Paul Blackmore is Professor of Higher Education at the Policy Institute, King’s College London. He has led academic development and research centres at the Universities of Warwick, Coventry and King’s, in the UK.
A HEFCE-funded study of 26 institutions worldwide led to a major report and a 2012 book Strategic curriculum change in universities: global trends. In 2016 he published Prestige in academic life: Excellence and exclusion, exploring difference and motivation in academic life, and a Leadership Foundation for Higher Education-funded study: The role of prestige in UK universities: Vice-chancellors’ perspectives.
Paul was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2013. He speaks internationally and nationally on strategic curriculum change and on academic prestige.
Javier Paricio is a tenured lecturer at the Faculty of Education of the University of Zaragoza. He has been the vice-rector for Teaching Innovation and responsible for the quality of University degrees between 2008 and 2012.
He was the director of the Institut de Ciències de l’Educació (Institute of Education Sciences) between 2003 and 2008, and has been involved in both the support for innovation projects and the improvement of University teaching since 1989; he is a member of the board of directors of the Red Estatal de Docencia Universitaria (Red-U).
(National University Teaching Network); a member of the degree verification and accreditation committees of the Agencia de Calidad de Castilla y León (ACSUCyL) (Castilla y Leon Quality Agency); a member of the group that was awarded first prize for Innovation in Education by the University of Zaragoza in 2004
A researcher specialized in quality and improvement in teaching in Higher Education. He has published on these issues and has given seminars, courses and training activities addressing Spanish university lecturers. He has also been a speaker and a member of the scientific committee in many conferences, meetings and national and international activities on this topic.
Josep Joan Moreso
Josep Joan Moreso is a full professor of Legal Philosophy at Pompeu Fabra University (UPF). He holds a bachelor’s degree in Law (1983) and a PhD in Law, from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). He has also been a lecturer at UAB and at the University of Girona (UdG), and honorary guest lecturer at Diego Portales University, Santiago de Chile.
He has mainly worked on theory of law and foundations of the Constitution. He has published a dozen books and two hundred articles and papers with different publishing houses and national and international Law journals. He is a contributor to the Filosofía y Derecho collection (Philosophy and Law), Marcial Pons publishing company, and of Ratio Juris and Doxa journals.
He was Pompeu Fabra University rector from 2005 to 2013, and he is currently the president of the Agència per a la Qualitat del Sistema Universitari de Catalunya (AQU) (Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency) and the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB).
Isabel de Arco
Doctor in Educational Psychology granted an extraordinary doctorate award by the University of Lleida (UdL).
Tenured University lecturer (TUC) with the Department of Pedagogy and Psychology of the Faculty of Education, Psychology and Social Work at the University of Lleida (UdL).
She was director of the Institute of Educational Sciences (ICE) of the UdL until 2005 when she became vice-rector for Teaching at the University of Lleida, promoting the transformation to the EHEA.
She currently coordinates the Organizational Development Team research group SGR (2014SGR-176) at the University of Lleida (EDO-UdL).
On two occasions she has been awarded the JAUME VICENS VIVES AWARD FOR UNIVERSITY TEACHING QUALITY, once in the joint category, awarded by the Catalan Government on 27/08/2013 for participating in the design and implementation of the project for the Improvement of the Initial Training of Primary School Teachers through the Alternation Model, and also, in the individual category, awarded by the Catalan Government on 30/08/2011.
Josep M Vilalta
Josep M. Vilalta Verdú (Barcelona, 1965). Since 2007 he is Executive Secretary of the Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP). He is also Director of the Global University Network for Innovation (GUNi), composed by the UNESCO, the United Nations University and the ACUP, where the permanent Secretariat relies. He holds a degree in History and Geography (Universitat de Barcelona), a Master in Public Management (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), a Master in Political and Social Theory (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) and a postgraduate degree in Higher Education Management (Open University at Universiteit Twente).
Before he held the following positions and responsibilities: Deputy Director General for Research of the Generalitat de Catalunya, Head of the Evaluation, Studies and University Cooperation of the Generalitat de Catalunya, Head of the Strategic Planification Unit of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Coordinator of the UNESCO Chair for University Management, Deputy Director of Management of the Laboratori d’Enginyeria Marítima (Ocean Engineering Laboratory) (UPC) and Executive Secretary of the International Centre for Coast Resources. He has lectured in the fields of public management, public policy and university and research management in different universities and centres. He also promoted and coordinated a Master in University Management and Policies.
He has written more than sixty publications (books, chapters of books, articles and reports) in the following areas: university leadership, management and public policies, organisation, management and university funding, university policies and governance, research management and policy, knowledge management and innovation. Recently, he has been the Director of the Annual directory of the Fundació Jaume Bofill “Reptes de l’educació a Catalunya” and “Una agenda per transformar l’educació a Catalunya”.
Màrius Martínez holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and the Arts and a PhD in Educational Sciences. He is a Vocational Guidance tenured lecturer at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). He has been the coordinator of the bachelor’s degree in Social Education (UAB).
Vice-dean of Academic Planning (UAB); dean of the Faculty of Education (UAB); vice-president of the Conferencia de Directores y Decanos de Magisterio y Educación de España (Conference of Spanish Head Teachers and Deans of Teaching and Education); a lecturer on the bachelor’s degree in Pedagogy, the master’s degree in Teaching in Secondary Schools and on the master’s degree in Research.
He has spent several training stages in universities in Belgium, Holland, United Kingdom, Denmark, Italy and Chile, and he regularly collaborates with the Catalan ministries of Education and Justice and the Diputació de Barcelona (Barcelona Provincial Council”). He is currently vice-rector for International Relations.