Programme Development, Approval & Review Team

The Portfolio Development, Approval and Review Team specialises in programme and portfolio development, and the approval and ongoing management and quality assurance of all programmes of study, ensuring the University can offer students an innovative, market-driven portfolio of programmes with quality of learning, teaching and student experience assured.


James Bennett

James Bennett, Academic Quality Development Officer: Programme Design, Development, Approval and Review

Key Responsibilities:

  • Programme Design, Development, Approval and Review
  • Secretary to The Programme Management Board, The Programme Approval Committee and The Academic Advisory Committee.
  • AQS Quality Partner for The Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Science and The College, Swansea University (TCSU).

Contact Details: d.j.bennett@swansea.ac.uk

About Me:

James leads the sub-team responsible for programme design, development, approval and review, with oversight of the University’s programme approval processes as well as Annual Programme and Annual Module Review and quinquennial Quality Review. James is an Associate Fellow of AdvanceHE and an Accredited Member of The Association of University Administrators as well as the AUA Advocate for Swansea University. 


Helen Macrae, Academic Quality Engagement Officer: Programme Design, Development, Approval and Review

Key Responsibilities:

  • Programme Design, Development, Approval and Review
  • Committees and Boards support.

Contact Details: h.m.macrae@swansea.ac.uk

About Me:

Helen joined Academic Quality Services in April 2021, she works primarily in the Programmes Team supporting with the programme design, development, approval and review processes, Committees and Boards. Before this Helen worked as a Primary School teacher and then as an outdoor fieldwork teacher of Geography and Biology working predominantly with A-Level aged students between 2013 and 2020. Helen received her BSc (Geography and International Development Studies) at the University of Chester and her PGCE Primary from Liverpool Hope University.  


Theresa Carlsen, Academic Quality Engagement Officer: Programme Design, Development, Approval and Review (Secondment until 31st August 2022)

Key Responsibilities:

  • Promote Academic quality assurance and enhancement processes and policies.
  • Support the University’s Programme Approval process.
  • Support and co-ordinate the University’s academic integrated Quality Review process.
  • Contribute to key institutional publications, regulations, policies, procedures, and systems.

Contact Details: t.l.carlsen@swansea.ac.uk 

About Me:

Theresa completed Undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of Bath. After choosing to complete an education based final year project, Theresa decided to pursue a career in teaching and studied for PGCE at Plymouth University before taking the role of Science Teacher at a School in Wiltshire. Although Theresa very much enjoyed working in education, she decided teaching was not for her and joined Swansea University as an Academic Quality Assistant in June 2021. Theresa then moved to the Post Graduate Research Team in the Faculty of Science and Engineering as a PGR Support Assistant. Theresa is currently on Secondment in AQS.


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