University Learning and Teaching Committee

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The University Learning and Teaching Committee is a sub-committee of the University Education Committee. 


The purpose of the Committee is to:

a) Develop and maintain the strategic framework for taught education for the University;
b) Have oversight of the provision of taught (UG and PGT) education at the University;
c) Enhance the academic experience for students on taught programmes, including the taught elements of PGR programmes.

Terms of reference

The Committee has delegated authority from University Education Committee (UEC) for decision-making on the matters within its remit, except where:

Strategic framework for taught education

  1. Contribute to and advise upon the strategic development of taught education at the University, as set out in the University Education Strategy to include the physical and digital environment for learning, teaching and assessment.

Provision of taught education

  1. Establish the principles for new regulation and policy to govern learning, teaching and assessment within taught programmes , and review the implementation and operation of such policies to enable an excellent student experience.
  2. Keep under review the implementation and operation of existing regulations and policies that govern learning, teaching and assessment within taught programmes,* and refine as appropriate.
  3. Respond to relevant institution-level outputs from the University’s quality framework.
  4. Contribute to the implementation of institution-level projects for enhancing learning, teaching and assessment at the University.
  5. Work with the Bristol Institute for Learning and Teaching to encourage education innovation, share good practice and ensure staff are supported and enabled to innovate and deliver high-quality learning and teaching.
  6. Consider specific issues facing the University within learning, teaching and assessment in taught programmes on behalf of University Education Committee, the faculty boards and other relevant committees.

Student academic experience

  1. Lead on strategic initiatives that enhance the academic experience of students on taught programmes.
  2. Develop and implement strategies to obtain feedback from taught students.



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

Job titleName
Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) [Chair] Dr Mark Allinson

Faculty Education Directors

  • Arts
  • Engineering
  • Health Sciences
  • Life Sciences
  • Science
  • Social Sciences and Law


  • Dr Leah Tether and Dr James Freeman
  • Colin Dalton and Dr Nicholas Howden
  • Professor Sheena Warman and Professor Astrid Linthorst
  • Dr Ann Pullen
  • Professor David Smith
  • Dr Rachel Lart and Dr Humphrey Bourne

University Education Director (Academic Support)

Professor Kelly Moule

Director of Education Quality and Policy Elinor Davies
Faculty Education Manager Katie Allan
Bristol SU Undergraduate Education Officer Hillary Gyebi-Ababio
Bristol SU Postgraduate Education Officer Chris Brasnett
Representatives from BILT Professor Alvin Birdi and Professor Sally Barnes
Representative from AQPO [committee advisor] Barbara Furnival 
Representative from the Careers Service Hannah Pearce
Representative from the Library Service Sarah Newbold
Representative from the Digital Education Office Hilary Griffiths

 In attendance:


The Chair (or nominee) and at least five other staff members of the Committee to include three FEDs, at least one with UG oversight and one with PGT oversight.

Mode of Operation

1. The Committee will normally meet seven times a year.
2. The Committee will normally report to University Education Committee following each meeting.

Meeting dates

University Learning and Teaching Committee reports to University Education Committee so the meetings are scheduled to enable this.

The scheduled dates for 2019-20 are as follows:

University Learning and Teaching Committee meeting schedule 2020/21
Paper deadlinesMeeting dates
Tuesday 29 September 2020 Wednesday 7 October 2020
Monday 2 November 2020 Tuesday 10 November 2020
Monday 7 December 2020 Tuesday 15 December 2020
Monday 1 February 2021 Tuesday 9 February 2021
Monday 1 March 2021 Tuesday 9 March 2021
Monday 19 April 2021 Tuesday 27 April 2021
Monday 17 May 2021 Tuesday 25 May 2021


Record of business

Summary reports from University Learning and Teaching Committee are available for download (UoB only).