Academic Quality and Standards Committee

Committee description

Secretary: Liz McAleer, Email:

Terms of Reference

(a)       To oversee the development, implementation, monitoring and approval of the University’s policies and procedures for assuring and enhancing the quality and standards of its learning, teaching and assessment.

(b)       To approve requests for exemption from the Code of Practice on Assessment and make recommendations to Senate in response to new or revised Ordinances.

(c)       To oversee the University’s interactions with the relevant external bodies responsible for quality assurance, including professional and statutory bodies with responsibility for accrediting the University’s taught programmes, and the Higher Education Academy.

Reporting Relationship

The Academic Quality and Standards Committee reports to Senate, and refers matters to the Education Committee as appropriate.

Frequency of Meetings

The Academic Quality and Standards Committee usually meets on five occasions during the academic year.


The quorum for meetings of the Academic Quality and Standards Committee shall be one quarter of the membership.

Members or key people

The Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education (Chair)

Professor G Brown

Three academic staff members from each Faculty


          Science and Engineering

Dr J Haddley


Dr D Hutchcroft


Professor L Sheffield (Deputy Chair)

          Health and Life Sciences

Professor A German


Dr S MacKay


Professor F Watkins

          Humanities and Social Sciences

Professor L Anderson


Dr A Plowman


Dr K Traynor

Head of Careers and Employability Service

E Moore

The Head of Academic Quality and Standards

T Barker

The Director of the Leadership, Organisational, Staff and Academic Development Academy

Dr J Howard

The Director of Student Administration and Support or his/her nominee

N Casson (nominee)

The Librarian or his/her nominee

E Thompson (nominee)

The Director of Computing Services or his/her nominee

T Marsh (nominee)

Two Student Representative Officers

J Kwajah-Elimah


F Thomas

Other members may be co-opted or invited to attend for specific meetings at the discretion of the Committee.

Invited to attend

Curriculum Manager Project Manager, A Dolben

Chair of OPOG, N Greer

Meeting dates

  • 25 November 2022, 10.00 am
  • 16 February 2023, 10.00 am
  • 27 April 2023, 10.00 am
  • 8 June 2023, 10.00 am

A full schedule of Committee meeting dates can be viewed here.