As Head of Accreditations and Quality, Virender Slaich has strategic responsibility for the School's international accreditations, quality assurance and learning and teaching enhancement. She contributes to the development and implementation of the School's strategy and has separate responsibility for the School's learning, teaching and accreditation strategies.
She ensures the School is appropriately positioned in all aspects of accreditation standards and leads the School's work on AACSB and EQUIS. Virender leads the School's Quality Team, which has responsibility for quality assurance (including course design and approval) along with learning, teaching and assessment innovation to ensure a student experience that is academically robust, engages all students and adds real value for employability. She is Chair of the School's Academic Standards and Quality Committee that has oversight of academic standards within the School.
Externally, Virender is actively engaged with Business School accreditation bodies and is currently co-chair of the UK and Ireland Accreditation's Group.
By profession Virender is a qualified Chartered Management Accountant and is actively involved with the Chartered Institute (CIMA) through a number of roles including a member of the Expert Review Group. Her teaching focus is primarily Strategic Management Accounting and has previously held the role of Course Leader for the BA Accounting and Finance degree.
Prior to joining Nottingham Business School, Virender trained with Rover Cars and subsequently held the position of Finance Manager at Rail Freight Distribution for four years.
Since joining Nottingham Business School, she has held various roles including Course Leader for BA Accounting and Finance, School Quality Manager and currently Head of Quality and Accreditations.
Virender has a particular interest in course design, learning, teaching and assessment, ensuring the School's courses combine business relevance, experiential learning and high academic standards. She leads academic development within the management accounting discipline and has worked with CIMA as a critical friend advising on new syllabus launches. She has led sessions at CIMA conferences and engaged employers to explore the evolving nature of the profession and the ways in which this can be reflected within the CIMA qualification. In October 2015, she will be presenting on 'Engaging alumni in curriculum design and delivery' at the AACSB European conference in Frankfurt.
Virender is actively engaged with the AACSB and EQUIS through conference attendance and as a member of the AACSB European Affinity Group. She has recently been appointed as Co-Chair of the UK and Ireland Accreditations Group for a term of three years. She has also been a member of the CIMA Expert Review Group member for the last five years, an advisory group on academic standards and curriculum.
Furthermore, a particular interest is data sets required for accreditations and creating innovative solutions to deliver strategic information. She has engaged with a number of solution providers and is currently involved in designing a bespoke system.
- Member of CIMA examination board since 2004
- Member of CIMA Expert Review Group
- Moderator for CIMA
- Chaired CIMA Summit group in February 2012
'Engaging alumni in curriculum design and delivery' AACSB conference, 2015
'Using Evasys for effective student feedback' Electric Paper Conference, 2010
'Employer feedback: new syllabus' Chartered Institute of Management Accounting workshop, 2010
'Analysis of student performance on the management accounting pillar of the CIMA qualification' August 2013