Student Experience Committee

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Student Experience Committee reports to Univerity Executive Board. 


Working in partnership with Bristol SU, the main purposes of the Committee are to:

  1. Articulate the University's vision for student experience via the University's Education and Student Experience Strategy and maintain strategic oversight of its delivery.
  2. Make decisions on student experience priorities, with regard to the Education and Student Experience Strategy and the University's student experience-related risks and Strategic Performance Indictors (SPIs).   
  3. Respond to changes in the external and internal student experience environment.
  4. Have oversight of the Student Experience Programme, steering the aims and objectives of the Programme in line with the vision for student experience.
  5. Make decisions and maintain strategic oversight of student experience. This includes:
    • Student Experience related regulations, policies, codes of practice, procedures and strategies
    • Compliance with external regulatory frameworks.
  6. Set priorities and monitor progress for student experience projects and initiatives and endorse requests for funding (where appropriate).   
  7. Monitor implementation of the Student Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy (this is via its Student Mental Health and Wellbeing Steering Group).
  8. Ensure alignment between the vision for student experience (as set out in the Education and Student Experience Strategy) and faculty and divisional plannng through the Integrated Planning Process.
  9. Consider key measures of the student experience and to lead necessary actions to improve and enhance, in particular around student inclusion, student community and student voice.
  10. Assure the effectiveness of the student representation system.
  11. Consider measures to contribute towards improved equality of opportunity in student access, success and progression to support students with ability and ambition from all backgrounds (this is via its Student EDI Group).
  12. Ensure that the student experience is fully considered within the development and implementation of policies and processes relating to student accommodation (this is via its Student Accommodation Group).
  13. Advise relevant committees including the University Executive Board on student experience priorities and initiatives, and Campus Heart Programme Board on infrastructure (including physical and digital environment and systems) required to deliver the University's vision for student experience.    


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

RoleJob titleName
Committee oversight and steer Pro Vice-Chancellor Student Experience [Chair] Professor Sarah Purdy
Academic lead for Personal Tutoring Professor Alvin Birdi
Executive Director for Education and Student Experience and Academic Registrar Paula Coonerty
Academic Quality Manager Sam Jones
Education and Student Experience Strategy Manager Martha Quinn-Forgan
Academic representatives Faculty Education Director - PG Professor Harry Mellor
Faculty Education Director - UG Professor Sheena Warman
School Education Director  Dr Andrew Young
Senior Lecturer  Dr David Drury (Caroline Higgins as deputy)
Senior Tutor Elizabeth Mumford (Dr Jane Williams as deputy)
Five Bristol SU representatives from: Bristol SU CEO or Head of Student Voice, Bristol SU Ben Pilling
Director of Impact and Influence Cassie Agbehenu
Sabbatical officers

Obafemi Alabi

Ruth Day

Seb Key

Ifrah Farooq

Lu Macey

Leah Martindale

Muasam Tahir

Professional services representatives 

Two representatives from student experienced focused members of the Education and Student Experience Senior Management Team:

Director of Student Health and Inclusion

Director of Student Operations

Director of the Careers Service

Director of Student Life and Wellbeing


Ali Golden-Wright

Steve Hall

Stuart Johnson

Claire Slater

External Relations, Internal Comms representative  Christian Cull (Alicia O'Grady as deputy)

Faculty Education Manager 

Jayne Brown

School management representative 

Caroline Falzon
Programme Board representatives

Registrar and University Secretary 

Lucinda Parr
Senior Project Manager Chris Bowden

In attendance:


The Chair or nominee and at least one other academic staff representative, two Bristol SU representatives, two professional services representatives and two programme board representatives. 

Members of the Committee who are unable to attend a particular meeting may send a suitably qualified nominee, at the discretion of the Chair.  Nominees shall count towards the quorum as though they were the member of the Committee by whom they were nominated and shall be entitled to vote.   

Mode of Operation

The Committee shall normally meet at least six times per year.


Please see the diagram demonstrating the Student Experience Committee reporting structure (PDF, 92kB)  

Meeting Dates 

Student Experience Committee meetings are scheduled as follows: 

Student Experience Committee meeting schedule 2021/22
Paper deadlines Meeting dates 
Thursday 7 October 2021 Tuesday 19 October 2021
Thursday 18 November 2021 Tuesday 30 November 2021
Thursday 13 January 2022 Tuesday 25 January 2022
Thursday 17 February 2022 Tuesday 1 March 2022
Wednesday 13 April 2022 Tuesday 26 April 2022
Wednesday 1 June 2022 Tuesday 14 June 2022


Reporting lines

SEC will update University Education Committee (UEC) and PGR Committee as appropriate where there are shared interests and expect that they will inform Senate and Research Committee as approporiate.  UEC and PGR Committee will in turn keep SEC informed of relevant matters.


Record of business

Summary reports from Student Experience Committee are available for download (UoB only)