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Graeme studied politics at the University of York before being elected Academic Officer for the university’s students’ union in March 2011. In that role he represented students on all issues related to teaching, learning and assessment, library and IT provision, and careers and employability. He was re-elected the following year and worked with a number of higher education organisations. He was formerly Chair of the 1994 Group Students’ Unions (Unions 94), and is currently a member of the Student Advisory Board of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. 

Chair of the HEFCE Board, Tim Melville-Ross said: 

‘I’m delighted to welcome Graeme to the HEFCE Board. His appointment reflects HEFCE’s long-term commitment to protecting and promoting the interests of students. Since the 2011 Higher Education White Paper ‘Students at the Heart of the System’ HEFCE has been developing its role to actively consider the student interest perspective in all policy matters and to become involved in related new areas and initiatives.’ 


  1. Members of the Board, including the Chair and Chief Executive, have collective responsibility for the control and management of HEFCE as a corporate body. The Board is responsible for developing policies and ensuring that projects, programmes and activities undertaken by the HEFCE are consistent with the overall provisions of the Further and Higher Education Act 1992 and any guidance or directions issued by the Secretary of State. Members are appointed by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
  2. The incumbent National NUS President has been an observer on the HEFCE Board since August 2010.