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Spotlight on… Andy Sankey, Chief Examiner for Music, Performance & Production

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Published date 07 November 2018

Tell us about your role at UAL Awarding Body and what it involves.

The role is varied but to summarise it the purpose is to work with Senior Moderators and External Moderators to ensure academic and assessment national standards are being achieved, assessed and delivered accordingly. Lead various training and seminar events including; development groups, delivery group meetings, standardisation events, subject conferences, sharing good practice events etc. with an aim to support and build relationships with Centres and delivery teams working with them and the UAL awarding body teams to develop and produce high quality, innovative and sustainable qualifications.

How long have you worked at UAL Awarding Body and what was your previous role?

I started working with UALab in 2014 and before this I was the Curriculum Development Manager at a large FE college.

What is your proudest moment at UAL Awarding Body?

Developing a qualification and supporting centres to help them develop and deliver engaging and realistic curriculums and then to experience this happen across the country and influence hundreds of students and get positive feedback from your peers and students.

What is your favourite thing about working for UAL Awarding Body?

A chance to develop, support and positively influence the delivery of music qualifications.

If you were stuck on an island what three things would you bring?

Solar powered iPod
Swiss Army Knife

If given a chance, who would you like to be for a day?

I would want to be the Minister for Education, to ensure true diversity and equality is implemented within education.

What would it surprise people to know about you?

I started my career as a session guitarist and have released two albums a collaborative album with Ray Brown titled Never to Fade and solo instrumental album titled Marked Card. I have recently released a single – Hummingbird and continue to perform this and other original songs and arrangements with Chloe Hazel in an acoustic duo called Scarlet Coast, I also perform as a solo ukulele instrumentalist nationally and internationally. I have published composition which are used for TV, radio and film including; National Geographic, BBC, Absolute Radio, ITV, LCN etc. I write and review for magazines and have written academic papers on various subjects including; Acoustic Ecology and Baroque Composers and Musicians. All albums and singles available on the usual digital download and streaming sites, you will find more about me and my music here:

What is your favourite place in the world?

Where my family and dogs are, preferably outside in the sun, maybe on that island I am stuck on…