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University Teaching Committee


Terms of reference 2021/22

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:

  1. UTC is a sub-committee of Senate, and reports directly to Senate.
  2. The following groups report to UTC:
    1. Standing Committee on Assessment¹
    2. Access and Participation Steering Group
    3. Faculty Learning and Teaching Groups
  3. UTC receives updates from:
    1. Inclusive Learning Steering Group
    2. Digital Education Steering Group
    3. Employability Strategy Group
    4. UTC Working Groups
    5. Special Cases Committee
    6. Other fora as required

¹SCA reports directly to Senate on the approval of awards

 Terms of Reference:

  1. To lead on the enhancement of learning, teaching and student research, through the development and dissemination of good practice and innovation. 
  2. To lead on the development, approval and monitoring of institutional quality assurance policies2 including for example: 
    1. academic frameworks, including responsibility for approval of any exemptions from the frameworks
    2. collaborative provision
    3. assessment and external examining
    4. programme approval
    5. programme monitoring and review
  3. To develop and monitor the implementation of policy and practice to align with the University strategy regarding academic provision and the academic experience of students on taught programmes, including for example:
    1. academic support and development for taught students, including supervisory practices
    2.  admissions, access and widening participation
    3. employability 
    4. inclusivity
  4. To approve proposals, and modifications, for higher and degree apprenticeship programmes, taught programmes delivered with external partners (including collaborative provision, International Pathway College and York Online programmes).
  5. To recommend to Senate the approval of new awards of the University. 
  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 including through consideration:
    1. reports from the Office for Students, Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies and other external bodies; 
    2. reports from periodic reviews and other visits; 
    3. annual programme reviews (or equivalent monitoring, evaluation and enhancement activity) 
    4. external examiners’ reports for programmes of study; 
    5. internal and external student surveys, including the National Student Survey and Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey; 
    6. student progression, academic achievement and employability data; 
    7. data on appeals and complaints in terms of their impact on the student experience and to ensure that appropriate action is taken in response.
  7. To support the development and recognition of achievement of those involved in teaching.
  8. To oversee the Annual Teaching & Learning Conference. 
  9. To promote student engagement on all matters relating to the academic experience of students.
  10. To consider any matters concerning the academic experience of students on taught programmes that may be referred to it by Senate, Faculty Boards, Faculty Learning and Teaching Groups, Boards of Studies or other committees.
  11. To refer to Planning Committee any resource matters arising from its work.
  12. To establish fora* and working groups to facilitate its work.
  13. To consider ways of promoting inclusivity, diversity and equity in relation to all the above. 

2 These may be subject to approval via Senate or associated sub-committees of UTC 







Membership 2021/22 

Ex officio 

  • Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Teaching, Learning and Students: Tracy Lightfoot (Chair)
  • Academic Registrar: Wayne Campbell 
  • Director of Library and Archives: Kirsty Lingstadt 
  • Director of Student Administration and Academic Affairs: Tom Banham
  • Head of Student Progress: Jen Wotherspoon
  • Head of Academic Quality (Secretary): Jane Warne
  • Chair of Special Cases Committee: Martin Cockett
  • Acting Chair of Standing Committee on Assessment: Patrick Gallimore 
  • Associate Dean for Teaching, Learning and Students for Faculty of Arts and Humanities: Tom Cantrell (Richard McClary is currently Acting Associate Dean for Teaching, Learning and Students for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities for UTC) 
  • Associate Dean for Teaching, Learning and Students for Faculty of Science: Steve King (Computer Science) 
  • Associate Dean for Teaching, Learning and Students for Faculty of Social Sciences: Jill Webb (Management) 
  • Vice President Teaching & Learning from City College: Petros Kafalas 

Deputy Chair: in the absence of the PVC, an Associate Dean shall be nominated to Chair 

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 Senate and two co-opted by the Committee without reference to Senate.

  To serve until
Dr Michael Bate, Mathematics 31 July 2022
Dr Sabine Clarke, History 31 July 2022
Dr Jenny Gibbons, The York Law School 31 July 2022
Dr Claire Hughes, Environment and Geography 31 July 2022
Sinéad McCotter, Management 31 July 2022
Dr Lisa O'Malley, Social Policy and Social Work (Co-opted) 31 July 2022
Dr Matthew Perry, International Pathway College (Co-opted) 31 July 2022
Dr Michelle Alexander, Archaeology 31 July 2022
Dr Edward Braman, Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media 31 July 2022
Dr Sam Cobb, HYMS/ Archaeology

31 July 2022

Dr Barry Lee, Philosophy

31 July 2022

Dr Mark Nicholson, Computer Science

31 July 2022

Dr Andrew Pickering, Economics

31 July 2022

Professor Dave Smith, Chemistry

31 July 2022

Student representation
1 undergraduate representative (for unreserved business) - Matt Johnstone, YUSU Academic Officer
1 postgraduate representative (for unreserved business) - Ekansh Kapoor, 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 Secretary: Katie Heffron


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.


Meeting dates

Details of the 2021/22 meetings are shown below:

  • Thursday 7th October 2021, 13:00-16:00
  • Thursday 11th November 2021, 09:30-12:30
  • Thursday, 25 November 2021, 09:00-12:00 (Annual Strategy Meeting)
  • Thursday 9th December 2021, 09:30-12:30
  • Thursday 10th February 2022, 09:30-12:30
  • Thursday 17th March 2022, 09:30-12:30
  • Thursday 19th May 2022, 09:30-12:30
  • Thursday 9th June 2022, 09:30-12:30
  • Thursday 14th July 2022, 09:00-12:00 (Extraordinary July meeting).


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.



Associated committees

Submission deadlines

Submission deadlines 2020/21

Teaching committee

Date of the Meeting                             

Deadline for New Programme Proposals *              Deadline for reports/ papers other than New Programme Proposals
 Thursday 07 October 2021  Monday 20 September 2021  Monday 27 September 2021
 Thursday 11 November 2021  Monday 25 October 2021  Monday 01 November 2021
 Thursday 09 December 2021  Monday 22 November 2021  Monday 29 November 2021
 Thursday 10 February 2022  Monday 24 January 2022  Monday 31 January 2022
 Thursday 17 March 2022  Monday 28 February 2022  Monday 07 March 2022
Thursday 19 May 2022  Monday 02 May 2022  Monday 09 May 2022
Thursday 9 June 2022  Monday 23 May 2022  Friday 27 May 2022

to note - from January 2021, with the exception of collaborative programmes and proposals which incorporate a new University award, approval of the academic case for a new taught programme resides with the relevant Faculty Learning and Teaching Group (FLTG). New collaborative programmes (inclusive of provision involving an external provider for example International Pathway College programmes, apprenticeship programmes and online provision delivered in partnership with Higher Ed Partners UK) and proposals which incorporate a new University award, remain with University Teaching Committee.

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


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

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Who to contact

For all Teaching Committee queries
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Departmental contacts

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