Agenda

UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN

 

UNDERGRADUATE COMMITTEE

 

The next meeting of the Undergraduate Committee will be held on Tuesday, 5 November 2019  at 2.00 pm in Court Room, 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 26 April 2019 (UG/051119/001)

FOR DISCUSSION

2. Matters Arising  
     
3. Committee Role Descriptor (UG/051119/002)
  Members are invited to note the role descriptor for the Undergraduate Committee.
     
4. Late Submission of Work Policy (UG/051119/003)
  Members are invited to consider the attached paper regarding the creation of a consistent policy around the penalties to be applied for unauthorised late submission of course work.
     
5. AOCB  

FOR INFORMATION

6. Senate Digest  
  Committee members are invited to note the contents of the Senate Digest for the 15 May 2019 and 9 October 2019 meetings of Senate.
   
7. University Committee on Teaching and Learning (UCTL)  
   Committee members’ attention is drawn to the agendas for the 12 June 2019 and 18 September 2019 meetings of the UCTL
   
8. Date of Next Meetings  
  Members are asked to note that meetings of the Committee for the 2019/2020 academic year are scheduled as follows:  
 
  • Tuesday, 10 December 2019 in F61 Edward Wright Building
  • Thursday, 6 February 2019 in Committee Room 2, University Office
  • 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: Alison Jenkinson 
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 2018/19

  • Vacant (Dean of UG Studies)
  • Alison Jenkinson (Dean of UG Studies)
  • Jason Bohan
  • Justin Borg-Barthet
  • Euan Bain
  • Alan Denison
  • Archie Graham
  • William Harrison
  • Gerry Hough
  • Shona Potts
  • W David McCausland
  • Gordon McEwan
  • Tim Mighall
  • Michelle Pinard
  • Anders Widfeldt
  • Vacant (AUSA Representative)
  • Vacant (AUSA Representative)

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

Undergraduate Committee

Attendance Records

2019-2020

Membership:

5 November

2019

10 December 2019

6 February 2020

20 March 2020

Chair and Dean of Undergraduate Studies (Science)

Alison Jenkinson

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

Justin Borg-Barthet 

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

Jason Bohan

Present      
School Representative (Social Sciences) Stuart Durkin Apologies      

Students' Association Representative 

tbc

       

Students' Association Representative

tbc        
Library Representative Ewan Grant  Apologies      

In Attendance:

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

Tracey Innes 

Sandi Thomson attended      
Relationship Manager, IT Services Natalie Kinchin-Williams Apologies      
Vice-Principal (Learning and Teaching) Peter McGeorge Apologies      
Craig Stewart Minute Secretary Present      

 

Minutes

Meeting Dates

2018/19

2017/18

2016/17

2015/16

2014/15

2013/14

2012/13

2011/12

2010/11