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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 Student Mental Health Forum.
  8. To receive and consider reports from the Volunteering and Community Committee.
  9. To support 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, Council, University Executive Board and other relevant bodies on all matters relating to these terms of reference

The Committee will be jointly chaired by the Academic Registrar 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.



Dr Wayne Campbell, Academic Registrar (Co-Chair)

Mr Patrick O'Donnell, President of YUSU (Co-Chair)

Ex Officio member

Professor Tracy Lightfoot, Pro Vice-Chancellor Learning, Teaching and Students

Four academic staff members appointed by Senate

Mr John Bone, Department of Economics and Related Studies

Ms Cathy Dantec, Department of Language and Linguistic Science

Professor Richard Waites, Department of Biology

Dr Dawn Wood, Department of Computer Science

Two lay members appointed by Council, at least one from amongst its membership

Vacancy x 2

Further members

Mr Stephen Talboys, Director, Estates and Campus Services

Mr Tom Banham, Director, Careers and Placements

Ms Paula Tunbridge, Director, Student Life and Wellbeing

Mr Martin Crosby, Senior Colleges Manager

Ms Anne Haversham, Head of Open Door and Disability

Ms Maria Ayaz, Head of Equality and Diversity 

Dr Matthew Perry, Director, International Pathway College

Ms Mary Howarth, Director, Philanthropic Partnerships and Alumni

Mr Mickey Hollman, Acting Head of Conduct and Respect

Ms Carly Precious, YUSU Wellbeing and Community Officer

Ms Purnur Altay, GSA President

Ms Clara Garcia, GSA Vice President, Wellbeing and Community

In attendance

Mr Ben Vulliamy, Chief Executive of YUSU

Mr Darryl Butcher, Chief Executive of the GSA

YUSU Student Activities Officer (vacancy)

Ms Alison Sherratt/Ms Allison Loftfield, Representative from Marketing and Communications

Mrs Jill Ellis, Head of Student Support

Dr Alice Wakely, Senior Governance and Assurance Officer Committee (Secretary)



In line with the University's Freedom of Information Policy, the minutes of the meetings will be made publicly available in the January after the end of the academic year in which the meetings took place. If you believe you should have access prior to this date, please contact the Secretary to the Committee.

Sensitive content has been removed in accordance with provisions of the Freedom of Information Act. Full minutes are available for staff members only.


Student Life Committee June 2020 (PDF , 295kb)

Student Life Committee April 2020 (PDF , 174kb)

Student Life Committee January 2020 (PDF , 311kb)

Student Life Committee November 2019 (PDF , 314kb)







Student Life Committee Co-Chairs

Dr Wayne Campbell
Academic Registrar

Mr Patrick O'Donnell
President of YUSU

Agenda and Minutes

Dr Alice Wakely
Senior Governance and Assurance Officer
01904 326544


The meeting dates for 2020/21 academic year are as follows:

Student Life Committee:

  • Thursday 5 November 2020, 14:15, HG21
  • Thursday 28 January 2021, 14:15, HG21
  • Thursday 15 April 2021, 14:15, HG21
  • Thursday 17 June 2021, 14:15, HG21

Student Life Operations Group:

  • Thursday 15 Oct 2020, 13:00, HG/17
  • Thursday 26 November 2020, 13:00, HG/17
  • Thursday 20 January 2021, 13:00, HG/17
  • Thursday 25 Feb 2021, 13:00, HG/17
  • Thursday 13 May 2021, 13:00, HG/17
  • Thursday 1 July 2021, 13:00, HG/17