The Observatory's Advisory Board

The Observatory's Advisory Board is responsible for the review and approval of major programmes, services and external initiatives undertaken by The Observatory. The Advisory Board provides guidance and recommendations for the strategic and financial directions of The Observatory. The Advisory Board members are proven and experienced leaders from the top echelons of (mainly UK) higher education.

Will Archer established i-graduate in 2005 with the goal of improving the education experience for students and educators worldwide. He has led its growth over 12 years to become a part of the way education providers across the world make better-informed decisions, particularly in international higher education.  

In 2010 he led the Observatory’s transition from UUK and ACU ownership to i-graduate and the 2012 acquisition of i-graduate by Tribal Group PLC.

He has written extensively on the competitive advantage of nations in international education, student experience, employability, graduate outcomes, strategic HR management and international study and employment.  He has spoken at more than 200 conferences and universities, most recently chairing the annual Global Dialogue of heads of international education associations at events in Seoul (2014), Hong Kong (2015) and Melbourne (2016).

Will is an alumnus of Oxford University, London Business School and the University of West London.  He is a member of Chatham House, a fellow of the RSA, a council member of the National Centre for Universities and Business, a trustee of HESCU, a governor of Bath Spa University and Chairman of Tokyo-based strategy house Global Taskforce KK.



 The Advisory Board is chaired by Professor Sir Drummond Bone, Master of Balliol College, University of Oxford (MA Glasgow; DLitt hc, Chester, Liverpool, Lancaster, Edinburgh; DUniv, Glasgow). He was a Snell Exhibitioner at Balliol, and went on to teach English and Comparative Literature at the University of Warwick, before returning to Glasgow where he became Professor of English Literature, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, and Senior Vice-Principal. He was then successively Principal of Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, University of London, and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool. He was President of Universities UK from 2005-7. He has been involved in business and University interaction and in economic regeneration as a member of the CBI's Science and Innovation Committee, as Chair of the Northern Innovation and Industry Group, and as Chair of the Liverpool 'European Capital of Culture' Company. In 2008 he was commissioned by the then UK government to write a report on the internationalisation of Higher Education, and since then has been a consultant on internationalisation to Universities both in the UK and overseas. He is a founding editor of the journal Romanticism, was the academic editor of the Byron Journal, has served on editorial boards of academic journals in Italy and Germany as well as the UK, is the author of Byron in the Writers and their Work series, and the contributing editor of the Cambridge Companion to Lord Byron. He was elected Master of Balliol in 2011.


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Carolyn Campbell is the Senior Consultant at the Observatory. Prior to this she was Head of International at the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (UK). She has contributed to various high-level working groups and committees, including the OECD/UNESCO expert group which developed guidelines for quality provision in cross-border education as well as the UNESCO Global Forum on Quality Assurance, Accreditation and the Recognition of Qualifications Most recently she has joined the newly established International Advisory Committee of the Lumina Foundation in the USA. She is working with the Council on Higher Education Accreditation in the USA on international trends in quality assurance and regulation.




Marguerite J Dennis has served as a higher education administrator for more than 30 years, first at St John's University in New York, then at Georgetown University in Washington, DC and at Suffolk University in Boston.

Marguerite's area of expertise is marketing higher education programs and developing strategic international plans for colleges and universities.

A nationally and internationally recognised expert on college marketing and recruitment, she and has authored more than 50 articles on higher education administration.

Marguerite has conducted a series of seminars on trends in higher education for the US Department of State through Education USA offices around the world and has lectured on the subject in Germany, China, Vietnam, Taiwan, Czeck Republic, South Africa, Italy, and Korea.


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Professor Christine Ennew is Provost at the University of Warwick where she supports the Vice Chancellor in the academic leadership of the University. A key aspect of her role is leading the development and delivery of the University’s academic strategy, ensuring that Warwick remains competitive and relevant within HE and beyond. She is responsible for the efficient and effective use of academic resources (including departmental resources, capital planning and space management, and information resources).

Christine graduated from Cambridge University and completed her PhD at Nottingham. Until recently she was one of Nottingham’s Pro Vice Chancellors, as well as serving as Provost and CEO of the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus. She joined the University of Warwick in August 2016

She is is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education, a member of the Board of Directors for Common Purpose Student Experiences, a member of the Board of Examiners for the Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers and represents the University of Warwick on the Boards of a range of associated companies.



Tim Gore OBE is CEO of the University of London Institute in Paris.  He was previously based in London as Director, Global Networks and Communities for the University of London International Programmes where he was responsible planning and implementation of worldwide communications and marketing campaigns; the development of a global network of over 130 independent institutions spanning 46 countries; relationships with in-country stakeholders such as regulators and employers; and the alumni network. Prior to this, Tim was the Director of the Centre for Indian Business, the University of Greenwich where his role was to engage the University of Greenwich's intellectual capital with India. Tim previously held a number of senior leadership roles with the British Council working closely with educationalists, institutions, companies and governments to improve bilateral and multilateral educational links in Hong Kong, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Jordan and India over his career. He was awarded the OBE in 2008. Tim is an active writer, researcher and speaker on a wide range of higher education subjects including international strategy; reputation and risk; transnational education; online and flexible delivery; MOOCs and student experience.


Perry Hobson

Professor JS Perry Hobson, PhD is the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Global Engagement at Taylor’s University Malaysia. Over the years he has lived and worked in the UK, USA, Hong Kong and Australia, and has also held visiting positions with institutions in The Netherlands and Austria. He has an extensive academic background in hospitality and tourism, and holds a BSc (Hons) in Hotel & Catering Management from Oxford Brookes University (UK), a MS in Hotel, Restaurant and Travel from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (USA), and a PhD from Southern Cross University (Australia). He has been the Editor-in Chief of the Journal of Vacation Marketing since 1999, and he also sits on the Board of Directors for the International Centre of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education (THE-ICE) accreditation body.



Professor Robin Middlehurst served as Professor of Higher Education and Policy Adviser in the Vice Chancellor's Office at Kingston University London. Her research interests include borderless education and internationalisation of higher education, governance and leadership, and quality assurance and enhancement in higher education. Professor Middlehurst is also seconded part-time to the Higher Education Academy, the UK’s national agency for teaching and learning, where she is advising the Executive on the HEA’s international strategy. Professor Middlehurst has held previous academic posts at the University of Surrey and the Institute of Education, University of London; she has also served as a governor at two UK universities and co-designed and co-directed the UK's Top Management Programme for Higher Education from 1999-2014.  She is a trustee of the British Accreditation Agency, the independent accrediting agency for private providers in further and higher education; she also serves on the editorial board of Wonkhe, a widely-read policy blog.   Professor Middlehurst has published extensively on leadership, governance, management and internationalisation of higher education.  She led the team that produced the report 'The business of borderless education: UK perspectives', which sparked the formation of The Observatory.