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Durham University

University Committees

Wider Student Experience Committee

Standing Orders

(Business Committee of Senate)

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

Membership (Composition)

Members 2021/22
Ex officio members:
The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Colleges and Student Experience) Jeremy Cook OBE (Chair)
The Director of Experience Durham Quentin Sloper
The Director of Student Wellbeing and Support Sam Dale
Three members of College staff (drawn from among the Principals and Vice-Principals (or equivalent) of the maintained and recognised colleges, including at least one Principal (or equivalent) and at least one Vice-Principal (or equivalent), nominated by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Colleges and Student Experience):
  • Van Mildert College
Dr Victoria Brown (2022) (19)
  • Collingwood College
Ms Emma Brownlow (2023) (20)
  • Stephenson College
Professor Rob Lynes (2024) (21)

A representative of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion service, nominated by the Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Rachel Archbold

A representative of the University Library and Collections, nominated by the University Librarian

Liz Waller
Two student representatives nominated by Durham Students' Union:
  • Welfare and Liberation Officer
Jonah Graham
  • Opportunities Officer
Jack Ballingham

A representative of the Junior Common Room Presidents, nominated by the Chair of JCR Presidents’ Committee

Alfie Whillis

A representative of Middle Common Room Presidents, nominated by the Chair of MCR Presidents’ Committee

Rhys Proud

Two members of academic staff having expertise (academic or professional) relevant to one or more aspects of the Wider Student Experience, drawn from two of the four Faculties on rotation, each nominated by the Executive Dean of the relevant Faculty:

  • Department of Engineering
Professor Jun Jie Wu (2022) (19)
  • Business School
Dr Riccardo Mogre (2024) (21)
A representative from Education Committee, nominated by the Chair of Education Committee Professor Megan Bruce (Deputy-Chair)
In attendance:
Dr Hannah King, Faculty Representative-Elect (2025) (22)
Other members of the University will be invited to attend meetings for relevant agenda items.
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 committee year of appointment of that member. eg (2021) (18) indicates that the member was appointed in 2018/19 and their term of office will expire on the 31 July 2021.

Terms of Reference

Purpose

  1. To work with the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Colleges and Student Experience) to secure the implementation of the Wider Student Experience (WSE) Strategy.
  2. To advise the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Colleges and Student Experience)in the development of such new WSE 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 established by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Colleges and Student Experience).
  3. To scrutinize as necessary new policies for the delivery of the Wider Student Experience strategy.
  4. To provide assurance to the University Executive Committee, Senate and Council of the standards and outcomes of activities in the Wider Student Experience domain.
  5. To support and promote equality and diversity and inclusion in all its activities.

Scope

  1. Student enrichment, in particular the following elements identified in the Wider Student Experience Strategy: the four graduate outcomes, seven domains of the Wider Student Experience, and six characteristics of the Durham system, as well as the Durham Inspired Award.
  2. Student support and wellbeing.
  3. Student conduct, excluding academic issues.
  4. All activity across the University relating to the Wider Student Experience.
  5. The infrastructural and operational aspects of the Wider Student Experience.
  6. DSOs and all recognised bodies related to the Wider Student Experience.
  7. Policies and Codes of Practice related to the Wider Student Experience.
  8. Relationships with third parties relevant to the Wider Student Experience established by memoranda of understanding or partnerships.

Effectiveness

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

Powers

To make recommendations to the PVC (Colleges and Student Experience), the University Executive Committee and Senate on matters within the Committee’s Scope.

Reporting

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

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

Membership

Ex officio members:

The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Colleges and Student Experience) (Chair)

The Director of Experience Durham

The Director of Student Support and Wellbeing

Appointed members:

Three members of College staff, drawn from among the Principals and Vice-Principals (or equivalent) of the maintained and recognised colleges, including at least one Principal (or equivalent) and at least one Vice-Principal (or equivalent), nominated by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Colleges and Student Experience).

A representative of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion service, nominated by the Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

A representative of the University Library and Collections, nominated by the University Librarian.

Two student representatives nominated by Durham Students’ Union.

A representative of the Junior Common Room Presidents, nominated by the Chair of JCR Presidents’ Committee

A representative of Middle Common Room Presidents, nominated by the Chair of MCR Presidents’ Committee

Two members of academic staff having expertise (academic or professional) relevant to one or more aspects of the Wider Student Experience, drawn from two of the four Faculties on rotation, each nominated by the Executive Dean of the relevant Faculty

A representative from Education Committee, nominated by the Chair of Education Committee

In attendance:

Other members of the University will be invited to attend meetings for relevant agenda items.

Terms of office

Appointed members will normally serve for a term of three years (save for student representatives, who will normally serve for one year).

Secretariat

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

Meetings

The Committee shall normally meet twice per academic Term. It will also interact electronically to progress its business.