Vicki Stott to become new QAA chief executive

The current executive director of operations and deputy chief executive will step up this autumn

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) has announced a new chief executive.

Vicki Stott will succeed Douglas Blackstock, who is due to step down in the autumn.

Since joining the independent quality body in 2019, Vicki Stott has served as QAA’s executive director of operations and deputy chief executive. Before this she worked at St Hugh’s College, Oxford, where she was bursar (chief operating officer), a director of Oxford Limited, St Hugh’s Conferences, St Hugh’s Estates and a founding director of North Oxford Shared College Services (NOSCS).

She has also worked at the University of Birmingham, the University of Warwick and Warwick Business School, and the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST).

“The board is united in welcoming Vicki as QAA’s next chief executive,” said Professor Simon Gaskell, chair of QAA’s board. “We have every confidence that she is the right person to ensure that QAA continues to reflect the sector’s shared commitment to quality and standards and adapts to the challenges ahead.

“She will be building on strong foundations laid by Douglas Blackstock through significant reform in the sector and the recent exceptional challenges of the pandemic.”

Vicki Stott said: “I’m delighted to have been selected as QAA’s next chief executive. I will be taking over a highly capable team, overseen and supported by a constructive and insightful board.

“Together we can build on QAA’s recent strong track record as an independent charity working across all the nations of the UK to benefit students, safeguard standards and ensure the quality of higher education.”

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