Pamela

Nominated By: Pamela Abbott
Nominee Application Form: Part A
Title: Professor
Family Names(s): Abbott
Mailing Address: School of social Sciences
University of aberdeen
Aberdeen
Ab24 3QY
UK
Country: United Kingdom
Office Telephone: +44 (0) 1224 273250
Office Fax: +44 (0) 1224 272552
Email: p.abbott@abdn.ac.uk
Nationality/Citizenship: British
Gender: Female
Date of Birth: 27-06-1947
Current Position: Honorary Professor
Current Employer: Retired
Please indicate your fluency levels in various languages (Comma Separated)
Fluent in Reading: English
Fluent in Writing: English
Fluent in Speaking: English
Academic Qualifications and Training
1. Degree, Institution, Year Completed: BSc Sociology,University of london,1970
2. Degree, Institution, Year Completed: PGCE (Secondary),University of London,1972
3. Degree, Institution, Year Completed: MSc Sociology with Politics,University of London,1975
4. Degree, Institution, Year Completed: PhD,CNAA ,1982
Nominee Application Form: Part B
Areas:
  • Institutional quality assurance reviews / audits
  • Program reviews / accreditations
  • General QA consultancy
Specialisations:
  • Setting up of new QA agency
  • Training of experts/external reviewers
  • Internal QA of institutions
  • External Review of QAAs
  • Institutional assessment
  • Institutional quality audits
  • Institutional accreditation
  • Research assessment
Examples of Experience: National & International Consultations / Audit / Review
1. Brief Description: Memner of the Sociology Panel for the 2001 and 2008UK Research Assesment Exercises
On panel to review UK reseach degree programmes training provision
Institution/City/Country: Higher Education Funding Council for England
Date: 2001 - 2008
Type of Experience:
  • Consultancy
2. Brief Description: Vice Principal Academic Vice Rector Academic
Institution/City/Country: Glasgow Caledonian University, UK Kigali Institute of Science and Technology, Rwanda Kigali Institute iof Education Rwanda
Date: 2000 - 2006
Type of Experience:
  • Institutional Audit / Assessment
  • Programme Review / Accreditation
3. Brief Description: Establishment of the National council for Higher education Rwanda . worked with sector to develop from 2005 - 2007 and moved to set up Council in 2007.
Trained reviwers for instituional accreditation, instituional audit and subject review. chaire 9 accreditation visits and 1 subject review.
Institution/City/Country: National Council for Higher Education, Rwanda
Date: 2005 - 2008
Type of Experience:
  • Institutional Audit / Assessment
  • Programme Review / Accreditation
4. Brief Description: Consultancy on developing quality enhancement policies and strategies for higher education in small states. Rwanda as a case study
Institution/City/Country: UNESCO
Date: 2007
Type of Experience:
  • Consultancy
Nominee Application Form: Part C
Please write a professional profile of 500 words.
Professional Summary Description: Professor Pamela Abbot has worked in the higher education sector in the UK and Rwanda for over 30 years and has also been employed as a secondary school teacher and further education college lecturer. She is a Sociologist by training and was elected an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2002. She is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has excellent interpersonal and communication skills. She can communicate effectively to a wide range of audiences orally and in writing, including governments and other stakeholders, external higher education agencies, colleagues and staff, students and parents, the general public and the media. She has extensive experience as a senior manager in higher education and as a researcher in communicating with this wide range of audiences

She has worked at all levels in higher education from lecturer to Vice Principal (Deputy Vice Chancellor) as well as being the Foundation Executive Director for the National Council for Higher Education in Rwanda. She is currently working as an honorary professor at the University of Aberdeen, UK. Amongst other activities she is advising on the setting up of a consultancy company and on developing a research ethics policy.

During her career she has had experience of all aspects of quality assurance and enhancement and the maintenance of standards from examining through programme validation, subject review, institutional audit, institutional accreditation and setting up a quality assurance agency. She was involved in the development and implementation of the Scottish Qualification Framework. She has expertise in the evaluation of research degree programmes and research as well as of taught programmes. Her experience comes from being a practitioner, a manger and an auditor. She continues to both teach in higher education and to be research active.

During her career she has been an external examiner for a number of universities for undergraduate and taught post graduate programmes and examined PhDs and Professional Doctorates. She is currently the external examiner for undergraduate and taught post-graduate education programmes at the University of Makerre, Uganda. She has been a subject reviewer for taught programmes in England and Wales and was a member of the special review panel set up to review research degree provision in the UK by the Higher education funding councils. She has been responsible for leading the preparations for external subject reviews and institutional audits in the UK. She was a member of the 2001 and 2008 Sociology Panels for the UK Research Assessment Exercise.

Other relevant experience includes leading the development and implementation of, Equal Opportunities Policies, Quality Enhancement Strategies, Learning Teaching and Assessment Strategies and Research Policies and Strategies. She has been responsible for academic planning at departmental, faculty and institutional levels. Her experience as a senior manager and board member has given her a good understanding of all aspects of running a higher education institution including corporate governance and human relations and risk management. She has developed and delivers training programmes for PhD supervisors and designed and led the development of instruments for evaluating the student academic experience.

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