University Education Committee (UEC)

University Education Committee (UEC)
Agenda

UNIVERSITY EDUCATION COMMITTEE (UEC)

A meeting of the University Education Committee will be held on Wednesday 13 April 2022 at 2.05pm, 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 24 February 2022 (UEC/130422/001)
2.  Matters Arising    (UEC/130422/002)
3. Health, Safety and Wellbeing (Oral Item)
  Members of the Committee are asked to note the Campus Planning Group (CPG) papers and minutes of meetings, available here.
4. Risk Register (UEC/130422/003)
  The Committee is invited to discuss the Risk Register, with regards to the specific risks associated with Education.
5. Draft Recommendations and Report of Pastoral Review Task and Finish Group (UEC/130422/004)
  The Committee is invited to discuss the paper providing the draft report and associated recommendations of the Pastoral Review Task and Finish Group (TFG).
6. Draft Principles of Monitoring, Absence and Engagement Task and Finish Group (UEC/130422/005)
  The Committee is invited to discuss the paper providing the draft report and associated recommendations of the Monitoring, Absence and Engagement TFG.
7. Education Committee Remits (UEC/130422/006)
  Members of the Committee are invited to discuss and approve the updated remits of the Education Committees, including the UEC and the Quality Assurance Committee (QAC).
8. Arrangements for Academic Year 2022/23  
  Members of the Committee are invited to discuss and approve the following papers related to arrangements for academic year 2022/23:  
  (a) Delivery of Education Principles for Academic Year 2022/23 (UEC/130422/007a)
  (b) Delivery of Teaching and Assessment in 2022/23 (UEC/130422/007b)
9. Qatar: Changes to Delivery of Education Due to World Cup (UEC/130422/008)
  The Committee is invited to discuss and approve the proposed term dates for the Qatar campus, proposed as a consequence of the impact of the World Cup in Qatar in November-December 2022.
10. Degree Classifications (UEC/130422/009)
  The Committee is invited to discuss the paper providing an update on degree classifications awarded in Academic Year 2020/21.
11. Quality Assurance Agency Scotland (QAAS) Institutional Visit Update (UEC/130422/010)
  The Committee is invited to discuss the paper providing an update on the QAAS’s annual visits to the University.
12. Enhancement-Led Institutional Review (ELIR) 2018 Update (UEC/130422/011)
  The Committee is invited to discuss the paper providing an update on the ELIR 2018 recommendations.
13. Update on Transforming the Experience of Students through Assessment (TESTA) (UEC/130422/012)
  The Committee is invited to discuss the paper providing an update on the TESTA pilot.
14. Date of Next Meeting  
 

The next meeting of the UEC, to focus on Aberdeen 2040, will take place on Tuesday 10 May 2022 at 10.05am. Dates on which the UEC will take place in 2022/23 will follow in due course.

15. Items for Routine Approval – see below  
16. 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.

 

15. FOR ROUTINE APPROVAL

15.1 Changes in Regulations for Various Degrees (UEC/130422/013)
  The Committee is asked to approve, for its part, the draft Resolution Changes in ‘Regulations for Various Degrees’. The Resolution enacts changes in degree regulations recommended by the Quality Assurance Committee (QAC).
15.2 Fitness to Practise (Education) (UEC/130422/014)
  The Committee is asked to approve, for its part,changes to the Policy on Fitness to Practise and the associated Guidance Notes applicable to students undertaking degrees in Education or Counselling.  
15.3 Revisions to Academic Misconduct Policies and Procedures (UEC/130422/015)
  The Committee is asked to approve, for its part, changes to the Code of Practice on Student Discipline (Academic) and the Procedures for Dealing with Allegations of Plagiarism against Graduates of the University.
15.4 Deadlines for the Return of Results 2022/23  
  The Committee is asked to approve the deadlines for the return of results for academic year 2022/23:  
 

(a) January 2023 Assessments

(i) All undergraduate courses by Friday 20 January 2023

(ii) Postgraduate taught courses by Friday 27 January 2023

(iii) January Start Postgraduate Taught programmes, for candidates commencing January 2022, by Friday 27 January 2023

(b) May 2023 Assessments

(i) All Level 1 to 4 and undergraduate Level 5 courses and undergraduate programmes by Friday 2 June 2023

(ii) Postgraduate taught course and programme results, for those candidates eligible to graduate in June 2023, by Friday 2 June 2023

(iii) All other postgraduate taught courses by Friday 30 June 2023

(c) Resit Assessments

All Level 1 to 4 and undergraduate Level 5 resit assessments by Friday 28 July 2023

(d) Postgraduate Taught programmes eligible to graduate in November 2023

Postgraduate Taught summer courses and programme results Friday 3 November 2023.

