Matthew Kitching

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Matthew Kitching is Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Students’ Union at Buckinghamshire New University. Simultaneously, Matthew is completing his MBA in the Edinburgh Business School at Heriot-Watt University and undertaking his PhD in Higher Education at Lancaster University. As part of the latter, his research focusses on quality assurance, and in particular student involvement in international QA, as well as projects concerning student unions and student leadership and engagement.

Matthew is also a Board member of EQ-Arts and has over 10 years’ experience of quality assurance having previously worked as a reviewer, student engagement adviser and trainer for the European Students’ Union and a wide range of QA agencies in Europe, South America and Asia.

In addition, Matthew is Regional Editor (Western Europe) of the Journal of Comparative & International Higher Education, a peer reviewer for the Student Engagement in Higher Education Journal and a member of the Society for Research into Higher Education, the Consortium of Higher Education Researchers and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, where he holds the position of Graduate Student Co-Chair of the International Education Knowledge Community.

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Matthew Kitching

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Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Students’ Union at Buckinghamshire New University
MBA student in the Edinburgh Business School at Heriot-Watt University
PhD student in Higher Education at Lancaster University


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Student Reviewer

14/01/2019 13/01/2020
Student Reviewer 14/01/2020 13/01/2021
Student observer at Board of Directors 12/06/2020 ongoing
Review visits London American City College; University of Maribor, Faculty of Economics and Business; Alfred Nobel University; United International Business Schools (UIBS); AMA International University Bahrain; Middle East College;

ECBE's 2020 Conference

25 years of ECBE:

Searching for Excellence
in Business Education

 November 19th - 21st, 2020

Pre conference seminar:
Standards of quality assurance
in the European
Higher Education Area EHEA:
Commitment to creating a
quality culture in business education

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ENQA registration process

  • 02/10/2020: ENQA review visit to ECBE is planned to start
  • 29/06/2020: ENQA review visit to ECBE is planned to start, but, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is postponed to Fall
  • 29/02/2020: ECBE Self-Assessment Report was submitted to ENQA
  • 10/02/2020: Updates of the ECBE Quality Management Manual
  • 06/11/2019: The BoD approves the Bye-Laws, version 2.3.
  • 28/05/2019: EQAR confirms that the application by ECBE for inclusion on the Register is eligible
  • 14/05/2019: ECBE submits the application for EQAR registration
  • 15/04/2019: ENQA and ECBE agree on the full membership time-line; contract is signed
  • 14/01/2019: The General Meetings in Brussels approve the new Statutes

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