Teaching & Learning


Deborah Gill appointed Pro-Vice-Provost for Student Experience

12 November 2018

New role to support the Vice Provost (Education and Student Affairs), providing academic leadership to transform UCL education

Professor Deborah Gill at UCL

Professor Deborah Gill, Director of UCL Medical School, is to take up the role of Pro-Vice-Provost (Student Experience) in the Office of the Vice Provost (Education and Student Affairs).

This newly created role sits alongside that of Pro-Vice-Provost (Digital Education), held by Professor Norbert Pachler of UCL Institute of Education. 

Deborah will work alongside Professor Anthony Smith, Vice Provost (Education and Student Affairs), acting as an institutional champion for the student experience and helping to accelerate the transformation of the education we offer to our students. 

She will work with faculties and departments, Student and Registry Services and Careers to:

  • drive change in partnership with our students
  • provide academic oversight of our annual Academic Student Experience Review (ASER) process; and
  • support preparations for subject-level TEF.  

She will work with the Student Engagement team and Students’ Union UCL to make sure that UCL understands what students need and responds appropriately to their feedback, and that the student voice is a considered in all institutional decision-making.

Professor Smith said:

"I am delighted that Deborah will be joining the education leadership team. The work of my office centres on providing a great education, a great experience and supporting our students on to the next step in their careers. To continue to improve, we need to work in partnership with both staff and students, and provide the resources and support they need. Deborah has an impressive track record as academic lead of UCL’s Medical School and her work means that she is well aware of the challenges of delivering a first rate education – as well as the opportunities presented by our fast-changing sector."

Professor Gill said:

"A great university experience means feeling welcomed and valued as well as being stretched intellectually. Working with students as partners in the education endeavour, my role will be to support the UCL community to provide the best possible learning experience and outcomes for our students. Providing a great student experience is everybody’s business; and so I look forward to working with a wide range of academics, professional services and support staff, as well as student reps and the wider student body to make UCL a great place to learn and thrive."