Professor and Head of Bioscience
The University of Sunderland

Professor Mark Davies is Professor and Head of Bioscience at the University of Sunderland, UK. Professor Davies's initial training, and continuing research interest, is in marine science, specifically the functioning of rocky shores. The proportion of work done in the tropics has steadily increased in the last twenty years and recently has included computational biology. In the last few years a burgeoning research interest in higher education, particularly assessment, has developed.

Professor Davies has extensive experience of evaluation and audit. He is an expert reviewer for the European Commission and national grant-awarding bodies in Europe. He has broad experience of quality systems in higher education internationally, including approval and review panel membership and chair (and delivering training for members and chairs), external examining (for research and taught programmes), accreditor and consultancy work in Australia, Bahrain, Croatia, Hong Kong, Ireland, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and the UK. He has delivered advice to both higher education institutions and governmental bodies and advises providers on policy and practice in relation to the professionalism of academic and senior staff. He has a wealth of experience in audit work for national agencies at both sub-institutional and institutional levels at a broad range of types of higher education provider, and additionally has experience of taught and research degree-awarding powers scrutiny.

Professor Davies has a strong commitment to inclusivity in higher education and is a UK National Teaching Fellow and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.