(Deputy Registrar) is Senior Coordinator for Academic Planning and Quality Assurance at the City University of Hong Kong. Reporting directly to the Provost and President, his portfolio includes strategic and academic planning, institutional research, quality assurance and liaison with the Universities Grants Committee of Hong Kong. Dr. Downing is a Chartered Psychologist and Scientist as well as Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society with wide international experience including senior academic and administrative posts in Europe and Asia. His published work centres on psychology, education and metacognitive development. In his current role he has helped successive Presidents reshape City University of Hong Kong,taking them from 198th in the 2004 Times Higher/QS World University Rankings to 129th in the 2010 World University Rankings.
Dr. Downing was awarded the City University of Hong Kong Teaching Excellence Award in 2004/2005 for his contribution to the development of blended learning with the innovative use of technology to promote active student engagement. He is the recipient of the prestigious International Award for Innovative use of Technology in Teaching and Learning conferred in the USA in April 2004.