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Student Life Committee  (Senate and Council)

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 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 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.


Jo Horsburgh, Registrar and Secretary, Ms Samara Jones, President of YUSU, (co-Chairs)

Ex Officio member

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

Four academic staff members appointed by Senate

Vacancy x 4

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

Vacancy x 2

Dr W Campbell, Academic Registrar

Mr S Talboys, Director, Estates and Campus Services

Mr T Banham, Director, Careers and Placements

Ms P Tunbridge, Director, Student Life and Wellbeing

Mr M Crosby, Senior Colleges Manager

Ms A Haversham, Head of Open Door and Disability

Ms M Ayaz, Head of Equality and Diversity 

Dr M Perry, Director, International Pathway College

Ms M Howarth, Director, Philanthropic Partnerships and Alumni

Ms N Campbell, Head of Conduct and Respect

Ms S Hayle, YUSU Wellbeing and Community Officer

Ms P Altay, GSA President

Ms C Garcia, GSA Vice President, Wellbeing and Community

In attendance

Mr B Vulliamy, Chief Executive of YUSU

Mr D Butcher, Chief Executive of the GSA

Ms A Sherratt/Ms A Loftfield, Representative from Marketing and Communications

Mrs J Ellis, Head of Student Support

Dr A 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.

Commercially 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 Co-Chairs

Ms Jo Horburgh
Registrar and Secretary
01904 322130

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