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This committee reports to Senate and is advised by the Learning and Teaching Committee.



Professor Naren Barfield, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost, Chair

Aleks Stanek, Co-president, The Students’ Union

Chris Mitchell, Head of the Academic Development Office

Corinne Smith, Director of Academic Development

Jacqui Lipsinki, CIO and Director of Digital and Technical Services

Dr Emma Wakelin, Director, Research & Innovation


Professor Ken Neil, Dean, School of Arts & Humanities (until July 2023)

Dr Adrian Lahoud, Dean, School of Architecture (until July 2023)

Professor Clive Grinyer, Head of Programme, Service Design (until July 2023)

Professor Rebecca Fortnum, Senior Tutor, School of Arts & Humanities (until July 2021)

Ian Higgins, Senior Tutor, Interior Design (until July 2023)       

John Slyce, Senior Tutor, Painting (until July 2020

Tracey Waller, Head of Programme, Visual Communication (until July 2022)


Lucy Dawkins, Head of Quality Assurance and Enhancement (Secretary)

Kitty Jenkins, General Manager, Academic Development Office (Co-Secretary)

Terms of office

Nominated members of academic staff will serve on the Committee for a maximum of three years; their consecutive term of office can be extended by a maximum of three years by mutual consent.  

Quorum:  Five members 

Terms of reference

  • To advise the Senate on the definition, measurement, evaluation and management of the quality of the College's academic provision at all levels.
  • To develop and implement the College’s quality assurance systems.
  • To inform Senior Management Team and make recommendations to the Senate about the feasibility and sustainability of proposals for new academic developments, with reference to the academic, market and business case.
  • To develop and implement procedures for the validation of programmes of study and collaborative provision on behalf of the Senate.
  • To develop and implement procedures for the review of College-wide provision and learning support as the need arises on behalf of the Senate. 
  • To develop and implement procedures for the annual review of all academic programmes and to consider the reports of such reviews;
  • To consider and act upon any quality management or enhancement matters arising from the Annual Programme Review and School Overview processes.
  • To monitor the development and annual review of the policies and academic provision relating to research students, including the Research Methods Course.
  • To distribute the information received as part of the annual review of programmes to the relevant committees of the College such as School Leadership Teams, the Senior Management Team, the Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee and the Senate
  • To formulate and review all academic regulations and procedures.
  • To recommend to the Senate the appointment of External Examiners and Internal Moderators.
  • To monitor external assessments of the College's provision, for example, External Examiners' reports and reports from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAAHE).
  • To direct the work of, receive minutes from, the Learning and Teaching Committee.
  • To receive minutes from the Equality and Diversity Committee.
  • To undertake such other responsibilities as may be delegated by the Senate.


This committee reviews the Academic Appeals Policy, Academic Misconduct Policy and Admissions Policy.

Frequency of Meetings

Seven times per year

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