Professor Phil Cardew, Leeds Beckett University

Professor Phil Cardew joined Leeds Beckett University in April 2015 taking up his new role as Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic).  Formerly Pro Vice Chancellor Academic at London South Bank University, Phil completed his PhD at the University of Leeds and has spent many years working in academic standards and quality assurance roles at universities, including the QAA (as an Assistant Director in the Review Group).  As well as participating in many different review events, Phil also acts as a reviewer for the Oman Academic Accreditation Authority and the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency in Australia. These roles have enabled him to gain a wide perspective on the management of the relationship between students and universities and, particularly the handling of appeals and complaints.

Phil’s academic life started as a mature student, gaining his first degree at Southampton aged 27, having spent most of his 20s working in a music shop on the Isle of Wight and playing in several local bands.  After completing his doctorate, Phil taught at King Alfred’s College (now the University of Winchester) where he started in quality assurance before moving to London South Bank University.

Phil has always had an interest in the routes students take and the many and varied backgrounds they bring to their studies. He is a firm believer in the development of partnership models with students, and Students’ Unions, and would always rather manage difficulties, than manage disagreements.