The Academic Assurance Committee acts as an advisory group to University Council, aiding in the facilitation of Council's role in respect of Academic Assurance


Professor Dr Marianne Howarth is Emeritus Professor of Modern Languages and former Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities at Nottingham Trent University.

A Germanist by academic background, she studied at the universities of Hull, Vienna, Münster and Nottingham. She has taught at Coventry, Marburg, Brighton and Nottingham Trent universities, and was a Visiting Lecturer at Manchester Business School.

The author/co-author of several business German textbooks, her main research interests centre on Anglo-German relations, in particular on relations between Britain and the former German Democratic Republic. She has published widely in English and German on many aspects of this topic, including the campaign for recognition, the GDR presence in Britain, the early years of the diplomatic relationship and on partnerships between British and GDR towns and cities.

Marianne was a founder member of the International Association of the Study of German Politics. In addition to her academic interests and activities, Marianne has extensive experience in academic standards and quality management. She was Chair of Nottingham Trent’s Academic Standards and Quality Management Committee, an auditor/reviewer for QAA and QAA Scotland, and the international reviewer in teams appointed to accredit provision at institutions in Ireland and Germany.

Marianne was also the first chair of QAA’s Subject Benchmark Statement for Languages and Related Studies.

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Scott Fleming is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and has responsibility for the development and implementation of the academic aspects of the Strategic Plan, chairing relevant committees, and line-management of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students), Dean of Faculty, Directors of External Engagement and of Marketing, Recruitment and Communications, and the Head of Research and Knowledge Exchange.

Scott is Professor of Sport and Leisure Studies and has a long-standing interest in ‘race relations’ and youth studies which form part of a wider portfolio of research linked to equality and diversity. His work embraces the social sciences and humanities, and more recent projects have been concerned with organisational cultures and aspects of sport development linked to public health. Throughout his career, he has maintained an interest in research methods and research ethics.

A former Chair of the Leisure Studies Association (2004-2009), Scott was a Managing Editor of Leisure Studies (2010-2016) and is a member of the Editorial Board of The Sport Psychologist. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, of the Royal Society of Arts, and of the Higher Education Academy.

Scott was also a member of the Research Excellence Framework 2021 Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel and is currently a member of the Athena Swan Governance Committee, as well as being a Panel Chair for Advance HE’s Athena Swan and Race Equality Charters.

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Connor Short is the president of the student’s union and as such advocates for student perspectives and rights both on and off campus. Connor sits on many boards and committees designed to regulate and observe the university’s policy and procedure i.e., Senate, QAC and SMG.

In doing so he brings the student perspective to senior management and provides a joint viewpoint of both staff and students. As part of Connor’s wider role, he manages a team of student officers who each represent a different facet of university life i.e., Accessibility, LGBTQ and International.

Using his degree in Applied Drama from BGU he also spears heads multiple schemes and campaigns to improve the student experience such as ‘PAL’ and ‘Not a luxury’.


Professor Karen Stanton FRSA

Karen was born in Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire and was the first person in her family to go to university. She read for her first degree in History at the University of Sheffield and holds Postgraduate qualifications from the University of Sheffield and Manchester Metropolitan University. Before beginning her academic career, she worked as a researcher for the BBC and the Home Office.
Professor Stanton’s distinguished career within Higher Education includes being the Vice-Chancellor of both York St John University and Solent University, Southampton. She has also held senior leadership roles at the universities of Birmingham, Nottingham, King’s College London, and Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU).
Karen has an outstanding record of international achievements having set up University campuses in New York, Oman and a College of Nursing and Midwifery in Bangladesh. In 2014 she led the team from Glasgow Caledonian that won the Unilever Global Development Award in recognition of their work to reduce inequalities and poverty in Bangladesh.

Professor Stanton has a strong national profile and reputation for her work on the role of universities in the community and regional economy. This has included work with the UN Global Compact and supporting the Nobel Prize laureate Muhammad Yunus to bring the microlending Grameen Bank to Scotland. Whilst at King’s she was Director of the Centre for Digital Humanities and at GCU she established the Centre for Climate Justice in association with Mary Robinson. At Solent she established Research Centres in Marine Sustainability and Autonomous Surface Shipping.

She is a previous Chair of the Cathedrals Group of Universities, Deputy Chair of GuildHE and a former Trustee of UCAS and the United Nations International Services. She is currently a Governor of both Corndel College London and the University of the Arts, London.

Professor Stanton is a Fellow of the RSA and a Champion of the Chartered Management Institute. She also supports sustainable businesses through her work with the Social Enterprise Accreditation Mark. She is a Patron of the Island Charity which provides a safe space for vulnerable children and young people.

In the summer of 2023, she was awarded both an Emeritus Vice Chancellorship and a Honorary Doctorate from Solent University. Professor Stanton is regularly invited to give keynote lectures at conferences on both the future of technology in Higer Education and on how Universities can expand their international portfolios.
Over her 25 year career in Higher Education Karen has dedicated herself to working with her teams to provide students with a transformational education experience and to widening participation to Higher Education.

Anne was a senior civil servant until 2020. The majority of her career was in the Department for Education where she held a range of posts, many of which involved support for disadvantaged learners. Her final role was as Director of Further Education.
Before joining the civil service, Anne was an officer in the Royal Air Force serving in Hong Kong and at RAF Cranwell.

She is currently chair of trustees for a growing multi-academy trust in Leicestershire and governor of a large further education college. She is also vice chair and lead education trustee for NACRO, a national social justice charity.

Anne gained an MBA form Nottingham Business School and is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

She is studying for a Masters in Philosophy.