Professional Development

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 postgraduate taught programmes of study and short course provision. The Committee may consider items related to postgraduate research provision, for example the results of the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey, if there are not other groups or committees in place to do that within the Faculty/Centre.

 Quality and Standards Responsibilities

  • To provide a forum for the discussion of student issues and to monitor the student experience, for example through consideration of the outcomes of student survey results and staff‐student committees, at all points of delivery.
  • To ensure the effective 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) including for any collaborative programmes (iii) the development and ongoing oversight of an action plan to address issues arising through the annual monitoring process.
  • 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 and identify and monitor actions arising from the reports at Faculty and College level.
  • To consider reports of Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies (PSRB) on undergraduate and postgraduate taught provision and make recommendations for action as appropriate.
  • To recommend to Programmes Committee proposals for and changes to short course provision in accordance with the schedule of delegation.
  • To recommend to Programmes Committee major modifications for existing programmes of study.
  • To recommend to Programmes Committee for approval changes to the threshold and additional entry requirements for existing programmes of study.
  • To have oversight of programme specifications for taught degree programmes and course specifications for short course provision.
  • To have oversight of marking schemes and schemes for award of honours.
  • To oversee departmental arrangements for the consideration of special cases for admission and to have oversight of all special case decisions.
  • To oversee the professional skills development programme for Master’s level students.
  • To approve new student exchange partnerships and the renewal of existing student exchange partnerships and report these to QAEC.
  • Where applicable, receive minutes from the joint management boards for the Faculty’s collaborative programme.
  • To report regularly through summary reports to QAEC.
  • Where appropriate to appoint sub‐committees to carry out the above responsibilities.

 To be quorate a minimum of one third of members need to be present.


Constitution and membership

  • A senior representative for educational leadership for the Faculty as Chair;
  • A College Consul;
  • At least two student representatives;
  • 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 Director of Academic Quality and Standards;
  • A representative from the Educational Development Unit;
  • Student representation including the ICU Deputy President Education and Postgraduate Representation Committee representative
Membership (Academic Year 2023/24)
Name Role
Dr Ana Costa-Pereira Director of Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication as Co-Chair
Dr Elizabeth Hauke Change Makers Field Leader, CLCC
Dr Jo Horsburgh Director of Postgraduate Studies, CHERS
Kate Ippolito Principal Teaching Fellow in Educational Development as Co-Chair
Professor Stephen Curry College Consul
Dr Felicity Mellor Director of Science Communication Unit
Melanie Mullin CLCC Manager
Dr Michael Paraskos Programme Manager for Adult Education, CLCC
Claire Stapley CLCC Manager
Dr Iria González Becerra Interim Head of Languages
Scott Tucker Registry Representative
Dr Michael Weatherburn Humanities and Social Sciences Field Leader, CLCC
Dr Caroline Clewley I-Explore Lead and STEMM Module Stream Lead
Yi Yang ICU Deputy President (Education)
Dr Marijan Beg CHERS Student Representative
Dr Daisy Pataki CHERS Student Representative
TBC CLCC Student Representative
Malcolm McLean CLCC Administrator as Secretary 
* These members will attend as alternates of the Science Communication Unit if the Head of the Science Communication Unit is unable to attend. 
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Meeting dates and deadlines

Committee dates (Academic year 2023/24) Submission deadlines (Academic year 2023/24)
Thursday, 05 October 2023 Thursday, 21 September 2023
Wednesday, 13 December 2023 Wednesday, 29 November 2023
Thursday, 22 February 2024 Thursday, 8 February 2024
Thursday, 20 June 2024 Thursday, 6 June 2024
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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.