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Dr Sam Grogan

PVC Student Experience

Sam GroganSam joined the University of Salford as Dean of  Students in May 2014 and then moved into the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor  Student Experience in September 2016. Sam's role at Salford combines executive  responsibility for assurance of the quality and standards of the institutional  academic portfolio and its strategic direction and characteristics, alongside  leadership and enhancement of the wider student experience towards a holistic  sustainable student success that prepares students for life. This exciting,  creative role sees him work with students and colleagues across the University  and its partners to strategically enhance pedagogical practices, supporting  structures, processes and systems aligned to a positive student experience and  wider success.

Informing his work at Salford, Sam continues to  build on significant experience as an External Examiner, External panel member  and Non-Executive Director in tandem with his ongoing research work. His  research projects and writing in development focus on embodied pedagogies and  developing the ideas of risk and knowledge epistemologies in interdisciplinary  teaching and learning practices. He is currently leading work with a consortium  of UK universities working in partnership with the British Council on developments  in entrepreneurial and enterprise education in Palestine and the wider MENA  region.

Sam spent the early part of his career working  internationally as a freelance performer, choreographer and director. As a  theatre maker his work has encompassed dance theatre, musical theatre  choreography and small-scale touring of performances in numerous countries. Sam  transferred the skills and experience gained during this time into a higher  education context when he took up a lecturing position on the BA (Hons) Performing  Arts course at Bath Spa University in 2004. During his time at BSU, Sam worked  as a Senior Lecturer and Course Leader to eventually take up the role of Head  of Department. He was also awarded the title of Teaching Fellow in recognition  of excellence in teaching practice. Whilst at BSU, Sam also started his PhD and  developed research interests in notions of optimal experience in  multidisciplinary (pedagogical) settings.

In 2011, Sam left Bath Spa to take up the position  of Director of Higher Education at Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts  where, amongst other things, he developed an innovative CPD scheme accredited  by the HEA to recognise Fellowships.
Shortly after arriving at Salford he completed his  PhD and was awarded Principal Fellowship of the HEA. Sam has also taken up the  position of Director of the Teaching Excellence Alliance programme with  University Alliance, a programme designed to foster and promote a distinctive  model of teaching excellence in and across UA institutions.