Professor Roger Gibbard graduated from Reading in 1976, with a First in Estate Management, a forerunner of today's BSc Real Estate.
He returned to teach on that programme as a sessional academic in 1988, and alongside his farming and professional interests as a Chartered Surveyor, began his long-standing engagement with teaching and learning here. Roger was appointed to a full-time lectureship in Real Estate and Planning in 2002 and has twice held the post of Head of School, as well as doing spells as UG Admissions Tutor, Programme Director for the BSc Real Estate and MSc Rural Land and Business programmes, Senior Tutor, School Director of Teaching and Learning and more recently Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) for Henley Business School.
It was in this latter role that Roger developed his interest in transnational education: he has been involved in the University of Reading Malaysia (UoRM) project since its early inception, he was the architect behind the Business School’s BA Accounting with BIT Beijing, and has encouraged the development of several other international collaborations, as well as promoting and extending Henley’s student exchange programme with over a dozen partners globally, activities which helped him achieve his Chair in 2014.
As Teaching and Learning Dean, Roger oversees Teaching and Learning matters in Henley, the School of Built Environment and the International Study and Language Institute.
His overarching theme of internationalisation encompasses global engagement in the field of teaching activities in Europe and the rest of the world, and takes in responsibility for activities at the Malaysia campus and the Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology (NUIST) partnership.
Roger chairs the Standing Committee for Academic Misconduct, as well as the University Programmes Board, with responsibility for new programme approvals. He is also the designated Dean of Discipline, overseeing the application of the University’s regulations for student conduct.
“Getting teaching quality and the learning experience right is, to my mind, the most important thing that good universities do. Putting this firmly in a global context is essential in preparing our students for 21st Century society.”