Dr Richard Harrison
Deputy Director of Academic Services

Roles and responsibilities

As Deputy Director of Academic ServiceI have overall responsibility for all of the activities undertaken, and services provided, by the Learning and Teaching Development Service (LTDS) as well as taking on broader activities and projects in within Student and Academic Services.  I also work to support the PVC - Education in the development and implementation of the University's Education Strategy and associated projects and initiatives.  I am a member of University Education Committee, and also represent the LTDS on each of the University's Faculty Education Committees  as well as serving on a range of other committees and groups that support the delivery and development of the University's educational offer.


Having gained my BA and PhD from Lancaster University, I spent five years working as a Research Fellow at the History of Parliament Trust, making a significant contribution to The House of Commons, 1690-1715 (Cambridge, 2002, Cambridge University Presss; 5 volumes).  I also worked on the House of Lords, 1660-1832 project, and contributed articles to The House of Lords (Cambridge, 2016, Cambridge University Press;  5 volumes).  During this period I also contributed several articles to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford, 2004, Oxford University Press;  60 volumes).

I moved into university administration in 2001, and as well as a previous period working at Newcastle (2004-5) I have worked at Durham, Essex and Lancaster universities across a range of areas including the development and implementation of institutional strategy and policy,  quality management and graduate school administration.  I was a member of the HEA's Institutional Group on the NSS between 2007 and 2012.  I am a member of executive of the Quality Strategy Network.  I am also a reviewer for QAA's Higher Education Review process, having previously been a review secretary for the Agency's Institutional Review methodology.

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a Fellow of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education.