University Education Committee (UEC)

University Education Committee (UEC)
Agenda

UNIVERSITY EDUCATION COMMITTEE (UEC)

A meeting of the University Education Committee will be held on Monday 10 October at 1.05pm, by way of Microsoft Teams.

Mrs Emma Tough, Assistant Registrar

(e-mail e.tough@abdn.ac.uk)

Agenda

FOR DISCUSSION

1. Approval of the minute of the meeting held on 25 August 2022 (UEC/101022/001)
2.  Matters Arising    (UEC/101022/002)
3. Health, Safety and Wellbeing (Oral Item)
4. Aberdeen 2040 Implementation Plan Update (UEC/101022/003)
  Members of the UEC are asked to discuss the proposed actions for the Aberdeen 2040 Implementation Plan.
5. Aberdeen 2040 Education Steering Group Update (UEC/101022/004)
  Members of the UEC will receive an update on the meeting of the Aberdeen 2040 Education Steering Group held on 14 September. Members are asked to note the attached minute of the meeting.
6. Updates following the meeting of the Senate held on 21 September 2022  
  Members of the UEC are asked to discuss the updates following the meeting of the Senate held on 21 September 2022 in respect of:
  (i) Pastoral Support Review (UEC/101022/005)
  (ii) Monitoring, Absence and Engagement Review (UEC/101022/006)
7. Assessment and Feedback Action Plan  
  Members of the UEC are asked to discuss the progress being made on the Assessment and Feedback action plan.(UEC/101022/007)
8. Return of Feedback on Assessment (UEC/101022/008)
  The Committee is invited to consider the update provided in regard to the return of feedback on assessment in the second half-session 2021/22.
9. Decolonising the Curriuclum: Timelines and Approval Processes (UEC/101022/009)
  Members of the Committee are asked to discuss the paper providing an update on the work of the Decolonising the Curriculum Task and Finish Group (TFG). In particular, members of the Committee are asked to consider the principles and timelines outlined in the paper.
10. Academic Year 2023/24 (UEC/101022/010)
  Members of the UEC are invited to discuss and approve the proposals relating to the start date and structure for the 2023/24 academic year.
11. Policy Review Update (UEC/101022/011)
  Members of the Committee are asked to discuss the paper and note the timings of proposed policy work.
12. Dates of Next Meeting  
  The next meeting of the UEC will take place on Monday 16 January 2023 at 1.05pm.  
13. Items for Routine Approval – see below  
14. Items for Information – see below  
     

Any member of the Committee wishing an item for routine approval or for information to be brought forward for discussion may ask at the meeting for that to be done.  Any such item will be taken after item 1.

 

Declaration of interests: Any member and individual in attendance (including Officers) who has a clear interest in a matter on the agenda should declare that interest at the relevant meeting, whether or not that interest is already recorded in the Registry of Member’s interests.

 

13. FOR ROUTINE APPROVAL

13.1 Code of Practice on Student Discipline (non-academic) (UEC/101022/012)
  Members of the Committee are asked, on the recommendation of the Student Misconduct Review Task and Finish Group (TFG) and the Student Support and Experience Committee (SSEC) to approve the final draft of the revised Code of Practice on Student Discipline (non-Academic).
     

12. FOR INFORMATION

14.1 Update Reports from the UEC sub-committees:  
  (i) Employability and Entrepreneurship Committee (EEC) (UEC/101022/013a)
  (ii) Student Support and Experience Committee (SSEC) (UEC/101022/013b)
14.2 Risk Register (UEC/101022/014)
  The Committee is invited to note the Risk Register with regards to the specific risks associated with Education.
14.3 QAA Scotland Quality Enhancement and Standards Review (QESR) (UEC/101022/015)
  Further to the circulation of a briefing paper on the QAA Scotland Quality Enhancement and Standards Review (QESR) and Institutional Liaison Meetings (ILM), members of the Committee are invited to note the attached letter providing confirmation of the University’s date of review and QESR panel.
14.4 AdvanceHE PGCert Accreditation (UEC/101022/016)
  The UEC is invited to note the accreditation with AdvanceHE for the Postgraduate Certificate in  Higher Education (Learning and Teaching).
14.5 Course Evaluation  
  The Committee is invited to note that the Course Evaluation webpages (Course Evaluation | StaffNet | The University of Aberdeen (abdn.ac.uk)) have been updated in line with discussions with School Directors of Education, particularly in relation to opportunities for providing feedback mid-/throughout the term so that students providing the feedback are able to benefit from that same feedback.
14.6 Inclusion Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) (UEC/101022/017)
  Members of the UEC are invited to note the attached revised Inclusion Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
14.7 Monitoring Deadlines 2022/23 (UEC/101022/018)
  Members of the UEC are invited to note the attached deadlines for the monitoring of students for academic year 2022/23, approved by way of Chairs action.
     
