University Learning and Teaching Committee

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The University Learning and Teaching Committee is a sub-committee of the University Education Committee. 


The purpose of the Committee is to:

a) Develop and maintain the strategic framework for taught education for the University;
b) Have oversight of the provision of taught (UG and PGT) education at the University;
c) Enhance the academic experience for students on taught programmes, including the taught elements of PGR programmes.

Terms of reference

The Committee has delegated authority from University Education Committee (UEC) for decision-making on the matters within its remit, except where:

Strategic framework for taught education

  1. Contribute to and advise upon the strategic development of taught education at the University, as set out in the University Education Strategy to include the physical and digital environment for learning, teaching and assessment.

Provision of taught education

  1. Establish the principles for new regulation and policy to govern learning, teaching and assessment within taught programmes , and review the implementation and operation of such policies to enable an excellent student experience.
  2. Keep under review the implementation and operation of existing regulations and policies that govern learning, teaching and assessment within taught programmes, and refine as appropriate.
  3. Respond to relevant institution-level outputs from the University’s quality framework.
  4. Contribute to the implementation of institution-level projects for enhancing learning, teaching and assessment at the University.
  5. Work with the Bristol Institute for Learning and Teaching to encourage education innovation, share good practice and ensure staff are supported and enabled to innovate and deliver high-quality learning and teaching.
  6. Consider specific issues facing the University within learning, teaching and assessment in taught programmes on behalf of University Education Committee, the faculty boards and other relevant committees.

Student academic experience

  1. Lead on strategic initiatives that enhance the academic experience of students on taught programmes.
  2. Develop and implement strategies to obtain feedback from taught students.


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

Job titleName
Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) [Chair] Dr Mark Allinson

Faculty Education Directors

  • Arts
  • Engineering
  • Health Sciences
  • Life Sciences
  • Science
  • Social Sciences and Law


  • Dr Damien Mooney and Dr James Freeman
  • Dr Irina Lazar and Professor Kirsten Cater
  • Professor Sheena Warman and Professor Astrid Linthorst
  • Dr Ann Pullen
  • Professor David Smith
  • Dr Jo Rose and Dr Clair Gammage 

Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor (Education Quality and Standards)

Professor Kate Whittington 

Director of Education Quality and Policy Elinor Davies
Faculty Education Manager Abi Stickland
Bristol SU Undergraduate Education Officer Sebastian Key
Bristol SU Postgraduate Education Officer Lu Macey 
Representatives from BILT Professor Alvin Birdi 
Representative from AQPO [committee advisor] Nick Iles
Representative from the Careers Service Hannah Pearce
Representative from the Library Service Sarah Newbold
Representative from the Digital Education Office Hilary Griffiths



The Chair (or nominee) and at least five other staff members of the Committee to include three FEDs, at least one with UG oversight and one with PGT oversight.

Mode of Operation

1. The Committee will normally meet seven times a year.
2. The Committee will normally report to University Education Committee following each meeting.

Meeting dates

University Learning and Teaching Committee reports to University Education Committee so the meetings are scheduled to enable this.

The scheduled dates for 2021-22 are as follows:

University Learning and Teaching Committee meeting schedule 2020/21
Paper deadlinesMeeting dates
Monday 27 September 2021 Tuesday 5 October 2021
Monday 25 October 2021 Tuesday 2 November 2021
Monday 6 December 2021 Wednesday 15 December 2021
Monday 21 January 2022 Tuesday 1 February 2022
Monday 7 March 2022 Tuesday 15 March 2022
Monday 2 May 2022 Tuesday 10 May 2022
Monday 30 May 2022 Tuesday 7 June 2022


Record of business

Summary reports from University Learning and Teaching Committee are available for download (UoB only).