University Education Committee and Education Programme Board

University Education Committee was established in 1994 as an overarching quality assurance committee for educational matters.  It reports to Senate.

In 2019/20 the Committee is sharing its meetings with the Education Programme Board, which reports to the Academic Portfolio Board. 

Shortcuts: Purpose | Terms of Reference | Membership | Quorum | Mode of operation and agenda setting | Meeting dates | Sub-committees | Record of business


The main purposes of University Education Committee are to:

The main purposes of the Curriculum Enhancement Programme Board are to:

Terms of reference

University Education Committee Terms of Reference

Decision making (on behalf of Senate):

1. To develop and articulate the University's vision for education enhancement and innovation via the University’s Education Strategy and maintain oversight of its delivery.

2. To make decisions on educational priorities, with the aim of enhancing the academic experience for students and with regard to the Education Strategy and the Unversity's education-related risks and Strategic Performance Indicators (SPIs).

3. To make decisions and maintain strategic oversight for education, for all programmes from foundation to doctoral levels, within the context of the Education Strategy. This includes:

4. To make decisions on proposals for new programmes of study (foundation, undergraduate, taught postgraduate and postgraduate research), for major modifications to existing programmes and for the suspension and withdrawal of programmes (including teaching out plans). Detailed scrutiny will be undertaken by University Academic Quality and Standards Committee.

5. To make decisions, where appropriate, on proposals for external educational partnerships, collaborative arrangements and arrangements for validation of degrees offered by other institutions. Detailed scrutiny will be undertaken by University Academic Quality and Standards Committee. 

6. To make decisions on priorities in relation to infrastructure, systems and processes in order to support the University's vision for education and input into the University's Integrated Planning Process. The committee will refer matters that are outside its scope to the University Executive Board, the Portfolio Boards, faculty committees and other individuals and groups as appropriate. 

7. To make decisions on admissions policy and criteria relating to widening participation and entry tariffs.

Advisory to other committees:

8. To advise Senate on high-level strategic engagement with the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework.

9. To keep Senate updated on matters that relate to the delivery of educational strategic initiatives.

10. To provide Senate with an annual positioning paper to advise on the current debates and key areas of work in the education arena and seek input on strategic institution-level education issues.

11. To advise the Board of Trustees on University compliance with the Office for Students regulatory framework.

12. To advise the Learning and Teaching Spaces Corporate Board on education priorities and initiatives, to ensure planning for physical and digital environment takes into account the University's vision for education.

Curriculum Enhancement Programme Board Terms of Reference

1. To act as visible champions of the programme, providing support and leadership of the programme to all members of University staff, liaising with Deans and other senior and managerial staff to promote the programme outcomes.

2. To support and contribute to the communications elements of the programme, liaising with Deans, Heads of School, Faculty Managers and others as required in order to gain commitment to the objectives of the programme.

3. Oversight of the programme ensuring that the programme plan remains aligned to the vision. This will involve review of the plan, its major milestones, review points and agreeing closure.

4. Review and resolution of risks and policy decisions escalated by the project boards. This may involve direct provision of support by members of the Board, making recommendations for additional resource, or other means of resolving risks.

5. Vigilance on dependencies and assistance in resolving these between projects in the programme as well as any other strategic University programmes, projects and existing policies.

6. Ensuring the delivery of outcomes identified by the programme.


The membership of the Committee and Programme Board for 2019-20 is as follows:

Job titleName
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education) [Chair] Professor Tansy Jessop 
Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) Dr Mark Allinson
Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (PGR) Professor Robert Bickers
Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (Innovation and Enhancement) Professor Alvin Birdi
Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education Quality and Standards) Professor Sally Heslop
University Education Director (Online Courses)  Professor David Smith 
University Education Director (Personal Tutoring)  Professor Kelly Moule 
Faculty Education Director (representing UG)  Dr James Freeman
Faculty Education Director (representing PGT) Dr Humphrey Bourne
Bristol SU UG Education Officer Hillary Gyebi-Ababio
Bristol SU PG Education Officer Chris Brasnett
Deputy Registrar (Academic Services) Lynn Robinson
Academic Registrar and Director of Education Services Paula Coonerty
Director of Education Quality and Policy [Committee Adviser]

Elinor Davies 

Education Strategy Manager Martha Quinn-Forgan
Associate Professor Learning and Teaching Ros O'Leary
Vice-Chancellor Professor Hugh Brady
In addition to the above individuals, the following staff are members of the Curriculum Enhancement Programme Board and join meetings for the Programme Board discussions:
Senior Project Manager Elena Christie
Director of Education Innovation and Executive Director of the Bristol Institute for Learning and Teaching Sarah Davies
Programme Manager Sam Mongon
Senior Academic Developer Professor Nigel Savery
Senior Academic Developer Professor Paul Wyatt

In attendance:


The Chair or nominee and at least five other members of the Committee.

Mode of operation and agenda setting

The Committee will normally meet eight times a year.

 From 2019/20 University Education Committee is adopting a new mode of operation whereby its focus (and agendas) will be divided across:

To enable the committee to operate efficiently and devote time to the deep dives, new paperwork requirements for University Education Committee (PDF, 70kB) are introduced for 2019/20. 

Templates are available for paper authors:

Please contact the Secretary (Kathryn Maycock) if you wish to discuss adding an item to the agenda for University Education Committee. The paper deadlines for University Education Committee are listed as part of the meeting dates however items for the agenda must be raised with the Secretary at least 3 weeks before the meeting date so that the agenda can be finalised at a pre-meeting with the Chair.    

Meeting dates

University Education Committee and Education Programme Board meeting schedule 2019-20 
Paper deadlines for University Education Committee and Curriculum Enhancement Programme BoardUniversity Education Committee and Curriculum Enhancement Programme Board meeting date
Interim paper deadlineFinal paper deadline
Wednesday 18 September 2019 Monday 23 September 2019 Wednesday 2 October 2019
Tuesday 8 October 2019  Friday 11 October 2019 Tuesday 22 October 2019
Wednesday 13 November 2019  Monday 18 November 2019 Wednesday 27 November 2019
Wednesday 15 January 2020 Monday 20 January 2020 Wednesday 29 January 2020
Wednesday 26 February 2020 Monday 2 March 2020 Wednesday 11 March 2020
Friday 3 April 2020 (due to Easter bank holidays and closure day)  Wednesday 8 April 2020 (due to Easter bank holidays and closure day) Wednesday 22 April 2020
Wednesday 6 May 2020  Monday 11 May 2020 Wednesday 20 May 2020
Wednesday 3 June 2020  Monday 8 June 2020 Wednesday 17 June 2020

An interim paper deadline is scheduled 2 weeks before the meeting date. Papers and presentations submitted by this deadline will be reviewed by the Secretary and the Committee Adviser and feedback provided to authors if changes are required (e.g. cover sheet needs to be clearer, questions posed to committee don’t fall within its remit and should be amended, next steps don’t seem appropriate etc). 

The final paper deadline is 1 week and 2 days before the meeting date. Feedback cannot be provided on papers and presentations submitted by this deadline therefore the authors run the risk of the committee finding the paperwork unclear and being unable to usefully discuss it. If the Secretary and Committee Adviser feel the paperwork is particularly unclear then the item may be removed from the agenda or rescheduled for a later meeting.  


Please see the diagram demonstrating the education governance reporting structure (PDF, 121kB)       

Record of business

Summary reports from University Education Committee are available for download (UoB only)