University Education Committee

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

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The main purposes of the committee are to:

Terms of reference

Advisory (to the Senate):

1. To advise on activities to enable University compliance with the Office for Students regulatory framework.

2. To advise on activities to enable University compliance with education processes and enhancement in relation to the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework.

3. To advise on congruence between the education strategy and other relevant strategies, including those for:

4. To provide 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.

Decision making (on behalf of the Senate):

5. To develop and maintain oversight of the University’s education strategy and associated strategies, relating to the student experience and the retention, employability and lifelong relationship between the University and its students.

6. To make decisions on educational priorities, with the aim of enhancing the student experience and with regard to the education strategy.  To raise appropriate matters outside the scope of the committee with University Management Team, the Portfolio Boards, the faculty committees and other individuals and groups as appropriate.

7. To develop, maintain oversight and be responsible for educational regulations, policy, standards and quality assurance framework, for all programmes from foundation to doctoral levels, within the context of the education strategy.

8. 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).

9. To make decisions on proposals for external educational partnerships, collaborative arrangements and arrangements for validation of degrees offered by other institutions.

10. To maintain oversight of appropriate systems and processes and make decisions on priorities in order to enhance the wider student experience.

11. To monitor and review strategy, policy and procedure in respect of the student journey, including but not limited to: registration; student attendance at, and completion of, programmes and examinations; academic and pastoral support; the operation of the appeal, complaints and student grievance procedures.

13. To oversee the development of a lifelong relationship with our alumni, and to oversee the promotion of careers work, employability and enterprise within the University.

14. To promote enhancement in learning, teaching and student research through the identification and dissemination of good practice.

15. To promote active student engagement in matters relating to the standards and quality of taught and research degree programmes and the academic experience of students on those programmes.


The membership of the Committee for 2018-19 is as follows:

Job titleName
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education) [Chair] Professor Judith Squires
Pro Vice-Chancellor (International and Student Recruitment) Dr Erik Lithander
Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (Undergraduate Studies)  Professor Alvin Birdi 
Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (Graduate Studies)  Professor Sally Heslop 
University Education Director (Online and Blended Courses)  Professor David Smith 
University Education Director (Personal Tutoring)  Professor Kelly Moule 
Faculty Education Director - UG  TBC 
Faculty Education Director - PG  Dr Kate Whittington 
Chair of Learning Environment Committee  Professor Sally Barnes 
Bristol SU UG Education Officer Nasra Ayub
Bristol SU PG Education Officer Shubham Singh
Deputy Registrar (Academic Services) Lynn Robinson
Academic Registrar and Director of Education Services Paula Coonerty
Director of Academic Quality and Policy [Committee Adviser] TBC
Education Strategy Manager Martha Quinn-Forgan
Vice-Chancellor Professor Hugh Brady

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.

Please contact the Secretary (Kathryn Maycock) if you have any queries regarding University Education Committee or wish to discuss adding an item to the agenda.  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 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 reports to Senate so the meetings are scheduled to enable this. 

The scheduled dates for 2018-19 are as follows:

University Education Committee reporting schedule 2018-19
Paper deadline for University Education CommitteeUniversity Education Committee meeting dateReports to Senate meeting date
Monday 17 September 2018 Wednesday 26 September 2018 Monday 15 October 2018
Monday 15 October 2018 Wednesday 24 October 2018 Monday 10 December 2018
Monday 19 November 2018 Wednesday 28 November 2018 Monday 25 February 2019
Monday 14 January 2019 Wednesday 23 January 2019 Monday 25 February 2019
Monday 25 February 2019 Wednesday 6 March 2019 Monday 15 April 2019
Monday 25 March 2019 Wednesday 3 April 2019 Monday 10 June 2019
Thursday 2 May 2019 (due to bank holiday) Tuesday 14 May 2019 Monday 10 June 2019
Monday 10 June 2019 Wednesday 19 June 2019 2019/20


Please see the diagram demonstrating the University Education Committee - structure and working groups (PDF, 323kB)  

Record of business

University Education Committee submits regular reports to Senate (its parent committee) to record its recent business.  These reports are available for download (UoB only)