield where she is Professor of Higher Education Development and former Head of the Information School. Previously, she was Director of a national Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
Phil’s research is directed towards informing the development of academic and learning support practice and she has published widely in this field.
Friday 14 November
Plenary Session II
Deputy Managing Director
Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation
Henning Dettleff studied Business Administration, Dutch Studies and Dutch Philology in Oldenburg (Germany), Groningen (Netherlands) and Växjö (Sweden). He graduated in Business Administration both from the University of Oldenburg and Växjö. He started his career in 2004 as Personal Assistant to the President of the University of Oldenburg. From 2008 until 2013 he was responsible for higher education policy at the BDA Confederation of German Employers in Berlin. During that time, he also represented BusinessEurope in various European committees, including the Bologna Follow-Up Group, the European Quality Assurance Register’s General Assembly as well as in Advisory Boards of several EU-funded projects in the field of higher education. Since 2013, Henning has been working for the Swiss-German quality assurance agency Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA), currently as its Deputy Managing Director. He is also a member of the Steering Committee of the Flemish agency VLUHR Quality Assurance.
Student, University of Belgrade
Tijana Isoski is studying Economics, at the department of International Trade at the University of Belgrade, Serbia. After representing Serbia in the Board of the European Students' Union for two years, she has been elected to the ESU Executive Committee for the period 2014/2015. She is working in Quality clusters, where her main areas of work are Student-Centred learning, Quality Assurance and Qualifications Framework. Tijana is also a Content Coordinator for ESU's Peer Assessment of Student-Centred Learning (PASCL) project.
Teacher and Research Fellow
Department of Pedagogy, Rovira i Virgili University
Francesc Esteve is a teacher educator and Research Fellow at the Department of Pedagogy at the Rovira i Virgili University (Tarragona, Spain). Currently, he is Visiting Scholar at ICLON (Graduate School of Teaching), Leiden University (Netherlands).
He graduated in Educational Psychology from Jaume I University and he holds a Master’s degree in Educational Technology from Rovira i Virgili University. He has taught a variety of courses in initial teacher education and pedagogy, ranging from research methodology, quality of education to educational technology.
He is currently a PhD candidate in educational technology at Rovira i Virgili University and member of the Applied Research Group in Education and Technology (ARGET). His research concerns the digital competence of university students and 3D virtual environments.
He collaborates with the UNESCO Chair in Higher Education Management and Policy, and the National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation of Spain (ANECA).
Parallel Plenary Session I
Director, European University Association
Tia Loukkola works at the European University Association (EUA) as Director of the Institutional Development unit, which encompasses various activities with particular focus on providing services and support to EUA’s members. In this context, she has responsibility for all activities related, in particular, to quality assurance and rankings. This includes management of the association’s various projects on these topics and EUA’s Institutional Evaluation Programme, as well as representing EUA in policy discussions. Tia Loukkola is a regular guest speaker in conferences around Europe and beyond.
Before joining EUA in April 2008 she worked at the University of Turku, Finland, for ten years in various capacities both in faculty and central administration.
Fernando Miguel Galán Palomares
Vice-Chairperson of the European Students’ Union (ESU)
Fernando Miguel Galán Palomares (Segovia, Spain) is a medical student at the University of Cantabria (Santander) and also studied for one year at the Università Degli Studi di Bari “Aldo Moro” (Bari, Italy). From the beginning of his university education, he has held various positions as a student representative, currently serving as a Vice-Chairperson of the European Students’ Union (ESU).
Galán Palomares has been a student representative at his university for the National Council of Medical Students (CEEM) and at the Spanish Students’ Union. He has been a member of the Faculty of Medicine Board, the Council of the Medical and Surgical Sciences Department and the University Senate, along with other bodies within his university.
Galán Palomares’s work as a student representative has been mostly focused on academic affairs issues, such as the student-centred approach, eLearning, quality assurance, information and transparency tools (including rankings). Moreover, he has participated in several EU projectsand publications on related topics. He has worked on drafting the Internal Quality Assurance System of his university and has collaborated with several Spanish and European quality assurance agencies and universities.
Honorary Secretary-General, EURASHE
Stefan Delplace is an educationalist, specialised in higher education policies and their interaction with civil society. Stefan studied Commercial Sciences (BA), German languages (MA) and Law (certificate). He has a degree in Linguistics from the University of Gent, Belgium, and has acquired wide experience in working in international and intercultural environments.
Stefan was the Secretary General of EURASHE from 2004 to 2014, and during this period he represented EURASHE in in the Bologna Follow-Up Group and several of its working and coordination groups. In 2014 he was elected as member of the Bureau of the Steering Committee for Educational Policy and Practice at the Council of Europe.
Stefan has wide experience in quality assurance and accreditation issues, as a EURASHE delegate in the E4 Group (with ENQA, EUA, ESU). In this capacity he contributed to the elaboration and revision of the ESG for QA, and was also a member of the Executive Board of EQAR, the European Register for Quality Assurance Agencies, from 2012-2014.
Member of the Board, NVAO
Lucien Bollaert has been a member of the Board of NVAO (Nederlands-Vlaamse Accreditatieorganisatie) since 2009. Since 2012 he has also been a member of the Board of the European Consortium for Accreditation (ECA). He was a member of the E4 Group, working on the the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG) and setting up the European Quality Assurance Register (EQAR). Since then he has been Vice-Chair of the EQAR’s Register Committee. He was also founder-member of the EQAF Steering Committee and held the positions of Education & Research Officer and acting Vice-Chancellor of the University College of West Flanders. When the college merged with Ghent University in 2003 he became chairman of the Expert Commission on Quality Assurance, member of the Commission on Education and member of the General Assembly of that association. He was a Flemish Bologna Expert dealing with quality assurance, quality culture and learning outcomes for five years. Lucien holds degrees in Germanic philology (Ghent University) and in creative sociology (Berkeley University).
