University Education Committee (UEC)

University Education Committee (UEC)
Agenda

UNIVERSITY EDUCATION COMMITTEE (UEC)

A meeting of the University Education Committee will be held on Tuesday 16 January 2024 at 1.05pm in Sir Duncan Rice Library Meeting Room 1 (Floor 7) and by Microsoft Teams.

Mrs Emma Tough, Assistant Registrar

(e.tough@abdn.ac.uk)

Agenda

FOR DISCUSSION

1. Approval of the minute of the meeting held on 10 October 2023 (UEC/160124/001)
2.  Matters Arising    (UEC/160124/002)
3. Risk Register (UEC/160124/003)
  Members of the UEC are invited to discuss the Risk Register with regards to the specific risks associated with Education.
4. Aberdeen 2040  
  (i) Aberdeen 2040 Implementation Plan (UEC/160124/004)
  Members of the UEC are invited to discuss the Aberdeen 2040 Implementation Plan.
  (ii) Aberdeen 2040 Graduate Attributes and Skills (UEC/160124/005)
  Members of the UEC are invited to discuss the next steps in relation to the Aberdeen 2040 Curriculum.
  (iii) Aberdeen 2040 Curriculum (UEC/160124/006)
  Members of the UEC are invited to discuss the next steps in relation to the Aberdeen 2040 Curriculum.  
  (iii) Decolonising the Curriculum: Community of Practice (UEC/160124/007)
  Members of the UEC are invited to approve the arrangements for the Decolonising the Curriculum Community of Practice.
5. Upscaling Work-Based Learning Update (UEC/160124/008)
  Members of the UEC are invited to discuss the update on the placements project.
6. Go Abroad Update (UEC/160124/009)
  Members of the UEC are invited to discuss the current context for student mobility.  
7. Academic Year Structure Implementation: Update on Induction, Transition and Employability Week (UEC/160124/010)
  Members of the UEC are invited to discuss the update on the ITEW in the implementation of the Future Academic Year Structure.
8. Online Education Update (UEC/160124/011)
  Members of the UEC are invited to discuss the update on Online Education, noting there is a requirement to approve the remit and composition of the Online Education Forum.
9. Education Data  
  (i) National Student Survey – Plan for 2024 (UEC/160124/012)
  (ii) Appeals and Complaints Data 2022/23 (UEC/160124/013)
  (iii) Academic Discipline Data 2022/23 (UEC/160124/014) (Data)
  (iv) Education Data Reporting Schedule (UEC/160124/015)
  Members of the UEC are invited to discuss (i) National Student Survey – Plan for 2024; (ii) the Appeals and Complaints Data 2022/23; and (iii) the Academic Discipline Data 2022/23; and note (iv) the Education Data Reporting Schedule.
10. Vice-Principal (Education) and Chair of UEC  
  Members of the UEC will hear an oral update from the Vice-Principal (Education) and Chair of UEC.
11. Dates of Next Meeting  
  The next meeting of the Committee will be held on Tuesday 5 March 2024 at 1:05pm, in the Court Room, University Office and by way of Microsoft Teams.
12. Items for Routine Approval – see below  
13. 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.

 

12. FOR ROUTINE APPROVAL

12.1 UEC Remit and Composition (UEC/160124/016)
  Members of the UEC are invited to approve, by routine approval, the Remit and Composition.
     

13. FOR INFORMATION

13.1 Minutes from the UEC sub-committees meetings  
  (i) Employability and Entrepreneurship Committee (EEC) (UEC/160124/017a)
  (ii) Student Support and Experience Committee (SSEC) (UEC/101023/017b)
13.2 Institutional Liaison Meeting Documentation  
  Members of the UEC are invited to note the submission to QAA Scotland regarding the Institutional Liaison Meeting.
13.3 Academic Student Surveys (UEC/160124/018)
  Members of the UEC are invited to note the paper on Academic Student Surveys.  
13.4 New and Revised Guidance for Generative AI in Education  
 
  1. Quick Guide on Acknowledging the Use of GenAI Tools
  2. Quick Guide on Assignment Notes, Drafts and Versioning
  3. Student Guidance on Use of GenAI tools in Education
  4. Staff Guidance on Use of GenAI tools in Education
13.5 University Careers and Employability Service Annual Report (UEC/160124/019)
  Members of the UEC are invited to note the annual report for the University Careers and Employability Service.  
     

  

             

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Minutes
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2023/24
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Digest

UEC Digest

This digest provides a short summary of the outcome of the meeting of the University Education Committee held on 16 January 2024. Staff can access the full agendas and papers on the University website.

Risk Register

The Committee discussed the Risk Register, in particular the risks associated with the Education portfolio.

