Syed has been involved in strategic leadership and management in the Further and Higher Education sectors with a keen interest across Civil Engineering; Construction Management and associated Built Environment areas. Syed has contributed significantly towards a range of new initiatives focusing on quality assurance and pedagogic approaches in Higher Education across vocational, degree apprenticeships and post graduate qualifications. During his time as an academic leader and manager, Syed has chaired various Board of Examiners, Committees and Appeals Panels.
Syed has extensive experience of institutional and qualifications approvals both within the UK as well as in Europe, Middle East and South East Asia. Syed has international experience of developing occupational standards, vocational qualifications and associated curricula across all levels including post-secondary and post-graduate. Syed has also been responsible for managing partner institutions within UK and overseas following various franchised and validated models. Syed is actively involved with a number of Quality Assurance agencies and Awarding Organisations, the work which primarily focuses on provider approvals, monitoring and intervention as well as standardisation of quality assurance policies and procedures.
Syed currently works as Head of Civil Engineering Department at Nottingham Trent University. Syed is part of the university’s Shadow Executive Team where he shadows the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Development and Performance). He has provided significant contribution towards university’s quality assurance processes including Equality, Diversity and inclusion.
Syed has significant experience of being an External Examiner not only in the UK but also for countries such as Jordan, Greece, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Myanmar, Bahrain and Oman. This experience spans across twenty years or so. Syed is responsible to standardise the quality assurance processes for Pearson’s Levels 4
– 7 Work Based Learning programmes across the UK.