Vice-chairperson, European Students’ Union
Erin Nordal is a student of the University of Oslo’s Master’s Programme in Higher Education. She has been an active student representative throughout her education on both the local, national and international level, working with issues of quality in higher education, as well as internationalisation and mobility. Currently, she is a member of the European Students’ Union’s (ESU) Executive Committee.
Through her position in ESU, she is also the content coordinator of a Lifelong Learning project, called Peer Assessment of Student-Centred Learning (PASCL). The project aims at assisting higher education institutions in the implementation of student-centred learning policies and strategies. PASCL awards a “student-centredness” label to those institutions that fulfil a set of criteria.
Member, Steering Committee for the ESU Student Experts' Pool on Quality Assurance
European Students’ Union
Asnate Kažoka is studying at the Faculty of Information Technology and Computer Science at Riga Technical University.
She is a member of the Steering Committee for the ESU Student Experts’ Pool on Quality Assurance (ESU QA Pool). Asnate Kažoka was Academic Affairs Officer for the Student Union of Latvia from 2010 to 2012. She is a member of the national Bologna experts’ team in Latvia and student representative in the Executive Board for the Higher Education Quality Evaluation Centre (HEQEC).
Kažoka has been involved in quality assurance procedures and in higher education policy development processes at the institutional, national and European level since 2010.
Parallel Plenary Session II
Director of the Higher Education Policy Research Unit at the Dublin Institute of Technology and Policy Adviser to the Higher Education Authority
Professor Ellen Hazelkorn holds a joint appointment as Director of the Higher Education Policy Research Unit (HEPRU) at the Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland), and Policy Adviser to the Higher Education Authority (HEA). She is also President of EAIR (European Higher Education Society) and Chairperson of the EU Expert Group on Science Education (2014). Ellen has held positions as Vice-President of Research and Enterprise, Dean of the Graduate Research School (2008-2014), and Vice-President and Founding Dean of the Faculty of Applied Arts at the Dublin Institute of Technology (1995-2008). Professor Hazelkorn works as a consultant and specialist with international organisations and universities, and has been a member of governmental and international review teams and boards. She regularly undertakes higher education strategic evaluations and peer review assessments for European and national research/scientific councils and universities. Ellen is a member of various editorial advisory boards. She was awarded a BA and PhD from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and the University of Kent, UK, respectively. She authored Developing Research in New Institutions (OECD, 2005), and Rankings and the Reshaping of Higher Education: The Battle for World-Class Excellence (Palgrave 2011). She is a regular contributor to the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Worldwise blog.
Managing Director, EADTU
George Ubachs, has been the Managing Director of the European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU) since 2008, and was previously Manager of Academic Services from 2002. EADTU is the representative organisation of both the European open and distance learning universities and of the national consortia of higher education institutions active in the field of online, open and flexible higher education. As the CEO of EADTU, George Ubachs is responsible for all aspects of the operations of the association, including policy development, particularly in the areas of open, online and flexible education. He also coordinates the E-xcellence movement on quality assurance in online education and initiates innovation programmes within European networks.
Before joining EADTU, George Ubachs worked on various European projects in the public and private sector in the field of regional economic development and social improvement. He coordinated projects under several European Programmes. Further, he was coordinator of the European Network of E2C-Europe (Cities for Second Chance Schools). George Ubachs graduated from the State University of Leiden and Erasmus University Rotterdam in Public Administration with a specialisation in European Integration.
Anthony F. Camilleri
Quality Services Manager, EFQUEL
Anthony F. Camilleri is Quality Services Manager at EFQUEL, the European Foundation for Quality in e-Learning. As part of his portfolio he manages a set of quality certifications for e-learning, including UNIQUe for HEIs and ECBCheck for programmes. He has been investigating the linkages between higher education, innovation, quality and open education for the last three years, and in particular has been involved with the Open Education Quality Initiative – OPAL and the OERTest Initiative, where he proposed a learning passport model for recognition of credit gained through open learning.
Mr. Camilleri has also been active as a QA Reviewer in a number of countries, and has trained QA reviewers in communication skills across the continent.
Head of Department Audit & Consulting
Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria
Dietlinde Kastelliz has been working at the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria and one of its predecessor organisations since 2010. She is head of the department audit and consulting at AQ Austria. Previously she worked at the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and for the Austrian Ministry of Education, Science and Culture. Further, Dietlinde held positions as international relations officer at the University of Graz and as teacher at universities in Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan.
Programme Manager, German Accreditation Council
Friederike Leetz has been working as a Programme Manager at the German Accreditation Council since 2010. She is responsible for the Council’s monitoring activities and concerned with the implementation of the so-called “system accreditation”. Prior to that she had been working for the Accreditation, Certification and Quality Assurance Institute (ACQUIN) and was a programme manager at the Department of Economics and Business Engineering, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). She studied German Philology, Business Administration and History at the Universities of Potsdam and Bayreuth.
Saturday 15 November
Plenary Session III
Research Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
Dr Cristóbal Cobo is a research fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, where he coordinates research on innovation, open knowledge initiatives and the future of learning research projects. Currently he works on Internet Science and the OportUnidad project (funded by the European Commission). He has been a Professor and Director of Communication and New Technologies at the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences, Mexico. He has served as external evaluator for the Inter-American Development Bank; the National Science Foundation and MIT Press (US), the International Labour Organisation (UN), and the International Development Research Centre (Canada). Dr Cobo currently serves on the board of the Global Open Educational Resource (OER) Graduate Network. He has a PhD in Communication Sciences from the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
Co-author of the book “Invisible Learning”, he has been a speaker in more than 25 countries (+ 2 TEDs).