SHULT18 – Expert Panel Discussion

Expert Panel

Professor Christina Hughes PhD
Provost, Sheffield Hallam University
Principal Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Christina has been at Sheffield Hallam University since November 2016. She is responsible for cross-University portfolio development issues at Sheffield Hallam and has overall responsibility for the entire student journey, line managing three key areas in the delivery of this: Learning Enhancement and Academic Development; Student Engagement, Evaluation and Research; and Library and Student Support Services. Prior to joining Sheffield Hallam, Christina was Pro Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) at the University of Warwick, where she also undertook her degree and PhD in Sociology. Maintaining Warwick’s standing as a place of teaching excellence was central to her responsibilities there.


Professor Jacqueline Stevenson
Head of Research Sheffield Institute of Education
Sheffield Hallam University
Principal Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Professor Jacqueline Stevenson is Head of Research in the Sheffield Institute of Education. She is a sociologist of education with a particular interest in policy and practice relating to equity and diversity in higher education, widening participation, access and student success, pedagogic diversity and the stratification and marketisation of higher education.


Dr. Sam Grogan
PVC Student Experience (University of Salford)
Director, Teaching Excellence Alliance
Principal Fellowship of the HEA




Professor Kevin Hylton PhD
Professor of Equality and Diversity in Sport, Leisure and Education
Head of the Research Centre for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Leeds Beckett University

Professor Kevin Hylton’s work has emerged at the forefront of developments on Critical Race Theory nationally and internationally. Kevin is Patron of the ECU Race Equality Charter. Kevin has worked for over 25 years with national governing organisations and local authorities on issues of equality and diversity.


Richard Shiner
Head of Evidence and Effective Practice
The Office for Students

Widening participation
Impact of reform



Amatey Doku
Vice President (Higher Education)
National Union of Students

The implementation of the higher education reforms will be a huge part of my year and I want to be building up the strategic links within the sector to cement the student voice at the heart of the national HE conversation. Another priority will be tackling institutional racism in campuses with specific focus on the black attainment gap.