     

16. FOR INFORMATION

16.1 Update Reports from the UEC sub-committees:  
  (i) Quality Assurance Committee (QAC) (UEC/130422/017a)
  (ii) Employability and Entrepreneurship Committee (EEC) (UEC/130422/017b)
  (iii) Student Support Committee (SSC) (UEC/130422/017c)
16.2 AdvanceHE Accreditation (UEC/240222/018)
  Members of the Committee are invited to note the outcome of the University’s recent application for AdvanceHE Accreditation.
16.3 Fieldwork or Related Activities for Teaching (UEC/240222/019)
  Members of the Committee are invited to note the update on fieldwork and related activities.  
     

  

             

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 meetings of the meetings of the University Education Committee (UEC) held on 18 January and 24 February 2022.

Staff can access the full agenda and papers on the University website .

Risk Register

Members of the UEC received and discussed the updated Risk Register for Education.

Draft Recommendations and Report of the Pastoral Review Task and Finish Group

Members of the UEC received and discussed a paper providing the draft recommendations of the Pastoral Review Task and Finish Group (TFG).

Draft Principles of the Monitoring, Absence and Engagement Task and Finish Task and Finish Group

Members of the UEC received and discussed a paper providing the draft recommendations of the Monitoring, Absence and Engagement TFG.

Education Committee Remits

Members of the UEC received and discussed a paper providing draft Committee remits following changes to the Education Committee structure, proposed following the outcome of the recent Senate Effectiveness Review.

Arrangements for Academic Year 2022/23

Members of the UEC received and discussed papers regarding arrangements for the 2022/23 academic year.

Qatar: Changes to Delivery of Education Due to World Cup

Members of the UEC received and discussed a paper regarding changes to the Delivery of Education in Qatar, as a consequence of the World Cup. The UEC approved a proposed change to term dates in this regard.

Degree Classifications

Members of the UEC received and discussed a paper providing an update on Degree Classifications awarded in 2021/22.

Quality Assurance Agency Scotland (QAAS) Institutional Visit Update

Members of the UEC received and discussed a paper providing an update on QAAS Institutional Visits.

Enhancement-led Institutional Review (ELIR) 2018 Update

Members of the UEC received and discussed a paper providing an update on progress with the recommendations arising from ELIR 2018.

Changes in Regulations for Various Degrees (Omnibus Resolution)

The UEC approved, for its part, the draft Resolution ‘Changes in Regulations for Various Degrees. The UEC forwarded the draft Resolution to the Senate for further consideration and approval.

Fitness to Practise Policy

The UEC approved, for its part, proposed changes to the Policy on Fitness to Practise and the associated Guidance Notes applicable to students undertaking Degrees in Education or Counselling. The UEC forwarded the draft Resolution to the Senate for further consideration and approval.

Revisions to Academic Misconduct Policies and Procedures

The UEC approved, for its part, changes to (i) the Code of Practice on Student Discipline (Academic) and the (ii) the Procedures for Dealing with Allegations of Plagiarism Against Graduates of the University. The UEC forwarded the amended policies to the Senate for further consideration and approval.

Update Reports from the UEC Sub-committees                                                               

Members of the UEC noted update reports from each of the UEC’s sub-committees: The Quality Assurance Committee (QAC), the  Employability and Entrepreneurship Committee (EEC) and the Student Support Committee (SSC).

AdvanceHE Accreditation

Members of the UEC noted the outcome of the University’s recent application for AdvanceHE Accreditation.

Fieldwork or Related Activities for Teaching

Members of the Committee noted the update on fieldwork or related activities.

