Agenda

UNDERGRADUATE COMMITTEE

The next meeting of the Undergraduate Committee will be held on Thursday, 6 February at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2, University Office.

Mrs P Rowand, Undergraduate Committee Clerk
(Extn: 3387; E-mail: p.rowand@abdn.ac.uk)

AGENDA

FOR APPROVAL

1. Approval of the minute of the meeting held on 5 November 2019 (UG/060220/001)

FOR DISCUSSION

2. Matters Arising  
     
3. Committee Remit and Role Descriptor (UG/060220/002)
  Members are invited to note the Undergraduate Committee’s remit and the role descriptor for the Undergraduate Committee
     
4. Late Submission of Work Policy (UG/060202/003)
  Members are invited to consider and approve the recommendations contained in the attached paper regarding the penalties to be applied for unauthorised late submission of course work. The policy would apply from Academic Year 2020-21 onwards.
     
5. Personal Tutors Verbal Report from Chair
     
6. AOCB  

FOR INFORMATION

7. Senate Digest  
  Committee members are invited to note the contents of the Senate Digest for the 9 December 2019 meeting of Senate.
   
8. University Committee on Teaching and Learning (UCTL)  
  Committee members’ attention is drawn to the agendas for the 12 November 2019 and 15 January 2020 meetings of the UCTL.
   
9. Date of Next Meetings  
  Members are asked to note that the next meeting of the Committee is scheduled to take place on Monday, 23 March 2020 in Committee Room 2, University Office
Previous Agendas

2019/20

2018/19

2017/18

Remit

To be responsible to the UCTL for oversight of the undergraduate academic student experience. The Committee provides a forum to facilitate and encourage the development of appropriate strategy and also discusses and promotes relevant developments, whether internally driven or externally indicated.

Specifically the Undergraduate Committee will:

  • Maintain an appropriate system of student academic and pastoral support.
  • Maintain strategic oversight of the arrangements for the induction and transition of new entrants to the University.
  • Support the work of the Careers Service in promoting activities to support employability and provide co-curricular opportunities for students.
  • Develop and promote specific innovations, embracing new pedagogies and technologies, in support of the enhancement of the undergraduate experience.
  • Consider and recommend approval for any specific developments or initiatives which could have substantial implications for University strategy or policy or for University level services and/or operations.
  • Proactively engage with any high level issues or themes arising from the National Student Survey, the UK Engagement Survey, the International Student Barometer, and other relevant internal and external satisfaction surveys.
  • Engage in horizon scanning to anticipate and prepare for new opportunities and likely future developments in undergraduate student education.
  • Proactively monitor data in regard to student retention and recommend actions to be taken to enhance student retention.
  • Undertake such other functions as may be referred to the Committee by the UCTL
Composition & Membership

Chair: Abbe Brown
Clerk: Pat Rowand
Tel: 01224 273387
Email: p.rowand@abdn.ac.uk

Composition

Convener:

  • The Committee will be convened by one of the two Deans of Undergraduate Studies to be appointed by the UCTL on a two year rotating basis.

Membership:

  • Deans of Undergraduate Studies (Conveners - Shared Role)
  • Director of Teaching from each School (or nominee) as nominated by Head of School
  • Two representatives nominated by the President of the Students' Association

In attendance

  • Director of Academic Affairs (or nominee)
  • Head of the Careers Service (or nominee)
  • Head of the Centre for Academic Development (or nominee)

Membership 2019/20

  • Abbe Brown (Chair)
  • Jason Bohan
  • Justin Borg-Barthet
  • Euan Bain
  • Archie Graham
  • William Harrison
  • Gerry Hough
  • Shona Potts
  • W David McCausland
  • Gordon McEwan
  • Tim Mighall
  • Michelle Pinard
  • Anders Widfeldt
  • Dariya Koleva (AUSA Representative)
  • Vacant (AUSA Representative)
  • Ewan Grant

In attendance

  • Tracey Innes
  • Natalie Kinchin-Williams
  • Joy Perkins
  • Clerk: Pat Rowand (Registry)

Operation

The Committee will meet at least three times per year in advance of meetings of the UCTL. Additional meetings may be arranged, as required.

Meetings between 10am - 4pm in accordance with University Policy.

Attendance

Attendance Records

2019-2020

Membership: 5 November 2019 6 February 2020 20 March 2020
Chair and Dean of Undergraduate Studies (Science)

Alison Jenkinson

Abbe Brown from January 2020

Present Present  
School Representative (Biological Sciences) Michelle Pinard Claire Trinder attended Present  
School Representative (Business School) W David McCausland Apologies Apologies  
School Representative (Divinity, History & Philosophy) Gerry Hough Present Present  
School Representative (Education) Archie Graham Apologies Apologies  
School Representative (Engineering) Euan Bain Present Present  
School Representative (Geosciences) Tim Mighall Present Present  
School Representative (Language, Literature, Music & Visual Culture) Shona Potts Apologies Present  
School Representative (Law)

Justin Borg-Barthet

Present Present  
School Representative (Medicine, Medical Sciences & Nutrition) Gordon McEwan Present Apologies  
School Representative (Natural & Computing Sciences) William Harrison Apologies Present  
School Representative (Psychology)

Jason Bohan

Present Apologies  
School Representative (Social Sciences) Stuart Durkin Apologies Present  

Students' Association Representative

Dariya Koleva

- Fiona Gyoeri attended  

Students' Association Representative

tbc - -  
Library Representative Ewan Grant  Apologies Present  

In Attendance:

Clerk Pat Rowand Present Present  
Centre for Academic Development Representative Joy Perkins Apologies Apologies  
Head of the Careers Services

Tracey Innes

Sandi Thomson attended Present  
Relationship Manager, IT Services Natalie Kinchin-Williams Apologies Apologies  
Vice-Principal (Learning and Teaching)

Peter McGeorge

Ruth Taylor from December 2019

Apologies Apologies  
Craig Stewart Minute Secretary Present Present  
Minutes

Meeting Dates

2018/19

2017/18

2016/17

2015/16

2014/15

2013/14

2012/13

2011/12

2010/11