Agenda

UNIVERSITY EDUCATION COMMITTEE (UEC)

A meeting of the University Education Committee will be held on Tuesday 18 January 2022 at 2pm, by way of Microsoft Teams.

Miss Emma Hay, Assistant Registrar

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

Agenda

FOR DISCUSSION

1. Approval of the minute of the meeting held on 10 December 2021 (UEC/180122/001)
2.  Matters Arising    (UEC/180122/002)
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. Presentation on Postgraduate Research (PGR)  
  Members of the Committee will receive a presentation from Professor Graeme Nixon, Dean of Postgraduate Research (PGR).
5. Risk Register (UEC/180122/003)
  The Committee is invited to discuss the updated Risk Register for Education, available as (UEC/170122/003) on the UEC SharePoint.  
6. Second Half Session Update (UEC/180122/012)
  Members of the Committee are invited to discuss the paper providing an update/will receive an oral update on the delivery of Education during the second half session.
7. Aberdeen2040 Update  
  Members of the Committee are invited to discuss progress to date in regard to the Aberdeen 2040 five year and one-year actions for ‘Education’ at the University of Aberdeen. Members are invited to note the minute of the first Aberdeen 2040 meeting of the UEC, attached as UEC/180122/004.
8. Institutional NSS Action Plan (UEC/180122/005)
  Members of the Committee are invited to discuss the updates on the  institutional NSS action plan.
9. Academic Discipline Update (UEC/180122/006)
  Members of the Committee are invited to discuss, and approve for onward dissemination, the update on the handling of Academic Discipline cases.
10. Degree Regulations (UEC/180122/007)
  Members of the Committee are invited to discuss the paper on proposed changes to Degree Regulations, to take effect from Academic Year 2021/22.
11. Student Mobility Update (UEC/180122/008)
  Members of the Committee are invited to discuss the update on international student exchange and other international mobility-related activities for January 2022.
12.  Date of Next Meeting  
 

The next meeting of the UEC will be held at 2pm on Thursday 24 February 2022. In addition, an additional meeting of the UEC, to focus on Aberdeen 2040, will take place on Tuesday 1 February 2022 at 2pm.

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

     

13.       FOR INFORMATION

13.1 Update Reports from the UEC sub-committees:  
  (i)    Quality Assurance Committee (QAC) (UEC/180122/009a)
  (ii)    Employability and Entrepreneurship Committee (UEC/180122/009b)
  (iii)   Student Support Committee (SSC) (UEC/180122/009c)
13.2 Policy Mapping to the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Quality Code  
  Members of the Committee are invited to note that a finalised mapping of University Education Policy to the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Quality Code will be discussed at the meeting of the QAC scheduled for 26 January 2022. Members of the Committee are advised that following QAC discussion, the mapping will be circulated to members of the UEC, for information.
13.3 Equality and Diversity Impact Assessment (Blended Learning)  
  Members of the Committee are asked to note the Blended Learning Equality and Diversity Impact Assessments of August 2021 (attached as UEC/180122/010a) and January 2022 (attached as UEC/180122/010b).
13.4 Inclusivity and Accessibility Framework  
  Members of the Committee are asked to note the University’s Inclusivity and Accessibility Framework and to disseminate to colleagues, as appropriate.
13.5 Update on Blackboard Ultra (UEC/180122/011)
13.6 QAA Scotland’s Interim Quality Arrangements for 2021/22 (UEC/180122/013)
  Members of the Committee are asked to note the information paper which provides an outline of the Quality Assurance Agency’s interim quality arrangements.
13.7 Items for Discussion at the next (or future meetings) of the UEC:  
 
  • Marking deadlines 
  • Degree Regulations (item 10 above further refers)
  • Non-continuation rates
  • Degree classification data
 

  

             

Previous Agendas

Previous Agendas

2021-22
2020-2021

 

Minutes

Minutes

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Draft Minutes
2021/22
2020/21

 

Digests

UEC Digest

This digest provides a short summary of the outcome of the meeting of the University Education Committee (UEC) held on 10 November 2021.

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

Education Committee Updates                                                                                        

The UEC received and approved papers on the Education Committee structure, in regard to (i) Communication between the UEC, its sub-committees and School Education Committees (SECs)  and (ii) an Education Committee Paper template.

Risk Register                                                                                        

Members of the UEC received and discussed the updated Risk Register (link tbc) for Education.

Second Half Session Update        

Members of the UEC received and discussed the papers on the second half-session delivery of teaching  and the approval process which will be used to manage requests from students seeking to study online in the second half-session. Members of the UEC also noted the communication issued to students in this regard, available on the University’s webpages.

Policy Review Update                                                                     

Members of the UEC received the paper on the Policy Review Project . Overall, members of the Committee were supportive of the content of the plan and the work to be undertaken over the course of the 2021/22 and 2022/23 academic years to review all Education policy.

Timing of the 2022/23 Academic Year        

Members of the UEC discussed the updated proposal relating to the start date and structure for the 2022/23 academic year. The paper was presented for discussion and approval, prior to going to Senate for further discussion and final approval.

