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Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education)

Professor Tim Quine

Professor Tim Quine is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) and Professor of Earth Surface Science at the University of Exeter. Prior to taking on the Deputy Vice-Chancellor role in September 2015, Tim was the Academic Dean for Students having been the Associate Dean for Education for the College of Life and Environmental Sciences.

As the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education), Tim is responsible for delivering the University’s Education Strategy (2019--2025) with oversight of its implementation and monitoring through the Education Executive group, providing regular reports to Senate and Council (through Dual Assurance). The Education Strategy sets out Exeter’s vision for teaching, learning and student experience for the next five years, identifying priorities focused on enhancing undergraduate and postgraduate provision, supporting and enabling educators, and responding to the opportunities presented by digital transformation. Tim is currently the sponsor of Project Enhance, which is facilitating the university’s approach to maintaining educational opportunities and outcomes for students in response to the Covid-19 pandemic through the provision of a blended model of teaching and learning. Other key aspects of Tim’s portfolio include fair access and employability.

Tim maintains a close partnership with the Exeter Students’ Guild and The Falmouth and Exeter Students’ Union to ensure the quality and continual enhancement of the student experience. Finally, Tim works closely with the Academic Dean for Students, Associate Academic Deans for Students, Director of Education & Student Support and the six College Associate Deans for Education to ensure that the University maintains its excellent academic quality and standards and seeks to innovate to improve the educational experience of all Exeter students.

Tim undertakes research in Earth Surface Science that focuses on perturbation of the terrestrial carbon cycle and ecosystem services by soil erosion and sediment deposition. Tim’s research has a strongly international dimension and, in addition to continuing work in Europe, Tim’s current projects take him to China (Peking, Tianjin and Sun Yatsen Universities & IGSNRR Chinese Academy of Sciences), India (Indian Council for Agricultural Research) and South America (Brazilian National Institute for Space Research). Over 60% of his papers have been written with international collaborators. He was a Lead Author of the Regulating Services Chapter for the UK National Ecosystem Assessment and has been a member of National and International Working Groups on Geomorphology.

He is a member of University Senior Management Group, Senate and currently chairs the University’s Education Executive. He has been external examiner of undergraduate programmes at three Russell Group Universities, examined PhD theses at several UK and International Universities and has been involved in a number of Institutional reviews including Kazan University, at the Invitation of AKKORK (Russian equivalent to QAA).


BSc Archaeology, Institute of Archaeology (UCL), University of London.

PhD Archaeology, University of Strathclyde