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Student Life Committee  (Senate and Council)

Terms of reference

Terms of Reference

  1. To agree and oversee implementation of a common strategy, plans and policies for non-academic aspects of student life, to be jointly led by the University, YUSU and the GSA.
  2. To oversee progress in addressing Key Objective 3 of the University Strategy, 'To offer all our students an outstanding and valuable experience'.
  3. To identify the needs of specific groups of students (e.g. overseas, part-time, mature,visiting and disabled students, ethnic minority students and students with families) and ensure that these are addressed.
  4. To agree, in consultation with relevant directors, the annual priorities relating to services provided for students.
  5. To monitor the performance and effectiveness of all student-facing services against their strategies.
  6. To receive and consider reports from YUSU and the GSA on plans and activities.
  7. To receive and consider reports from the Colleges Board.
  8. To receive and consider reports from the Volunteering and Community Committee.
  9. To suport and help deliver overall improvements in student satisfaction, as measured by the NSS and other surveys and indicators.
  10. To support implementation of other key University strategies, including the Teaching and Learning Strategy and the Employability Strategy.
  11. To consider ways of promoting equal opportunities and diversity in relation to all the above.
  12. To report to Senate, University Executive Board and other relevant bodies on all matters relating to these terms of reference

The Committee will be jointly chaired by the Registrar and Secretary and the President of YUSU.

The membership will include two lay members of Council, student representatives selected by YUSU and the GSA, the YUSU and GSA Chief Executives, members of academic staff and professional support staff members.

The Committee will meet at least four times a year.




Registrar and Secretary, Jo Horsburgh, President of YUSU, Mr James Durcan, (co-Chairs)

Ex Officio member

Professor John Robinson, Pro Vice-Chancellor Learning, Teaching and Students

Four academic staff members appointed by Senate

Dr Penny Bickle, Department of Archaeology (until 31 July 2019)

Dr Sam Hellmuth, Department of Language and Linguistics (until 31 July 2019)

Vacancy x 2

Two lay members appointed by Council


Dr Karl Dittrich (until 31 July 2019)


Academic Registrar

Director of Estates and Campus Services

Director of Strategic Marketing and Digital Communications

Director of Careers and Placements

Director of Colleges

Head of Open Door and Disability

Head of Equality and Diversity 

Director of Student Life and Wellbeing

Director of Philanthropic Partnerships and Alumni

Director of the International Pathway College

Assistant Regisrar Conduct and Respect

Student representation

  • YUSU President
  • YUSU Wellbeing and Community Officer
  • GSA President
  • GSA Vice President Wellbeing and Community

In attendance

  • Chief Executive of YUSU
  • Chief Executive of the GSA
  • Committee Secretary

The following will be invited to attend meetings in order to present their Annual Reports, where relevant, or for particular agenda items relevant to their areas of responsibility, including startegic plans.

  • Accomodation Services Manager
  • Catering and Bars Manager
  • Chair, Nursery Management Group
  • Chaplaincy representative
  • Head of Sport
  • Head of Security
  • International Student Support Manager
  • Manager, Student Financial Support
  • Manager of the Community and Volunteering Unit
  • Officers of the Student Union
  • Officers of the GSA
  • President, York Sport
  • Senior Medical Adviser

Sub Committees

Standing sub-committee

Student Life Operations Group



The meeting dates for 2017/18 academic year are as follows:

Student Life Committee:

  • 1 November 2018
  • 24 January 2019
  • 18 April 2019
  • 13 June 2019

Student Life Operations Group:

  • 11 October 2018
  • 31 January 2019
  • 9 May 2019



Academic YearMinutes

SEC October 2014 minutes (MS Word , 35kb)

SEC November 2014 (MS Word , 43kb)

SEC January2015 (MS Word , 43kb)







Who to contact

  • Student Hub
    Market Square
    Tel: 01904 324140
  • Office HoursTerm time: 9am - 5pm, Monday to Thursday, 10am - 5pm Friday
    Office hours: Vacation: 10am - 4pm, Monday to Friday