University Approval Panel

Committee description

Secretary: Liz McAleer, Email:

Terms of Reference

  1. To approve proposals for new UoL programmes and revalidate UoL programmes that have been changed, in accordance with University programme approval processes.
  2. To approve XJTLU programmes leading to a dual award from UoL and XJTLU.

Reporting Relationship

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

Frequency of Meetings

The University Approval Panel is expected to meet eight times in 2023-24, with one of those meetings intended for the approval of XJTLU programmes leading to a dual UoL and XJTLU award for undergraduate programmes or a single UoL award for postgraduate programmes.


The quorum for meetings of the University Approval Panel shall be four panel members.

Members or key people

1 x Chair

Selected from:

  • The PVC for Education
  • The APVC for Education HLS
  • The APVC for Education HSS
  • The APVC for Education SE
  • Additional chairs to be added as nominated by the APVCs
3 x Academic Staff

Selected from:

  • Professor Louise Almond (HLS)
  • Dr Gayle Brewer (HLS)
  • Professor Liz Crolley (HSS)
  • Dr Sebastian Dembski (SE)
  • Professor Alex German (HLS)
  • Dr Joel Haddley (SE)
  • Dr Lynn Hancock (HSS)
  • Dr David Hutchcroft (SE)
  • Professor Viktoria Goddard (HLS)
  • Dr Carl Larsen (HLS)
  • Dr Stuart MacKay (HLS)
  • Professor Matt Murphy (SE)
  • Dr Andrew Plowman (HSS)
  • Professor Denise Prescott (HLS)
  • Professor Anthony Sinclair (HSS)
  • Professor Rob Stokes (HSS)
  • Professor Susanne Voelkel (HLS)
  • Dr Iain Young (HLS)
1 x Professional Services Representative 

Selected from:

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

  • Mrs Rachael Atkins (Life Sciences)
  • Miss Laura Biggs (HLS Education Directorate)
  • Mrs Jackie Bradshaw (Psychology)
  • Mr Jack Shepherd (HLS Education Directorate)
  • Mrs Jan Vicary (Health Sciences)

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Miss Kathryn Beech (HLC)
  • Mrs Sarah Isenberg (ULMS)
  • Ms Jane Lloyd (Arts)

Faculty of Science and Engineering

  • Ms Louisa Parry (Engineering)
  • Miss Claire Rimmer (Environmental Sciences)
1 x Representative from the Liverpool Guild of Students

Selected from:

  • Miss Vasiliki Samuels
  • Miss Kathryn Manley
  • Miss Lina Dubbins
  • Mr Rowan Bradbury

1 x Representative from the Centre for Innovation in Education

Selected from:

  • Mr Nick Bunyan
  • Ms Joanna Cheetham
  • Mrs Ceri Coulby
  • Mr Nick Greer
  • Dr Tunde Varga-Atkins

Director of AQSD

Ms Trish Barker

Meeting dates

  • 24th October 2023
  • 5th December 2023
  • To be confirmed: Spring 2024
  • To be confirmed: Spring 2024

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