Pro Vice-Chancellor, Professor Tansy Jessop

Special responsibilities:

  • Teaching and Learning
  •  Assessment and feedback
  • Curriculum

The PVC Education is responsible for creating a dynamic environment for inspiring, challenging, and research-rich teaching, curriculum and assessment at the University. The PVC Education provides academic leadership for enhancing and developing undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. In collaboration with the PVC Student Experience, the PVC Education is responsible for delivering the University’s Education and Student Experience Strategy.


Tansy Jessop took up the role of Pro Vice Chancellor Education in July 2019.  She was previously Professor of Research Informed Teaching at Solent University and Head of Learning and Teaching at the University of Winchester. Tansy leads the influential ‘Transforming the Experience of Students through Assessment’ (TESTA) research and change project, used widely in the UK and internationally.  TESTA has brought about a step change in assessment across the sector, reaching more than 50 UK universities and gaining international renown in Ireland, Australia and India.

Tansy was born in South Africa, educated at the universities of Cape Town and KwaZulu-Natal, and completed her PhD at the University of Southampton. Her doctoral studies investigated the influence of primary teachers’ narratives on their professional lives in rural KwaZulu-Natal in the turbulent context of factional violence and historical disadvantage. Tansy has previously worked as an education consultant for DFID and the British Council in Palestine and India. She believes in education as an intellectually stimulating pursuit, and as a public good to improve lives and society.

Tansy has been a consultant to more than 15 universities, won funding bids from the HEA, JISC, the British Council and HEFCE. She serves on the editorial board of the International Journal for Academic Development and Active Learning in Higher Education. She has published on assessment and feedback, research informed teaching, learning spaces, and social justice in education. She is regularly invited to be a keynote speaker at conferences on learning and teaching. Tansy was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2016 for her work on TESTA and her creative approach to teaching in higher education. 



You may contact Professor Tansy Jessop through Lillie Dineen, Executive Support Assistant, Vice-Chancellor's Office.


You can view Professor Tansy Jessop's expenses for the period 1 August 2019 to 31 January 2020 in the Senior Management expenses summary: 1 August 2019 - 31 January 2020 (PDF, 411kB).

Professor Jessop did not incur any expenses for the period 1 February 2020 to 31 July 2020.