Agenda

UNIVERSITY EDUCATION COMMITTEE (UEC)

A meeting of the University Education Committee will be held on Wednesday 23 June 2021 at 2 pm, 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 UEC held on 25 May 2021 (UEC/230621/001)
2.  Matters Arising    (UEC/230621/002)
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. Preparations for the 2021/22 Academic Year  
  Members of the Committee are asked to discuss the preparations for the 2021/22 academic and, in particular, the Education Covid-19 Roadmap Action Plan (attached as UEC/230621/003a). The attention of the Committee is also drawn to the Institutional Covid-19 Roadmap Action Plan (attached as UEC/230621/003b).
5. Quality Assurance Committee (QAC) Update (Oral Item)
6. Blended Learning Evaluation Update (UEC/230621/014)
  Members of the Committee are asked to discuss the update on the ongoing blended learning evaluation.
7. Enhancement Theme Annual Report (UEC/230621/004)
  Members of the Committee are asked to discuss the Enhancement Theme Annual Report and, in doing so, identify areas of good practice and activity for dissemination and communication within Schools.
8. Timing and Assessment for Disabled Students (UEC/230621/005)
  Members of the Committee are asked to discuss and, if appropriate, approve the proposed approaches to time for completion of assessment by disabled students with provisions for extra time in academic year 2021/22.
9. Readmission Support Process (UEC/230621/006)
  Members of the Committee are asked to discuss the proposed readmission support process.
10. Pastoral Review UEC/230621/007)
  Members of the Committee are asked to discuss the proposed pastoral review.
11. Update on Accessibility and Inclusion in University Policy (Oral Item)
12.  Date of Next Meeting  
  An additional meeting of the Committee is currently scheduled for Tuesday 10 August 2021, at 2pm, by Microsoft Teams. Members of the Committee will be advised if this meeting will go ahead in due course.
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/230621/008)
  (ii) Employability and Entrepreneurship Committee (EEC) (UEC/230621/009)
  (iii) Student Support Committee (SSC) (UEC/230621/010)
13.2 UEC Remit and Composition (UEC/230621/012)
13.3 Education Risk Register (UEC/230621/013)
13.4 Term Date Exceptions  
 

Members of the Committee are asked to note the following exceptions to the agreed 2021/22 term dates, as approved by the Chair by way of Chair’s Action:

  • Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Childhood Practice (1HS commences August 2021)
  • Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) in Autism and Learning (1HS commences 6 September 2021 and 2HS commences 10 January 2022)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) (Primary and Secondary) (2HS commences 4 January 2022)
  • Degree of Master of Arts (MA) in Education (2HS commences 4 January 2022)
 

  

            

Previous Agendas

Previous Agendas

2020-2021

 

Minutes

Minutes

Minutes will be published here once confirmed after the next meeting.

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 and postgraduate;
  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;
  10. be responsible for the oversight of teaching-related credit-bearing activity related to student mobility;
  11. be responsible for the oversight and quality assurance of online learning, transnational education (TNE) and collaborative agreements relating to teaching and learning;
  12. 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;
  13. 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:

tbc

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

Javier Gonzalez Cuervos

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:

tbc

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:

tbc

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

Alfred Akisanya

School of Geosciences

Tim Mighall

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)

Students’ Association Staff Member

Graeme Kirkpatrick/Scott Carle (shared role)

Clerk

Emma Hay

Attendance

Attendance Records

Name

Role

25 May 2021

23 June 2021

25 August 2021

Ruth Taylor

Chair (Vice-Principal, Education)

Present Present Present

tbc

One representative nominated by the University Court:

- - -

Javier Gonzalez Cuervos

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

Present Apologies Present

Ondrej Kucerak

Vice-President for Education of the Students’ Association:

Present Present Apologies

Abbe Brown

Dean for Student Support:

Present Apologies Present

Kirsty Kiezebrink

Deputy Chair, Dean for Educational Innovation:

Present Apologies Present

John Barrow

Dean for Employability and Entrepreneurship:

Present Apologies Present

Kath Shennan

Dean for Quality Assurance and Enhancement:

Present Apologies Apologies

Graeme Nixon

Dean of Postgraduate Research School:

Present Apologies Present

Russell Williams

Dean for the Qatar Campus:

Present Present Present

Harminder Battu

Dean for International Student Pathways:

Apologies Apologies Apologies

Alison Jenkinson

Dean for Widening Access, Articulation and Outreach:

Present Apologies Present

Hazel Hutchison

(Ann Michelle Slater from August 2021)

Dean for Portfolio Development and Programme Promotion:

Apologies Apologies Present

tbc

Academic Representative of the EDI Committee:

- - -

Steve Tucker

QAA Enhancement Theme Lead

Present Present Present

Education Committees:

 

     

Michelle Pinard

School of Biological Sciences

Present Present Present

David McCausland

Business School

Present Present Present

Gerry Hough

School of Divinity, History, Philosophy and Art History

Present Present Present

Leigh Bjorkvoll

School of Education

Present Present Dean Robson attended

Alfred Akisanya

(Euan Bain from August 2021)

School of Engineering

Present Present Present

Tim Mighall

School of Geosciences

Present Present Present

Shona Potts

School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture

Present Present Present

Susan Stokeld

School of Law

Present Present Present

Jason Bohan

School of Psychology

Present Present Present

Rona Patey

School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition

Present Present Present

Bill Harrison

School of Natural and Computing Sciences

Present Apologies Present

Stuart Durkin

School of Social Science

Present Apologies Apologies

Richard Hepworth

Representatives nominated by the Senate:

Present Apologies Present

Lindsay Tibbetts

Representatives nominated by the Senate:

Present Apologies Present

In Attendance

Role

     

Gillian Mackintosh

Director of Academic Services and Online Education:

Present Present Present

Rachael Bernard

Academic Registrar:

Present Present Present

Patricia Spence

Head of the Centre for Academic Development (CAD):

Present Present Present

Tracey Innes

Head of Careers:

Present Presesnt Present

Nick Edwards

Head of Student Support:

Present Present Present

Julie Bray

Head of the Language Centre:

Apologies Present Present

Brian Henderson

Director of Digital and Information Services (or nominee):

Present Apologies Apologies

Simon Bains

University Librarian:

Present Apologies Apologies

Fiona Ritchie (Business School)

School Administration Manager:

Present Present Apologies

Graeme Kirkpatrick (Shared role - from June 2021)

Students’ Association Staff Member

- Present Present
Scott Carle (Shared role - from June 2021) Students’ Association Staff Member - Presesnt Apologies

Emma Hay

Clerk

Present Present Morag MacRae attended