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Membership 2009/10

Dr Simon Bedford

Department of Chemistry

Mr Alan Hayes

Department of Computer Science

Dr Alex Jeffries

Natural Sciences Programme

Dr Frances Laughton

Department of Physics (Chair)

Dr Momna Hejmadi

Department of Biology & Biochemistry

Dr Martin Reed

Department of Mathematical Sciences

Dr Philip Rogers

Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology

Dr Andrea Taylor

Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology

Dr Christopher Todd

Department of Biology & Biochemistry

A Director of Studies

Department of Physics



Mrs Elizabeth Bird

Faculty of Science

Dates of meetings 2009/10
All meetings start at 1.15pm, except for 9 June, which will start at 9.30am.
Lunch will be provided at all meetings.


21 October 2009


2 December 2009


13 January 2010 (cancelled)


17 February 2010


24 March 2010


28 April 2010


09 June 2010

Terms of Reference
The Faculty Teaching and Quality Committee will be responsible to the Board of Studies for the academic standards and quality of the Faculty's undergraduate and taught postgraduate provision through:


the consideration and enhancement of departmental strategies for Learning and Teaching (including the e-education strategy) and Widening Participation;




the detailed consideration of all new programme proposals and collaborative activities, including their academic content and coherence, academic standards and quality, relationships with existing provision, and conformity with the University's academic framework;




the detailed consideration and evaluation of degree scheme review reports for submission to Quality Assurance Committee and Board of Studies;




the detailed consideration of all proposed amendments to units, programmes and schemes of assessment;




the detailed consideration of annual monitoring reports for programmes, External Examiners' reports, accreditation reports, student feedback and monitoring reports on formal written student complaints;




the implementation of relevant QA procedures and the promulgation of good practice across the Faculty;




the systematic analysis of recruitment, admissions and retention statistics in the context of national trends and any Faculty-specific educational objectives;




the formulation of Faculty responses to internal and external consultation papers relating to quality assurance, learning and teaching and widening participation;




the promotion of innovation in learning and teaching, including the oversight of e-education initiatives within the Faculty;




the effective interaction with departmental programmes committees;




the consideration of any issues referred to the Committee by the Senate, University Learning and Teaching Committee, Quality Assurance Committee, Board of Studies or other authoritative University committee.

A representative from each of the Departments in the Faculty nominated by the Head of Department. This representative will normally be intimately involved in taught degree programmes and be a Director of Studies. In addition the Director of Studies for the Natural Sciences Programmes will be a member. Representatives will be appointed on an annual basis. The Chair will be appointed by the Dean. The Faculty Executive Assistant will act as Committee Secretary.

Three or four meetings per semester as required.

Reporting Mechanisms
The Faculty Teaching & Quality Committee will report to the Faculty Board of Studies via its minutes. It will receive the minutes of the relevant Departmental teaching committees.

Minutes of Meetings

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