Natural Sciences

Terms of reference

Strategic Responsibilities

  • To provide a forum for deliberation on matters of academic policy and the development of taught education* across the Faculty to enable the achievement of the College Strategy.  
  • To consider and advise on developments in the educational portfolio of the Faculty.
  • To assess the implications of proposed new policies and procedures (both internal and external) and contribute to QAEC discussion or directly to external bodies.
  • To advise, implement and monitor new policies and procedures (both internal and external) which affect the activities and/or administration of teaching.

* Includes undergraduate and Master’s level programmes of study and short course provision.

 Quality and Standards Responsibilities

  • To provide a forum for the discussion of student issues and to monitor the student experience, for example via student survey results and staff-student committees, at all points of delivery.
  • To provide oversight and scrutiny of the processes of quality assurance for the Faculty’s academic provision in accordance with the College’s Academic Standards Framework.
  • To oversee the implementation of the College’s Annual Monitoring process by (i) the receipt and consideration of Department’s Annual Monitoring Reports (AMRs) (ii) the preparation of an annual summary report on issues and emerging themes arising from the Committee’s consideration of the AMRs, for submission to the Quality Assurance and Enhancement Committee (QAEC).
  • To identify through the annual monitoring, periodic review and other quality assurance mechanisms, good practice and innovation in learning, teaching and assessment and promote its dissemination across the Faculty and elsewhere in the College.
  • To consider on an annual basis College summaries of external examiner reports.
  • To consider reports of Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies on undergraduate and postgraduate taught provision.
  • To approve minor changes to existing programme curricula (including for existing collaborative provision) and short course provision in accordance with the College Academic Standards Framework and report these to the Programmes Committee.
  • To approve changes to entry requirements for existing programmes of study.
  • To approve and keep under review programme specifications for taught degree programmes and approve and keep under review course specifications for short course provision and inform QAEC.
  • To approve and keep under review marking schemes and schemes for award of honours and inform QAEC.
  • To appoint panels to consider special cases for admission and other circumstances.
  • To oversee all special cases.
  • To oversee the professional skills development programme for Master’s level students.
  • To approve, in collaboration with the Registry and International Office when appropriate, new exchange arrangements and the renewal of existing exchange agreements and report these to QAEC. 

Constitution and membership

  • A senior representative for educational leadership for the Faculty as Chair;
  • A College Consul;
  • A student representative;
  • Additional members to be determined by each Faculty

For meetings including consideration of quality and standards matters:

  • At least one representative from the Registry nominated by the Academic Registrar or Head of Academic Services;
  • A representative from the Education Development Unit;
  • Student representation including the ICU Deputy President Education and GSU President or Deputy President 
Membership (Academic year 2016/17)
Professor Alan Spivey Vice-Dean (Education) (Chair)
Professor John Seddon College Consul 
Mr Chun-Yin San ICU Deputy President (Education)
Mr Ben Fernando RCSU Academic Affairs Officer
Mr Liucheng Guo GSU President
Dr Bridge Duncombe DUGS Chemistry*
Dr Huw Williams DUGS Life Sciences*
Professor Anne Dell DUGS Life Sciences*
Professor David Evans DUGS Mathematics*
Dr Robert Forsyth DUGS Physics*
Dr Laura Barter Chemistry PGT Representative
Dr Kleoniki Gounaris Life Sciences PGT Representative
Professor Alessio Corti Maths PGT Representative
Professor Stefan Maier Physics PGT Representative
Dr Nick Voulvoulis CEP PCT Representative
Dr Mirabelle Muuls Grantham Institute PGT Representative
Mr John Conway Senior Learning Technologist
Ms Moira Sarsfield Senior Learning Technologist
Ms Nazia Hirjee Faculty Operations Officer
Mr Stefan Hoyle Faculty Safety Representative
Mr Daniel Smith Registry QA Representative
Dr Annette Mahon Education Development Unit (EDU) Representative
Ms Rebecca Middleton Faculty Education Coordinator
Ms Kasia Kmieckowiak Administrative Assistant as Secretary
* NB. Senior Tutors generally deputise for DUGS if the latter are unable to attend.
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Meeting dates and deadlines

Committee dates (Academic year 2016/17)Submission deadlines (Academic year 2016/17)
12 October 2016 28 September 2016
22 February 2017 08 February 2017
17 May 2017 03 May 2017
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Agenda items (including papers) should be submitted to the committee secretary two weeks prior to the committee meeting. Papers will normally be circulated to members one week prior to the committee meeting. 


Academic year 2016/17
Academic year 2015/16

*Minutes to be approved at the next meeting.