     

  

             

Previous Agendas

 

Previous Agendas

2021-22
2020-2021

 

Minutes

Minutes

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Draft Minutes
2021/22
2020/21

 

Digest

UEC Digest

This digest provides a short summary of the outcome of the meeting of the University Education Committee (UEC) held on 10 October 2022. Staff can access the full agendas and papers on the University website.

Aberdeen 2040: Implementation Plan for Education

Members of the UEC discussed received and discussed a paper providing an update on the Aberdeen2040 Implementation Plan for Education.

Aberdeen 2040 Education Steering Group Update

Members of the UEC received an update on the meeting of the Aberdeen 2040 Education Steering Group held on 14 September. Members noted the minute of the meeting held.

Updates Following the Meeting of the Senate Held on 21 September 2022

Members of the UEC discussed updates following the meeting of the Senate held on 21 September 2022 in respect of:

  1. Pastoral Support Review
  2. Monitoring, Absence and Engagement Review

Return of Feedback on Assessment

The Committee considered the update provided in regard to the return of feedback on assessment in the second half-session 2021/22.

Decolonising the Curriculum: Timelines and Approval Processes

Members of the Committee discussed a paper providing an update on the work of the Decolonising the Curriculum Task and Finish Group (TFG). Members of the Committee noted that the paper would be considered at the November meeting of the Senate.

Academic Year 2023/24

Members of the UEC, for their part, approved proposals relating to the start date and structure for the 2023/24 academic year. Members of the Committee noted that the paper would be further considered for approval at the November meeting of the Senate.

Policy Review Update

Members of the Committee discussed the paper and noted the timings of proposed policy work.

Code of Practice on Student Discipline (Non-Academic)

Members of the Committee approved, on the recommendation of the Student Misconduct Review Task and Finish Group (TFG) and the Student Support and Experience Committee (SSEC) the final draft of the revised Code of Practice on Student Discipline (non-Academic). This will now be forwarded to the Senate and the Court for further approval.

Update Reports From The UEC Sub-Committees

Members of the UEC noted updates from the UEC Sub-Committees as follows:

  1. Employability and Entrepreneurship Committee (EEC)
  2. Student Support and Experience Committee (SSEC)

Risk Register

The UEC noted the Risk Register with regards to the specific risks associated with Education.

QAA Scotland Quality Enhancement and Standards Review (QESR)

Further to the circulation of a briefing paper on the QAA Scotland Quality Enhancement and Standards Review (QESR) and Institutional Liaison Meetings (ILM), members of the UEC noted a letter providing confirmation of the University’s date of review and QESR panel.

AdvanceHE PGCert Accreditation

Members of the UEC noted the accreditation with AdvanceHE for the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (Learning and Teaching).

Course Evaluation

The Committee noted that the Course Evaluation webpages (Course Evaluation | StaffNet | The University of Aberdeen (abdn.ac.uk)) had been updated in line with discussions with School Directors of Education, particularly in relation to opportunities for providing feedback mid-/throughout the term so that students providing the feedback are able to benefit from that same feedback.

Inclusion Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

Members of the UEC noted revised Inclusion Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Monitoring Deadlines 2022/23

Members of the UEC noted the deadlines for the monitoring of students for academic year 2022/23, approved by way of Chairs action.

 

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Previous Digests
2021-22

 

Remit

Remit

(To be reviewed annually at last meeting of committee cycle and proposed changes considered by Senate for approval)

To be responsible to the Senatus Academicus for the strategic oversight of:

  1. education matters relating to undergraduate, postgraduate taught and taught elements of postgraduate research;
  2. the wider student experience relating to matters impacting on student success;
  3. the development of approaches to educational innovation.

The UEC shall:

