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Professor Mariann Rand-Weaver

Mariann Rand-Weaver 4Professor Mariann Rand-Weaver was appointed Pro-Vice Chancellor at Brunel University London in October 2011 and Vice Provost for Education in August 2018. She is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Mariann provides academic leadership and strategic guidance to enhance the University’s educational provision, including quality assurance and external regulatory requirements. With a particular interest in curriculum design and authentic assessment, Mariann instigated and led the development of Integrated Programme Assessment in Biosciences, and with colleagues received an HEA Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence in January 2017, and Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Services to the University in July 2017.

Currently leading the Student Success Project and HEFCE-funded Digital Assessment project which is implementing e-exams. Mariann’s longstanding contribution to education at Brunel was recognised in July 2017 when she became the first recipient of the Greatest Individual Contribution to Teaching award. 

With responsibility for enhancing the University’s educational provision, I work with staff and students across the University to ensure that we meet external expectations and initiate exciting new projects to enable all students to realise their potential irrespective of social or cultural backgrounds.

Mariann led the University’s preparations for the QAA Higher Education Review in 2016, for which she and two colleagues received the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Services to the University in July 2016. She was responsible for the University’s Teaching Excellence Framework submission in 2017, and application to the Office for Students in May 2018.

Mariann’s early research interests were in comparative endocrinology, which over the years has extended to an interest in the mechanism by which environmental chemicals and pharmaceuticals impact on aquatic organisms.  More recently, BBSRC-funded collaborative work with industry has sought to establish if information derived from the drug development process can be used to predict the likelihood of effects in non-target organisms. She served as an Editorial Board Member for General and Comparative Endocrinology (1998-2013) and as an International Expert Review Panel member for The Norwegian Research Council (2007-2009). Mariann continues to act as a peer reviewer is engaged in the supervision of PhD students.

Mariann is currently a Governor of HCUC (Harrow and Uxbridge College).