IMG_20140731_171637WHO WE ARE

Dr Stephen Bulman – Director

Stephen Bulman has over two decades’ experience in UK higher education, including over ten years of successful academic management experience at Newman University, Leeds Trinity University and the University of Cumbria. He has been a head of department, head of school, associate dean, and vice-principal. He is a published academic in the field of African history and culture.

Stephen has significant HE development and quality assurance work including course and programme development, Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) auditing and taught degree awarding powers (TDAP) application work. He has a record of success across strategic planning, academic portfolio review, performance analysis/metrics, enhancing student satisfaction, developing student employability, restructure and change management, university/business collaboration, business incubation, and stakeholder engagement. He has recently produced a research report for the Higher Education Academy on teaching and learning in subject disciplines, working with over twenty PSRBs and learned societies.

Recent projects


  • Interim Strategic Development Consultant, School of Maritime Science & Engineering, Southampton Solent University, Sept. 2016- Feb. 2017
  • Interim Programme Group Lead, Features Journalism and English, Southampton Solent University, March – August, 2016
  • Project Consultant, Higher Education Academy, 2015
  • Associate Dean, University of Cumbria, 2011-13
  • Vice-Principal Academic, Leeds Trinity University, 2009-10
  • Head of School, Newman University, Birmingham, 2001-09
  • Head of History Department & Principal Lecturer, Newman University, 1998-2001


  • B.A. (Hons) Medieval and Modern History (University of Birmingham)
  • Ph.D. West African Studies (Centre of West African Studies, University of Birmingham)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy