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University Teaching Committee


Terms of reference 2016/17

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), 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 Distance Learning Forum


Membership 2016/17

Ex officio

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Teaching, Learning and Students: Professor John Robinson (Chair)
Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Teaching, Learning and Students: Professor Tracy Lightfoot
Chair of the Standing Committee for Assessment: Dr Steve King (Computer Science)
The Academic Registrar: Ms Kate Dodd
Head of the Academic Support Office: Mr Nigel Dandy
Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities: Professor Mark Ormrod
Dean of the Faculty of Science: Professor Brian Fulton
Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences: Professor Stuart Bell

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
Professor John Hudson, Social Policy and Social Work (co-opted) 31 July 2018
Dr Emma Major, English 31 July 2018
Dr Katherine Selby, Environment 31 July 2018
Dr Lars Waldorf, Centre for Applied Human Rights 31 July 2018
Mr Edward Braman, Theatre, Film and Television 31 July 2019
Dr Gill Chitty, Archaeology 31 July 2019
Mr Joe Fagan, Education 31 July 2019
Professor Andy Hunt, Electronics (co-opted) 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 Jacco Thijssen, The York Management School 31 July 2019
Professor Richard Waites, Biology 31 July 2019

Student representation
1 undergraduate representative (for unreserved business)
1 postgraduate representative (for unreserved business)
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

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

Please note that for the 2016/17 academic year, meetings will take place on a Thursday morning from 09.30-12.30 (with the exception of Friday 19 May).  Please see details below:

  • Thursday 6 October 2016 (in H/G21)
  • Thursday 10 November 2016 (in H/G21)
  • Thursday 8 December 2016 (in H/G21)
  • Thursday 9 February 2017 (in H/G21)
  • Thursday 16 March 2017 (in H/G15)
  • Friday 19 May 2017 (in H/G21)
  • Thursday 22 June 2017 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:


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 13 September 2016 Thursday 6 October 2016
Tuesday 18 October 2016 Thursday 10 November 2016
Tuesday 15 November 2016 Thursday 8 December 2016
Tuesday 17 January 2017 Thursday 9 February 2017
Tuesday 21 February 2017 Thursday 16 March 2017
Wednesday 26 April 2017 Friday 19 May 2017

Tuesday 30 May 2017

Thursday 22 June 2017


Who to contact

Departmental contacts

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