Professor Andy Westwood

Andy Westwood is Vice Dean for Social Responsibility in the Faculty of Humanities and Professor of Government Practice at The University of Manchester. He is a member of HEFCE’s Strategic Advisory Board for Quality, Accountability and Regulation, and a Trustee of the National Union of Students. He is also a Visiting Professor of Further and Higher Education at the University of Wolverhampton, President of the OECD Forum on Social Innovation and an expert adviser to the IMF. Previously Andy was a Professor of Politics at the University of Winchester and Chief Executive of GuildHE. He has also worked at a number of think tanks and in Whitehall for many years as a special adviser to ministers on education, skills and science policy at the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills, and as a senior adviser at HM Treasury and the Departments for Education and Communities and Local Government.He writes regularly for Policy@Manchester, WonkHE, the Times Education Supplement, the Times Higher Education magazine and The Guardian. Andy graduated from the University of Manchester in 1989 with a degree in English and History and was Events Officer at the Students’ Union during that time.

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