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Expert panel 2016

An international expert panel is currently assessing the applications. The panel consists of the following members:

  • Professor Stephanie Marshall, Higher Education Academy, United Kingdom (Chair)
  • Student Christine Alveberg, NSO, University of Agder (UiA)
  • Professor Peter Dieter, Gustav Carus Medical School, Dresden University of Technology, Germany
  • Professor and Head of Development, Astrid Elbek, The Royal Academy of Music, Denmark
  • Professor and Pro-Vice Chancellor Duncan Lawson, Newman University, United Kingdom
  • Professor and Pro-Vice Chancellor Philippa Levy, University of Adelaide, Australia

Professor Stephanie Marshall, Higher Education Academy, United Kingdom (Chair)

Bilde: Stephanie MarshallProfessor Stephanie Marshall is Professor of Higher Education at the University of Manchester and the Chief Executive Officer of the British Higher Education Academy (HEA). HEA is a national body stimulating educational quality. Professor Marshall served as a panel member in the expert committee assessing the applications for Germany’s Excellencz Initiativ.

Prior to her engagement in HEA, Professor Marshall has worked extensively with rewarding and recognition of education, as well as educational leadership. She was formerly a Provost of the University of York and ran the Centre for Leadership and Management. As a researcher and teaching academic at this university, she developed the university’s first development programme for academic staff – the York Certificate of Academic Practice. Marshall has also been Director of Programmes with the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (LFHE), where she developed the organisation’s leadership activities from a single programme, led the Governor Development Programme, and developed the LFHE’s Professional Recognition Scheme.

She is co-editor of "A Handbook for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education" and author of "A Handbook for Leaders in Higher Education; Transforming Teaching and Learning".


Student Christine Alveberg, NSO, University of Agder (UiA)

Bilde: Christine AlvebergChristine Alveberg is appointed to the assessment panel by the National Union of Students in Norway (NSO). She is a bachelor student in political science at the University of Agder (UiA).

Alveberg commenced her studies in 2012, and has since then acquired substantial experience both as a student representative and as a student politician. Today, she serves as a member on the university board of UiA and in NSO’s central executive committee. She has also been an elective representative at national level through the Norwegian Association of Higher Education Institutions. She has led the student organisation Politicus at UiA, in addition to other positions at faculty and institutional level.


Professor Peter Dieter, Gustav Carus Medical School, Dresden University of Technology, Germany

Bilde: Peter DieterPeter Dieter is professor in Biochemistry at the Carl Gustav Carus Medical School, Dresden University of Technology, Germany, where he was dean of education for almost ten years. He is the President of the Association of Medical Schools in Europe (AMSE).

Professor Dieter is executive board member on several boards of German associations of higher medical education. He has also served as executive board member in AMEE, an international association for medical education. He has been the vice-president of the German Society of Education. In 2010, Peter Dieter was honoured with the Ars Legendi Award for excellent teaching in higher medical education. He has broad international experience, especially from Asia and Australia, where he has worked with curricular reforms, new foundations and accreditation of medical schools, as well as facilitation of exchange programmes.


Professor and Head of Development, Astrid Elbek, The Royal Academy of Music, Denmark

Bilde: Astrid ElbekAstrid Elbek is the Head of Development at The Royal Academy of Music, Denmark. With her background as a rhythmical musician and composer, professor Elbek was a key in establishing the rhythmic music education at the academy.

She has been part of many expert committees in Denmark, among them Statens Musikråd (The Danish Government’s Music Council). She also has extensive international experience, including from the Association Européenne des Conservatoires (AEC). She has been part of several international accreditation and evaluation processes within different artistic disciplines, such as music and dance.


Professor and Pro-Vice Chancellor Duncan Lawson, Newman University, United Kingdom

Bilde: Duncan LawsonProfessor Duncan Lawson is the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Formative Education at Newman University, Birmingham. Lawson chaired both the international expert panel that assessed the applications for SFU status in 2013 and the panel conducting the mid-term evaluation of Norway’s first Centre for Excellence, ProTed. He is now part of the SFU MatRIC’s international advisory board. Hence, his knowledge of the SFU initiative is extensive.

Furthermore, Lawson has experience from the British Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) scheme, where he led one of the most successful centres, sigma. Lawson was previously the Assistant Chief Executive of the Higher Education Academy in the UK, and has taken part in several international expert committees related to education and mathematics education. Lawson will ensure the continuity in the SFU assessment process.


Professor and Pro-Vice Chancellor Philippa Levy, University of Adelaide, Australia

Bilde: Philippa LevyProfessor Philippa Levy is the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Student Learning) at The University of Adelaide, Australia, where she is responsible for quality assurance, enhance and innovation in learning and teaching for the University. Adelaide is one of the eight research-intensive institutions in Australia. She earned her PhD, which focused on the use of new digital technologies in higher education, from the University of Sheffield.

Previously, she was Professor of Learning and Teaching Enhancement in Higher Education at The University of Sheffield, where she also was Head of The Information School (iSchool). For five years, she was the Director of the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, CILASS, based at The University of Sheffield, which focused on supporting the development of inquiry based learning, especially in arts and social science disciplines. Professor Levy’s research has been directed towards the student experience of learning through inquiry and research, and on inquiry-based pedagogies. She was Deputy Chief Executive (Academic) of the UK Higher Education Academy, and in 2014, she was deputy convenor of the Education panel for the Hong Kong Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).