To be responsible to the Senatus Academicus for the strategic oversight of teaching and learning matters and the wider academic 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 the Plan with School and other Operational plans
  • 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
  • The ongoing enhancement of the quality of teaching and learning and for ensuring the effective dissemination of good practice
  • Considering recommendations from the Quality Assurance Committee on mechanisms for the assurance of quality and standards and, as appropriate, make recommendations to the Senate
  • 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
  • Developing, reviewing and promoting professional staff development opportunities in regard to learning, teaching, assessment and feedback
  • Reviewing and monitoring the quality of provision of careers education, employability and the co-curriculum
  • Acting on behalf of the Senate, after consultation with Heads of School to:
      • Approving Dates of Terms
      • Approving changes to the Regulations for Certificates and Diplomas, and to Regulations for Degrees in advance of their incorporation into a formal draft Resolution
      • Approving deadlines for the refusal of class certificates
      • Approving deadlines for the return of examination results
      • Approving arrangements for Graduation Ceremonies
      • Approving changes to minimum entry requirements


Composition & Membership


  • Convener: Vice-Principal (Learning and Teaching)
  • One representative nominated by the University Court
  • Student President of the Students’ Association (or nominee) and the Education Officer
  • Dean for Postgraduate Studies
  • Deans for Undergraduate Studies
  • Dean for Quality Assurance & Enhancement
  • Dean of Graduate Schools
  • 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 2016/17 

  • Professor Peter McGeorge
  • Mr Colin Duncan
  • Ms Chubbe Anucha
  • Mr Liam Fuller
  • Professor Alison Jenkinson
  • Professor Hazel Hutchison
  • Professor Christopher Kee
  • Professor Ekaterina Pavlovskaia
  • Professor Judith Masthoff
  • Professor Kath Shennan
  • Dr Steve Tucker
  • Dr Tim Baker
  • Dr Bruce Scharlau

In Attendance

  • Dr Gillian Mackintosh
  • Ms Katja Christie
  • Miss Emma Hay
  • Ms Patricia Spence
  • Mr Peter Fantom
  • Miss J Fernandes
  • Clerk: Dr R Bernard (Registry)


The Committee will meet three times per year.


Meeting Dates

2017 - 2018
  • 28 March 2018
  • 24 January 2018
  • 8 November 2017
  • 13 September 2017
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