New Director appointed for the Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence (LITE)

We are delighted to announce that Professor Gabriel Cavalli has been appointed the new Director of the Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence (LITE)

Professor Gabriel Cavalli

Gabriel Cavalli looking straight down the camera, wearing a purple striped shirt, a dark blazer and black glasses

Gabriel joins us from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) where he was Executive Vice-Dean in the Queen Mary Engineering School and founding Director of the QMUL’s Centre for Academic Inclusion in Science and Engineering (CAISE).  

CAISE champions inclusive education in STEM and the implementation of the QM Inclusive Curriculum in QM Science and Engineering Schools.  

Gabriel has been involved in teaching and learning since 1993, in a variety of roles and settings in Uruguay, the UK and China. He is interested in the role of language in learning, and how this shapes issue of academic and subject inclusion for learners.  

Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, Gabriel completed a Bachelor's degree in chemistry at the Universidad de la Republica, followed by a Master's degree in chemistry in Organic Synthesis and Applied Biocatalysis. He completed his PhD at Imperial College London in Polymer and Organic Chemistry.  

Professor Jeff Grabill, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Student Education said: ‘We are delighted to have Gabriel join us with his extensive experience and knowledge of active and research led teaching.  

“Gabriel is a community builder, and he will be a huge asset to the LITE team and the University. He will play a major role in helping Leeds realise its ambition to be a recognised international leader in educational knowledge and practice.  

“I’d also like to take the opportunity to thank Dr Isobel Whitehouse who has successfully guided LITE over the last four years. She and the LITE team have done a fantastic job, and I know they’re all very excited to welcome Gabriel and work together on our ambitious future.” 

Speaking of his appointment to the role, Gabriel said: “I’m delighted to join the University of Leeds, particularly at a time when it’s delivering such an ambitious educational strategy.  

“I feel privileged to have been chosen to lead LITE, a beacon of scholarship of teaching and learning in the UK. LITE’s achievements, impact and proud history are well recognised in the sector; I know I have big shoes to fill.  

“The commitment and enthusiasm of Leeds’s wider community for educational excellence is hugely inspiring. I’m excited to become part of this community and look forward to meeting and working with you all.”  

Gabriel will join the University in February 2024. 

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