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University Teaching Committee


Terms of reference 2020/21

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 (primarily through the work of Faculty Learning and Teaching Groups)
    • 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 and Participation Plan, HR Strategy, Information Strategy, Student Employability Strategy and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy. Examples include:
    • the support, development and recognition of achievement of those involved in teaching and learning
    • academic support and development for taught students, including supervisory practices and personal development planning (in conjunction with the Student Life Committee)
    • admissions, access and widening participation at undergraduate and taught postgraduate level (in conjunction with Marketing, Recruitment, Admissions, and Outreach)
    • learning and student research resources (in conjunction with the York Graduate Research School and Information Strategy Group)
    • teaching and learning infrastructure (in conjunction with Estates Committee and Campus Services).
  5. Until 31 December 2020 - 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), and for collaborative provision involving taught programmes (with reference to Senate as per policy) and to approve proposals (with respect to the academic case) for the suspension/withdrawal of taught degree programmes. 

    From 01 January 2021 - (with reference to Senate as per policy) To approve proposals for collaborative provision involving taught programmes and new taught degree programmes which incorporate a new University award. 

  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 for Higher Education, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies and other external bodies;
    • periodic reviews and other visits;
    • consideration of faculty-level summaries 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, Diversity and Inclusion 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, Faculty Learning and Teaching Groups, 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 opportunities and diversity in relation to all the above.

* The following fora/groups currently report to Teaching Committee: the Access and Participation Steering Group, Co-ordinating Group for Supplementary Programmes and the Online and Distance Learning Forum.


Membership 2020/21

Ex officio

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Teaching, Learning and Students: Professor Tracy Lightfoot (Health Sciences) (Chair).

Chair of the Standing Committee on Assessment: Professor Mike Bentley (Physics).

The Academic Registrar: Dr Wayne Campbell.

Director of Student Administration and Academic Affairs: Tom Banham.

Head of Student Progress: Dr Jen Wotherspoon.

Director of Library and Archives: Kirsty Lingstadt.

Associate Dean for Teaching, Learning and Students (Arts and Humanities): Dr Tom Cantrell (Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media).

Associate Dean for Teaching, Learning and Students (Science): Dr Steve King (Computer Science).

Associate Dean for Teaching, Learning and Students (Social Sciences): Ms Jill Webb (Management).

Vice-President for Learning and Teaching, City College, Thessaloniki, Greece : Professor Petros Kefalas.

Head of Academic Quality (Secretary): Dr Adrian Lee


Deputy Chair: in the absence of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, 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 the 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 2024
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


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.