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Durham University

University Committees

Support and Wellbeing Sub-Committee

Standing Orders

Sub-Committee of the Wider Student Experience Committee (Business Committee of Senate).

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 Student Wellbeing and Support Sam Dale (Chair)
The Head of the Counselling Service Caroline Dower
The Head of the Disability Support Service Hilary Osborne
The Head of the Scholarships, Student Funding and Student Immigration Office Mike Parks
The Head of the Student Conduct Office Alex Hopkins
The Welfare and Liberation Officer, Students’ Union Amelia McLoughlan
The Postgraduate Academic Affairs Officer, Durham Students’ Union David Evans
Appointed Members:
By rotation, a representative from each Faculty who is engaged in student support and wellbeing (nominated by the Faculty PVC) Professor Simon Gardiner, Science DHoF (UG)
By rotation, a Vice-Principal/Senior Tutor representing student support and wellbeing in Colleges (nominated by the PVC Colleges and Student Experience

Stefan Klidzia, Vice-Principal & Senior Tutor, St Aidan’s College
Karen Langdon

A senior representative of Experience Durham (nominated by the Director of Experience Durham) Mark Brian, Head of Sport & Physical Activity
A representative of International Students (nominated by Durham Students’ Union) tbc
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 Student Support and Wellbeing Sub-Committee scrutinises student support, health and wellbeing services. It regularly reviews the services available to all students on the basis of changing need and growth in the student population and will make recommendations for enhancements. It provides oversight of the main processes that underpin support for students in this area. It acts as a forum for co-ordination and co-operation among student support and wellbeing services and Durham Students’ Union.

The Committee shall:

(a) Provide oversight of student support and wellbeing services provided across the University, with a particular focus on the Colleges and Student Experience Division, the Academic Office and other relevant Professional Support Services;

(b) Maintain oversight of the services available to students on the basis of changing needs and growth in the student population, making recommendations to the Wider Student Experience Committee and Education Committee as appropriate;

(c) Maintain oversight of core processes that underpin student support and wellbeing making recommendations for enhancements and improvements as appropriate;

(d) Identify the support and wellbeing needs of specific groups of students (e.g. international, mature, PGRs, disabled, BME and students with families) and make recommendations for enhancements and improvements as appropriate;

(e) Consider key measures of student support and wellbeing for example the Student Barometer, NSS and other institutional surveys and feedback from the student representative system;

(f) Receive and consider reports from related groups including: the Diversity and Equality Advisory Group; the Chaplaincy and Faith Steering Group; the Sexual Violence and Misconduct Operations Group and the Safeguarding Operations Group;

(g) Oversee student support that is provided by non-University staff members on behalf of the University, for example mentors and alumni;

(h) Ensure that equal opportunities and diversity are promoted in relation to all of the above working, as necessary, in partnership with the Diversity and Equality Advisory Group.


  • Student mental health and wellbeing;
  • Disability support to students;
  • Student financial hardship;
  • Student safety;
  • Safeguarding issues as they relate to students;
  • Student discipline;
  • Community engagement.


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 business of the PVC (C & SE).


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.