Dr Saeeda Shah is a Reader at the School of Education, University of Leicester and a visiting Professor of Education at the University of Derby. Previously, she has worked in higher education in Pakistan in senior leadership positions. Currently, Saeeda teaches on Masters and Doctoral programmes, and is the Director of PhD and Member International Strategy Forum. She was also Chair of the College of Social Sciences Equality and Diversity Committee till July 2016 and was recipient of the Inspirational BME Life Achievement Award, 2015. Her research interests include educational leadership with a focus on diversity, gender, cultural and belief systems, Islam and society and Islamic philosophy of education.
Michelle Morgan is Associate Professor and Associate Dean of the Student Experience in the Faculty of Media and Communications at Bournemouth University. Previously, she was creator and PI/Project Lead of a £2.7 million 11 university collaborative HEFCE grant looking at the expectations and attitudes towards postgraduate taught (PGT) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) study, and post study outcomes from the perspective of students, universities and employers to support and sustain PGT growth in the UK’. The project report has received praise from across the sector including UKCGE, OFFA, the HEA and the Engineering Professor Council. Before that, she was L+T Coordinator and Student Experience Manager at Kingston University. During her career, Michelle has been a Faculty Manager, Researcher and Academic. She describes herself as a student experience practitioner who develops initiatives based on pragmatic and practical research. Michelle is extensively published in the area and as a result of her experience has developed a detailed practical student transitions model to help guide colleagues who are at the coal face improve the experience of students across academic and non-academic activities. In 2005, she was recipient of a special award from the University of Sussex’s Students’ Union for Outstanding Achievement and Excellence. In 2009, she was made a Fellow of the AUA and she is a National Associate and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She was nominated for Teacher of the Year in 2011 and in 2015 she received a Student Led L&T from the Students Union at Kingston University. She co-wrote and co-presented a 5 part Radio series for BBC China in 2011 on the student experience. Michelle has presented over 80 national and international conference papers (12 keynotes and 25 invited papers), has had 12 book chapters published and has 5 national and international published peer reviewed journal articles focusing on the UG and PG student experience. She is editor and substantive contributor to two books that revolve around her new Student Experience Practitioner Model which is designed to help colleagues support UG and PG students. She has developed a free portal for staff which provides a range of information and links for anyone interested in improving the student experience in higher education.
Based in the School of Education at Trinity College Dublin, Professor Conor Mc Guckin’s research interests are in the areas of bully/victim problems among children and adults, psychology applied to educational policy and processes, and the need for a fully inclusive education environment for all children and young people (e.g., special educational needs, disability, rare disease). He has a long track record of involvement in, and management of, collaborative research projects. Conor is a Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) with The British Psychological Society, a Chartered Psychologist (C.Psychol., Ps.S.I.) with The Psychological Society of Ireland, and a Chartered Scientist (CSci) with The U.K.’s Science Council. He is also an Associate Fellow of both The British Psychological Society (AFBPsS) and The Psychological Society of Ireland (A.F.Ps.S.I.). He is a member of the Project Management Institute. Conor is the founder and Co-Director of Behavioural Insights, an innovative and solution focused consultancy that designs and delivers highly effective solutions to those working in the areas of applied psychology, education, and marketing. He was also a founder and a Co-Director of Selection by Design, the leading provider of psychometric training, assessment, and consultancy solutions to the academic and business communities.