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Dave Whitlock

Planning and Projects Manager

Centre for Academic Development and Quality Dept.

Role

As the Planning and Projects Manager within the Centre for Academic Development and Quality, Dave is a member of the department’s Leadership Team and leads the Planning, Operations, and Projects Team.

Dave has overall responsibility for developing and managing the department’s annual plan and objectives which aims to improve students’ learning and teaching experiences. Dave also oversees operational functions such as office management, risk management and reporting, and undertakes budget management responsibility for the department.

As an accomplished project manager, Dave manages projects of institutional and strategic importance, including the Ofsted Preparation Task and Finish Group and the Course Lifecycle Project.

Career overview

A keen interest in social justice and public policy initially led Dave to study Law at Lancaster University, securing an undergraduate degree in 2015 and remaining at Lancaster to complete a Master’s in Politics the following year.

After graduating with a Master’s Degree, Dave was elected to be a sabbatical officer for Lancaster University Students’ Union in the role of Vice President (Welfare and Community), which aligned with his interests and beliefs in social justice and equality. During this time, Dave responded to sector changes in Access and Participation Plans, the reporting of sexual misconduct and the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Since being a sabbatical officer, Dave has worked at HEIs and Students’ Unions across the Midlands before joining Nottingham Trent University in 2018 as the Educational Intelligence and Communications Officer for CADQ. Dave’s interest in operational aspects grew as he got more involved with planning and strategic initiatives before beginning to lead the Planning, Operations, and Projects team in 2020.

Dave has a strong commitment to ensuring all students can succeed at university, no matter their background. He sees his role as underpinning and supporting the work that CADQ does to make successful innovations in learning and teaching which improve students’ outcomes and experiences.