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

Decision making (on behalf of Senate):

1. 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.

2. 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.

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).

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

6. To make decisions on priorities in relation to systems and processes in order to enhance the wider student experience.

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 University compliance with education processes and enhancement in relation to the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework.

9. To advise Senate on matters that relate to the delivery of educational strategic initiatives (or vica versa) including, but not limited to:

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 maintain oversight of, and advise University Management Team regarding, the Student Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy.


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

Job titleName
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education) [Chair] Professor Sally Heslop - interim Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education)
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement) Dr Erik Lithander
Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (Undergraduate Studies)  Professor Alvin Birdi 
Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (Graduate Studies)  Dr Kate Whittington - interim Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (Graduate Studies)
University Education Director (Online Courses)  Professor David Smith 
University Education Director (Personal Tutoring)  Professor Kelly Moule 
Faculty Education Director - UG  Dr Ann Pullen
Faculty Education Director - PG  Dr Humphrey Bourne
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 Education Quality and Policy [Committee Adviser]

Elinor Davies 

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

The scheduled dates for 2019-20 are as follows:

University Education Committee reporting schedule 2019-20 
Paper deadline for University Education CommitteeUniversity Education Committee meeting dateReports to Senate (meeting date)
Monday 16 September 2019 Wednesday 25 September 2019 Monday 28 October 2019
Friday 11 October 2019 Tuesday 22 October 2019 Monday 9 December 2019
Monday 18 November 2019 Wednesday 27 November 2019 Monday 24 February 2020
Monday 20 January 2020 Wednesday 29 January 2020
Monday 9 March 2020 Wednesday 18 March 2020 Monday 6 April 2020
Wednesday 8 April 2020 (due to Easter bank holidays and closure day) Wednesday 22 April 2020 Monday 29 June 2020
Monday 11 May 2020 Wednesday 20 May 2020
Monday 8 June 2020 Wednesday 17 June 2020 2020/21



Please see the diagram demonstrating the University Education Committee - reporting structure (PDF, 113kB)    

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)