As Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience, my role is to ensure that all our students have an excellent experience during their time studying at Westminster. Doing this requires a holistic and joined-up approach, and I am responsible for leading, developing and coordinating all the elements that contribute to the student experience, working with colleagues in the faculties, Corporate Services and the senior management team.
It is an exciting and challenging role. For me, the student experience has three main dimensions. The first is for students at Westminster to have strong sense of identity and a sense of pride and belonging to the University – to feel that they are being supported and have opportunities to develop friendships with other students as well as with staff. The second is that the academic courses that they study are inspiring, challenging and well-organised. And the third is that students who come to Westminster are able to recognise at the end of their course that they have achieved their full personal and academic potential.
I strongly believe in the mission of the University to expand the horizons of all students, irrespective of class, identity or religion, to be inclusive and respect the diversity of all our student communities, and to prepare students for the challenges of the 21st century. I want all our students to have an excellent and fulfilling student experience.
I have been at the University of Westminster since 2009 and I was previously Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities and Head of the Department of Politics and International Relations. Prior to this, I was at the University of Edinburgh as Professor of International Relations and Head of the Department of Politics and International Relations.
I have also been an international fellow at the University of Tbilisi, Georgia, and research fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy and at the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies.
I am passionate about research and have research specialisms in the international politics of energy, security studies and the regional politics of Russia, the Middle East and central Asia. I also have an interest in the engagement of historical sociology in international relations.
As part of the Research Excellence Framework 2014, I participated in the sub-panel for politics and international studies research. I am also a Senior Executive Member and Treasurer of the British International Studies Association.