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Professor Pamela Abott has worked in higher education in the UK and Rwanda for over 30 years and during that period she has gained a good understanding of quality enhancement and standards for both teaching and learning and research. Professor Abbott has been a member of quality review committee for teaching and learning in the UK and Oman and was the foundation Executive Director of the Higher Education Council in Rwanda. Professor Pamela has also been a member of the Sociology Panel for the HEFCE Research Assessment Exercise. Professor Abott regularly reviews application for research funding for a number of research funders in the UK and Europe and peer review articles for a number of social science journals. She served as an assistant dean of a faculty, the executive director of a school of social sciences and vice principal (equivalent) of three institutions of higher education. In all these post, Professor Pamela had responsibility for performance management and strategic planning. At Glasgow Caledonian University, for example, she was the lead executive member for the development of a new strategic plan. In Rwanda, Professor Pamela was responsible for leading the development and implementation of a performance management system for academic staff in higher education. Professor Pamela provided academic leadership in a number of roles during her career from being a head of department at the University of Plymouth (then Plymouth Polytechnic) in the 1980s to leading the development of a quality enhancement system for higher education in Rwanda in the first decade of the 21st Century. Throughout her career, Professor Pamela Abbott has contributed to teaching and has been an active researcher. She has an international reputation for research in gender and the quality of life. Professor Pamela published research monographs and text books as well as articles in peer review journals. She was responsible for developing training programmes for PhD supervisors and training in research ethics. Professor Pamela was part of the team that developed one of the first Masters in Research Methods degrees at the University of Plymouth in the 1980s and secured funding from the British Council in 2006 to develop and deliver a masters in social research methods in Rwanda. Professor Pamela served as a Director of research for institute of policy analysis and research- Rwanda from 2010 to 2014.