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About Aaron

Aaron Porter has a portfolio across the higher education sector, and was previously President of the National Union of Students during the high profile tuition fee debate in 2010-11.

He works extensively across the HE, having supported over 50 universities so far. He has a portfolio of roles including as Associate Director (Governance) for the Leadership Foundation, as Director of Insights for the Hotcourses Group and is a Strategic Adviser to Civitas Learning.

His non-executive roles include as a member of the Audit and Risk committee at Goldsmiths, University of London (he will join their Council in September 2018), Chair of the Board of Governance at Nelson College London a higher education specialist in hospitality and business, a member of the QAA Advisory Committee on Degree Awarding Powers (ACDAP) and the education committee of the General Chiropractic Council (GCC). Outside of higher education he is on the members’ panel of the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST) and is a governor for a state Church of England primary school in the London Borough of Croydon.

Aaron Ross Porter Consultancy Ltd: http://www.arpconsultancy.co.uk

Previously, Aaron has served on the council of the University of Leicester and as a non-executive board director for the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS), the Higher Education Academy (OIA) and the Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA). He was also the first President of NUS to be invited to serve as an observer to the Board of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). He also served on the board of Endsleigh Insurance.

He was also a member of the HFECE Online Learing Taskforce chaired by Dame Lynne Brindley and the Burgess Implementation Steering Group.

Along with Professor Janet Beer (then Vice-Chancellor, Oxford Brookes University) he co-chaired the Beer/Porter Student Charters Group which reported to the Rt Hon David Willetts (then Universities & Science Minister) in January 2011.

He has also written regularly for a range of publications including The Guardian, The Times, New Statesman, Times Higher Education magazine and Wonkhe.

In 2014 he was awarded an honorary doctorate of laws by the University of Leicester in recognition of his contribution to higher education and the student experience.

He is also a qualified football referee, a keen follower of cricket, can play the bagpipes, a regular theatre goer and runner.

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