Stephanie Marshall is currently Professor of Higher Education and the Director of the Centre for Higher Education Research into Innovation in Learning at the University of Manchester. Her previous roles include Chief Executive, where she led the transformation of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) in response to the cessation of public funding, to become a highly successful, sustainable organization with extensive global reach, with membership spanning 45 countries world-wide, to include growth in HEA Fellowship from 3500 in 2012 to 100,000 at the time of her departure from the HEA. Her international reputation led to her being recruited to serve on the German Excellenz Initiative judging panel, and most recently, to Chair the Norwegian Centres for Excellence (SFU) Initiative judging panel, to include having an on-going relationship with NOKUT in terms of providing support for the SFU academic leaders. She introduced the Global Teaching Excellence Award in 2016, and today, continues to Chair the international judging panel.
Having a lifelong passion for supporting the development of staff and students, she has always adopted an evidence-based, partnership approach to the continuous quest to drive excellence in practice. Her strong belief is that without fully engaged staff, who are committed to on-going professional development, the chances of fully engaged students is greatly reduced. Therefore, on-going professional development of both staff and students is essential to mental well-being and growth.
Other significant leadership roles where she has made a great impact in delivering significant transformation in this on-going drive for excellence include Deputy-Chief Executive (Research and Policy) at the HEA, building up a sound evidence base regarding the preconditions for excellence in teaching; as Director of Programmes at the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, where she developed a suite of developmental programmes to support staff transitioning to more senior career positions, and prior to that, as Provost of Goodricke College at the University of York, where she led the college through significant change to better meet the changing needs of the students. Her various publications include four editions of A Handbook for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (edited with H Fry and S Ketteridge), A Handbook for Leaders in Higher Education: Transforming Teaching and Learning (RKP 2016), Strategic Leadership of Change in HE (RKP 2007 and edition 2 forthcoming), along with various articles on academic leadership, teaching excellence, and global challenges in higher education.