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University Teaching Committee


Terms of reference 2018/19

Purpose of the Committee:  on behalf of Senate, to assure the standards of taught programmes of study, and to monitor and promote the enhancement of, the quality of the academic experience of students on these programmes.

Reporting structure:

Teaching Committee is a sub-committee of Senate.  The Standing Committee on Assessment reports to Teaching Committee (SCA reports directly to Senate on the approval of awards).  Fora reporting to the Teaching Committee are noted below.

Terms of Reference:

  1. To develop the University's Learning and Teaching Strategy (subject to Senate approval), and to monitor its implementation (in conjunction with the York Graduate Research School Board on matters relating to postgraduate research students);
  2. To support the enhancement of learning, teaching and student research, through the development and dissemination of good practice and innovation, and by raising the profile of teaching and learning (in conjunction with Faculty Learning and Teaching Groups);
  3. Within the context of the University's Learning and Teaching Strategy, to develop relevant policy, and monitor its implementation, including:
    • the academic framework (subject to Senate approval);
    • collaborative provision (subject to Senate approval);
    • assessment and external examining (primarily through the work of the Standing Committee on Assessment);
    • programme approval
    • programme monitoring and review (in conjunction with Faculty Learning and Teaching Groups);
  4. In association with relevant committees and offices, to develop, and monitor the implementation of policy at the interface between the University's Learning and Teaching Strategy and other relevant strategies including the Access Scheme, HR Strategy, Information Strategy, Student Employability Strategy and Strategy for Students. Examples include:
    • the support, development and recognition of achievement of those involved in teaching and learning (in conjunction with Learning and Development, and HR Policy Committee);
    • academic support and development for taught students, including supervisory practices and personal development planning (in conjunction with the Student Life Committee);
    • admissions and widening participation at undergraduate and taught postgraduate level (in conjunction with Student Recruitment and Admissions); 
    • learning and student research resources (in conjunction with the Research Committee and Information Strategy Group);
    • teaching and learning infrastructure (in conjunction with Estates Committee, Campus Services and the Timetabling Office).
  5. To approve proposals for new taught degree programmes (under powers delegated by Senate) except those that are only available to research degree students (where approval is by York Graduate School Board's Policy and Programmes Sub-Committee), for collaborative provision involving taught programmes (with reference to Senate as per policy).
  6. To monitor the standards of taught and research degree programmes (in conjunction with the York Graduate Research School Board)and the quality of students' academic experience on those programmes through:
    • consideration of reports from the Quality Assurance Agency, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies and other external bodies;
    • periodic reviews and other visits;
    • consideration of annual programme review reports and overview reports of all external examiners' reports for programmes of study;
    • consideration of data from internal and external surveys of student opinion, including the National Student Survey, and Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey;
    • consideration of data on employability; 
    • consideration of data on student progression and academic achievement, and on appeals and complaints in terms of their impact on the student experience (primarily undertaken by the Standing Committee on Assessment and the Equality and Diversity Committee);
    and to ensure that appropriate action is taken in response.
  7. To promote student engagement on matters relating to the standards and quality of taught programmes and the academic experience of students on those programmes (in conjunction with York University Students' Union and the Graduate Students' Association).
  8. To consider any matters concerning taught programmes and the academic experience of students on those programmes that may be referred to it by Senate, Faculty Boards, Boards of Studies or other committees.
  9. To refer to Planning Committee any resource matters arising from its work.
  10. To establish fora* and working groups to facilitate its work.
  11. To consider ways of promoting equal opportunties and diversity in relation to all the above.

* The following fora/groups currently report to Teaching Committee: Coordinating Group for Supplementary Programmes and the Online and Distance Learning Forum


Membership 2018/19

Ex officio

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Teaching, Learning and Students: Professor John Robinson (Chair) (Electronic Engineering)
Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Teaching, Learning and Students: Professor Tracy Lightfoot (Health Sciences)
Chair of the Standing Committee on Assessment: Professor Mike Bentley (Physics)
The Academic Registrar: Dr Wayne Campbell
Head of the Academic Support Office: Mr Nigel Dandy
Associate Dean for Teaching, Learning and Students (Arts and Humanities): Dr Gill Chitty (Archaeology)*
Associate Dean for Teaching, Learning and Students (Science): Dr Steve King (Computer Science)*
Associate Dean for Teaching, Learning and Students (Social Sciences): (Professor Stuart Bell, Dean, is currently Acting Associate Dean)*

* The Faculty Dean shall be the designated alternate for the respective Associate Dean for Teaching, Learning and Students, in their absence

Fourteen members, with at least four members from each of the three main subject areas.  Members should normally have experience of a leadership/management role in relation to  teaching and learning (eg present or former HoDs, Chairs of BoS, GSB or other departmental committees).  Twelve of the members to be appointed by the Senate and two co-opted by the Committee without reference to Senate.