Any questions regarding the UEC digest, should be sent to academicservices@abdn.ac.uk.

Previous Digests
2021-22

 

Remit

Remit

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

  1. education matters and the wider academic student experience, both undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research;
  2. 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 educational provision;
  3. the development of approaches to educational innovation and the oversight and development of a range of modes of study (i.e. on-campus, online, blended);
  4. the safeguarding of academic standards.

 

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. be responsible for the development, implementation and review of policy relating to educational provision in undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes in the University. The UEC may refer matters to the Quality Assurance Committee (QAC) for detailed consideration, where relevant;
  3. be responsible for the innovation and ongoing enhancement of the quality of educational provision and for ensuring the effective dissemination of good practice;
  4. consider recommendations from the QAC on mechanisms for the assurance of quality and standards and, as appropriate, make recommendations to the Senate;
  5. be responsible for oversight of the University’s engagement with the work of the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), including but not limited to, Enhancement Led Institutional Review (ELIR) and the QAA Enhancement Themes;
  6. develop, review and promote professional staff development opportunities in regard to education, assessment and feedback;
  7. develop, promote and inform the work of the Centre for Academic Development (CAD);
  8. consider recommendations from the Employability and Entrepreneurship Committee (EEC) in regard to the quality of provision of careers education, employability and the co-curriculum;
  9. consider recommendations from the Student Support Committee (SSC) in regard to the quality of the delivery of effective, appropriate and consistent student support across all areas of the institution
  1. be responsible for the oversight of teaching-related credit-bearing activity related to student mobility;
  2. be responsible for the oversight and quality assurance of online learning, transnational education (TNE) and collaborative agreements relating to teaching and learning;
  3. consider and provide advice to the Student Experience Committee on aspects of the student experience which fall within both academic and wider student experience areas;
  4. act on behalf of the Senate, after consultation with Heads of School to:
    1. Approve Dates of Terms
    2. Approve changes to the Regulations for Certificates and Diplomas, and to Regulations for Degrees in advance of their incorporation into a formal draft Resolution
    3. Approve deadline for the refusal of class certificates
    4. Approve deadlines for the return of examination results
    5. Approve arrangements for Graduation Ceremonies
    6. Approve changes to minimum entry requirements
  1. in the ongoing context (September 2020) of the Covid-19 pandemic, be responsible for the planning, delivery and evaluation of educational provision (e.g. blended learning).

 Members’ Responsibilities:

Each member of the committee will contribute to discussions and feedback on these to their respective areas for comment and further input.

 

Composition & Membership

Chair: Ruth Taylor

Clerk: Emma Tough

Email: e.tough@abdn.ac.uk

Composition

Chair:                          Vice-Principal (Education)

Membership:           

  • One representative nominated by the University Court Student President of the Students’ Association (or nominee) Vice-President for Education of the Students’ Association 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 of Studies (Qatar Campus)
  • Dean for International Student Pathways
  • Dean for Widening Access, Articulation and Outreach
  • Dean for Portfolio Development and Programme Promotion QAA Enhancement Theme Lead
  • Academic Representative of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Committee Conveners of each of the School Education Committees
  • Two representatives nominated by the Senate

 In attendance:         

  • Director of Academic Services and Online Education 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

Membership 2021-22

Role

Name

Chair (Vice-Principal, Education)

Ruth Taylor

One representative nominated by the University Court:

Vacancy

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

tbc

Vice-President for Education of the Students’ Association:

tbc

Dean for Student Support:

Abbe Brown

Deputy Chair, Dean for Educational Innovation:

Kirsty Kiezebrink

Dean for Employability and Entrepreneurship:

John Barrow

Dean for Quality Assurance and Enhancement:

Vacant

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

Academic Representative of the EDI Committee:

Vacancy

QAA Enhancement Theme Lead

Steve Tucker

Conveners of each of the School

Education Committees:

School of Biological Sciences

Michelle Pinard

Business School

David McCausland

School of Divinity, History, Philosophy and Art History

Sam Newington

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

Representatives nominated by the Senate:

Richard Hepworth

Representatives nominated by the Senate:

Lindsay Tibbetts

 

In atendance

 

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

2021/22

Previous Attendance Records 2020-21