Agenda

UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE ON TEACHING AND LEARNING

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Remit

To be responsible to the Senatus Academicus for the strategic oversight of teaching and learning matters and the wider academic student experience, both undergraduate and postgraduate and for the development of policies and practices for the assurance of the quality of the University’s educational provision, particularly in relation to the design, implementation, evaluation and review of mechanisms for the quality assurance and quality enhancement of teaching and learning, and for the safeguarding of academic standards.

Main Responsibilities

The UCTL shall:

  • be responsible for the oversight, development and monitoring of the University’s strategic approach to learning and teaching, its associated Learning and Teaching Operational Plan and Risk Register and the alignment of these with School and other Operational plans
  • be responsible for the development and implementation of policy relating to learning and teaching in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the University, and where this relates solely to either undergraduate or postgraduate provision may refer the matter to the relevant sub-committee for detailed consideration
  • be responsible for the ongoing enhancement of the quality of teaching and learning and for ensuring the effective dissemination of good practice
  • consider recommendations from the Quality Assurance Committee on mechanisms for the assurance of quality and standards and, as appropriate, make recommendations to the Senate
  • develop, review and promote professional staff development opportunities in regard to learning, teaching, assessment and feedback
  • develop and promote the work of the Centre for Academic Development
  • review and monitor the quality of provision of careers education, employability and the co-curriculum
  • be responsible for the oversight of teaching-related credit-bearing activity related to student mobility
  • be responsible for the oversight and quality assurance of online learning, transnational education (TNE) and collaborative agreements relating to teaching and learning.
  • consider and provide advice to the Student Experience Committee on aspects of the student experience which fall within both non-academic and academic areas
  • act on behalf of the Senate, after consultation with Heads of School to:

- Approve Dates of Terms

- Approve changes to the Regulations for Certificates and Diplomas, and to Regulations for Degrees in advance of their incorporation into a formal draft Resolution

- Approve deadline for the refusal of class certificates

- Approve deadlines for the return of examination results

- Approve arrangements for Graduation Ceremonies

- Approve changes to minimum entry requirements

 

Composition & Membership

Composition 

  • Convener: Vice-Principal (Learning and Teaching)
  • One representative nominated by the University Court
  • Education Officer and the Vice-Chair of the Education Committee
  • Deans for Undergraduate Studies
  • Deans for Postgraduate Studies
  • Dean for Quality Assurance & Enhancement
  • Dean for Transnational Education
  • Head of the Graduation School
  • Conveners of UCTL Task Groups

In attendance

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

Membership for 2018/19

  • Professor Peter McGeorge
  • Mr Colin Duncan
  • Ms Donna Connelly
  • Mr Ondrej Kucerak
  • Professor Richard Wells
  • Professor Alison Jenkinson
  • Vacant
  • Professor Christopher Kee
  • Professor Ekaterina Pavlovskaia
  • Professor Graeme Nixon
  • Professor Kath Shennan
  • Dr Steve Tucker
  • Dr Tim Baker
  • Dr Bruce Scharlau

In Attendance

  • Dr Gillian Mackintosh
  • Dr Rachael Bernard
  • Ms Patricia Spence
  • Mrs Tracey Innes
  • Miss N Kinchin-Williams
  • Clerk: Miss Emma Hay (Registry)

Operation

The Committee will meet three times per year.

Attendance

University Committee on Teaching and Learning

Attendance Records

Membership:

08/11/17

30/01/18

28/03/18

04/06/18

Vice Principal (Teaching and Learning)

Professor Peter McGeorge

Present

Present

Present

Present

University Court Representative

Mr Colin Duncan

Present

Apologies

Present

Present

Student President of the Students’ Association Mr Lawson Ogubie Apologies Apologies Apologies Apologies

Vice Chair of the Education Committee of the Students’ Association

Mr Ondrej Kucerak

Present

Present

Present

Apologies

Education Officer of the Students’ Association

Mrs Donna Connolly

Apologies

Present

Present

Present

Deans for Undergraduate Studies

Professor Hazel Hutchison

Present

Present

Present

Apologies

Professor Alison Jenkinson

Present

Present

Present

Present

Deans for Postgraduate Studies

Professor Chris Kee

Apologies

Present

Apologies

Present

Professor Judith Masthoff

Present

Apologies

Present

Apologies

Professor Ekaterina Pavlovskaia

Present

Present

Apologies

Present

Dean for Quality Assurance & Enhancement

Professor Kath Shennan

Represented by Professor Michelle Pinard

Present

Present

Present

Dean for Transnational Education

Professor Richard Wells

Apologies

Present

Present

Apologies

Conveners of UCTL Task Groups

Dr Tim Baker

Present

Present

Present

Present

Dr Bruce Scharlau

Present

Apologies

Apologies

Present

Dr Steve Tucker

Present

Apologies

Apologies

Apologies

In Attendance:

On behalf of the Director of Academic Affairs, the Acting Academic Registrar

Dr Rachael Bernard

Present

Present

Present

Represented by Ms K Christie

Head of the Centre for Academic Development

Ms Patricia Spence

Present

Apologies

Apologies

Apologies

Head of the Careers Service

Mr Peter Fantom

Present

Represented by Dr Joy Perkins

Present

Apologies

On behalf of the Director of IT Services, the Head of Relationship Management

Mrs Nathalie Kinchin-Williams

Present

Present

Present

Present

Clerk Ms Emma Hay Present Present Present Present
Minutes

Meeting Dates

2017 - 2018
2010 - 2017

2016/17

2015/16

2014/15

2013/14

2012/13

2011/12

2010/11

2000 - 2010

2009/10

2008/09

2007/08

2006/07

2005/06

2004/05

2003/04

2002/03

2001/02

2000/01

1998 - 2000

1999/00

1998/99