Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience and Academic Quality Enhancement)

Professor Speight has lead responsibility in the University's senior management team for learning, teaching and assessment, academic quality, student satisfaction, widening access, and employability and skills. Professor Speight's vision is for a student learning experience that is research-led and practice-driven, delivered through a modern curriculum, and which puts the student voice at the heart of the decisions and practices which shape their educational experience.  

Professor Speight gained his PhD in Economics from Queen Mary, University of London, in 1988. He subsequently held teaching and research positions at Queen Mary, University of London, the University of Aberdeen and the University of Wales Aberystwyth.

He joined Swansea University in 1994 as Lecturer in Economics. He became Senior Lecturer in 1996 and was appointed Professor of Economics in 2002. In 2006 he became Professor of Finance. Between 2003 and 2008 Professor Speight held the position of Dean of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law. He was appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor with responsibility for the student experience and academic quality enhancement in December 2008.

Professor Speight serves on the committees of a range of external national bodies and agencies. He is a member of the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) Student Experience and Teaching Quality Committee, a member of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) Welsh Institutional Group and a member of the Higher Education Wales (HEW) PVC Learning and Teaching Advisory Group. He is also a member of the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Board and of the QAA Advisory Committee for Degree Awarding Powers.

Professor Speight is also an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Reviewer (Funding Applications & End-of-Project Reports) and a member of the ESRC Money, Macro and Finance (MMF) Research Group. He is a member of the Conference of Professors of Accounting & Finance (CPAF) and of the British Accounting (and Finance) Association (BAA).