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Durham University

University Committees

Education Committee

Standing Orders

(Strategy committee of Senate)

These Standing Orders should be read in conjunction with the Joint Standing Orders of Senate and Council.

Membership (Composition)

(Members 2019/20)

Ex officio members:

The Vice-Provost (Education)

Professor Alan Houston (Chair)

The Deputy Vice-Provost (Education)

Dr Tony Fawcett (Deputy Chair)

One Deputy Executive Dean Education and Student Enterprise (Arts and Humanities)

Professor Stuart Weeks

One Deputy Executive Dean Education and Student Enterprise (Business)

Dr Toby Watson

One Deputy Executive Dean Education and Student Enterprise (Science)

Professor Simon Gardiner

One Deputy Executive Dean Education and Student Enterprise (Social Sciences and Health)

Dr Ian Whitfield

Durham Students' Union Academic Affairs Officer (UG) or nominee

Sam Johnson-Audini

Durham Students' Union Academic Affairs Officer (PG) or nominee

David Evans

The Director of Durham Centre for Academic Development

Professor Nicola Whitton

The Academic Registrar

Dr Michael Gilmore

A delegate from the Wider Student Experience Committee


Co-opted members:

An Academic Representative from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Dr Julie Marfany

An Academic Representative from the Faculty of Business

Dr Philip Warwick

An Academic Representative from the Faculty of Science

Professor Paula Chadwick

An Academic Representative from the Faculty of Social Sciences and Health

Dr Caroline Dodd-Reynolds

Specialist (Interdisciplinary Education Expertise)

Professor Megan Bruce

Head of the Curriculum, Learning & Assessment Service [secretary]

Mr Andrew Rennie


The Secretary to the Committee to be appointed by the University Secretary in consultation with the Chair.


The Committee shall normally meet twice per academic term. Additional meetings may be called at the chair’s discretion. The Committee will also interact electronically to progress its business.

Terms of Reference


1. to work with the Vice-Provost (Education) to secure the implementation of the University’s Education Strategy;

2. to advise the Vice-Provost (Education) in the development of such new educational policies as may become necessary from time to time for reasons internal and external to Durham University: the development of such policies ordinarily being undertaken by Task and Finish Groups with membership drawn from the Education Committee and beyond, as appropriate;

3. to scrutinize as necessary new policies for access and admissions, teaching and learning, education quality enhancement, and others in the broader education domain;

4. to provide assurance to UEC, Senate and Council of the high standard and outcomes of undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes of study and of research degree provision and performance;

5. to oversee the development of a changing portfolio of high quality programmes of teaching and learning and associated forms of assessment;

6. to support and promote equality and diversity in all its activities.


1. access and admissions: to monitor access and admissions policies and outcomes at University, Faculty and Department levels;

2. teaching and learning: to assess and promote innovations in teaching, learning, assessment, and employability, embracing effective new pedagogies and technologies, monitoring learning resources (including the library), and disseminating good practices;

3. quality and standards: to advise UEC, Senate and Council on the University’s compliance with educational regulatory requirements and on its performance, inter alia, in the National Student Survey and the Teaching Excellence Framework;

4. Research Degrees: to monitor the educational experience and outcomes of research students.


To review on an annual basis the effectiveness of the Committee against its Terms of Reference. All changes will be proposed in a report delivered to Senate at the end of the academic year.


1. To exercise powers delegated by Senate;

2. To set up Task & Finish Groups as necessary to expedite the Committee’s business.


Access and Admissions
Teaching and Learning
Quality and Standards
Research Degrees


The Committee shall receive regular reports from Faculty Education Committees and from each of its Sub-Committees and Task and Finish Groups.

The Committee shall provide a report to each meeting of Senate.