  To serve until
Dr Edward Braman, Theatre, Film and Television  31 July 2019
Mr Joe Fagan, Education 31 July 2019
Dr Barry Lee, Philosophy 31 July 2019
Professor Gulcin Ozkan, Economics 31 July 2019
Professor Dave Smith, Chemistry 31 July 2019
Professor Richard Waites, Biology 31 July 2019
Dr Michael Bate, Mathematics 31 July 2021
Dr Sabine Clarke, History 31 July 2021
Jenny Gibbons, The York Law School 31 July 2021
Dr Claire Hughes, Environment and Geography 31 July 2021
Sinéad McCotter, Management 31 July 2021
Dr Lisa O'Malley, Social Policy and Social Work 31 July 2021
Dr Matthew Perry, International Pathway College (Co-opted) 31 July 2021
Dr Jez Wells, Music 31 July 2021

Student representation
1 undergraduate representative (for unreserved business) - James Hare, YUSU Academic Officer
1 postgraduate representative (for unreserved business) - Charlotte Chamberlain, GSA Vice President Academic
The Students' Union and Graduate Students' Association are permitted to designate alternates to student members of the committee.

In attendance
Assistant Registrar (Secretary): Jane Iddon
Minute Secretary: Jenny Brotherton

When considering new programme proposals, the approval decision must involve as a minimum: the Chair and two academic members of UTC.  All other members, especially student members, must also have been given a reasonable opportunity to comment on the proposal.

Prior to the formal consideration of new programme proposals by UTC it is an expectation that programme proposers have sought advice from their designated Academic Quality Team (AQT) contact and that the proposal submitted to UTC has been informed by AQT advice.


Meeting dates

Details of the 2018/19 meetings are shown below (please note that meetings will take place on a Thursday from 09.30-13.30 with the exception of the highlighted date:

  • Thursday 4 October 2018, 13.00-17.00 (in H/G21)
  • Thursday 8 November 2018 (in H/G21)
  • Thursday 6 December 2018 (in H/G21)
  • Thursday 7 February 2019 (in H/G21)
  • Thursday 14 March 2019 (in H/G21)
  • Thursday 16 May 2019 (in H/G21)
  • Thursday 20 June 2019 (in H/G21)

Programme approvals

Planning approval by the relevant Faculty Learning and Teaching Group must be obtained prior to submission of a new programme proposal to UTC (to consider the academic case).

For more information:

Details of the 2019/20 meetings are shown below (please note that meetings will take place on a Thursday from 09.30-13.30 with the exception of the highlighted date:

  • Thursday 10 October 2019: 13.00-17.00 (in H/G21)
  • Thursday 14 November 2019: 09.30-13.30 (in H/G21)
  • Thursday 5 December 2019 - *Annual Strategy meeting* 09.30-13.30 (in H/G21)
  • Thursday 12 December 2019: 09.30-13.30 (in H/G21)
  • Thursday 6 February 2020: 09.30-13.30 (in H/G21)
  • Thursday 12 March 2020: 09.30-13.30 (in H/G21)
  • Thursday 14 May 2020: 09.30-13.30 (in H/G21)
  • Thursday 18 June 2020: 09.30-13.30 (in H/G21)
  • Please note: an extraordinary meeting of UTC had been scheduled for Thursday 16 July 2020, 9.30-13.30 in HG21, Heslington Hall. This meeting is reserved for the consideration of new programme proposals that cannot be accommodated in the cycle of term-time 2018/19 meetings and will only be held if required.


Meeting minutes








2012 - 2013

2011 - 2012

2010 - 2011

2009 - 2010

2008 - 2009

2007 - 2008

2006 - 2007

2005 - 2006

2004 - 2005

2003 - 2004

Additional minutes

For minutes relating to committee meetings from previous academic years, please contact the Academic Support Office.

Submission deadlines

Submission deadlines

Teaching committee

Papers should be sent to

Deadline for papersMeeting
Tuesday 11 September 2018 Thursday 4 October 2018
Tuesday 16 October 2018 Thursday 8 November 2018
Tuesday 13 November 2018 Thursday 6 December 2018
Tuesday 15 January 2019 Thursday 7 February 2019
Tuesday 19 February 2019 Thursday 14 March 2019
Tuesday 23 April 2019 Thursday 16 May 2019

Tuesday 28 May 2019

Thursday 20 June 2019


Who to contact

Departmental contacts

For academic advice on programme proposals/modifications, contacts must also attend departmental APR meetings.