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Working for students

Our teachers and tutors are experts in their subjects and bring research experience and real world expertise to the classroom. Many hold senior fellowships and other distinctions in pedagogy.

National Teaching Fellows

National Teaching Fellowships are reserved for teachers with outstanding contribution to student outcomes. The awards are made annually by Advance HE through nominations from member institutions. 

  • Professor Gill Knight, Director of Education
  • Professor Victoria Bourne, Psychology Department
  • Professor Bob Eaglestone, English Department 

Higher Education membership

HE member

Staff diversity

As part of our commitment to an inclusive learning community, we actively pursue diversity at all levels among our staff and provide development support. Programmes include:

  • Springboard - a programme for early career women
  • Advance HE’s Aurora - a leadership programme for women
  • Mandala programme for BGM staff

Between 2017-21, the proportion of female professors at RHUL rose from 30.5% to 32.1% (above the sector average of 28.5%), while BGM professors rose from 7.7% to 10.1% (just below the sector average of 10.6%). 


Our education structures

The Academic Board creates our education strategy and oversees all decisions related to education and teaching at Royal Holloway. Learn more about the Academic Board.

The Inclusive Education Board monitors our progress in reducing inequalities, improving attainment, close the awarding gap and going beyond the deliverables in the Access and Participation Plan to improve the ways that we teach and assess. Current funded projects include improving BGM peer mentoring, the extension of Headstart, inclusive assessment, and early employability support.


The Education Development Team supports the ongoing training and development of our teaching staff and provides support on learning technology, curriculum development, and teaching innovation. The team also supports postgraduates who teach.

This team runs various courses for Advance HE courses to ensure teaching quality. 

CAPITAL: The Certificate in Academic Practice in Teaching and Learning is a postgraduate certification required of all lecturers and senior lecturers at Royal Holloway and must be completed before the probation period. 

inSTIL: Programme in Skills of Teaching to Inspire Learning is for visiting lecturers, postgraduates who teach, lab technicians and anyone who interacts with students in the classroom. It helps participants develop knowledge and skills necessary to effectively support student learning and the confidence required for effective teaching


This team also runs the teaching and college prize schemes which are used to recognise performance as well as incentivise quality teaching. Annual prizes include the:

  • Excellence Teaching Prize 
  • Team Teaching Prize 
  • Postgraduate Teaching Prize 


Pro Vice Chancellor (Education)
Professor James Knowles

Director for Education
Professor Gill Knight

Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor (Education)
Matthew Humphreys 

Vice Dean for Education and Student Experience 

  • Professor Ian Candy - School of Life Sciences and Environment
  • TBD - School of Engineering, Physics and Mathematical Sciences
  • Will Schuler - School of Performing and Digital Arts
  • Lucy Gill Simmens - School of Business and Management
  • Rob Jago - School of Law and Social Sciences
  • Vickie Greenaway - School of Humanities

Directors of Postgraduate Education

  • Professor Fiona Moore - School of Business and Management
  • Dr Rikke Bjerg Jensen - School of Engineering, Physical and Mathematical Sciences
  • Professor Tina K. Ramnarine - School of Performing and Digital Arts
  • Professor Andrew Jotischky - School of Humanities
  • Dr Emily Glorney - School of Law and Social Sciences
  • Professor Dawn Watling - School of Life Sciences and Environment

Head of Centre for Development of Academic Skills (CeDAS)
Silke Placzeck 

Head of Careers
Simon Mantell (acting)

Head of Academic Quality and Policy Office
Noreen Naughton 

Head of Educational Development Centre
Mark Crompton 

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