University Education Committee and Curriculum Enhancement Programme Board

University Education Committee was established in 1994 as an overarching quality assurance committee for educational matters.  It reports to Senate.

Since 2019/20 the Committee also acts as the Curriculum Enhancement Programme Board, which reports to the Academic Portfolio Board. 

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The main purposes of University Education Committee are to:

Terms of reference

Decision making (on behalf of Senate):

1. To develop and articulate the University's vision for education enhancement, assurance and innovation via the University’s Education and Student Experience Strategy and maintain oversight of its delivery.

2. To make decisions on educational priorities, with the aim of enhancing the academic experience for students in line with the Education and Student Experience Strategy and the Unversity's education-related risks and Strategic Performance Indicators (SPIs).

3. To make decisions and maintain strategic oversight for education, for all programmes from foundation to doctoral levels, within the context of the Education and Student Experience Strategy. This includes:

4. To make decisions on proposals for new programmes of study (foundation, undergraduate, taught postgraduate and postgraduate research), for major modifications to existing programmes and for the suspension and withdrawal of programmes (including teaching out plans). Detailed scrutiny will be undertaken by University Academic Quality and Standards Committee.

5. To make decisions, where appropriate, on proposals for external educational partnerships, collaborative arrangements and arrangements for validation of degrees offered by other institutions. Detailed scrutiny will be undertaken by University Academic Quality and Standards Committee. 

6. To ensure alignment between the vision for education (as set out in the Education and Student Experience Strategy) and faculty and divisional planning through the Integrated Planning Process (IPP).  

7. To make decisions on admissions policy and criteria relating to widening participation and entry tariffs.

Advisory to other committees:

8. To advise Senate on high-level strategic engagement with the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework.

9. To keep Senate updated on matters that relate to the delivery of educational strategic initiatives.

10. To advise Senate on the current debates and key areas of work in the education arena and seek input on strategic institution-level education issues.

11. To advise the Board of Trustees on University compliance with the Office for Students regulatory framework.

12. To advise relevant committees including University Executive Board and the Academic Planning Group on education priorities and initiatives, and Campus Heart Programme Board, Digital Strategy governance bodies etc on infrastructure (including physical and digital environment and systems) requirements to deliver the University's vision for education.


The membership of the Committee and Programme Board for 2021-22 is as follows:

Job titleName
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education) [Chair] Professor Tansy Jessop 
Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) Dr Mark Allinson
Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (PGR) Professor Robert Bickers
Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (Innovation and Enhancement) Professor Alvin Birdi
Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education Quality and Standards) Dr Kate Whittington
Faculty Education Director (representing UG)  Dr James Freeman
Faculty Education Director (representing PGT) Professor Astrid Linthorst
Bristol SU UG Education Officer Seb Key
Bristol SU PG Education Officer Lu Macey
Executive Director for Education and Student Experience and Academic Registrar Paula Coonerty
Director of Education Quality and Policy [Committee Adviser]

Elinor Davies 

Director of Education Innovation and Director of the Bristol Institute for Learning and Teaching

Sarah Davies

Education Strategy Manager Martha Quinn-Forgan
Vice-Chancellor Professor Hugh Brady
In addition to the above individuals, the following staff are members of the Curriculum Enhancement Programme Board and join meetings for the Programme Board discussions:
Senior Project Manager Elena Christie
Senior Academic Developer TBC
Senior Academic Developer Professor Paul Wyatt

In attendance:


The Chair or nominee and at least five other members of the Committee.

Mode of operation and agenda setting

The Committee will normally meet eight times a year. Chair's powers may be used between meetings of the Committee to address urgent and / or confidential matters (any action undertaken through Chair's powers will be reported to the next meeting of the Committee). 

Since 2019/20 University Education Committee divides its focus (and agendas) across:

Templates are available for submitting paperwork to the Committee:

 University Education Committee cover sheet template (Office document, 44kB) All papers submitted to University Education Committee must be accompanied by a completed cover sheet that is clear about what is being asked of the committee. Note that there is a 5 page limit (excluding the cover sheet) for papers.  
5 slide University Education Committee presentation template (Office document, 71kB) If you would prefer to provide a presentation instead of a paper then please use this template to introduce the topic and focus the committee's discussion. Note there is a 5 slide limit for presentations.
Sub-committee report (recommendations and information) template (Office document, 32kB) This template is for the sub-committees of University's Education Committee. It is for use if they have items they wish to recommend to University Education Committee for approval/discussion. 
Sub-committee report (information only) template (Office document, 30kB) This template is for the sub-committees of University's Education Committee. It is for use if they are reporting items to University Education Committee for information. 

Please contact the Secretary (Kathryn Maycock) if you wish to discuss adding an item to the agenda for University Education Committee. The paper deadlines for University Education Committee are listed as part of the meeting dates however items for the agenda must be raised with the Secretary at least 3 weeks before the meeting date so that the agenda can be finalised at a pre-meeting with the Chair.    

Meeting dates 

University Education Committee and Curriculum Enhancement Programme Board dates 2021/22
Paper deadlinesMeeting dates
Monday 20 September 2021 Wednesday 29 September 2021
Monday 18 October 2021 Tuesday 26 October 2021
Monday 22 November 2021 Wednesday 1 December 2021
Monday 10 January 2022 Wednesday 19 January 2022
Monday 28 February 2022 Wednesday 9 March 2022
Thursday 14 April 2022 Wednesday 27 April 2022
Monday 16 May 2022 Wednesday 25 May 2022
Monday 13 June 2022 Wednesday 22 June 2022



Please see the diagram demonstrating the University Education Committee reporting structure (PDF, 97kB)   

Record of business

Summary reports from University Education Committee are available for download (UoB only)