Prof Robert Swinnock

Robert's Profile

Job title

Deputy Dean Quality and Student Experience

Academic qualifications

BA (Hons), MA

Professional recognition / membership

Institute of Hospitality

Job Role & Responsibilities

Monitoring and development of HE quality systems. Support schools on the development of existing and new programme areas. Support training of staff on HE quality matters. Developing the quality systems to support complaint HE apprenticeships. Collaborative working with students to enhance their learning experience. Co-lead on matters associated with external examining and dissemination of issues for the development of programmes.


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I joined University College Birmingham in 1995 having previously worked at upscale hotel operations in the UK and overseas. Extensive operational experience gained in airline catering at Schiphol Airport, Netherlands. My teaching experience has included extensive overseas exposure teaching postgraduate students in Hong Kong, Macau, Mauritius, Maldives, Jamaica and Ireland. In the past 10 years I have been involved in the development of assessment systems for higher education students across schools at UCB. I led on pilot Higher Apprenticeship programmes with industry partners. Current partnership development involved the development of an innovative programme for a commercial hotel group which offers aspiring employed managers the opportunity to gain an undergraduate award.

My role has evolved into examining the quality of education provision in The School of Health, Sport and Food and the experience students receive during their studies.


Whilst my current duties across the university now mean less teaching I still retain teaching contact with postgraduate students and the development of new staff.

Research interests and scholarly activity

HE Quality Systems, HE apprenticeship development

External Engagements

I am an external examiner and have held posts with a number of universities. Recent external examiner posts held with University of Surrey, Shannon Hotel School, Dublin DIT and Oxford Brookes University.

I am involved with the local central England branch of The Institute of Hospitality.

Other activities

In my spare time work I with an international youth organisation. I am a keen sailor in club level racing and youth training as a qualified instructor.

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