Aberdeen 2040 Implementation Plan

The Committee discussed the Aberdeen 2040 Implementation Plan, in particular the actions associated with the Education portfolio.

Aberdeen 2040 Graduate Attributes and Skills

The UEC discussed the proposed Graduate Attributes and Skills, and approved for onward consideration at Senate.

Aberdeen 2040 Curriculum

The UEC discussed a paper outlining a potential approach to the curriculum in the context of the Aberdeen 2040 strategy.

Decolonising the Curriculum: Community of Practice

The Committee agreed to a proposal to formally stand down the Decolonising the Curriculum Steering Group and replace it with a Community of Practice.

Upscaling Work-based Learning Update

The Committee received an update on the ongoing work in relation to upscaling work-based learning.

Go Abroad Update

The UEC received an update on the ongoing work in relation to Go Abroad and Student Mobility.

Academic Year Structure Implementation: Update on Induction, Transition and Employability Week

The Committee discussed a paper providing an update and suggestions in relation to the proposed Induction, Transition and Employability Week set to commence in 2024/25.

Online Education Update

The UEC discussed a paper providing an update in relation to Online Education matters, and agreed the establishment of an Online Education Forum.

Education Data

(i) National Student Survey – Plan for 2024

(ii) Appeals and Complaints Data 2022/23

(iii) Academic Discipline Data 2022/23 (Data)

(iv) Education Data Reporting Schedule

The UEC discussed matters pertaining to Education data in respect of (i) NSS, (ii) Appeals and Complaints, and (iii) Academic Discipline, and noted the Education Data Reporting Schedule.

Vice-Principal (Education) and Chair of UEC

The Chair provided an update in respect of the position of Chair of UEC and noted the January meeting would be the last of the current Vice-Principal (Education). The Committee noted that Professor Jo-Anne Murray (incoming Vice-Principal (Education)) would take over as Chair of UEC at the next meeting.

Minutes from UEC Sub-Committees

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

(i) Employability and Entrepreneurship Committee (EEC)

(ii) Student Support and Experience Committee (SSEC)

Institutional Liaison Meeting Documentation

The UEC noted the submission to QAA Scotland for the University’s upcoming Institutional Liaison Meeting.

Academic Student Surveys

The Committee noted the paper on Academic Student Surveys.

New and Revised Guidance for Generative AI in Education

The Committee noted the following new and revised guidance for Generative AI in Education:

  1. Quick Guide on Acknowledging the Use of GenAI Tools
  2. Quick Guide on Assignment Notes, Drafts and Versioning
  3. Student Guidance on Use of GenAI tools in Education
  4. Staff Guidance on Use of GenAI tools in Education

University Careers and Employability Service Annual Report

The Committee noted the annual report from the Careers and Employability Service.

Any questions regarding the University Education Committee digest should be sent to academicservices@abdn.ac.uk.

Previous Digests
2023-24

2022-23

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: Professor Ruth Taylor

Clerk: Emma Tough

Email: e.tough@abdn.ac.uk

Composition

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 and Experience
  • Dean for Educational Innovation
  • Dean for Employability and Entrepreneurship
  • Dean for Quality Assurance and Enhancement
  • Dean for Postgraduate Research School
  • Director of Studies (Qatar)
  • Dean for International Student Pathways
  • Dean for Widening Access, Articulation and Outreach
  • Dean for Portfolio  and Programme Promotion Development
  • 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
  • Head of 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
  • Student Mobility Representative
  • School Administration Manager
  • Students’ Association Staff Member

Quorum: 50%

Membership

Role

Name

Chair (Vice-Principal, Education)

Ruth Taylor

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

Sai Shraddha S. Viswanathan

Vice-President for Education of the Students’ Association:

Rhiannon Ledwell

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

Helen Knight

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:and Experience

Jason Bohan

Dean for Educational Innovation:

Kirsty Kiezebrink

Dean for Employability and Entrepreneurship:

John Barrow

Dean for Quality Assurance and Enhancement:

Steve Tucker

Dean of Postgraduate Research School:

Stuart Piertney

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:

tbc

Academic Representative of the EDI Committee:

Asha Venkatesh

In attendance:

 Role

Name

Director of Academic Services and Online Education:

Gillian Mackintosh

Academic Registrar:

tbc

Head of Quality tbc
Head of Online Education Rob Cummins

Head of the Centre for Academic Development (CAD):

Patricia Spence

Head of the Careers and Employability Service

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:

Rhona Moore

Student Mobility Representative

Louisa Stratton

Students’ Association Staff Member

Graeme Kirkpatrick/Scott Carle (shared role)

Clerk

Emma Tough

 

 

 

Attendance

Attendance Records

2023/24
2022/23
2021/22
Previous Attendance Records 2020-21