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Professor Mariann Rand-Weaver

In her role as Vice-Provost (Education), Mariann provides academic leadership and strategic guidance to enhance the University’s educational provision, and is responsible for external regulatory compliance. Mariann is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an experienced academic who is championing sector-leading initiatives such as digital examinations and integrated programme assessment, for which Brunel has received two CATE (Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence) awards. Mariann has held a range of senior roles at Brunel, including Head of Biosciences; Deputy Head of School of Health Sciences and Social Care; and Pro-Vice Chancellor/Vice-Provost. Mariann has published widely in comparative endocrinology and ecotoxicology, served on editorial boards and acted as expert reviewer for international research councils. She sat on the Curriculum Committee for the Royal Society for Biology, is committed to integrated academic practice, and continues to teach, supervise PhD students and peer review. 

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Dr. Monica Fernandes 

Monica joined the APDU in September 2020, having worked as Head of Academic Skills Development where she led the strategic development and student initiatives in the Academic Skills department. She has worked in Higher Education in the UK and abroad, and has helped academics further develop their curriculum to support students, and taught undergraduate and postgraduate students in her subject area and academic writing skills. Monica has a PhD in Political History, and is completing her Senior Fellowship. She is an active reviewer for multiple journals of learning and teaching, and teaches Race, Gender and African History in the Politics and History division at Brunel University. Her interests include decolonising the curriculum, inclusive teaching, working with students as partners, and increasing student engagement through creativity in teaching. 

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Sarah Wolfenden 

Sarah joined the Academic Professional Development Unit (APDU) in August 2020, having worked in the Brunel Academic Practice Team since 2017 and Brunel Library as a chartered Academic Librarian since 2012. She is a Senior Fellow of Advance HE and an ILM qualified performance coach. Sarah has taught all aspects of information and digital literacy to students and staff, including how to use social media effectively, in the UK Further and Higher education sector since gaining her Masters in Library and Information Science from UCL in 2008. She is a regular blogger and her interests include developing lifelong learning through reflective practice; maintaining motivation and wellbeing through coaching and writing retreats; and information literacy as a way of promoting social inclusion. 

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Dr. Senthila Quirke 

Senthila joined the APDU in October 2020, and has extensive experience in teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students within UK universities. At the Brunel Graduate School she led the Researcher Development Programme and provided bespoke training for doctoral researchers. As an Advance HE Senior Fellow, Senthila contributed to the academic practice initiatives and mentored colleagues to achieve Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. She is passionate about education and its role in building human capital. She recently completed her MA in STEM Education, where her dissertation evaluated science capital development in informal science learning settings. Senthila graduated with a Master’s in Medical Engineering and obtained her PhD in Biophysics from King’s College London. She is affiliated with the College of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences at Brunel University.