  1. be responsible for the oversight, development and monitoring of the University’s strategic approach to educational provision, its associated operational plan and risk register, and the alignment of these with School plans and with Aberdeen 2040 and its associated operational plans;
  2. comment on draft education policy where input sought by the Quality Assurance Committee and drive forward its implementation working in partnership with School Education Committees;
  3. highlight to the Quality Assurance Committee where policy related issues are identified requiring consideration;
  4. be responsible for the innovation and ongoing enhancement of the quality of educational provision and for ensuring the effective dissemination of good practice including oversight of the University’s engagement with the QAA Enhancement Themes;
  5. Through its committees, be responsible for the development of actions at institutional level, and in Schools, based on analysis of national and internal data (e.g. National Student Survey, non-continuation, Graduate Outcomes, degree classifications and awarding gaps);
  6. Ensure that Education and the wider student experience is delivered inclusively;
  7. Through the Centre for Academic Development (CAD), develop, review and promote professional staff development opportunities in regard to the delivery of education, including assessment and feedback;
  8. Through the Centre for Academic Development, inform the support required by Schools for the development of educational innovations;
  9. consider recommendations from the Employability and Entrepreneurship Committee (EEC) in regard to the quality of provision of careers education, employability and the co-curriculum;
  10. consider recommendations from the Student Support & Experience Committee (SSEC) in regard to the quality of the delivery of effective, appropriate and consistent student support and the wider student experience;
  11. be responsible for the oversight of teaching-related credit-bearing activity related to student mobility;
  12. engage in horizon scanning to anticipate and prepare for new opportunities and likely future developments in education and the wider student experience.

Members’ Responsibilities:

Each member of the committee will contribute to discussions and feedback on these to their respective areas for comment and further input. School leads ensure that they use their School Education Committees and other School forums to inform feedback into UEC and to raise matters relevant to UEC or for referral onto QAC as appropriate.

Composition & Membership

Chair: Vice-Principal (Education)

Membership:

  • Student President of the Students’ Association (or nominee)
  • Vice-President for Education of the Students’ Association
  • School Directors of Education
  • Dean for Student Support
  • Dean for Educational Innovation
  • Dean for Employability and Entrepreneurship
  • Dean for Quality Assurance and Enhancement
  • Dean for Postgraduate Research School
  • Dean for the Qatar Campus
  • Dean for International Student Pathways
  • Dean for Widening Access, Articulation and Outreach
  • Dean for Portfolio Development and Programme Promotion
  • Two representatives nominated by Senate (2-year terms)
  • QAA Enhancement Theme Lead
  • Academic Representative of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Committee

In attendance:

  • Director of Academic Services and Online Education
  • Head of Quality
  • Academic Registrar
  • Head of the Centre for Academic Development (CAD)
  • Head of the Careers and Employability Service
  • Head of Student Support
  • Head of the Language Centre
  • Director of Digital and Information Services (or nominee)
  • University Librarian
  • School Administration Manager
  • Students’ Association Staff Member

Quorum: 50%

 

Membership 2021-22

Role

Name

Chair (Vice-Principal, Education)

Ruth Taylor

Student President of the Students’ Association (or nominee):

TBC

Vice-President for Education of the Students’ Association:

Akua Agyeman

School Directors of Education:

-

School of Biological Sciences

Michelle Pinard

Business School

David McCausland

School of Divinity, History, Philosophy and Art History

Ken Jeffrey

School of Education

Leigh Bjorkvoll

School of Engineering

Euan Bain

School of Geosciences

Josh Wright

School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture

Shona Potts

School of Law

Susan Stokeld

School of Psychology

Jason Bohan

School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition

Rona Patey

School of Natural and Computing Sciences

Bill Harrison

School of Social Science

Stuart Durkin

Representative nominated by the Senate:

Amudha Poobalan

Representative nominated by the Senate:

Afzal Waheed

Dean for Student Support:

Abbe Brown

Dean for Educational Innovation:

Kirsty Kiezebrink

Dean for Employability and Entrepreneurship:

John Barrow

Dean for Quality Assurance and Enhancement:

TBC

Dean of Postgraduate Research School:

Graeme Nixon

Director of Studies (Qatar):

Lyn Batchelor

Dean for International Student Pathways:

Harminder Battu

Dean for Widening Access, Articulation and Outreach:

Alison Jenkinson

Dean for Portfolio Development and Programme Promotion:

Ann Michelle Slater

QAA Enhancement Theme Lead:

Steve Tucker

Academic Representative of the EDI Committee:

Vacancy

 

In attendance:

 Role

Name

Director of Academic Services and Online Education:

Gillian Mackintosh

Academic Registrar:

TBC

Head of the Centre for Academic Development (CAD):

Patricia Spence

Head of Careers:

Tracey Innes

Head of Student Support:

Nick Edwards

Head of the Language Centre:

Julie Bray

Director of Digital and Information Services (or nominee):

Brian Henderson

University Librarian:

Simon Bains

School Administration Manager:

Fiona Ritchie (Business School)

Student Mobility Representative

Louisa Stratton

Students’ Association Staff Member

Graeme Kirkpatrick/Scott Carle (shared role)

Clerk

Emma Tough

Attendance

Attendance Records

2022/23
10 October 2022
2021/22
Previous Attendance Records 2020-21