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Durham University

University Committees

Development and Communities Sub-Committee

Standing orders

Sub-Committee of the Senate Wider Student Experience Committee.

These Standing Orders should be read in conjunction with the General Committee (Joint) section of Standing Orders.

Membership (Composition)

(Members 2019/20)

Ex officio members:

The Director of Experience Durham

Quentin Sloper (Chair)

The Head of the Careers Service

Catherine Richardson

The Students’ Union Opportunities Officer

Jess Dunning

The Students’ Union Director of Services

Kirsty Morrison

The Durham Inspired Award Manager

Lynsey Finnemore

Representatives nominated by Durham Students' Union:

Two representatives of student undergraduate common rooms

Elena Martin & to be appointed

A representative of student graduate common rooms

Sarah McAllister

Representatives nominated by the Chair:

Three members of College staff

Professor Ann MacLarnon (Deputy Chair)

Karen Langdon

two to be appointed

A senior representative of Experience Durham

Katie Binks

A representative of one of the Faculties, by rotation

Professor Simon Gardiner

A senior representative from the International Office

Dr Fiona O’Carroll

Student Development Programme

Lynsey Finnemore


Carol Walker

In attendance:

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


The sub-committee shall:

(a) scrutinize policies, approaches and structures concerning student development and opportunities and, in doing so, provide assurance to the Wider Student Experience Committee of the standards and outcomes of activities associated with these areas of the WSE strategy;

(b) act as a forum for the collaboration and co-ordination of internal partners engaged in student development;

(c) assist the PVC (C & SE) in the engagement of local, regional, national and international partners who have the capacity to further enhance the WSE strategy and specifically student development and opportunities;

(d) scrutinise the provision of current facilities and infrastructure, and proposed future developments in relation to how they contribute to, and can further enable, the Wider Student Experience;

(e) regularly review opportunities for student development and levels of student engagement with those opportunities on the basis of changing needs and growth in the student population, making recommendations to the Wider Student Experience Committee, UEC and Senate, as appropriate;

(f) consider key measures of student development and opportunities, for example the Student Barometer, NSS and other institutional surveys and feedback from the student representative system;

(g) coordinate with Education Committee and relevant Committees on shared student development agenda initiatives;

(h) support and promote equality and diversity in all its activities.


The development component of the WSE agenda.

The community engagement agenda, specifically volunteering, fundraising and social action, and local, regional, and international outreach projects and partnerships.

DSOs and all recognised bodies.


To review on an annual basis the effectiveness of the Sub-Committee against its Terms of Reference. Any changes will be proposed in a Report delivered to UEC, then the Wider Student Experience Committee, and Senate, at the end of each academic year.


To set up standing Task and Finish Groups as necessary to expedite the PVC’s business.


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

The Sub-Committee shall provide a report to each meeting of the Wider Student Experience Committee.