Short CV/Education and training

  • 1983 – 1990
    PhD at ditto and Leeds University: PhD in Italian Language and Literature PhD and Doktor (phil)

  • 1977 – 1983
    Westfälische Wilhelmsuniversität, Münster (Germany): BA and MA in Italian and French Language and Literature, and Education

Career history

  • Since 2009
    Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

  • Since 2019
    Retired Professor Emerita

  • Since 2019
    Chair of Board of Hamburg University

  • Since 2019
    Professor Middlesex University (0.2)

  • Since 2019
    Various consultancy for universities and ministers of Education in Germany and Austria

  • 2005 – 2009
    Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and Deputy Chief Executive, Oxford Brookes University

  • 2002 – 2005
    Director of Learning, Teaching and Student Affairs, London Metropolitan University, previously University of North London

  • 2000 – 2002
    Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching), University of North London

  • 1999 – 2002
    Dean of Faculty of Humanities and Education, University of North London

  • 1997 – 1999
    Director of Curriculum, Learning and Quality, School of Humanities and Cultural Studies, Middlesex University

  • 1995 – 1997
    Acting Head/Deputy head of Modern Languages, Middlesex University

  • 1989 – 1997
    Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Principal Lecturer in German and Italian, Middlesex University, previously Middlesex Polytechnic

  • 1986 – 1989
    Part-time Lecturer at Ithaca College, Goethe-Institut, Middlesex Polytechnic

  • 1981 – 1986
    Fractional and part-time manager/lecturer at Münster University, Adult Education College; translator, interpreter and external examiner; French, German, Italian

Selected publications

  • The Female Voice: Lyrical Expression in the Writings of Five Italian Renaissance Poets, Peter Lang, New York, London, Frankfurt, 1994

  • German Interlanguage, An analysis of beginners’ German at university level with implications for strategies for teaching foreign languages, Aa-Verlag, Mϋnster, 1996

  • German Interlanguage, Second and revised edition of above: 1998

  • Geschäftsbriefe schnell und sicher formulieren, with P Sturtz, Haufe, Planegg Mϋnchen, 2004

  • UniversityAssessment Framework, with J Elander, J Lyons, M May, H Pokorney, A Searle, G Taylor-Russell, D Warren, S Wilson, London Metropolitan University, 2004

Selected projects

  • Appointed by the Scottish Government to chair the National Implementation Board for Teaching Scotland’s Future, following the publication in November 2012 of the National Partnership Group report which was established to provide advice on the implementation of the Donaldson Review of teacher education, 2012 – 2015

  • Vice-Convener, Universities Scotland, 2012 – 2014, 2014 – 2016

  • Appointed by Scottish Government as a member of the Commission for Widening Access chaired by Dame Ruth Silver. The Commission has been set up in light of the Scottish Government’s commitment to improve access to educational opportunities for disadvantaged people and recognition that more work in widening participation is required, since 2015

Media coverage

  • Please see media summaries of QMU and "Petra Wend"

Additional qualifications

  • CBE 2020


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