Appeals and Complaints Update                                                 

Members of the Committee received the paper, providing and detailed data on appeal and complaint submissions  (appendices A and B refer) received prior to and during the 2020/21 academic year, in addition to an analysis of emerging trends and next steps, seeking to improve the services provided by the University in this regard.

Institutional NSS Action Plan        

Members of the UEC received an oral update from the Deans of Educational Innovation and Student Support on the institutional NSS action plan.

Evaluation of Blended Learning

The Committee received the final blended learning evaluation report , noting the amendments included within it since its last consideration at the UEC.

Accessibility and Inclusion in Education Framework

Members of the UEC received the paper (and associated presentation) providing an update on the Accessibility and Inclusion in Education Framework.

Content Advice Guidance

Members of the UEC noted the paper providing guidance on Content Advice , particularly in relation to the health and wellbeing of students in their education.

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).

Collaborations and Partnerships Register                                                               

Members of the UEC noted the register  on the collaborations and partnerships for the University.

Enhancement Theme Update                                                                                        

The UEC noted the update on the Enhancement Theme.

Academic Integrity Campaign

Members of the UEC noted the project plan for the forthcoming Academic Integrity Campaign. The attention of the UEC was drawn to the proposed visuals for the campaign, along with the website that will support it.

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

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 Hay

Email: e.hay@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 for the 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):

David Mercieca

Vice-President for Education of the Students’ Association:

Ondrej Kucerak

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

Dean for the Qatar Campus:

Russell Williams

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

Gerry Hough

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:

Rachael Bernard

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 Hay

Attendance

Attendance Records

Name

Role

6 October 2021

10 November 2021

6 December 2021

18 January 2022

Ruth Taylor

Chair (Vice-Principal, Education)

Present Present Apologies Present

tbc

One representative nominated by the University Court:

- - - -

David Medcieca

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

Present Present Apologies Present

Ondrej Kucerak

Vice-President for Education of the Students’ Association:

Present Present Present Present

Abbe Brown

Dean for Student Support:

Present Present Present Present

Kirsty Kiezebrink

Deputy Chair, Dean for Educational Innovation:

Apologies Present Present Present

John Barrow

Dean for Employability and Entrepreneurship:

Apologies Present Apologies Present

Vacant

Dean for Quality Assurance and Enhancement:

- - - -

Graeme Nixon

Dean of Postgraduate Research School:

Apologies Apologies Present Present

Russell Williams

Dean for the Qatar Campus:

Present Present Apologies Present

Harminder Battu

Dean for International Student Pathways:

Apologies Apologies Apologies Apologies

Alison Jenkinson

Dean for Widening Access, Articulation and Outreach:

Present Present Apologies Present

Anne Michelle Slater

Dean for Portfolio Development and Programme Promotion:

Present Present Present Present

tbc

Academic Representative of the EDI Committee:

- - - -

Steve Tucker

QAA Enhancement Theme Lead

Apologies Present Apologies Present

Education Committees:

 

       

Michelle Pinard

School of Biological Sciences

Present Present Apologies Present

David McCausland

Business School

Present Present Present Present

Gerry Hough

School of Divinity, History, Philosophy and Art History

Present Present Present Present

Leigh Bjorkvoll

School of Education

Dean Robson attended Present Apologies Present

Euan Bain

School of Engineering

Present Present Present Present

Tim Mighall

Josh Wright from 28 October 2021

School of Geosciences

Present Present Present Present

Shona Potts

School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture

Present Present Present Present

Susan Stokeld

School of Law

Present Present Present Present

Jason Bohan

School of Psychology

Present Present Present Present

Rona Patey

School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition

Present Present Apologies Present

Bill Harrison

School of Natural and Computing Sciences

Present Present Present Present

Stuart Durkin

School of Social Science

Apologies Present Present Present

Richard Hepworth

Representatives nominated by the Senate:

Present Apologies Present Present

Lindsay Tibbetts

Representatives nominated by the Senate:

Present Present Present Apologies

In Attendance

Role

       

Gillian Mackintosh

Director of Academic Services and Online Education:

Present Present Present Present

Rachael Bernard

Academic Registrar:

Apologies Present Apologies Apologies

Patricia Spence

Head of the Centre for Academic Development (CAD):

Present Present Apologies Present

Tracey Innes

Head of Careers:

Apologies Present Present Present

Nick Edwards

Head of Student Support:

Present Apologies Present Present

Julie Bray

Head of the Language Centre:

Present Present Apologies Present

Brian Henderson

Director of Digital and Information Services (or nominee):

Apologies Apologies Present Apologies

Simon Bains

University Librarian:

Present Present Present Present

Fiona Ritchie (Business School)

School Administration Manager:

Present Present Present Present

Louisa Stratton

Student Mobility Representative - Present Present Present

Graeme Kirkpatrick (Shared role - from June 2021)

Students’ Association Staff Member

Present Apologies Apologies Apologies

Scott Carle (Shared role - from June 2021)

Students’ Association Staff Member Present Present Apologies Present

Emma Hay

Clerk

Present Present Present Morag MacRae attended
Previous Attendance Records 2020-21