Meeting dates

Teaching Committee

Teaching Committee is responsible for detailed annual course planning and quality assurance, monitoring and strategic consideration of admissions and graduate employment performance, and any other issues as determined by the BoS.

Terms of Reference Teaching Committee (MS Word , 23kb)

Chair - Dr Gareth Evans

Meeting dates 

Week 2 autumn term

Week 8 autumn term

Week 3/4 spring term

Summer term - if required

Summer vacation: joint meeting with Examinations Committee, early September

Minutes of meetings

From March 2016 the archive of Teaching Committee papers including all agendas and enclosures is available to members of the Committee and Board of Studies in google drive

Minutes of meetings 2015-16

Minutes TC October 2015 (PDF , 162kb)

Teaching Committee 15 November 2015 (PDF , 197kb)


Minutes of meetings 2014-2015

Minutes June 2014 (MS Word , 34kb)

Minutes October 2014 (MS Word , 20kb)

Minutes November 2014 (MS Word , 24kb)

Minutes January 2015 (MS Word , 23kb)

Joint Exams/Teaching Committee September 2015 (MS Word , 25kb)


Minutes of meetings 2013-2014

Minutes February 2014 (MS Word , 34kb)

Minutes, November 2013 (MS Word , 39kb)

Minutes, October 2013 (MS Word , 23kb)

Minutes February 2014 (MS Word , 34kb)

Minutes June 2014 (MS Word , 34kb)

September 2014


Minutes of previous meetings (of Biology Undergraduate Studies Board, "BUSB")

BUSB November 2012 minutes (MS Word , 33kb)

BUSB June 2012 (PDF , 46kb)

Minutes November 2011‌‎‌‎‌

Minutes March 2011‌‎‌‎‌

Minutes December 2010‌‎‌‎‌


Minutes November 2009‌‎‌‎‌

Minutes March 2009‌‎‌‎‌

Minutes March 2008‌‎‌‎‌

Minutes March 2007‌‎‌‎‌

Minutes November 2006‌‎‌‎‌

Minutes September 2006‌‎‌‎‌

Minutes February 2006

Minutes November 2005

Minutes October 2005

Minutes November 2005

Terms of Reference


Biology Teaching Committee develops planning, strategy and policy related to the taught degree programmes administered by the Biology department. Currently, these undergraduate programmes are:

  •  Biology (and the specialist degree programmes Genetics, Molecular Cell Biology, Ecology and Biotechnology & Microbiology)
  •  Biochemistry
  •  Biomedical Sciences.

Teaching Committee typically takes responsibility for initiatives (e.g. development of new programmes), response to new University policies, and oversight of on-going activities across our programmes (admissions, visiting students, year in industry/ Europe schemes, employability, teaching quality, tutorials, project allocation, etc). Biology Board of Studies routinely delegates activities to Teaching Committee.

Reporting structure

Reports to: Biology Board of Studies

Delegates to: Module Committees

Receives reports from:

Admissions (on issues affecting planning)

Year in Industry coordinator

Year in Europe coordinator

Undergraduate student representatives

Considers minutes from:

Module committees

Consider reports from:

Quality group

Sends minutes to:

Biology Board of Studies

Liaises with:

Exams committee

Biology Graduate School Board




Associate Head of Department (internal)

Chair of Biology BoS

Associate Chair BoS

Undergraduate Office Manager

Chair of each Module Committee

Chair of Examinations Committee

Quality Officer

Senior Admissions Tutor


One student representative from each programme and stage

Other staff with specific responsibilities (e.g.  Careers Liaison Officer, Year-in-Industry Organiser, Year-in-Europe Organiser, International Student Co-ordinator, Chief Technician of Teaching Laboratories, Manager AV/IT Support for Teaching, Disability Advisor, VLE coordinator) can be co-opted at the Chair’s discretion. 

Teaching Committee can set up ad hoc groups to deal with any business that arises that falls within its purview.

Meetings and Business

An annual cycle of activity for Teaching Committee is as follows:

Autumn term

Summer vacation: joint meeting with Examinations Committee.

  • To agree a response to external examiners, and review the previous year’s assessments.
  • To propose changes to assessments for the coming academic year where necessary.
  • To discuss the development of our assessment strategy.

Week 2: TC meeting.

To outline the agenda for the annual plan for the following academic year, including:

  • Proposals for module-level and programme-level modifications
  • Take into account interactions with other partners including programmes that involve our teaching (e.g. Natural Sciences, Environmental Science, etc.).
  • To consider issues relating to quality of teaching from previous academic year (via minutes from PCs and reports from Quality group)

Week 8: TC meeting.

  • To approve the modules for the following academic year, agreed previously by PCs. (TC can agree modules, but this should only be under exceptional circumstances, but may include modules considered by two different PCs).  
  • To agree the core and option modules for the Biology specialist degree programmes.
  • To agree on any mutually exclusive modules for the following year’s plan.
  • To agree on any guidance that should be given to students on module choice.
  • To identify any staffing issues that need to be resolved, and pass these to Associate Head of Department (internal) for resolution.

Spring term

Week 6: TC.

  • Review terms of reference for TC and PCs
  • Consideration of our portfolio of programmes. Should we develop new programmes, make major modifications to existing programmes. Consideration of timescale over which any changes could be implemented.
  • Consider issues relating to teaching quality of Autumn term modules (via a report from the Quality officer)
  • Consideration of areas in which we may want to develop new modules.
  • Reflection on and development of teaching and learning strategy.
  • Confirmation of staff assigned to teach in the following academic year (including resolution of any unknowns, as of preceding December).

Summer term

No standing business. To meet as required to deal with any relevant issues that fall within the remit of TC.