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University Committees

Quality and Standards Sub-Committee

Standing Orders

Sub Committee of Education Committee (Strategy committee of Senate)

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

Membership (Composition)

(Awaiting 2018/19 updates from sections for all Education Committees.)

(Members 2017/18)
Ex officio members:
The Dean and Deputy to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) (Chair) Dr Tony Fawcett
One delegate each from the PVC:
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Science
  • Social Sciences and Health
Durham Students' Union Academic Affairs Officer (PG) Mr David Evans
Head of Academic Support Office tbc
Three co-opted members of academic staff, one each from the Faculty:
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Science
  • Social Sciences and Health
Education Committee shall appoint one of the members of academic staff serving on the Sub-Committee as chair, and another of these members Deputy Chair
At least one member of the Committee shall be a member of Senate
A full date after a member's name indicates that their term of office will expire on the 31 July in that year and a half date indicates the year of appointment of that member. eg (2015) (08) indicates that the member was appointed in 2008 and their term of office will expire on the 31 July 2015.


To be confirmed.


The sub-committee shall normally meet twice per academic term. It will also interact electronically to progress its business.

Terms of Reference

a) to advise UEC, Senate and Council on the University’s compliance with educational regulatory requirements and to oversee institutional preparations for external monitoring and review of quality and standards.

b) to oversee policies and procedures on the assurance and systematic enhancement of quality and standards of undergraduate and taught postgraduate provision, from arrival to graduation. This includes the following core responsibilities:

  • policies and procedures for the approval, monitoring and periodic review of all academic programmes;
  • policies and procedures for student assessment, the appointment and management of External Examiners, and the work of the University Boards of Examiners;
  • policies and procedures relating to student academic complaints and infractions.