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KU Leuven, Belgium
Rolf Hughes is Professor of Epistemology of Design-led Research at the Department of Architecture, KU Leuven, and mandate holder for developing interdisciplinary initiatives between art and architecture at KU Leuven. Hughes is at the forefront of developments in artistic research, having been an expert advisor to the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet), a member of its Artistic Research Committee, and twice elected Vice-President of the international Society for Artistic Research. In 2021, he became a member of the Emerging Bio-Age expert group (part of the Sustainability Accelerator at The Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, UK), and has contributed to interdisciplinary workshops held by the European Innovation Council.
Since completing the first PhD in Creative and Critical Writing, funded by the British Academy, in the UK (1994), his interdisciplinary research and teaching explore «regenerative» interactions between design, architecture, the arts, philosophy and anthropology to create a theatre of knowledge in which ‘unspeakable’ dialogues facilitate interdisciplinary exchanges to create new (post-anthropocentric, more-than-human) research models, artefacts, expositions and performances. With the Experimental Architecture Group, this work has been presented at such venues as the Venice Art and Architecture Biennales (2016, 2017, 2019), the Palais de Tokyo in Paris (2016), as well as globally via Digital Futures (2020) and Digital Inclusivity (2021). His most recent book, co-authored with Rachel Armstrong, is The Art of Experiment: Post-pandemic Knowledge Practices for 21st Century Architecture and Design (Routledge, 2021). Hughes has in-depth knowledge of the Norwegian Centres for Excellence in Education scheme from his work as a member of the expert panel for the mid-term evaluation of four Centres in 2020.
Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands
Didi Griffioen is professor and head of department of Higher Education, Research, and Innovation at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. Griffioen is a Comenius Leadership Fellow granted by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, and one of the 1000 international Principal Fellow of the British Higher Education Academy. She is a leading international scholar in the transformation of higher education, with a focus on connections between education, teaching and professional practice. She is the former chair of the higher education special interest group of the Netherlands Educational Research Association (VOR-HO), and a former member of the governing council of the British Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE). She has been published nationally and internationally for professional and scientific audiences. Her upcoming book is: The desire to create change in higher education; the Amsterdam path to the research-teaching nexus, to be published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2022.
University of Kent, UK
Professor Richard Reece is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Molecular Biology at University of Kent in the UK. He is formerly the Associate Vice-President for Teaching, Learning and Students at the University of Manchester. Richard has a PhD from the University of Leicester and worked as a postdoc at Harvard University for five years. In the UK, he has worked in research and teaching on molecular biology, biochemistry, biotechnology and genetics and, in his institutional role, he is responsible for identifying and developing teaching and learning excellence in a variety of different guises in a wide range of disciplines. In association with the Royal Society of Biology (RSB), Richard established, piloted and rolled-out the accreditation programme for biology degrees. This accreditation, the first of its kind, recognises and rewards degree programmes that offer a significant and meaningful research experience to students in addition to their theoretical training. To date, over half of the UK HEIs that offer biosciences degrees have at least one form of accreditation. He has also developed accreditation schemes internationally, and been involved with evaluation of both subjects and institutions in the UK and across the world. In Norway, Richard was a member of the expert panel for the SFU mid-term assessment of bioCEED, CEMPE and MatRIC in 2017, a member of the expert panel evaluating the applications for new SFUs in 2019 and chaired the panel for the mid-term assessment of CCSE, CEFIMA, Excited and Engage in 2020.
Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU), Austria
Dr. Oliver Vettori is Dean for Accreditation and Quality Management as well as the Director of the Department for Program Management and Teaching & Learning Support at WU. As such he holds responsibility for WU’s international accreditations and manages WU’s program portfolio and central teaching and learning policies and processes. He has been working as an expert in the area of quality assurance and higher education development for more than a decade in more than 50 different countries, including work for EUA, ENQA, ESU, UNESCO, EU-SHARE and various international higher education agencies and higher education institutions. Oliver Vettori has been teaching courses on public management, research methodology, organizational behavior and evaluation theory. As a research associate at the Institute for Organization Studies he has authored dozens of publications in the area of organization theory and organization culture, quality assurance, teaching & learning and curriculum development. Dr. Vettori has been involved in a variety of European projects (e.g. ERASMUS+, HORIZON2020) and is currently coordinating the teaching and learning activities of the ENGAGE.EU European University alliance.
Student representative, The National Union of Students in Norway
Martine Jordana Baarholm is appointed to the expert panel as a student representative by the National Union of Students in Norway (NSO). Baarholm holds a bachelor's degree in Comparative Politics from the University in Bergen (UiB) and is currently completing a master's degree in Administration and Organisation Theory from the same institution. Baarholm has considerable experience from key positions of trust in several committees at her university, including the Central Appeals Board and Central Electoral Board. Baarholm has previously held the position as Deputy Chair of the Student Parliament at UiB and have been the subject specialist for education and research. This spring she is also appointed as an expert at the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT).