Nominated By: Simon Heath
Nominee Application Form: Part A
Title: Emeritus Professor
Family Names(s): Cobb
Mailing Address: Ingmire Lodge
Country: United Kingdom
Office Telephone: +0776 1249 841
Residence Telephone: +015396 22541
Nationality/Citizenship: British
Gender: Male
Date of Birth: 10-09-1949
Current Position: Self employed
Current Employer: Andrew Cobb Academic Services Ltd
Please indicate your fluency levels in various languages (Comma Separated)
Fluent in Reading: ENGLISH
Fluent in Writing: ENGLISH
Fluent in Speaking: ENGLISH
Academic Qualifications and Training
1. Degree, Institution, Year Completed: BSc (Honours) Applied Biology, Liverpool John Moores University (UK), 1972
2. Degree, Institution, Year Completed: PhD Plant Biochemistry, University of Lancaster (UK), 1975
3. Degree, Institution, Year Completed: FSB (Fellow of the Society of Biology), Society of Biology (UK), 1995
4. Degree, Institution, Year Completed: FHEA (Fellow of the Higher Education Academy), Higher Education Academy (UK), 2001
Nominee Application Form: Part B
  • Institutional quality assurance reviews / audits
  • Program reviews / accreditations
  • General QA consultancy
  • Setting up of new QA agency
  • Training of experts/external reviewers
  • Internal QA of institutions
  • External review of institutions
  • Quality Indicators and benchmarks
  • QA of Open learning institutes
  • Institutional assessment
  • QA of cross border offerings
  • Student feedback and surveys
  • Research assessment
Examples of Experience: National & International Consultations / Audit / Review
1. Brief Description: Subject review of Organismal Biosciences in UK universities for the QAA
University audits for the QAA (UK)
Institution/City/Country: 6 UK Universities 10 UK Universities
Date: 1997-2011
Type of Experience:
  • Consultancy
  • Institutional Audit / Assessment
  • Programme Review / Accreditation
2. Brief Description: External Assessor for Research Degree Awarding Powers
Review of UK HE provision in Singapore for the UK QAA
Institution/City/Country: A UK University Team examined 18 HEIs in UK and Singapore
Date: 2011
Type of Experience:
  • Consultancy
3. Brief Description: External Examiner for BSc and PhD degrees at EU Universities
Institution/City/Country: 9 UK HEIs for BSc, 1EU; 15 UK HEIs for PhD, 2EU by Research
Date: 1992-1999
Type of Experience:
  • Consultancy
  • Institutional Audit / Assessment
  • Programme Review / Accreditation
4. Brief Description: Chairman of accrediation events for the European Accreditation Agency for the Life Sciences
Institution/City/Country: 6 events at EU HEIs in 6 different countries
Date: 2004-2011
Type of Experience:
  • Consultancy
  • Programme Review / Accreditation
Nominee Application Form: Part C
Please write a professional profile of 500 words.
Professional Summary Description: I am an independent and experienced consultant, adviser, assessor and auditor of Higher Education, especially in the UK and the EU, including expertise in curriculum development and all aspects of quality assurance (QA). I was also recently a member of a UK team which reviewed the QA provision of 18 UK universities delivered in Singapore. Current roles include Chairman of the Board of the European Accreditation Agency for the Life Sciences (see and acting as an independent auditor for the UK Quality Assurance Agency.rnrnI was formerly Dean of the School of Agriculture (1997-2001), Director of Research and Dean of Academic Affairs (2001-2009) at Harper Adams, the leading, specialist land-based University in the UK.rnrnMy academic expertise is in agronomy, crop and plant sciences. My research expertise is in photosynthesis, the interaction of agrochemicals with plant physiology and the post-harvest physiology of potatoes. I have supervised over 40 postgraduate research students and published over 185 original publications, including the second edition of "Herbicides and Plant Physiology", 286pp. Wiley/Blackwell, October 2010.

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