International Partnerships Committee



To assess, monitor and oversee the University's portfolio of International partnerships and to ensure their continued fit to its strategic direction. This includes the approval of new initiatives referred to it by the International Advisory Group and SMT as well as oversight of the ongoing development of approved/operationalised projects.

  • IPC is to verify and offer further challenge to larger and potentially higher risk projects so as to provide robust governance.
  • As regards project approval, IPC is relevant for larger projects that the International Advisory Group and SMT cannot approve for themselves or for which they wish IPC to give a further level of consideration. As such, IPC provides a ‘double lock’ in governance processes.
  • In all cases where delivery partners are involved, the majority of a degree is to be delivered overseas or in the (highly unlikely) event that a capital investment is required of the University, a project must then be subject to PaRC scrutiny and approval in addition to that of IPC. 

Once a project is approved, IPC will receive regular reports on its operationalisation. In addition to its role in reviewing these reports, and following up on any matters of concern therein, the IPC is available to hear concerns from any individual member of staff about an international partnership.


Remit to be reviewed annually at first meeting of committee cycle

  • Responsible for providing robust governance for larger and potentially higher risk transnational projects and making recommendations as appropriate to Policy and Resources Committee.
  • Implementation of institutional policies consistent with Senate’s ‘Principles and Procedures’ document to support the development of transnational projects with delivery partners in line with the institutional Strategic Plan.
  • Review of all new, larger transnational project including ensuring risk and action plans are in place to mitigate these, recommending and implementing new actions.
  • Receive regular reports on, and respond to any matters arising with, approved/operationalised projects.
  • To establish and disestablish sub-committees or working groups to support the work of the Committee
  • Engage in horizon scanning to anticipate and prepare for new opportunities and likely future transnational developments.
  • Liaise with Professional Service Directorates, academic areas and Schools as appropriate

Reporting Line/Parent Committee and Interface with Other Committees

Formal reporting line:

  • Policy and Resources Committee (PaRC)

Parent committee:

  • Policy and Resources Committee (PaRC)

Interface with other committees:

Composition & Membership

Composition and Membership

Contact the Clerk:




Richard Wells

Vice-Principal (Global Student Recruitment)

Alan Speight

University Secretary and Chief Operating Officer

Tracey Slaven

Vice-Principal (Research) (or nominee)

Marion Campbell (or nominee)

Vice-Principal (Education) (or nominee)

Ruth Taylor (or nominee)

Director of Finance (or nominee)

David Beattie (or nominee)

Director of People (or nominee)

Debbie Dyker (or nominee)

Director of the Graduate School

Graeme Nixon

Director of External Relations

Jenny Fernandes

Director of Digital & Information Services

Brian Henderson

Dean of International Partnerships and Progression

Harminder Battu

Director of the Confucius Institute

Michelle MacLeod

Data Protection Officer

Iain Gray

Transnational Manager

Stephen Hill

President or CEO of AUSA

Cecilia Wallbäck or Graeme Kirkpatrick

Heads of School (as have TNE projects to be overseen) (or nominee) and/or Chairs of Steering Group or Strategic Board for each approved project

For Schools/Steering Group/Strategic Boards: Siladitya Bhattacharya, Pete Edwards, Igor Guz, Karl Leydecker, Martin Meyer, Graeme Paton (all or nominee)


Vimal Subramanian

Frequency and Timing of Meetings

The International Partnerships Committee will hold at least four meetings per academic year