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About Aaron

Aaron Porter has a portfolio of advisory and non-executive roles in 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 HE, having supported over 70 universities so far. He has a portfolio of roles including as Associate Director (Governance) for Advance HE (leading a national development programme for governors and board members which had over 800 participants last year), and as Director of Policy and Engagement for IDP Connect. He is on the governing council of Goldsmiths University of London, a non-executive director of BPP University and chair of Nelson College London.

Outside of higher education he is on the members’ panel of the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST), the education committee of the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) and a governor of a state Church of England primary school in the London Borough of Croydon.

He is regularly invited to speak and chair conferences across the education sector, and has delivered keynote addresses at a range of annual conferences including Universities UK (UUK), QAA, the Association of Heads of University Administrators (AHUA), the Committee of University Chairs (CUC) and the Higher Education Academy (now part of Advance HE).

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 which examined the higher education degree classification system.

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 appeared extensively in the media including as a panellist on Question Time, the Daily Politics, BBC Hardtalk and Newsnight. He has 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.

Email – aaronrossporter@gmail.com


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