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Before working at CHERI, William was Deputy Director, Policy Development at Universities UK (UUK) where he led on longer-term strategy, and policy on learning, teaching and assessment, recording student achievement, student services, widening participation, and employability and careers education.

Before joining UUK, he was Head of Teaching and Learning Development at the University of Sussex. In 2005, William was one of the first graduates of the MBA in Higher Education Management at the Institute of Education, University of London.

At CHERI William is directing the UK part of the international study of the 'Changing Academic Profession' which is investigating changes experienced by the academic profession in more than twenty countries. He is also co-editor of 'The Changing Conditions for Academic Work and Careers in Select Countries', published by the International Centre for Higher Education Research, Kassel University.

William is co-editing a book on the academic profession and the governance and management of higher education institutions internationally, to be published by Springer in 2010. He has also published several academic journal articles, reports and chapters on the academic profession in the UK.

He has undertaken research and written and co-written reports for a number of higher education policy bodies, including HEFCE. He has also spoken at international conferences in Australia, China, Japan, North America and throughout Europe.

Commenting on his appointment, William said:

'This is an exciting opportunity at a very challenging time for higher education in England. High on my agenda will be the consultation being undertaken by HEFCE on teaching funding methodology and working with partners to make sure the quality assurance of the student learning experience remains fit for purpose. Both these areas are under review and are fundamental to ensuring higher education in this country is of high quality and meets the needs of students, the economy and society.'

Dr John Selby, Director of Education and Participation at HEFCE, said:

'William has a wealth of experience of learning and teaching policy in higher education and knowledge of the academic profession. We are delighted he is joining HEFCE to take a leading role in ensuring that our policies for learning and teaching meet future challenges.'