Project steering group

Ilana Pressick Profile PhotoIlana Pressick is a Teaching Fellow within the Department of Children and Young People’s Health at Birmingham City University.  Ilana has worked in different intensive care settings since qualifying in 2009 and completed numerous post graduate nursing qualifications.  She joined the university in 2016 and teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate courses in nursing.  Currently she is involved in a small research project exploring how education within a clinical practice area can impact on student nurses transition.  As well as this she is also a participant in the HEFCE research project and a member of the HEFCE steering group.  She has presented at the university’s research cluster and conferences sharing her innovative and creative approach to teaching.  Ilana’s teaching and learning interest align with her believes that the infant, child, young person and their families should always be at the heart of the high-quality care we provide.  Ilana believes that one way of helping our nurses, of today and of the future, achieve this goal is to ensure that every learning experience is one that is not only thought-provoking, but also is fun and engaging.


Luke Millard profile photoLuke Millard is Head of the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at Birmingham City University. He is a Principal Fellow of the HEA which saw his application focus on students as partners and improving the learning experience. More recently Luke has spoken nationally on the University’s work on retention as he was the institutional lead for the University’s HEA’s What Works: student retention and success programme. He has designed and led masters level modules on student transition and the first year experience and is now the university lead for its HEFCE funded project looking at improving BME student attainment across the West Midland region. He is a Governor at an FE College and will host the European First Year Experience conference from 28-30 June 2017. His current area of research looks at student employment on campus and its impact on student learning habits and attitudes toward the university.


NTF2Dr Mark O’Hara is a Principal Fellow of the UK’s Higher Education Academy and Professor of Learning and Teaching at Birmingham City University (BCU) where he works as Associate Dean (Student Learning Experience & Quality) for the Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences. The overarching narrative underpinning his practice in Higher Education (HE) is one of widening participation and inclusion; whether pushing for enhanced engagement and inclusivity amongst students or developing imaginative opportunities to empower staff. A major part of his work over the past decade has included providing strategic leadership in relation to employability, high achievers recognition, inclusive educational practices and the development of systems to support disabled students.  He Chairs the UK RAISE Network’s Special Interest Group on Inclusive Practice and sits on the Department for Education’s Disabled Students’ Sector Leadership Group (DSSLG). Alongside these student engagement interests he has developed extensive staff development initiatives focussing on learning and teaching, programme leadership and personal tuition. In 2016 he was Conference Chair for the European Association of Institutional Research annual Forum on the theme of partnerships in HE.