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Dr Annie Grant

Former Dean of Students, University of East Anglia

Following a career as an academic archaeologist at Oxford and Reading Universities, Annie took up a post at the University of Leicester where she established and directed the Educational Development and Support Centre, an integrated student advice and guidance service. In 2004 she moved to the University of East Anglia as Dean of Students and remained there until her formal retirement at the end of 2015.

Annie has a longstanding interest in promoting equality of opportunity and student wellbeing and success. She has spoken at conferences in the UK and abroad and undertaken consultancies for HEIs on areas that include the role of student services in HE, research and quality assurance, student skills development, provision for students with disabilities and mental health difficulties, student retention and student-centred approaches to learning and teaching.

Annie was on the Executive Committee of AMOSSHE from 2001 to 2008 and chaired the Working Group for the Promotion of Mental Wellbeing in Higher Education from 2009 to 2013. She is currently the Chair of the Students Against Depression Advisory Board.

In 2009, Annie was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy in recognition of her contribution to the enhancement of the student learning experience in higher education.

She is now a freelance writer, researcher and consultant and currently both picking up some of her earlier archaeological research and writing a book on the role of student services in HE.