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Pro Vice-Chancellor, Student Experience and Academic Standards

Prof Amanda Coffey
Professor Amanda Coffey BA (Hons), PGCE, MSc, PhD, FHEA, FAcSS

Professor Amanda Coffey is Pro Vice-Chancellor, Student Experience and Academic Standards.

She is responsible for the University's teaching and learning portfolio, programmes of study, academic standards and the quality of the student experience. As Pro Vice-Chancellor, Professor Coffey is also a member of the University Executive Board.


Her specific responsibilities include:

  • oversight of the development and delivery of our education strategy
  • quality assurance processes for excellence in academic standards
  • enhancement of the student experience
  • Widening access and participation activities.


Professor Coffey is a sociologist, with a distinguished track record of research in a range of social science areas including education, young people, transitions to adulthood and adoption studies.

In particular, she has built an international reputation for excellence in qualitative research development and qualitative methodologies. She directed the Cardiff node of the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods from 2005-8, leading a research and capacity building programme directly benefitting professional researchers, predominantly within the social sciences, but from other disciplinary areas too. She was also one of the founding co-directors of the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD), an interdisciplinary research centre which is continuing to undertake an ambitious data integration, primary research and capacity building programme across Wales.

Amanda has a strong track record of attracting externally funded research and of research management. She has also served as the editor of leading social science journals including Sociology and Sociological Research Online, and as an executive editor of the British Journal of Sociology of Education.

Teaching and learning

Leadership in teaching, learning and education has been an important element of Amanda's career. She has held a number of education related roles within the School of Social Sciences and across the University.  In 2012, she led a successful HEI partnership to accredit and deliver the Welsh Government’s Masters in Educational Practice, designed to give newly qualified school teachers enhanced support and knowledge to have a positive impact on learner outcomes in Wales.


In 2011 Professor Coffey was elected as a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. She is also a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Professor Coffey represents the University on a number of Welsh and UK committees related to her portfolio.

Contact details

Personal Assistant: Emma Mattin